Manager, Advocacy
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About the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES): Our mission is to secure a safe and stable climate by accelerating the transition to a thriving, just, and resilient low-carbon economy. We are widely recognized as an influential voice on climate issues, a trusted convener, and a credible source of expertise and analysis. We work closely with international climate negotiators; federal, state, and local policymakers; executives of Fortune 500 businesses; and a wide range of other stakeholders to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. C2ES is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.  

Our organizational values: We are ambitious and practical, advancing effective solutions that push the boundaries of the achievable. We are open-minded and inclusive, seeking out and considering a wide range of voices, views, and approaches. We are people-focused, dedicated to improving human well-being and recognizing that respect and empathy are central to success. We are one team, working collaboratively, communicating openly, making ourselves accessible to each other, and treating one another with kindness and respect.  


Position Summary: The Manager, Advocacy will play an important role in directly advocating for local, state, and federal policies that accelerate the transition to a thriving, just, and resilient low-carbon economy. This position requires direct experience in lobbying or climate/energy policy, the ability to establish and maintain a network of bipartisan relationships with policymakers and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. The ideal candidate will have experience working collaboratively with partners from the environmental, environmental justice, business, and/or consumer organizations. This position will report to the Director of Advocacy.  

Major Responsibilities:  

  • Lobby congressional offices, administration officials, and relevant state officials for policies needed to accelerate the global transition to a thriving, just, and resilient net-zero economy; 
  • Contribute to the development and execution of the organization’s policy advocacy strategy; 
  • Assist the Director of Advocacy in developing and managing policy campaigns that support C2ES’s policy agenda; 
  • Establish and maintain a network of relationships with congressional offices and administration officials; 
  • Stay current on developments relevant to C2ES’s policy agenda, i.e., tracking legislative proposals, attending legislative hearings, and following administrative actions including the rulemaking process; 
  • Represent C2ES in engagement with the administration, the U.S. Congress, and other external stakeholders; 
  • Conceptualize and execute events and briefings for Members of Congress and congressional staff; 
  • Work closely with C2ES colleagues in the planning and execution of regional convenings, particularly with respect to the inclusion of relevant federal policymakers;  
  • Assist the Director of Advocacy in efforts to mobilize companies, including C2ES’s Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) members, in support of ambitious climate policies, including with congressional offices and administration officials;  
  • Inform and contribute an advocacy focused perspective in the development of C2ES policy priorities and publications; 
  • Inform and contribute an advocacy focused perspective to technology-focused working groups in the BELC; 
  • Keep a record of time spent on lobbying activities in a timely and routine basis for LDA and IRS reports; 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) expectations:  
  • Participate in monthly all-staff DEI meetings;  
  • Demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment;
  • Complete trainings during on-boarding and on a yearly basis.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, environmental or energy policy, political science, or international affairs;  
  • At least 4 years of experience working on climate and energy policy in a federal legislative setting on Capitol Hill or at a nonprofit organization;   
  • Established relationships on Capitol Hill, ideally with offices on both sides of the aisle and in both houses of Congress; 
  • Understanding of the legislative process; 
  • A willingness to register as a lobbyist; 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;  
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and with guidance;
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills;  
  • Commitment to, knowledge of, or experience in advancing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental/climate justice;  
  • Flexibility, willingness to pitch in at all levels, and a team player.  

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Previous experience working on Capitol Hill; 
  • In-depth knowledge of legislative processes, including the federal appropriations process; 
  • In-depth knowledge of regulatory processes and the scope for executive actions; 
  • Established relationships in the White House and/or relevant executive agencies or departments; 
  • Interest in working directly with large companies, and/or trade associations on climate and energy policy; 
  • Familiarity with the landscape of climate-focused NGOs and an awareness of C2ES’s unique value proposition; 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize among and efficiently manage multiple assignments and meet critical deadlines. 

Status: Full-time, benefits-eligible.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.  

To apply, please upload a cover letter and resume. 

Starting Salary Range: $76,000-$95,000, depending on experience and qualifications. 

Travel, Time & Location Requirements: C2ES operates a hybrid work environment from our main office in Arlington, Virginia (with a move expected to downtown Washington, D.C. by November 2024). Physical presence in the office is expected at least two to three days per week. Some travel might be required.  

Benefits Offered:  

  • Health Insurance. C2ES covers 80% of the health insurance premiums.  
  • Dental Insurance. C2ES covers 100% of the dental premiums.
  • Vision Insurance: Employee covers the total cost of this plan.  
  • Long Term Disability and Short-Term Disability.
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
  • Group Life insurance and Voluntary Life insurance.
  • Leave Time: New employees start accumulating 3 weeks' vacation per year.
  • Sick time: up to 10 days per year.
  • Personal Leave: Up to Two personal leave days.
  • FMLA Leave: Case by case is evaluated by the Supervisor and HR.
  • Holidays: C2ES observes 12 holidays during the year. Additionally, the organization closes the last week of year.
  • 5% C2ES contribution towards 403b retirement Plan. 
  • Hybrid and flexible environment.

We also are fully committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We believe we will only be effective in developing and advocating for climate solutions if we have a diverse range of voices and perspectives represented within C2ES, in our work, and among our partners. C2ES is committed to creating and growing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and among the stakeholders we collaborate with and convene. By fostering this culture, we can enhance our work and amplify our impact. We encourage individuals of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, sexual identities, and abilities to apply for this position. For more on C2ES’s DEIJ policy, visit:  

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