BlueGreen Alliance | Job Opening: Senior Policy Advisor, Technology and Innovation Policy

Job Opening: Senior Policy Advisor, Technology and Innovation Policy

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Senior Policy Advisor, Technology and Innovation Policy in our Washington, D.C. office or teleworking from a remote location.

BGA was formed in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in recognition that the future of working people and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. Now, together with 13 of the nation’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations, we are fighting to protect the planet and advance racial and economic justice. The labor unions and environmental organizations of the BlueGreen Alliance reject the false choice that we must choose between good jobs and a clean environment. BGA builds a shared agenda between the labor and environmental movements on bold measures critical to advancing a future American economy that addresses climate change, protects public health, advances racial and economic justice, and creates good-paying union jobs in safe and healthy workplaces in communities across America. BGA develops policy, produces research, builds coalitions, provides education, advocates these policies at the local, state and federal level, and mobilizes working people to take action. 

Job Summary: The Senior Policy Advisor works with BGA staff and partners at the federal and state level to develop and advance policy to support innovation and deployment of technologies key to reducing emissions across economic sectors, including the industrial, building, and power sectors. This includes policy to support innovation, commercialization, and deployment of critical emerging technologies like hydrogen, district geothermal systems, and other technological strategies and pathways, with a focus on the labor, climate, health and equity implications surrounding these technologies. Part of this role will be focused on developing a strategy for BGA’s work on natural gas.

The SPA works with VP of Legislation and Federal Affairs, the VP of Manufacturing and Industrial Policy, the VP of State Affairs, and additional BGA staff to build policy alignment across BGA partners and identify policies and strategies to advance these technologies in ways that support existing union jobs, create new good jobs, and ensure environmental justice and emissions reductions. The SPA will lead federal policy development and advocacy on these issues and work with the VP of State Affairs and state staff to assist states in developing and carrying out policy agendas in related policy arenas. The SPA reports directly to the VP of Legislation and Federal Affairs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of consensus policy priorities and strategy, working with BGA staff, partners and allies around key emerging carbon mitigation technologies, including hydrogen, district geothermal systems, and other technological strategies and pathways; To include:
    • Developing a strategy for BGA engagement on hydrogen; to include working with BGA staff, partners, and allies to develop consensus policy positions, advising and supporting state staff to do the same/develop strategies in their states, and leading BGA’s federal administrative and legislative advocacy in this space;
    • Developing a strategy for BGA engagement on reducing emissions from buildings (including intersections with electrification); to include working with BGA staff, partners, and allies to develop consensus policy positions, advising and supporting state staff to do the same/develop strategies in their states, and supporting BGA’s federal administrative and legislative advocacy in this space in coordination with BGA’s Policy Advisor for Buildings, Health, and Equity;
    • Developing a more comprehensive strategy for BGA’s engagement on technology and innovation, particularly as it pertains to natural gas sector transformation.
  • Develop policy proposals and strategy to achieve BGA’s priorities at the federal level, develop and track legislation and policy initiatives related to BGA’s priorities and initiatives, and analyze proposed legislation and regulations to identify policy levers to advance BGA’s priorities and to inform policy positions;
  • Work closely with the VP of State Affairs, Western States Director and Midwest Director to develop policy frameworks and materials, identify opportunities and venues for policy making, and advising staff on policy and technical expertise on these key issues;
  • Manage relationships and execute policy development and advocacy efforts across a spectrum of policymakers, coalitions, business and community groups;
  • Advance BGA priorities with members of Congress and federal agencies, conducting education and outreach to key officials and regulators at the national level;
  • Works closely with D.C- and state-based staff to make connections between national, state-specific, and multi-state objectives;
  • Collaborate with Research Director, provide strategic guidance on related research, and provide project-specific oversight and guidance to Research staff;
  • Develop and review public messaging and education materials, including, but not limited to position letters and technical comments, legislative and policy briefs, fact sheets, presentations, and white papers including for the state as needed;
  • Work with and support BGA’s communications team in developing and implementing communications strategies including press, online material, actions alerts and social media.
  • Coordinate with other BGA program leaders and staff, provides policy and technical guidance, as requested; and 
  • Other duties as required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, with 5-7 years of prior work experience in policy, advocacy, labor or business.
  • Experience/knowledge regarding climate change, energy policy, emissions reduction pathways for buildings, industrial, and power sectors; knowledge regarding key technologies above, economics, infrastructure, and/or labor policy is a plus.
  • Experience working either directly for Capitol Hill/federal agencies or closely with legislative and/or executive branch offices;
  • Self‐starting, highly motivated, positive attitude, able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and preference for working in a fast‐paced environment;
  • Ability to assist in the planning, coordinating, and implementing of federal legislative strategies that involve mobilizing a diverse coalition of organizations; and
  • Experience developing policy proposals, writing persuasive educational materials, lobbying legislators and staff, and mobilizing key constituents;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and orientation to building collaborative structures;
  • Strong commitment to economic, racial, and environmental justice; and
  • A deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Additional Information: Salary range $85,000-$105,000; generous benefits package that includes fully paid family or individual medical and dental, disability plan, 401k with company contribution, generous vacation, wellness days, and ~18 holidays, and a friendly work environment. The D.C. staff are working a hybrid work schedule. Location in Washington D.C. is preferred but working remotely from other locations will be considered. This is a union represented position, represented by USW Local 2002.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to (jstrahan@bluegreenalliance.org). Please write “Senior Policy Advisor T&I” in the subject line, and include salary requirements and where you saw the posting. Position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will remain open until filled.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

BlueGreen Alliance does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of employment policies, or in any other programs and activities.