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Program Associate, Carbon Management

Job Location

Minneapolis, MN or Washington, DC


Type of Job



$44,000 - $54,000

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Published Date

Nov 5, 2021

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Program Associate, Carbon Management

Program/Role:   Carbon Management Program Associate

Location:   Minneapolis, MN or Washington, DC

Reports to:   Carbon Management Program Manager

Type of Position:   Full-time position

Ideal start date: November 1, 2021

Compensation:    Salary range: $44K-$54K, depending on experience and location of candidate. Benefits include health plan, 401(k) retirement plan, long-term and short-term disability, life, vision, dental, FSA/HSA, paid time off, and a communication stipend.



One of the nation’s leading energy and climate policy organizations, the mission of the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is to transform the energy system to benefit people, the economy and the environment. At a time of great political, social, economic and environmental challenges confronting our nation and the world, GPI’s success in achieving implementation of groundbreaking policies and initiatives at the federal, state and local levels is generating significant impact and creating opportunities to add dedicated and talented members to our team. Our programs focus on building a prosperous, equitable and net-zero emissions energy and industrial economy, and they are supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies. GPI’s operations are national in scope (see map), yet our organization retains a strong presence in the Upper Midwest. A tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, MN, GPI’s more than 40 professionals call Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC home. Please visit to learn more.



GPI’s Carbon Management Program is dedicated to fostering deployment of solutions at climate scale for managing carbon emissions from energy, industry and manufacturing, while protecting and creating high-wage, family-sustaining jobs and providing economic and environmental benefits to affected communities. Through our staffing and coordination of the Carbon Capture Coalition at the federal level, the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional Deployment Initiative, and Industrial Innovation Initiative, GPI’s Carbon Management Program is playing a transformative role in building broad industry, labor, and NGO engagement and support for federal and state policies necessary to put our nation on a path to net-zero emissions and achieving midcentury climate goals. The Carbon Management Program is a fast-paced collaborative team with an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages and appreciates equal contribution from members at all levels of the team.



Provide program assistance and administrative support to the Carbon Capture Coalition (75% of FTE) along with other projects within the Carbon Management Program (25% of FTE), including:

  • Direct administrative support (scheduling meetings, communicating with project participants and other stakeholders, organizing meeting materials, etc.) for Carbon Management team staff and consultants;
  • Planning, coordination, materials preparation, and other support for project-related calls, meetings, and events for the following projects:
  • Carbon Capture Coalition;
  • State Carbon Capture Work Group;
  • Regional Carbon Capture Deployment Initiative; and
  • Other projects (as developed and directed);
  • Assist in drafting factsheets, blog posts, web content and other materials for projects listed above;
  • Participate in weekly Carbon Management team and project staff calls;
  • Manage administrative details of Carbon Management grants, in coordination with the Carbon Management Program Manager; and
  • Provide other programmatic assistance as needed.

Hours may be flexible and are typically Monday through Friday during the business day; some nights and weekends may be required. Some travel will also be required.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant proven skills and experience.
  • Good research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience, professional or otherwise working on a diverse team and developing and maintaining relationships.
  • Ability to work well with people from a variety of backgrounds and political perspectives that may differ significantly from oneself.
  • Ability to work with several people, manage multiple tasks in an organized way, and take responsibility for following up on assignments without being reminded.
  • Detail-oriented and able to work independently.
  • Excellent time and deadline management, project management and team relationship skills.
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute.

The Great Plains Institute is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply. This position is subject to the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is eligible for overtime if and when the employee works more than 40 hours per week.



Desktop computer and/or laptop, copier, calculator, printer, telephone.



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Required application materials include a resume, two-page writing sample, and one-page cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


The Great Plains Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. GPI is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace for all.

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