Direct Air Capture, Policy Manager
Position Title: Direct Air Capture, Policy Manager
Reports To: Global Director, Carbon Capture
Type: Full-time position
Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a nonprofit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. This is accomplished through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector.
CATF is highly respected for its deep expertise and research on energy and industrial systems and potential strategies, technologies, and policies that can radically shrink their impact on the planet’s atmosphere. Our team of 100+ experts and advocates (and global network of subject matter experts and civil society partners) put this research and knowledge into action by designing and enacting public policies that drive toward zero emissions. We also support policies and work directly with private industry to innovate in technology to make the path to zero emissions swift and affordable.
CATF is headquartered in Boston, and has offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels with staff working virtually around world.
The role of the Direct Air Capture (DAC) Policy Manager is to develop and advocate for policies that promote the development and deployment of technical carbon removal and storage technologies in the United States and the European Union that also support the build out of the carbon capture and storage infrastructure broadly. Policy education and advocacy will be primarily conducted at the U.S. federal level as well as European Union institutions in coordination with both U.S. and EU Advocacy teams. Substantive policy work includes monitoring and evaluating existing policies and policy concepts as well as developing new policies, along with planning and executing outreach campaigns together with the rest of It will also include collaboration with allied NGO, business, expert, and government-based stakeholders.
Key Functions and Responsibilities:
- Policymaker education and advocacy: Develop and execute strategies relating to education about relevant policy concepts and advocacy to achieve DAC policy outcomes that create synergies with point source capture. This will include planning and executing direct communications with public officials, as well as leveraging networks of relevant stakeholders from civil society/NGOs, the commercial sector, and experts.
- Development and assessment of policy: Work with the CATF carbon capture team, the advocacy function, other programs, and outside groups to develop policies that are effective in scaling up DAC to the levels needed by midcentury. Policy areas include but are not limited to: implementation of DAC hub funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, expansion of public and private markets for DAC, expansion and enhancement of the 45Q tax credit for DAC, technology innovation, R&D, U.S. federal DAC procurement policy, pore space rights, and other related policies. Additionally, in the EU, the Carbon Removal Certification Mechanism as well as other policy areas to support carbon management.
- Support or lead analysis in support of policy development and advocacy: Directly undertake, support, or oversee analytic work related to policy assessment and advocacy. Areas can include policy analysis, economic modeling, and assessment of technology status.
- External Communications: Represent CATF with news media and in public forums such as hearings, meetings, conferences, and workshops. Develop blogs, reports, white papers, and other forms of content.
- Subject Matter Expert: Possesses deep familiarity with technical, economic, market, and policy issues related to DAC deployment and carbon removal.
- Collaboration: Work in collaboration with and provide support to the carbon capture team members and other CATF teams as needed.
- Growth of DAC around the world: Seek opportunities for synergies between U.S. DAC policy and that in the rest of the world to support CATF’s mission of global decarbonization.
- Operational support: Provide support to fundraising efforts, including grant writing and funder communications.
- BSc/BA is required; MSc/MA or other advanced degree is preferred
- 4+ years full-time professional experience preferred but candidates with relevant experience who do not meet this threshold are encouraged to apply
- Demonstrated experience in policy design
- Successful lobbying/advocacy experience
- Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities
- Avid networker skilled at building trust with a wide range of people
- Strong negotiation skills
- Consistent follow-through, and a commitment to high-quality work
- Excellent organizational skills
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
- Thorough knowledge of DAC, energy, and climate policy
- Demonstrable passion for CATF’s mission
Compensation and Location:
This is a full-time position. CATF offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The location for this position is flexible.
Please follow this link to submit a resume, cover letter referencing the position title, and contact information for two to three professional and/or academic references.
CATF provides equal employment opportunities.