Senior Policy Advisor, Tech
Type of Job
Nov 15, 2022
About the job
WHO WE ARE
We know that our climate goals can only be met by rapidly reducing emissions and removing the carbon that already exists in our atmosphere. Carbon180 is a climate NGO with a vision to remove legacy carbon emissions from the atmosphere and create a livable climate in which current and future generations can thrive. Based in Washington, DC, we design and champion equitable, science-based policies that bring carbon removal solutions to gigaton scale.
Carbon180 is seeking a senior policy advisor to support our growing policy work on technological approaches to carbon removal. Based in Washington, DC, this position will focus on technologies like direct air capture, carbon utilization, and mineralization as part of Carbon180’s work on the full range of land- and tech-based carbon removal solutions. This senior policy advisor should be passionate about the role the federal government can play in developing and deploying climate solutions while prioritizing the needs of communities. This position is responsible for executing the organization's federal policy strategy, researching existing policies and helping develop new ideas, managing outreach to target policy audiences, and supporting policy-related communications and events. Our senior policy advisor, tech will serve on Carbon180’s policy team and report to the deputy director of policy.
Major Roles + Responsibilities
- With the policy team, ideate, develop, and execute Carbon180’s policy strategy related to tech-based carbon removal.
- Help manage coalition-building and stakeholder outreach activities to galvanize support for sound policy on tech-based carbon removal.
- Carry out congressional outreach to educate policymakers and encourage them to introduce and pass legislation.
- Coordinate with our communications team to support relevant content creation, media engagement, social media planning, and other communications tasks.
- Help plan policy-related events including briefings for staffers and/or media, ENGO workshops, and more.
- Perform policy analysis including
- translating technical information on carbon removal solutions to support policy development,
- developing, submitting, and sharing federal appropriations requests, and
- working with key stakeholders to develop new policies that are rooted in science and environmental justice.
Compensation + Benefits + Perks
Carbon180 is deeply committed to providing competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits to our employees.
The hiring range for this position will be between $90,000 and $112,500, commensurate with candidate experience.
Carbon180 prides itself on offering benefits and perks to our employees that illustrate how we live our values, including:
- 36-hour workweeks (we close at 1 pm every Friday) and dedicated no-meeting time each week
- Flexible work culture
- 4 weeks of PTO, 2 weeks of paid org-wide breaks (1 week in the summer and 1 in the winter), 2 weeks of sick leave, and 5 floating holidays/personal days
- 16 weeks of paid parental leave
- 100% company-covered insurance premiums for medical/dental/vision/long-term disability for you and your dependents
- A quarterly health and wellness stipend
WHO YOU ARE
Our ideal senior policy advisor believes deeply in our mission and that we must work quickly to realize it. Beyond that:
- You move fluidly from strategy to execution. You appreciate the big picture and feel inspired to set a bold vision, but you know it's all in the details. You manage projects fluidly, fiercely prioritize, and track timelines, data, and information in an organized and systematic fashion. You don't drop balls, miss deadlines, or forget to respond to someone's inquiry.
- You build trust and leverage meaningful relationships to get things done. Your colleagues trust you to accomplish tasks in a mutually beneficial, non-transactional way. You are both warm and demanding. You do the things you say you will do, hold others to account, and support the people you engage in the pursuit of shared goals.
- You excel on a small, nimble team, and are happy wearing lots of hats. Working on a fast-paced and quickly growing team is familiar — and you love it. You are flexible, comfortable with ambiguity, know how to roll with the punches, can bounce right back after a setback, and get energy from building the plane as you fly it.
- You’re a driver of results. You pursue ambitious goals and use your exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical-thinking skills to make data-informed decisions and achieve impressive outcomes.
- You’re on a quest for knowledge and absorb it like a sponge. When the path forward is unclear, you’re quick to dive into research and soak up everything you can. You find out what’s already been done, what’s working and not working, and what the science says to do next. You’re able to distill complex information into a concise set of findings and recommendations and effectively incorporate feedback from your team. You’re constantly looking to expand your skills and expertise.
- You’re high-impact, low-ego, and kind to yourself and others. You choose optimism, assume the best, and resonate with our core values (see below).
You will also need:
- A proven track record (3+ years) working on federal policy, on or off the Hill
- Familiarity with the state of the field, with a strong intuition for where policy will be most impactful in advancing equitable climate change solutions
- Strong knowledge of climate energy issues, including
- technical knowledge related to carbon removal, use, and storage;
- knowledge on federal legislation and agency action related to energy, heavy industry, and climate change; and
- at a high level, industry knowledge related to technology development and commercialization.
We currently require that all employees that plan to enter a Carbon180 office or otherwise meet in person with coworkers or other third parties on Carbon180 business are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, this role may require full COVID-19 vaccination (subject to any exemptions or accommodations due to medical or religious reasons).
To apply for the role of senior policy advisor, tech, please submit an application here by Monday, November 28, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions or issues submitting an application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the application, you’ll be asked to
- answer some basic questions about your background/experiences;
- in place of a cover letter, answer a few written reflection questions to help us learn more about your interest in joining our team and in this role specifically, and;
- attach your resume via email as prompted in the application form.
INTERVIEW PROCESS + TIMELINE
- Applications are being accepted through Monday, November 28, 2022.
- There will be three rounds of interviews in December and January (noting that timelines may be a bit extended due to the holiday season and our winter closure from December 23rd to January 2nd).
- We anticipate extending an offer in late-January/early-February 2023.
At C180, we believe in living by an internal set of core values, which we strive to embody and celebrate in moments big and small.
- One Boat. We work hard to ensure that we are rowing in one direction as a team, aligning our work and resources to shared goals.
- Pencil to Pen. We think critically, do our research, and weigh multiple options. Then, we commit to move to action.
- Win and Lose Together. When one of us succeeds, we all win. When we encounter challenges, we determine how best to redirect the energy and resources of the team to solve them.
- Person in the Professional. Our team is composed of real people with real passions, interests, and needs, within and outside of our work. To be our best and most productive selves at work, we believe we need to care for ourselves and others.
- Make Space, Share Space. We believe in making space for all voices to be heard, within our team and our broader work — particularly and especially voices historically disenfranchised and disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change.
- Be a Window, Not a Door. We’re committed to transparency and shining light on how and why decisions are made. We are honest with one another, ask for clarity, and operate with integrity to build a culture of trust.
- Grow the Braintrust. We are committed to constantly learning and staying up to speed on the science of our field. We work to grow our knowledge, sharpen our skills, and bring great minds to the field of carbon removal.
Carbon180 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 occupationally irrelevant criteria. Carbon180 continually seeks to enrich its staff and team culture. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely different backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities.