Senior Associate, Climate Policy and Communication, US Climate Alliance Secretariat – Washington DC

Published 22:42 on March 7, 2018  /  Last updated at 22:42 on March 7, 2018  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

The Senior Associate reports to the US Climate Alliance Executive Director. The Senior Associate supports and responds to state-led initiatives, and works with the Energy and Climate team at the United Nations Foundation, which houses the Alliance Secretariat.

The Senior Associate reports to the US Climate Alliance Executive Director. The Senior Associate supports and responds to state-led initiatives, and works with the Energy and Climate team at the United Nations Foundation, which houses the Alliance Secretariat.

Areas of Responsibility

Climate Policy Support

  • Work with the Executive Director to support Alliance states in the development and execution of strategy, including research and analysis on policy, in close consultation with state experts.
  • Liaise with stakeholders to identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Conduct analysis and develop briefing papers on state-level climate policy, federal actions related to climate and clean energy, and international climate efforts.
  • Support the planning and implementation of high-impact events, including organizing meetings and guest lists, developing a work plan, and communicating information to relevant staff and teams.
  • Coordinating emissions and commitment tracking with research/analytical partners, and coordinating with groups doing complementary work.

Communications Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of a comprehensive traditional and digital communications strategy to support the Alliance’s strategic plan.
  • Coordinate with press and press secretaries in offices of each Alliance state.
  • Draft press releases, op-eds, Q&A, talking points and other press material.
  • Lead the development and execution of a crisis communications strategy, as needed
  • Maintain the Alliance website, ensuring information is up-to-date, represents the Alliance’s broad membership, and effectively communicates the Alliance’s work to stakeholders.
  • Manage and build the Alliance’s social media presence.

Organizational Support

  • Assist in managing the operations of the Alliance, including tracking all action items, coordinating outreach, managing contacts, and drafting correspondence.
  • Handle all aspects of travel arrangements in a timely manner, including: preparing appropriate forms for travel approval, making all hotel and transportation arrangements, scheduling meetings, and providing detailed itineraries.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience in climate policy and communications essential, with significant experience working with governments or other political figures.
  • As part of a small team, maximum flexibility in accepting and professionally executing a range of tasks is required.
  • Experience leading communications strategy, including managing press and crisis communications, strongly desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state politics and state climate policy strongly desired.
  • Experience in events management, coordinating multi-stakeholder processes, and engagement in national or international climate coalitions a plus.
  • Flexibility in taking on other tasks as needed, including administrative, is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required, including strong drafting ability and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment within limited timeframes.
  • Diplomatic and able to work effectively with leaders across a range of government, private sector and civil society organizations.
  • Ability to work independently as well as member of a team; and ability to take initiative.
  • Extreme personal discretion with sensitive information.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency in or ability to learn Square Space, Word Press, or other website management software.
  • Demonstrated use of social media to effectively communicate climate policy.
  • Cheerful, friendly, enthusiastic, and dependable.
  • Personal commitment to advancing the climate and clean energy agenda in the United States and internationally.
  • Ability to work outside normal office hours during surges (e.g. in the lead up to major events) and respond quickly to urgent requests.
  • Ability to adhere to UNF’s attendance policy
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress

For full-time employees we offer an excellent range of benefits, including a choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP). Dental insurance, vision discount plan, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Long-Term Care Insurance, Health Club Discounts, Commuter Benefits, and Employee Assistance Program.

12 Paid holidays, 4 weeks of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days and 8 weeks of parental leave (mother or father). Access to the UNFCU Credit Union, 150% match on our 403b retirement plan, Flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts and discounted Zipcar membership.


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