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Senior Policy Advocate (Fossil Fuels)

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Washington, DC


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Jun 14, 2021

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Earthworks is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with 30+ employees across 10 states. We work to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mining and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. We support frontline communities, reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions, and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. We seek to ensure that communities’ voices and concerns are heard in the corridors of power, from the nation’s capital to state houses and legislatures.


Reporting to the Policy Director and working in collaboration with field, communications, campaign, and other staff from across the organization, the Senior Policy Advocate will develop and lead government relations strategies to advance key climate and energy policies, with a focus on stopping oil and gas exports. This person will join a 5-person policy team and become an essential part of advancing Earthworks’ policy agenda before Congress, executive agencies, allied organizations, and the public.



  • Help develop equitable advocacy outcomes and policy strategies that give a voice to frontline, historically underrepresented, and marginalized communities.
  • Develop and lead the execution of government relations strategies – with Congress and the administration – to support and advance key policies related to fossil fuel and climate, with an emphasis on stopping fossil fuel exports.
  • Track and analyze climate and energy related federal rulemakings, policies and legislation.
  • Create and maintain strong working relationships with Congressional and administration staff on fossil fuel exports and other climate/energy/petrochemical issues.
  • Support Earthworks’ staff and partners to effectively lobby and work with Congress and key agencies to achieve our policy goals.
  • Deeply engage in key coalitions, while working to build more inclusive and diverse campaigns.
  • Work with Earthworks’ state and local partners to connect policy issues to ongoing frontline efforts to stop and slow oil, gas and petrochemical extraction and infrastructure.
  • Research and create fact sheets, talking points and other outreach and advocacy materials.
  • Represent Earthworks with the media where appropriate.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience working on policy or advocacy campaigns or a related field.
  • Track record working successfully on policy advocacy campaigns. Proven ability to develop strategies and tactics to achieve a policy advocacy goal.
  • Experience working with elected officials, including an understanding of the legislative process at the federal level. Experience working on Capitol Hill or in federal agencies is preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze legislation.
  • Working knowledge of federal regulatory and legislative climate and energy issues is a plus.
  • Experience working collaboratively within diverse and inclusive coalitions.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to work with a team and independently.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to  handle multiple issues, projects, and deadlines.

The salary for this position is competitive for small to medium non-profits, ranging from $78K-$88K depending on experience.  Benefits include full health and dental coverage for the employee and their partner/family (plus a partially employer funded HSA), paid vacation, and a retirement plan with an employer match, after one year. Additionally, after 7 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month, fully paid sabbatical. While this position must be based in the Washington, DC area, Earthworks has flexible work from home policies.


Earthworks is committed to challenging and dismantling systemic oppression. Earthworks’ Board and staff understand that promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both within and beyond Earthworks is critical to carrying out our mission to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of resource extraction. We understand that our commitment to DEI means a dedication to constant learning and improvement.


Earthworks welcomes applications from diverse candidates and is an equal-opportunity employer. Earthworks evaluates employees and applicants for employment on merit, competence, and qualifications and does not tolerate discrimination.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Please include any links to blogs, Op-Eds, social media handles, websites, or other online presence that highlights your experience. No phone calls please.

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