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Senior Policy Advisor, State Climate & Energy

Position Overview

The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Agreement. The U.S. Climate Alliance secretariat provides strategic, convening, analytical and other functions to support Alliance states in making progress on their climate priorities.  For more information on the on the Alliance, please visit

The Senior Policy Advisor works as a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat in providing direct technical and policy assistance to support Alliance states in developing and implementing climate policy.  Your day may include working with state officials to draft a new Electric Vehicle (EV) plan, meeting with advocates to shore up support for a governor’s climate initiative, convening stakeholders to solicit and integrate comments for a new building code, or walking through the pros and cons of various policies with state officials weighing different options.  That means that the right candidate is a highly talented individual with real, on-the-ground experience developing state climate and clean energy policy – sharing that sought-after practical experience with state officials.  You will be most happy in this job if you are ready to roll up your sleeves and do real policy work, are comfortable serving state officials in whatever capacity they need achieve their goals, and enjoy thoughtfully building trusting relationships through lots (and lots) of phone calls and video conferences before spending several days on the ground with state partners.

The Senior Policy Advisor reports to the Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat, in support of and responding to state-led initiatives, and will be expected to work as part of a broader team that includes Alliance states, consultants and external partners.  The position is part of the Energy and Climate team at the United Nations Foundation, which houses the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat.

The location of this position is flexible, and applicants must be willing to travel throughout the country as needed (25-50%). 

Essential Functions

  • Provide policy support on a wide range of climate and clean energy issues as needed to both individual states and multi-state Alliance efforts, with specific expertise in the energy sector (power, transportation and efficiency).
  • Deploy to states as requested to provide direct technical or policy support on a short- or long-term basis to help states achieve self-identified project goals.  Among other things, this could include policy drafting, convening stakeholder meetings, developing a strategy for policy adoption, creating meeting summaries, or coordinating with on-the-ground advocacy groups.
  • Analyze policy options across sectors (e.g., transportation, power, buildings) and make recommendations that are ambitious, politically feasible and technologically possible.
  • Navigate regulatory dockets, filing public comments, and working in state legislatures.
  • Prepare high-quality research and analysis for Alliance products.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree required with substantial related experience (7-10 years) working with state-level policymakers to formulate and analyze climate and clean energy policies.
  • Deep knowledge of the state climate/clean energy policy landscape across one or more sectors, especially power, transportation, and efficiency.
  • Experience working with coalitions or groups of stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated strong research, analytical, writing, presentation, and briefing skills.
  • Critical thinker that can help states problem solve, including by creatively seeking out appropriate partners and technical resources.
  • Ability to travel throughout country as needed (25-50%).
  • As part of a small and busy team, key skills include:
    • Self-motivated with strong ability to find solutions in the face of challenges.
    • Maximum flexibility in accepting and professionally executing a range of tasks.
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
    • Talent for designing and executing activities and resources that are always focused on achieving real-world results.
    • Ability to diplomatically engage diverse counterparts and use personal discretion in working with sensitive information.    
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

The United Nations Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative-action employer. The United Nations Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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