Policy and Program Manager, Land & Climate
Position Title: Policy and Program Manager, Land & Climate
Reports To: Land & Climate Program Director
Location: Remote, flexible within the U.S., eastern time zone (UTC-05:00) preferred
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 150+ 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 has offices in Boston, Washington D.C., and Brussels, with staff working virtually around the world.
ABOUT THE LAND & CLIMATE PROGRAM
The Land & Climate Program is an outgrowth of CATF’s former bioenergy and land use program. It was expanded in 2022 to encompass land-based carbon removal and land barriers to building clean energy infrastructure. The mission of the Land & Climate Program is to understand and pursue the most effective uses of Earth’s limited land resources to mitigate climate change, enable energy system transformation, and support livelihoods worldwide.
The goals of the program are to:
- Build understanding of the coupled nature of our land-energy-and climate systems, and the need for a systems approach to technology, policy, and management.
- Elevate the issue of increasing competition for land in the face of climate change, population and energy growth, and economic development to promote regional spatial planning.
- Protect and enhance global ecosystem carbon sinks to buy time, hedge risk, and preserve the opportunity space for energy system/technology transformation.
- Promote innovation and synergies in multi-function landscapes to reduce energy impacts and enhance co-benefits.
The Land & Climate Policy and Program Manager supports the Land & Climate Program team, ensuring projects and crosscutting initiatives are aligned with program strategy and carried out efficiently and on time. The Policy and Program Manager reports to the Program Director and works closely with other program staff to support a range of strategies to help achieve the Land & Climate Program goal of increasing climate-beneficial uses of land in the U.S. and globally.
The Policy and Program Manager will undertake a wide variety of activities including coordinating state and federal policy action relevant to the program, developing policy responsive documents for the team, coordinating internally on policy activities via coordination calls, internal team building and coordination, tracking and completion of program tasks, ensuring work is completed on schedule and budget, managing external contracts, serving as a point of contact for external stakeholders as appropriate, developing communication materials for internal and external use, managing the program social media presence in collaboration with the CATF communications team, coordination of external meetings and briefings, coordination of internal strategic planning sessions and materials, occasional content research, and special projects.
A successful candidate will have the skills and experience needed to support the key functions below as well as interest in and working knowledge of the subject matter of the Land & Climate Program, such as land-based carbon storage and removals, climate-beneficial bioenergy, siting clean energy resources, and competing global demands for land to support a rapid and just energy transition.
Key Functions and Responsibilities:
Policy management (30%)
- Coordinate state and federal policy action relevant to the program.
- Draft and contribute to policy-responsive documents for the team.
- Coordinate internally on policy activities via coordination calls.
- Coordinate external engagement/meetings with policymakers.
Program support and implementation (35%)
- Participate in regular CATF calls to represent the Land & Climate Program.
- Spearhead special projects and events, such as workshops.
- Support program staff in organizing and executing effective meetings internally and externally. Assist with scheduling, agenda development, materials preparation, and note-taking to capture outcomes and next steps.
- Collaborate with program, development, and communications staff on fundraising and outreach efforts.
- Help manage program budgets, coordinating with finance and development staff.
- Track program workplan execution and progress.
- Work with program staff to ensure timely completion of all grant deliverables.
- Pursue and implement program management tools to foster efficient collaboration, task tracking, and performance evaluation.
Program communications (35%)
- Synthesize detailed documents and meeting notes into slide presentations, fact sheets, blogs, talking points, grant reports, internal updates, and other communications.
- Manage materials vetting, ensuring sign-off by relevant technical, legal, communications and policy experts.
- Oversee the organization and maintenance of internal document libraries and other shared resources, with support from team members where applicable.
- An undergraduate or master’s degree in a relate field.
- 2-3 years of policy engagement/outreach experience.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience developing technical and/or policy content for websites, newsletters, slide decks, and memos.
- Proven skills and experience working in a high-functioning team, managing projects with tight deadlines in a kind and collaborative way.
- Self-starter who enjoys taking initiative, helping others, and encouraging initiative in others.
- Consistent follow-through, highly organized, and committed to high-quality work.
- Excellent problem solver adept at defining problems before acting, acting decisively, and making sound decisions.
- Motivated to achieve results and deliver impact, with an ability to balance short- and long-term goals.
- Strong computer skills, including comfort with the Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Teams.
- Agile learner who acquires new knowledge quickly and demonstrates genuine curiosity.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and oriented toward information sharing.
- Detail-oriented proofreader.
- With advance notice, able to occasionally work outside of typical office hours to accommodate colleagues in other time zones.
- Willingness for occasional domestic or international travel.
- Experience and/or interest in the Land & Climate Program subject matter areas.
- Passion for CATF’s mission.
Compensation and Location:
This is a full-time, funding-dependent position with a starting salary of $80,000-90,000 commensurate with experience. CATF also offers an excellent benefits package. The location for this position is flexible within the U.S., eastern time zone preferred. CATF provides equal employment opportunities.
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. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by May 1, 2023.
CATF provides equal employment opportunities.