U.S. Policy Manager, Carbon Capture
Position Title: U.S. Policy Manager, Carbon Capture
Reports To: Global Director, Carbon Capture
Location: Remote; flexible within the U.S.
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 is headquartered in Boston, and has offices in Washington D.C. and Brussels with staff working virtually around world.
The role of the U.S. Policy Manager is to develop and advocate for policies that promote the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies (including direct air capture (DAC)) in the United States. Policy development and advocacy will focus on the U.S. Congress and federal agencies and include targeted state-level advocacy. Substantive policy work will build on recently enacted incentives and demonstration funding made in the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to ensure that carbon capture technologies are deployed to cut carbon pollution at scale within the United States and advance the technology through smart deployment of federal demonstration funding. The Carbon Capture Policy Manager will also lead CATF’s stakeholder engagement with allied NGOs, coalitions, businesses, project developers, and independent scientific experts working on carbon capture, and will plan and execute outreach campaigns to grow the ecosystem of supporters.
Key Functions and Responsibilities:
- Policymaker education and advocacy: Develop and execute strategies to educate and achieve CCS policy outcomes that create synergies between point source and direct air capture (DAC). This will include planning and communicating with public officials, as well as building, supporting, and working with coalitions to achieve policy outcomes.
- Development and assessment of policy: Strategize with the Carbon Capture program, other CATF teams, and relevant stakeholders to develop policies that will advance CCS deployment to the levels needed by midcentury. Policy areas may include: improving and strengthening 45Q, expanding public and private markets for CCS, devising and developing new ways to incentivize, finance, market, or mandate CCS, implementing CCS funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, spurring technology innovation, growing public-private partnerships, clarifying pore space rights on federal lands onshore and offshore, facilitating carbon transport, etc.
- Analyze or support analysis of policy development and advocacy: Directly undertake, support, or oversee analytic work, economic modeling, and technology assessment related to policy and advocacy.
- 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 to grow CCS.
- Subject Matter Expert: Become an expert in one or more aspects of CCS: technical, economic, market, finance and/or policy issues related to the deployment of the technology.
- Collaboration: Support the work of the Carbon Capture and other CATF teams as needed.
- Growing CCS around the world: Seek synergies that grow CCS in rest of the world to support CATF’s mission of global decarbonization.
- Operational support: Support 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, finance, economics, engineering related to CCS or climate.
- Successful lobbying/advocacy experience preferred.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Avid networker skilled at building trust with a wide range of people in coalitions and on Capitol Hill.
- Consistent follow-through, and a commitment to high-quality work.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills, including the ability to write clear and compelling educational materials.
- Thorough knowledge of CCS, 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 range of $100,000 to $135,000, commensurate with experience. The location for this position is flexible, but preference will be shown to applicants located in Washington, D.C.
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CATF provides equal employment opportunities.