Washington Regulatory Policy Manager
Office location
Seattle

Climate Solutions seeks a smart, innovative Washington Regulatory Policy Manager with a deep commitment to equitable and just climate solutions to further the organization’s mission through concrete program and regulatory policy work. Since 2019, Washington has passed major keystone climate policies that will transition our economy off fossil fuels and protect our most vulnerable communities, including the Clean Energy Transformation Act, the Zero Emission Vehicle Standard, the Clean Fuel Standard, and the Climate Commitment Act. The Washington Regulatory Policy Manager will support the rulemaking and ongoing implementation of key climate and clean energy policies through policy analysis and engagement with a diverse set of partners.

As a Northwest-based nonprofit, Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. Since 1998, Climate Solutions has the vision of a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy, inspiring the transition to sustainable prosperity across the country and beyond. Climate Solutions advances local, regional, and state action on climate and clean energy through championing transformational policies and market-based innovations; catalyzing powerful partnerships and a diverse movement for action and accountability; and communicating a bold vision for solutions at the scale required by climate science. For more information about Climate Solutions, visit www.climatesolutions.org.

The position is a full-time, exempt position located in Seattle and supervised by the Washington Director.  Extensive travel to Olympia and some statewide travel will be required, depending on organizational policies related to COVID.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with other Climate Solutions programs and partner organizations to develop and advance the equitable and just implementation of Washington policies, including research and outreach to subject matter experts, community experts, and other stakeholders to further inform the organization’s policy positions.
  • Represent Climate Solutions in regulatory settings with government agencies, partner organizations, and other stakeholders, including doing public presentations, participating in public forums, and testifying at hearings.
  • Research, analyze, and help prepare materials to support regulatory efforts, including formal comment letters, testimony, rule amendments, factsheets, leading independent research projects, and blog posts, in collaboration with other Climate Solutions team members.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with policy makers, regulators, partner organizations, stakeholders, businesses, and other influential organizations who can support the implementation of clean energy laws.
  • Collaborate and create inclusive coalitions with a diverse set of stakeholders, including organizations representing communities of color, environmental justice partners, and others who have knowledge of communities’ lived experience of climate impacts and priorities.
  • Help inform Climate Solutions positions on legislative policy in concert with Climate Solutions’ policy team.
  • Assist and support the Washington Director as assigned, especially on regulatory affairs and engagement with other policy makers on clean energy policy.
  • Build and maintain a high level of expertise and credibility in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Participate in Climate Solutions staff meetings, trainings, racial equity conversations, and team meetings.  Lead or coordinate meetings when appropriate.
  • Work with the Washington Director and other staff to incorporate Climate Solutions’ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion commitments, Commitment to Leading our Work with a Racial Equity Lens, and Climate Solutions’ values into all aspects of the job, including into the Washington policy program and priorities.
  • Meet staff reporting deadlines for program, development, and administrative tasks.
  • Additional duties may be assigned within the course of the work.

DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Expertise or experience with policies, technologies, and trends to advance equitable and just climate and clean energy policy.
  • Understanding of how climate change, climate policy, and mitigation strategies impact different communities, especially communities of color, workers, low-income communities, and people from different geographic regions.
  • Familiarity and with a range of written and electronic communications tools, including social media and email communications.

Ability to:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with policy makers, stakeholders, and other influential groups and individuals who can support the passage of clean energy and climate change legislation.
  • Understand and analyze complex technical information, including legislative and regulatory policy in clean electricity, buildings, transportation, and other sectors.
  • Learn and understand policy and regulatory processes at various levels of government.
  • Communicate complex technical information, both verbally and in writing, to policy makers, stakeholders, and the public to gain support for legislative and regulatory action.
  • Draft materials targeted at a wide variety of audiences including legislators, activists, labor and business leaders, and coalition partners.
  • Work cooperatively with other Climate Solutions programs to develop and advance policy goals.
  • Work collaboratively with other Climate Solutions program staff, partner organizations, and other stakeholders to develop and advance shared policy goals.
  • Operate desktop computer and Microsoft Windows and Office Software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and specialized software applications in a network environment.

REMUNERATION

This is a salaried position with a minimum annual salary of $78,000 with the potential for a higher salary based on previous experience. 

Climate Solutions cares about you as a whole person so we provide the following benefits to support your ability to be successful in the position and your health and well-being:

  • Insurance premiums fully paid for the employee:
    • Medical
    • Vision
    • Dental, including orthodontia
    • Disability and Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses
  • 30 days of Paid Time Off accrued annually
  • 14 annual flexible holidays, including birthday leave
  • 401K starting after 3 months of employment with a 5% contribution by CS
  • Flexible work policy
  • A work environment that recognizes your family and community responsibilities
  • A commitment to professional development, including both funds and time
  • Paid time dedicated to work on equity and inclusion with a racial equity lens
  • Annual performance reviews and ongoing feedback to support your development
  • A strong commitment to successful onboarding and retention

TO APPLY

  • Email a résumé in PDF format to employment@climatesolutions.org.  There is no need to include a cover letter, and one will not be considered as part of your application.
  • Please put Washington Regulatory Policy Manager and YOUR NAME as the subject line of the email and label the resume with your first and last name.
  • In the body of the email, please let us know how you found out about the position.
  • This position is open until filled.

If you are concerned that you don’t meet the minimum qualifications but have other skills or experience that we have not considered and would be valuable in this position, please apply.

If you need reasonable accommodation in applying or interviewing for this position, please let us know.

Climate Solutions recognizes that institutional racism, including systems and behaviors that maintain white power and privilege, exists within our organization, the broader climate and environmental movement, and throughout society. We also recognize that the impacts of the climate crisis, pollution from fossil fuels, and the costs of proposed solutions fall disproportionately on communities of color, low income, Tribal Nations, and frontline communities, both in our region and across the world. This is a barrier to a more equitable future and our ability to achieve our mission.

Climate Solutions has chosen to lead our work with a racial equity lens as a strategy to address all forms of oppression.  Climate Solutions is committed to equal opportunity in employment and promotion for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, military or veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, pregnancy and childbirth, family responsibilities, or any other basis protected by applicable laws, regulations, or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.

Climate Solutions is committed to equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, military or veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, pregnancy and childbirth, family responsibilities, or any other basis protected by applicable laws, regulations, or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.

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