We know that our climate goals can only be met by rapidly reducing emissions and removing the carbon that already exists in our atmosphere. Carbon180 is a climate NGO with a vision to remove legacy carbon emissions from the atmosphere and create a livable climate in which current and future generations can thrive. Based in Washington, DC, we design and champion equitable, science-based policies that bring carbon removal solutions to gigaton scale.
Carbon180 is seeking a senior policy advisor to support our growing policy work on agricultural approaches to carbon removal. Based in Washington, DC, this position will focus on approaches like soil carbon storage and agroforestry as part of Carbon180’s work on the full range of land- and tech-based carbon removal solutions. This senior policy advisor should be passionate about the role the federal government can play in developing and deploying climate solutions while prioritizing the needs of communities. This position is responsible for executing the organization's federal policy strategy, researching existing policies and helping develop new ideas, managing outreach to target policy audiences, and supporting policy-related communications and events. Our senior policy advisor, agriculture will serve on Carbon180’s policy team and report to the deputy director of policy.
Major Roles + Responsibilities
With the policy team, ideate, develop, and execute Carbon180’s policy strategy related to agricultural carbon removal solutions.
Help manage coalition-building and stakeholder outreach activities to galvanize support for sound policy on land-based carbon removal.
Carry out congressional outreach to educate policymakers and encourage them to introduce and pass legislation.
Coordinate with our communications team to support relevant content creation, media engagement, social media planning, and other communications tasks.
Help plan policy-related events including briefings for staffers and/or media, ENGO workshops, and more.
Perform policy analysis including
translating technical information on carbon removal solutions to support policy development,
developing, submitting, and sharing federal appropriations requests
working with key stakeholders to develop new policies that are rooted in science and environmental justice, and
analyzing grant awards and other Department of Agriculture (USDA) data on key programs related to Carbon180’s work.
Our ideal senior policy advisor believes deeply in our mission and that we must work quickly to realize it. Beyond that:
You move fluidly from strategy to execution. You appreciate the big picture and feel inspired to set a bold vision, but you know it's all in the details. You manage projects fluidly, fiercely prioritize, and track timelines, data, and information in an organized and systematic fashion. You don't drop balls, miss deadlines, or forget to respond to someone's inquiry.
You build trust and leverage meaningful relationships to get things done. Your colleagues trust you to accomplish tasks in a mutually beneficial, non-transactional way. You are both warm and demanding. You do the things you say you will do, hold others to account, and support the people you engage in the pursuit of shared goals.
You’re a driver of results. You pursue ambitious goals and use your exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical-thinking skills to make data-informed decisions and achieve impressive outcomes.
You’re on a quest for knowledge and absorb it like a sponge. When the path forward is unclear, you’re quick to dive into research and soak up everything you can. You find out what’s already been done, what’s working and not working, and what the science says to do next. You’re able to distill complex information into a concise set of findings and recommendations and effectively incorporate feedback from your team. You’re constantly looking to expand your skills and expertise.
You’re high-impact, low-ego, and kind to yourself and others. You choose optimism, assume the best, and resonate with our core values (see below).
You will also need:
A proven track record (3+ years) working on federal policy, on or off the Hill
Familiarity with the state of the field, with a strong intuition for where policy will be most impactful in advancing equitable climate change solutions
Strong knowledge of climate and agriculture issues with regards to policy and, at a high level, agricultural industry function across the US
Technical knowledge related to the carbon cycle, natural ecosystems, and soil carbon storage (preferred)
Connections to key stakeholders in agricultural policy and/or an eagerness to actively build this network
We currently require that all employees that plan to enter a Carbon180 office or otherwise meet in person with coworkers or other third parties on Carbon180 business are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, this role may require full COVID-19 vaccination (subject to any exemptions or accommodations due to medical or religious reasons).
Compensation + Benefits + Perks
Carbon180 is deeply committed to providing competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits to our employees.
The hiring range for this position will be between $90,000 and $112,500, commensurate with candidate experience.
Carbon180 prides itself on offering benefits and perks to our employees that illustrate how we live our values, including:
36-hour workweeks (we close at 1 pm every Friday) and dedicated no-meeting time each week
Flexible work culture
4 weeks of PTO, 2 weeks of paid org-wide breaks (1 week in the summer and 1 in the winter), 2 weeks of sick leave, and 5 floating holidays/personal days
16 weeks of paid parental leave
100% company-covered insurance premiums for medical/dental/vision/long-term disability for you and your dependents
A quarterly health and wellness stipend
To apply for the role of senior policy advisor, agriculture, please submit an application here by Sunday, December 11, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions or issues submitting an application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the application, you’ll be asked to
answer some basic questions about your background/experiences;
in place of a cover letter, answer a few written reflection questions to help us learn more about your interest in joining our team and in this role specifically, and;
attach your resume via email as prompted in the application form.
Applications are being accepted through Sunday, December 11, 2022.
There will be three rounds of interviews in December, January, and early-February (noting that timelines may be a bit extended due to the holiday season and our winter closure from December 23rd to January 2nd).
We anticipate extending an offer in early to mid-February.