Dream Corps is a bridge-building and solutions-oriented organization. We work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity. While acknowledging the “battle ground” issues that divide us, we focus on the “common ground” solutions that unite us to fight hate with love + power.
Green For All is a national program of the Dream Corps, founded by Van Jones in 2007. Green For All’s mission to build an inclusive clean economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Our organization works at the intersection of environmental, racial, and economic justice movements to advance policy solutions that address poverty and pollution at the same time. Our goal is to make sure people of color and low-income families have a place and a voice in the climate movement. That we pass policies that make neighborhoods strong, resilient, and healthy. That as the clean economy grows, it brings jobs and opportunities to the people who need it the most.
Green For All is seeking an experienced Policy Manager to add to our growing team. The Policy Manager will work under the National Director to advance Green For All’s federal policy priorities, maintain strong working relationships with federal agencies, policymakers, allies, and other key stakeholders, and build our political power and influence in D.C. Candidates should have direct experience working to advance federal policy, strong written and verbal communications skills, excellent coalition-building skills, political savvy, working knowledge of climate and clean energy issues, and a demonstrated commitment and passion for social justice.
The Policy Manager will play a key role in advancing Green For All’s “common ground” campaign to unite Republicans and Democrats behind equitable climate and clean energy solutions that uplift the underdogs in red states and blue states. We’re talking about solutions that improve real people’s lives, from low-income families in urban neighborhoods overburdened by pollution to struggling farmers in rural communities -- we all have a role to play.
The Policy Manager will help develop and play a primary role in implementing Green For All’s federal policy agenda across all areas, including clean energy, clean transportation, and good jobs and workforce development. Key responsibilities include conducting research and policy analysis, advocacy and direct lobbying, working with coalitions and partners to advance our objectives. The Policy Manager will be the primary point of contact for Green For All in D.C. and will be responsible for developing, managing, and leveraging relationships with key government agencies, members of Congress, national partners, and the White House. They should be comfortable serving as a media spokesperson and brand ambassador for the organization.
The Policy Manager will report to the National Director and collaborate with Green For All staff and Dream Corps core departments, such as development, engagement, and communications, in order to advance our goals and priorities.
PRIMARY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Policy and Campaign Management:
Work closely with the National Director and Deputy Director to develop federal policy platforms and legislative agendas.
Perform extensive research on climate, clean energy, clean transportation, and workforce and economic development issues.
Draft legislative proposals and oversee bill introduction and co-sponsorships.
Monitor, track, and report on emerging legislation, regulations, and policy developments.
Read and analyze legislation and regulation, 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 and coordinate meetings with elected and appointed officials and their staff.
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.
Work with program leadership and internal core departments (development, engagement, and communications) to design and implement policy and advocacy activities to support campaigns.
Identify opportunities to uplift Green For All’s visibility and brand awareness in D.C. and national press.
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, email blasts, funder reports, funder proposals, etc.)
Support National Director trips to D.C., including helping to secure and prepare director for key meetings.
Represent Green For All in external meetings and events when National Director is unavailable, and effectively engage both liberal and conservative groups.
Contribute input and participate in strategic annual planning.
Participate in weekly Green For All team meetings, bi-monthly Dream Corps all-staff meetings, quarterly and annual retreats, etc.
Contribute towards a positive, productive, and collaborative working environment.
Demonstrate commitment to organizational core values of solutions, servant leadership, and soul.
Remain accountable for position responsibilities and develop ongoing individual leadership and talent plan.
Be responsive to incoming communications (inbox, slack channel, etc) during normal working hours.
Keep calendar up to date and communicate whereabouts with members of the team during normal working hours.
Maintain accurate records in databases and tracking systems, updated in a timely manner for effective information sharing in our remote culture.
Submit timesheets and reimbursement requests in a timely manner.
Comply with all other organizational policies and procedures obviously :)
Must be willing and able to travel occasionally (>20%), including for in-person staff meetings and retreats in California.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
We are especially interested in candidates who have direct experience working to advance federal policy, 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.
Must have working knowledge of climate and clean energy policy issues.
Extensive familiarity with federal policy-making process and political landscape.
Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience and a track record of success.
J.D. or MPP, or relevant advanced degree preferred, but not required if candidate has additional relevant years of federal policy experience.
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.
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.
More about the job
This full-time salaried position will work remotely in the Washington, D.C. area. Reliable access to an internet connection and willingness to spend significant time working from a computer will be necessary to perform this job. Some cross-country travel will be required.
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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.
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