Three policy positions open in Oregon
Office location: Portland
About Climate Solutions
As a Northwest-based nonprofit for over twenty-five years, Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. Climate Solutions has a vision of a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy, inspiring the transition to sustainable prosperity across the country and beyond. Climate Solutions advances local, regional, and state action on climate and clean energy through championing transformational policies and market-based innovations; catalyzing powerful partnerships and a diverse movement for action and accountability; and communicating a bold vision for solutions at the scale required by climate science. For more information about Climate Solutions, visit www.climatesolutions.org.
Description of Open Positions
Climate Solutions’ team in Oregon is growing! Come join our dedicated, creative and fun team of advocates to further the organization’s mission through leading policy advocacy and program development, and building diverse coalitions at the local, state, and regional levels. Depending on the relevant candidate’s years of experience, each policy position will be a program manager or program director. Climate Solutions is focused on accelerating a swift and equitable transition to 100% clean energy, and we are working in three key areas to achieve it: buildings, transportation, and electricity.
We are seeking multiple policy advocates with a deep commitment to equitable and just climate and clean energy solutions to fill three key roles on our policy advocacy team. These program leads will drive our work to pass and implement cutting-edge policies at the state, local, regulatory, and utility levels, working closely with other Climate Solutions staff and a broad set of partners.
- The Buildings Program position is responsible for leading Climate Solutions work in Oregon on clean buildings, with a primary focus on scaling up building electrification and equitably phasing out the use of gas and other fossil fuels to power them.
- The Transportation Program position is responsible for leading Climate Solutions work in Oregon on clean transportation, with a primary focus on scaling up transportation electrification and building an equitable, climate-smart, and multi-modal transportation system.
- The Clean Energy Program position is responsible for helping lead Climate Solutions work in Oregon on clean energy in partnership with our current staff, with a primary focus on scaling up renewable energy projects, transmission infrastructure, and overcoming state and federal regulatory and market barriers to an equitable clean energy transition.
These positions are full-time, exempt positions located in or near Portland, Oregon and supervised by the Oregon Director. We currently have a hybrid work policy in place.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop relationships and collaborate with policymakers and coalitions of diverse stakeholders to support passage, implementation, and defense of equitable climate policies at the local and state levels.
- Prepare campaign and communications materials to support policy and regulatory efforts.
- Lead and track Climate Solutions’ engagement in multiple policy, campaign, and coalition activities.
- Represent Climate Solutions externally, including providing public presentations, participating in public forums, and testifying at hearings.
- Build and maintain a high level of expertise and credibility in assigned areas of responsibility.
- Work closely with and support the Oregon Director in goal-setting, strategy, and implementation to meet the organization’s short- and long-term policy objectives.
- Participate in Climate Solutions staff meetings, trainings, racial equity conversations, and team meetings.
- Incorporate Climate Solutions’ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion commitments, Commitment to Leading our Work with a Racial Equity Lens, and Climate Solutions’ values into all aspects of the job.
- Meet staff reporting deadlines for program, development, and administrative tasks.
- Travel occasionally to Salem and other locations statewide, and to Washington State.
- Additional duties may be assigned within the course of the work.
Skills and Knowledge:
- Ability to research, analyze, and communicate complex information about legislative and regulatory policies, technologies, and trends to diverse expert and lay audiences.
- Ability to draft communication and campaign materials targeted to a wide variety of audiences.
- Knowledge of how climate change and climate policies impact different communities, especially communities of color, low-income communities, workers, and people from different geographic regions.
- Excellent writing, research, and critical thinking skills.
- Proven ability to work with a team and independently.
- Ability to set priorities and manage multiple short‐term and long‐term projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
- Functional skills with Microsoft Windows and Office Software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
- Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Climate Solutions.
- Program Manager: 3-5 years of experience working in advocacy and policy spaces.
Program Director: More than 5 years of experience working in advocacy and policy spaces and a deep expertise in the specific program area.
- Experience working with diverse communities to advance equitable and just policies, with a preference for experience with Climate Solutions’ areas of focus (climate, clean energy, electricity, buildings, and/or transportation).
- Experience with at least one of the following: state or local politics or legislative, utility, or regulatory processes.
- A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity within our systems. A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture.
The salary range is $84,000-$110,000. Offers of both salary and title (Manager or Director) are based on a relevant experience calculator.
Climate Solutions cares about you as a whole person so we provide the following benefits to support your ability to be successful in the position and your health and well-being:
- Insurance premiums fully paid for the employee:
- Dental, including orthodontia
- Disability and Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses
- Six weeks of paid leave and 14 flexible holidays (annually accruing)
- 401K starting after 3 months of employment with a 5% contribution by CS
- Flexible work policy
- A work environment that recognizes your family and community responsibilities
- A commitment to professional development, including both funds and time
- Paid time dedicated to work on equity and inclusion with a racial equity lens
- Annual performance reviews and ongoing feedback to support your development
- A strong commitment to successful onboarding and retention
- Email your résumé and a 1-2 page letter addressing the following question in PDF format to email@example.com. Please be clear in the letter which program position you are applying for: Buildings Program, Transportation Program, or Clean Energy Program. You can apply for more than one of the positions using a single application.
Question: What excites you about working for Climate Solutions to advance equitable climate policies and solutions in Oregon in one or more of these program areas: clean energy, transportation and/or buildings? What experiences and perspectives would you bring to this role that would make you successful?
- Please put OREGON policy position and YOUR NAME as the subject line of the email and label the resume with your first and last name.
- In the body of the email, please let us know how you found out about the position.
- These positions are open until filled. Résumé review will start around February 11, 2024.
Climate Solutions recognizes that institutional racism, including systems and behaviors that maintain white power and privilege, exists within our organization, the broader climate and environmental movement, and throughout society. We also recognize that the impacts of the climate crisis, pollution from fossil fuels, and the costs of proposed solutions fall disproportionately on communities of color, low income, Tribal Nations, and frontline communities, both in our region and across the world. This is a barrier to a more equitable future and our ability to achieve our mission.
Climate Solutions has chosen to lead our work with a racial equity lens as a strategy to address all forms of oppression. Climate Solutions is committed to equal opportunity in employment and promotion for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, military or veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, pregnancy and childbirth, family responsibilities, or any other basis protected by applicable laws, regulations, or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.
Climate Solutions is committed to equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, military or veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, pregnancy and childbirth, family responsibilities, or any other basis protected by applicable laws, regulations, or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.