Director, Policy and Government Relations

08 Jan, 2023


Director, Policy and Government Relations

Climate Leadership Council
Washington, D.C.

Organizational Summary: The Climate Leadership Council (CLC) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the most effective, fair, and politically viable climate solutions. Americans for Carbon Dividends (AFCD) is a 501(c)(4) national education and advocacy campaign that promotes the bipartisan Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan.


Position Overview: The Director, Policy and Government Relations will lead, support and bolster the CLC and AFCD’s efforts to impact public policy and build key relations with congressional offices and the Administration. 


Responsibilities include

  • Interact with Members of Congress, Administration officials and staff in furtherance of the organizations’ missions. 
  • Track, develop, manage and maintain relationships with key government stakeholders (Senate, House, Administration) through direct meetings, correspondence and public events.
  • Support the organizations’ collaborative work with external stakeholders in developing and refining details around priority policies, including the carbon dividends framework, and climate and trade policies.
  • Work in conjunction with the internal team and external stakeholders to build coalitions, develop and manage innovative policy campaigns, and engage with policymakers, trade associations, industry partners, thought leaders, non-profit think tanks, NGOs, and others to communicate and advance the organizations’ policy priorities.
  • Provide rapid response and ad hoc research and advice in support of the organizations’ leadership, supporters, stakeholders, Congressional offices, the Administration, and strategic partners.
  • Develop organizational engagement strategies for relevant legislative and regulatory proposals. 
  • Develop and execute strategies, stakeholder outreach, and policy campaigns to advance the organizations’ policy priorities. 
  • Represent the organizations in meetings with external stakeholders.
  • Work with the internal team to manage external consultants; set priorities and milestones and hold teams accountable.
  • Perform special projects as requested by the CEO, Managing Directors, and Senior Vice President, Policy and Research.



  • Undergraduate degree; at least 7 years of relevant experience is required.
  • Superior knowledge of climate, energy and/or trade policy.
  • Advocacy experience on energy, climate and/or trade policy issues preferred. 
  • Experience working on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch, trade associations, public affairs/lobbying firms, think tanks and/or other non-profit organizations or corporations preferred. 
  • Strong verbal and written communications and the ability to present in a group setting.
  • Ability to multitask, meet pressing deadlines, schedule, staff and lead meetings and adjust in a changing political environment.
  • Impeccable integrity and honesty and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Position requires registering as a federal lobbyist once hired.



This position is based in DC in a traditional office setting, subject to the organization’s telework policy. Currently the organization is operating in a hybrid environment (3 days in office; 2 days remote).


Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience; full benefits package. 


Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to


The Climate Leadership Council is committed to fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with U.S. state and federal laws.

Job posted: 2023-01-08