Full-Time Deputy Director of Government Affairs for Administrative Advocacy
Deputy Director of Government Affairs for Administrative Advocacy
The Climate Action Campaign (CAC) is looking for a Deputy Director of Government Affairs for Administrative Advocacy. This role encompasses a range of responsibilities and professional opportunities to support the climate community’s work to advance big, bold climate investments and enact ambitious standards to reduce climate pollution, create equitable outcomes for all communities, get clean energy on the grid and electrification to all sectors of the economy and help ensure high-quality jobs.
The primary function of this role is to direct the CAC’s engagement with the Administration in order to:
- Find and pursue opportunities for strong Administrative rules and and “all-of-government approach” to reach President Biden’s ambitious goal of halving climate emissions by the end of the decade;
- Elevate and lead the climate community’s work to help implement relevant provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and – after passage – the climate, energy and justice provisions of the Build Back Better Act.
This position will lead work to establish a vision and goals for Administrative action on climate, foster and support coalition advocacy, and work with the broader Government Affairs team to facilitate support from Members of Congress. This position works collaboratively with other CAC departments, staff from the CAC coalition and CAC partners and vendors to advance the Campaign’s goals.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Lead the CAC coalition in devising, vetting and implementing a shared plan for administrative advocacy work, including but not limited to implementing climate and energy provisions from BBB and IIJA, as well other administration actions and rule-makings.
- Create, direct and support a set of work groups populated by CAC member group staff and staff from allied organizations; each work group will focus their advocacy work on an Agency.
o Assist and direct each group in goal-setting and planning. Along with CAC member groups, define ‘success’ for CAC’s work on administration rule-making and implementation for IIJA and other climate investments.
o Create credible, realistic plans for achieving 2022 goals.
o Facilitate advocacy efforts within each group. Assist, support and track joint advocacy tactics executed by each group.
o Relay and coordinate advocacy work with CAC communications staff and field teams, as well as vendors, consultants, partners, and the CAC steering committee. Leverage CAC resources to support and enhance Administrative advocacy.
o Devise and coordinate projects and tactics that allow all groups to collaborate, showcase and advance the full breadth of CAC’s implementation priorities.
o Advise and support the Program Manager for Congressional Outreach to facilitate outreach to and collaboration with Members of Congress in support of the implementation of climate priorities.
o Create and maintain centralized information for all groups, which may include advocacy materials, policy backgrounders, tracking documents and meeting notes.
o Track groups’ progress and report out to CAC colleagues and the CAC steering committee.
- Maintain and build external relationships with CAC coalition members, partners outside the CAC coalition, and with members of the Administration. Use relationships to identify opportunities to enhance and streamline Administrative advocacy work.
- Direct CAC consultants who are assisting with Agency implementation.
- Manage and track deliverables
Who We Are
The Climate Action Campaign (CAC) is a vibrant coalition of 13 national environmental, environmental justice and public health organizations working together to drive ambitious, durable federal action to cut carbon pollution, address the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to clean energy with equitable, fair and just policies centered on justice, jobs, and health. CAC supports more than 60 partners and allies, nationally and in key states, working together to rally public support and motivate decisionmakers to tackle the climate crisis. The Climate Action Campaign is based in Washington D.C., not San Diego, California. Visit us online at: http://www.actonclimate.com/
Who You Are
The ideal candidate will be a strong self-starter with clear experience in federal environmental/climate policy, advocacy, coalition management, and strategic thinking. Candidates for this position should be/have:
- At least 5-7 years of experience in climate or environmental advocacy, on Capitol Hill, with the Administration, or with similar state-level or international bodies.
- A strong familiarity with climate policy; ideally this familiarity extends to the climate and justice investments being considered within the Build Back Better Act.
- Be a demonstrated self-starter, able to carry projects from visioning and goal-setting to robust implementation to assessment and reflection.
- Experience working in coalition; demonstrated coalition leadership experience is a plus.
- A relationship-builder, able to sustain a deeply collaborative approach and work successfully with CAC member group staff, other partners and vendors.
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field, or equivalent related work experience.
- Demonstrated ability in solving problems and applying an innovative approach to
- Ability to adjust plans and respond to a changing, dynamic political landscape.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Strong organization skills
- Strong desire to grow and learn.
The Fine Print
CAC staff are currently fully remote. However, once it is safe to do so, CAC staff will continue to work remotely and will be asked to come to our DC office for at least 1-2 in-person meetings per quarter depending on department. Staff will work East Coast hours regardless of their location.
The target salary is $85,000 and is commensurate based on experience. We offer an excellent benefits package which includes 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous paid time off, and a 401k plan.
Travel may be required when it is safe to do so.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to economic and social justice and do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.