Position: Government Affairs Director
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Location: Sacramento, remote until post-COVID
Status: Full-Time with Benefits
Are you a dynamic, accomplished policy manager and relationship-builder wanting to make a difference on climate change? We are looking for a smart, collaborative, enthusiastic, and experienced government affairs professional to lead our Climate-Safe California policy and partnership efforts in Sacramento. Working collaboratively, we will accelerate equitable climate policy based on the latest science and the rapidly worsening climate reality globally, and in California.
About The Climate Center
The Climate Center, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to deliver rapid greenhouse gas reductions at scale, starting in California. Founded in 2001, The Climate Center played a key role in the tremendous growth of Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), local government-led alternatives to investor owned utilities. CCAs grew from 2 to 20 over the past 5 years and now provide 88% clean energy to over 11 million Californians.
The Climate Center has launched a bold, science-based campaign, Climate-Safe California, to accelerate climate action timelines in California, catalyzing other states, our nation and countries around the world to greater action for a climate-safe future.
Our goal is that California, the world’s 5th largest economy, achieves net-negative emissions, the start of drawdown greater than emissions, by 2030. Our policies and programs, guided by these three key principles, must: (1) be based on the latest science, (2) ensure a just transition for workers, their families and their communities, dependent on fossil fuel industries, and, (3), prioritize climate justice to ensure that low income communities and communities of color are no longer disproportionately harmed by the production and use of fossil fuels, and the growing impacts of climate change.
The Government Affairs Director will play a key leadership role in this urgently needed campaign.
The Government Affairs Director (GAD) is responsible for The Climate Center’s policy advocacy in California, primarily focused on policymaking at the State Capitol to realize the goals of our Climate-Safe California campaign. The GAD is an experienced policy expert who is a team player and team builder, driven to excellence, goal oriented and committed to an equitable, vibrant future for all. She/he/they will provide expert analysis and guidance on a full range of climate, clean energy, sequestration, resilience and related policy to The Climate Center’s management team and other organizational leaders and partners.
The GAD is The Climate Center’s expert on legislative, regulatory, and policy analysis. She/he/they will bring extensive experience in California climate law and policy, including drafting, reviewing and driving the passage of legislation. The GAD will have an in-depth strategic understanding of how the legislative branch can work with the regulatory and executive branches to achieve policy goals. The GAD will also play a lead role in building partnerships and coalitions to support The Center’s policy priorities.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. The Climate Center also offers an excellent benefits package.
At The Climate Center, we care about each other and know that each employee has a whole life that includes time outside of work. The Climate Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. We value diversity and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, even if you do not meet all of the preferred qualifications.
Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and 3-5 references with your application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials by December 31, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
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