Policy Advisor, Just Transition and Equity, U.S. Climate Alliance
The salary range is $90,000 -$100,000
The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors securing America’s net-zero future by advancing state-led, high-impact climate action. The Alliance Secretariat helps its members accelerate climate action by providing a broad range of technical, analytical, policy, and capacity assistance and resources. The coalition has also built strong relationships with the federal administration to help create and implement an ambitious, durable national climate framework. For more information on the Alliance, please visit www.usclimatealliance.org.
The U.S. Climate Alliance seeks a Policy Advisor to support the development and implementation of policy solutions that advance equity, environmental justice, and a just economic transition in Alliance states and territories, working closely with senior staff of the Alliance Secretariat. Member governors of the coalition have committed to centering equity and environmental justice in efforts to achieve their climate goals, working with frontline communities to address the disproportionate burdens of climate change, and supporting a just economic transition by building the clean energy workforce and driving the creation of good-paying, family-sustaining jobs. The Policy Advisor will be charged with helping Alliance states and territories turn these commitments into action as the coalition deepens its focus in this priority area. They will also advise on the intersection of equity and environmental justice with other policy areas and partner with fellow team members to embed relevant considerations across all sectors of the coalition’s work.
This role will report to the Policy Director and 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.
This position is based in Washington, DC (hybrid) or remote in the continental U.S.
Advise states and track member policy development
- Support states in developing and implementing policies and programs, identify opportunities to increase ambition where possible, and equip states to access federal and private resources to accelerate their advancement of equity, environmental justice, and a just economic transition.
- Alliance states with expert guidance, tools, and resources to act on emerging opportunities and demonstrate political and policy-based leadership.
- Contribute to the Alliance’s policy tracking efforts by conducting research and actively monitoring the development of state and federal policies and programs and associated budgets.
Coordinate state working group(s) and convenings
- Lead the development and execution of state working groups and initiatives and consult with states on areas of focus, agenda development, and identification of action items and key barriers.
- Track and follow up on action items.
- Engage stakeholders and key partners to scope and implement projects.
Generate policy option papers, roadmaps, resource guides and other major Alliance deliverables
- Generate policy option papers, roadmaps, resource guides, and other major Alliance deliverables
- At the request of Alliance states and the Secretariat, draft briefing papers and guides for states that analyze policy options for advancing equity, environmental justice, and a just economic transition — including through effective implementation of the Justice40 initiative — and make recommendations that are ambitious, politically feasible, and technologically possible.
- Conduct policy research, analyze key trends, and draft chapters of the Alliance’s annual report that outline progress.
- Contribute to products that help Alliance states improve quantification of opportunities, measure progress towards policy goals, and quantify the co-benefits of action.
- Conduct research and analysis and draft material for Alliance products across other sectors as needed.
Shape content and strategy for Alliance-wide meetings, workshops, and other high-impact events
- Work with the Secretariat, Alliance states, and outside experts to prepare meeting content and materials.
- Advise on remarks, talking points, and other relevant communication materials.
- Contribute to invitation lists and key partner outreach.
- Identify funding needs to execute on the Alliance’s just transition and equity strategies and work with the Development Team to develop relationships with current and potential funders to support this work.
- In partnership with the Development and Leadership Teams, write and submit grant applications for additional sources of funding.
- Provide oversight and technical expertise for Alliance philanthropic grants that support just transition and equity activities. With the Operations Team, manage spending against relevant budgets for these grants.
- With the Operations and UNF contracts teams, review new contracts and grant agreements to advance equity, environmental justice, and a just economic transition in Alliance states and territories.
- Evaluate and contribute to funding decisions for state technical assistance projects. Provide expertise, oversight, and support for just transition and equity-focused technical assistance projects that are funded by the Alliance.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree with substantial work experience in climate equity, environmental justice, and/or workforce development policy. Master’s degree preferred.
- 4-7 years of experience in related policy areas, with previous experience working with governments and community-based organizations desired. Experience working in, with, or around state-level policy strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated strong research, analytical, writing, presentation, and briefing skills.
- Critical thinker that can generate products tailored to different audiences without requiring frequent direction.
- Substantial demonstrated expertise in developing, promoting, and implementing strategies that advance equity, environmental justice, and a just economic transition, with deep knowledge of the state policy landscape.
- A commitment to advancing climate solutions that foster equitable and just outcomes.
- Experience coordinating multi-stakeholder processes, with a capacity for helping parties overcome their differences and come together on shared goals and outcomes.
- Familiarity with relevant U.S. and other climate-related datasets and tools.
- Ability to work as part of a small team balancing multiple competing priorities.
- 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.
- Ability to diplomatically engage diverse counterparts and use personal discretion in working with sensitive information.
- Ability to work under pressure and manage competing priorities.
- Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy
The Secretariat’s core values represent our team’s highest priorities and driving forces. These values are the heart of how we go about doing our work in support of each other and our member governors and states, serving as cultural cornerstones and exemplified by all members of our team.
- Purpose: We are aligned by a common purpose to confront the climate crisis and its impacts through the power of state government. We connect our daily work to the Alliance’s mission and, in pursuit of our shared goals, always act in the best interest of our governors and states.
- Excellence: We have high standards in the work we do to support Alliance governors and states. We are focused, data-driven, and attentive to the smallest of details while never losing sight of the big picture.
- Empathy: We value kindness and treat others with dignity and respect, recognizing that our actions affect one another and all those with whom we interact. We consider growth, learning, and development to be priorities.
- Inclusion: We actively work to increase diversity, advance equity, and cultivate a welcoming work environment where everyone feels valued. We are collaborators and prioritize teamwork — knowing that it will take our broader community all working together to ultimately solve the climate crisis.
- Balance: We value a positive work environment and, even in the hectic day-to-day, we make the time to build relationships, celebrate successes, and laugh. We know that balancing home and work lives is essential and encourage each other to put the health and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones first.
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.