Title: Policy and Programs Manager
Location: Washington, D.C. area preferred, remote.
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: $55,000 – $60,000  (full-time salaried and exempt position)
Background: Our Climate empowers young people to advocate science-based and equitable climate solutions that build a livable world. Young people are overwhelmingly supportive of climate action and eager to work for an equitable transition to clean energy; over the past year, millions of young people across the world have taken to the streets to demand action from elected officials. Our Climate provides young leaders with the education, tools, and experience to advocate concrete policy solutions to mitigate the climate crisis and protect our shared future.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ):  While Our Climate is now a Black-led organization working on a complex, multifaceted issue that disproportionately impacts frontline communities, we do acknowledge our history as a white-led organization. We understand that racism is a part of the very institutions we’re a part of and that bias and unintentional harm will be perpetuated if we do not make an explicit effort to incorporate DEIJ into our organization.  We’re dedicated to climate justice and are committed to prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion in our programs, hiring process and organizational culture. We encourage all applicants to review our DEI Action Plan to better understand our commitment. Additionally, we encourage applicants to review our Organizational Culture Memorandum to better understand how we hold our team members accountable to being the best team we can be.
Overview of Position: The primary role of the Policy & Programs Manager is to help build and carry out Our Climate’s federal policy agenda on renewable energy targets, corporate polluter fees, and environmental justice legislation. Additionally, the Policy & Programs Manager oversees Our Climate’s state field program staff and national programs. Primary responsibilities include: managing & supporting state field organizers, mentoring youth climate leaders, and overseeing the national program curriculum. This position reports to our Executive Director. Our Climate is a remote national organization.

Responsibilities: 
  • POLICY ANALYSIS & ADVANCEMENT: Advance Our Climate’s policy principles on the federal level (25% of time)
    • Research new climate policies as they are introduced on the federal level; identify policies that are aligned with our 3 principles;
    • Provide strategic policy guidance and oversee the development of educational materials for our youth leadership programs; this may include writing, editing, and reviewing of articles, blogs, and social media content.
    • Collect feedback from key stakeholders, including youth leaders and partners, on our policy campaigns. 
  • RELATIONSHIP BUILDING:  Build and strengthen relationships with key government and nonprofit partners (25% of time)
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with administration officials and their staff at key agencies, including the White House, EPA, and DOE;
  • Manage internal and external communications, in coordination with the Communications Associate, related to national advocacy priorities, which may include op-eds, letters to the editor, emails, social media points, talking points, briefing documents, comment letters, and amicus briefs.
  • Support Our Climate’s state field organizers to develop strategies to engage their communities on national advocacy priorities; coordinate with field staff to share opportunities about participating in campaign actions with our student leaders. 
  • Represent Our Climate at partner and coalition events and meetings, including USCAN, InterAction, PowerShift Network, and the Alliance for Climate Education; 
  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to identify new opportunities for innovative national advocacy.
  • Work with the Executive Director to identify new potential funding sources or grants to support this advocacy work.
  • PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: Manage Our Climate’s field program staff and national programs. (45% of time)
    • Manage a team of 4-6 field staff; provide mentorship and support via weekly check-ins; ensure field staff are achieving their state campaign goals. 
    • Facilitate field staff in designing and executing national program;
    • Hire, train, and supervise state and regional program staff, as needed; 
    • Manage Our Climate’s national programming curriculum and update as needed based on feedback from youth leaders and field staff;
    • Assist in facilitating weekly staff and programming meetings;
    • Organize and facilitate climate policy and advocacy trainings and outreach events for students and young people throughout the United States in coordination with local, state, and national partners;
    • Create youth leadership program recruitment and graduation materials;
  • ADMIN: Perform administrative duties as needed. (5% of time)
    • Participate in weekly staff meetings.
    • Submit timesheets, expense reports, and other materials in a timely manner.
    • Review grant applications and reports. 
The Policy & Programs Manager position is by no means limited to these responsibilities. As the organization continues to grow, the Policy and Programs Manager will be expected to contribute to strategy discussions, long-term planning, policy analysis, and partnership development while assisting with other duties as appropriate. 
Minimum Qualifications: We’re seeking candidates who are collaborative, results-oriented, forward thinking, dedicated to our mission, and view the world through a creative political lens. They will resonate with our organizational culture values and be dedicated to advancing equity.  In addition to these “must haves”, candidates should demonstrate the following:
  • Demonstrated experience explaining complex policy in easily understandable formats;
  • Demonstrated experience in writing clear and concise reports and policy briefs;
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating complex dynamics and coalitions;
  • 3 years experience supervising and mentoring youth leadership programs or environmental/social justice campaign field teams;
  • 2-3 years of experience facilitating trainings, meetings, and events;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multiple projects and tasks including policy analysis, advocacy, organizing, public speaking, and program implementation. 
Desired Qualifications Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered even stronger if they demonstrate the following:
  • Experience meeting with federal elected officials or their staff;
  • Experience advocating or writing climate policy; 
  • Experience working with and managing remote teams;
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic plans;
Compensation & Benefits: This is a full time exempt role compensated at $55,000- $60,000 annually, depending on experience. Our Climate also has a generous benefits package. Benefits include earned 20 days paid time off, 12 days of accrued sick time annually, 12 paid holidays, cell phone reimbursements, health care reimbursement, up to 3% matching for a Vanguard Simple IRA, and subsidized public transit. Our Climate also provides a $1,000 stipend to purchase the necessary technology and materials to do this role. Any tech purchased belongs to Our Climate.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume speaking to your ability to meet our “must haves”, as well as highlighting any experience related to the Preferred Qualifications and a resume to Jasmine Sanders at jasmine@ourclimate.us, with subject line “Policy & Programs Manager.” Our team will follow up with an optional demographics survey.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 10. Intended start date is April 15, 2021.  Read our full hiring policy here. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage black, indignous, and people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply for this role.     
Published On: March 10th, 2021 / Categories: Blog, Career /