Job Title: Director of Policy, Green For All
Reports to: Senior National Director, Green For All
Salary Range: $108,000-155,000 for Oakland, CA (adjusted for location)
Location: Preference for Washington, D.C., open to remote
Dream Corps closes prison doors and opens doors of opportunity. We bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all. We are working to build a future wherein "we the people" means all of us.
Green For All fights for a world that is green for all, not green for some. We work at the intersection of environmental, economic, and racial justice movements to advance solutions to poverty and pollution.
The Director of Policy, in consultation with the Senior National Director, is responsible for overseeing Green For All’s state and federal policy work across all areas, including energy, transportation, and jobs and workforce development. The Director of Policy helps to develop and plays a primary role in advancing Green For All’s policy positions by overseeing research, analysis, and advocacy.
Currently, federal priorities include increasing funding and dedicated investments for green economic solutions in disadvantaged communities, prioritizing good, green jobs in programs related to infrastructure, transportation, and energy investments, expanding opportunities for black and brown clean energy and cleantech entrepreneurs, strengthening funding flow via green banks, etc. and developing and advancing common ground climate policies that unite Republicans and Democrats behind equitable climate and clean energy solutions that lift up struggling Americans.
The Director of Policy will report to the Senior National Director, and will collaborate closely with campaign and government affairs team members. They will work with Dream Corps core departments, such as development, digital engagement, and communications. The Policy Director will also be able to hire and supervise a team of 3-4 policy managers and research associates in order to advance our goals and priorities.
Key responsibilities include providing strategic guidance and direction for all policy campaigns, conducting research and policy analysis, providing issue area expertise, advocacy and direct lobbying, working with coalitions and partners to advance our objectives, and assisting with funder pitches and grant reports to resource our policy strategy as needed.
Policy Strategy & Advocacy:
- Work closely with the Senior National Director to develop and guide federal and state strategy, policy platforms, and legislative agendas.
- Support landscape analyses of policy opportunities and challenges at the state and federal level, and recommend policy strategies or options.
- Perform and oversee extensive research on climate, clean energy, clean transportation, and workforce and economic development issues.
- Draft federal legislative proposals and oversee bill introduction and co-sponsorships.
- Monitor, track, and report on emerging federal legislation, regulations, and policy developments.
- Read and analyze federal legislation and regulations, advise Green For All leadership on policy positions, and submit policy position letters and comments.
- Prepare issue briefs, one-pagers, bill summaries, talking points, internal memos, and other content as needed.
- Manage coalitions of diverse partners and convene stakeholders from across the political spectrum to advance program goals.
- Build and maintain exceptional professional relationships with policy-makers, program partners, coalitions, and advocates.
- Coordinate closely with campaign team mates and government affairs staff across Dream Corps.
- Work with program leadership and internal core departments (development, engagement, and communications) to design and implement policy and advocacy activities to support campaigns.
- Monitor progress of planned activities and provide regular updates and reports.
- Review written communications prior to National Director review/approval upon request (e.g., press release on a federal bill, Op-Eds, funder reports, funder proposals, etc.)
- Support Senior National Director, including helping to secure and prepare director for key meetings.
- Represent Green For All in external meetings and events when the National Director is unavailable, and effectively engage both liberal and conservative groups.
Program Development, Leadership, & Management:
- Provide effective leadership, management and supervision of policy & research staff, interns, and/or consultants.
- Identify opportunities to uplift our Senior National Director and Green For All’s visibility and brand awareness in D.C. and national press.
- Participate in strategic annual planning and regular campaign planning.
- Participate in regular Green For All team meetings, Dream Corps all-staff meetings, quarterly and annual retreats, etc.
- Contribute towards a positive, productive, and collaborative working environment.
- Model organizational core values of solutions, servant leadership, and soul.
- Remain accountable for position responsibilities and develop ongoing individual leadership and talent plans.
- Be responsive to incoming communications (inbox, slack channel, etc) during normal working hours.
- Keep Salesforce, Shared Drive, and Asana updated in a timely manner for effective information sharing in our remote culture.
- Support implementation and adherence with all other organizational policies and procedures.
- Must be willing and able to travel occasionally (estimated 10-15%), including for in-person staff meetings and retreats in California, upon safely resuming in-person travel.
Skills and Attributes
- Commitment to collaboration. At Dream Corps we are committed to using our established communication tools as a way to build relationships and create a future that is good for us all.
- The mindset of our staff impacts our work. Possession of the following attributes will help you be successful on our team: flexibility, honesty, humor, inclusivity, and open-mindedness. We work hard and are action oriented in our approach to solutions.
- Ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and life experience is essential.
We are especially interested in candidates who have direct policy issue area expertise, have strong written and verbal communications skills, and a passion for bridging divides and bringing people together around a common cause. Candidates who have been personally impacted by climate disruption, environmental racism, and/or economic oppression; or have spent significant time living and working in communities impacted by these issues are strongly encouraged to apply.
- A strong demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice is required.
- Strong working knowledge of state and federal policy-making processes.
- Extensive knowledge of climate change issues and what is needed to transition the American economy.
- Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant work experience and a track record of success.
- J.D. or MPP, or relevant advanced degree preferred, but not required if the candidate has additional relevant years of federal policy experience.
- Must have working knowledge of climate justice, clean energy, clean transportation, economic justice and workforce development policy issues, with in-depth issue area expertise in at least one subject matter.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and leverage strong working relationships with key decision makers, partners and diverse stakeholders, including both conservatives and liberals.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills, including excellent writing and editing skills, persuasive communication, public presentation and/or meeting facilitation skills, and ability to be an effective media spokesperson.
- Appreciation for empathy-based communications and storytelling, digital advocacy, grassroots organizing, and movement building.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work effectively.
- Experience working in driven and fast-paced teams, often working under pressure while maintaining congenial relationships and a high quality of work.
- Solid staff supervision and coaching skills to inspire individuals and teams to a high level of performance.
- Willing to take initiative, exercise good judgment, and use diplomacy and discretion.
- A roll-up-your-sleeves, no-job-too-small, go-the-extra-mile work ethic.
- A values-based, principled approach and willingness to work with people you don’t always agree with to advance positive change.
- Ability to deliver high impact results.
All full-time employees receive Medical, Dental & Vision coverage. Dream Corps pays 100% of premiums for employee, spouse and dependents. Part-time employees receive 50% coverage. After a 6 month waiting period, employees can contribute to our retirement plan. Currently, Dream Corps offers up to a 5% match. We also offer a flexible spending, pre-tax program for medical expenses, dependent care expenses, transit expenses and parking expenses. All full-time Dream Corps employees accrue 4 weeks of vacation time off and 12 days of sick time off over the first year of employment. Part-time employees accrue time off on a prorated basis. In addition to 10 paid holidays, Dream Corps also provides paid time off from December 24th through January 1st each year.
Dream Corps is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strive for a workforce that reflects the populations that we serve.