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9 Jan 2020

Full-Time Policy Manager

Clean Air Carolina – Posted by cleanaircarolina Durham, North Carolina, United States

Clean Air Carolina

Job Description

Clean Air Carolina (CAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization working since 2003 for cleaner air, environmental justice, and solutions to climate change. With offices in Charlotte and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, CAC has a broad range of programs to advance its mission of ensuring cleaner air quality for all North Carolinians through education and advocacy and by working with partners to reduce sources of pollution. 


CAC seeks to hire a Policy Manager responsible for managing its public policy program and advocacy activities to successfully impact law and policy throughout North Carolina and nationally, in alignment with CAC’s mission and core values.

Key objectives of this position are to: 1) advance policy and rulemaking that improves and protects air quality, promotes environmental justice, and has a positive impact on the climate crisis; 2) leverage the legal system to achieve strategic changes in case law; and 3) work with partners to further advance our annual legislative agenda. This position builds, strengthens, and maintains a statewide network of diverse organizations, public agencies, media contacts, and other partners to achieve our objectives. 

The ideal candidate should be outgoing, team-oriented, have a minimum of three years of public policy advocacy experience with a non-profit, and a strong commitment to helping grow a network of advocates to extend CAC’s reach statewide. This position reports to the Executive Director and is based in CAC’s office located in the Research Triangle Park, however, Charlotte-based candidates will be considered if they are willing to relocate.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop an annual policy agenda for CAC
  • Educate and advise government officials and staff, civic bodies, and research agencies on legislative, policy, and planning issues related to CAC policy goals
  • Oversee legal advocacy program including securing declarants and ensuring goals of the lawsuit and outcome are publicized
  • Coordinate CAC’s board policy team, providing continuing education and advocacy goals for the team and entire board
  • Communicate CAC’s legal, legislative, and advocacy positions by preparing summaries, conducting impact analyses, creating action alerts and sharing this information across all levels of the organization
  • Represent CAC’s position at public forums, conferences, government agency meetings and in the press
  • Attend government meetings to monitor policy and rulemaking that will inform CAC’s advocacy goals
  • Work with CAC’s Marketing and Communications Manager to coordinate media outreach that promotes our policy agenda and goals
  • Work with CAC’s Medical Advocates for Healthy Air (MAHA) Manager to ensure that advocacy and policy priorities are aligned and work with one another. This includes helping to educate and support MAHA’s advocacy and education efforts to government officials and representatives;
  • Work to promote and ensure CAC’s position as the leading air focused non-profit organization in North Carolina.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, government relations or related field;
  • Minimum of three years of experience in public policy advocacy related position(s);
  • Experience in planning, directing and coordinating legislative campaigns;
  • Strong working knowledge of the various agencies that influence legislation, and rules and regulations affecting air quality;
  • Analysis, presentation, public speaking (oral communication) and media relations skills;
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Articulate and professional with a positive attitude
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Must be able to travel as needed
  • Proficient in G-Suite and MS-Office.

Work Environment

The work environment requires someone that is a self-starter, confident, responsible, reliable, enthusiastic, and goal-oriented. The individual must be flexible in a rapidly-changing work environment and work well independently and as part of a team.  

Work Schedule and Compensation

This is an outstanding opportunity to lead a pioneering nonprofit’s advocacy efforts. This full-time (40 hours per week) position requires occasional evening meetings, weekend work, and overnight travel. Clean Air Carolina offers a competitive compensation package to include medical, dental & vision coverage, paid time-off (PTO), company paid holidays and parental leave.

Clean Air Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and needs of the organization.

How to Apply

Only online applications received by February 1, 2020 will be accepted. To apply, click here.  For questions about this position, please email No phone calls. To learn more about Clean Air Carolina, please visit our website at

Job Categories: Air Quality. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: advocacy, environment, government, and policy. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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