Oregon Policy Manager, Climate Solutions – Portland

Published 19:27 on March 6, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:27 on March 6, 2018  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

As a Northwest-based nonprofit, Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. Climate Solutions seeks a smart, innovative Oregon Policy Manager with a deep commitment to climate and clean energy solutions to further the organization’s mission through concrete program and policy work, including legislative and regulatory advocacy at the local, state, and regional levels.

Job Type: Full Time
Salary Details: Range starts at $60,000 Annually
Application Deadline: 03/19/2018
Address: Portland, OR


As a Northwest-based nonprofit, Climate Solutions’ mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. Climate Solutions seeks a smart, innovative Oregon Policy Manager with a deep commitment to climate and clean energy solutions to further the organization’s mission through concrete program and policy work, including legislative and regulatory advocacy at the local, state, and regional levels. In partnership with the Oregon Director, the Policy Manager will spearhead meaningful policies to drive reductions in climate pollution, accelerate the transition to clean energy in Oregon and build broad support for climate action across the region.

Since 1998, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision of a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy, inspiring the transition to sustainable prosperity across the country and beyond. We are at the forefront of globally significant campaigns to make the Northwest the first region in the country to sustainably and equitably transition to 100% clean energy. Climate Solutions advances local, regional, and national 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 the Portland office and supervised by the Oregon Director.


  • Research, analyze and develop Climate Solutions’ positions on climate and clean energy policy issues, and engage in advocacy and campaign activities in support of the organization’s policy priorities.
  • Draft policy and campaign materials supportive of these policy efforts, including regulatory and legislative proposals, comment letters, testimony, factsheets, and other comminications such as blog posts, action alerts, and opinion editorials.
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, partner organizations, and coalitions to advocate for, and support successful implementation of, climate and clean energy legislation, initiatives, and regulation in Oregon and at the regional and federal level.
  • Represent Climate Solutions among its partners, stakeholders, legislators, and other elected, business, and opinion leaders, including doing public presentations, participating in public forums, and testifying at legislative hearings and regulatory processes.
  • Work closely with and support the Oregon Director in goal-setting, strategy, and implementation to meet the organization’s short- and long-term policy objectives.
  • Work with the Oregon Communications Manager to identify and capitalize on opportunities to advance our messages and showcase the clean energy transition.
  • Develop and maintain excellent, collaborative working relationships with CS team members, coalition partners, allies, and key legislative, regulatory and administrative staff.
  • Build and maintain a high level of expertise and credibility in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Work with the Oregon Director and other staff to incorporate Climate Solutions’ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion commitments into Oregon’s program and priorities.
  • Additional duties may be assigned within the course of the work.


Skills and Knowledge:

Knowledge of:

  • Policy, legislative and regulatory processes, preferably in Oregon.
  • Energy and utility policy or energy economics preferred. Other relevant expertise includes climate policy, decarbonizing transportation, renewable energy, and/or energy efficiency.
  • Exceptional analytic skills, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity and facility with range of written and electronic communications tools, including social media and email communications.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Climate Solutions.
  • Understanding of equity and its role in solutions to the climate crisis.

Ability to:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with policy makers, partner organizations, and other stakeholders to support passage of clean energy and climate change policies, and build accountable relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Understand, learn and analyze complex technical information, including legislative and regulatory policy in energy, transportation, and other sectors.
  • Communicate complex technical information, both verbally and in writing, to policy makers, stakeholders, and the public to gain support for policy action.
  • Draft materials targeted to a wide variety of audiences including legislators, activists, labor and business leaders, coalition partners and the general public.
  • Monitor and track Climate Solutions’ engagement in multiple policy and campaign activities, managing calendars, deadlines, and participation from other staff and stakeholders.
  • Work cooperatively with other Climate Solutions programs and partner organizations and coalitions to develop and advance policy goals.
  • Set priorities, set and make deadlines and manage multiple short‐term and long‐term projects simultaneously.
  • Operate desktop computer and Microsoft Windows and Office Software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and specialized software applications in a network environment.
  • Travel frequently to Salem, with occasional travel statewide and to Washington State.


Two years of experience working to advance policy goals.

Education and Training:

Bachelor’s degree is required.  Alternatively, a candidate can have four additional years of experience in lieu of the education requirement, or some combination of both.


This is an exempt position and the minimum salary is $60,000 with the potential for a higher salary based on previous experience. We also offer generous benefits, including medical, four weeks of paid leave, and retirement.


Medical, dental, life, long term disability, Four weeks of vacation, sick and safe leave, 401K

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply




  • Email a résumé, cover letter and at least three professional reference contacts in PDF format to employment@climatesolutions.org.
  • Please put OREGON POLICY MANAGER and YOUR NAME as the subject line of the email and address the cover letter to Meredith Connolly, Oregon Director.
  • Please label the cover letter and 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, but priority review will be given to candidates who have submitted their applications by March 19th. Applications received after that date may be reviewed in a second round.
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