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Government Affairs Manager

Government Affairs Manager
Organization: Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC)
Location: Remote
Date Posted: 03/21/2024


The Building Decarbonization Coalition unites building industry stakeholders with energy providers, environmental organizations, and local governments to help electrify California’s homes and workspaces with clean energy. Through convening, policy analysis, and consumer awareness building, the Coalition is pursuing fast, fair action to accelerate the development of zero-emission homes and buildings that will help California cut one of its largest sources of climate pollution while creating safe, healthy, and affordable communities.


Government Affairs Manager

The Government Affairs Manager supports the vision for the Coalition and serves in a key role for our work in California. Reporting to the California Director and working collaboratively with a small and rapidly growing team, the Government Affairs Manager plays a critical role in the evolution of the Coalition from its start-up stage to a more mature organization that can deliver powerfully on its long-term vision. Specifically, the Government Affairs Manager is responsible for leading the BDC’s legislative efforts and assisting in creating and implementing local- and state-level strategies. They will also assist in providing research, policy analysis, and technical assistance to Coalition members and partners.


Strategy Development & Implementation

  • Participate actively in developing the Coalition’s overarching strategic plan and ensure the campaign’s work is coordinated and fully embedded into other BDC priorities.
  • Help articulate BDC’s legislative strategy in coordination with lobbying support and BDC’s members and stakeholders.

Policy Research, Advocacy, Analysis & Technical Assistance

  • Assist the California Director with the development of the Coalition’s policy agenda for building decarbonization at local and state levels, providing research, policy analysis, and technical assistance to Coalition members and stakeholders.
  • Advocate for the Coalition’s policy priorities with legislators, staff, the Governor’s Office, agencies, labor unions, environmental justice CBOs, environmental nonprofits, OEMs, and others to drive our policy agenda forward.
  • Develop materials to educate elected and appointed officials regarding the benefits of BDC’s sponsored legislation.
  • Be a point person on policy education and communication with policymakers, including developing strong relationships, identifying opportunities and priorities, and working in coalition with others to move the Coalition’s policy agenda and campaigns forward.
  • Establish the Coalition as the go-to resource for policymakers.
  • Provide written and verbal testimony to ensure building decarbonization policy moves forward in Sacramento.
  • Maintain knowledge of development and trends in the field, track legislation, and produce regular reports for the California Director.
  • Convene NGOs, labor, equity groups, and others regularly to develop relationships and strengthen networks in order to address barriers to building decarbonization, identify solutions, and lift up the most vulnerable communities while simultaneously lifting up market leaders.
  • In partnership with the California Director, BDC, and its campaigns prioritize equity and strengthen the coalition by decarbonizing all buildings in an equitable way.

Resource Development & Budget Management

  • Partner with the California Director to support fundraising and other revenue-generating efforts including memberships and strategic partnerships for the Coalition’s state-based work.


  • Partner with the California Director and CA Senior Communications Manager to ensure a strong communications strategy in support of the new campaigns and policy initiative.
  • Support the implementation of communications and thought leadership pieces such as op-eds, blogs, and speaking roles.


  • A passion for building decarbonization, reflected in a clear and inspiring commitment to the mission and growth of the Coalition.
  • A passion for equity, bridge building, and creating high-road jobs.
  • Strong advocacy skills, political sophistication, policy analysis, and ability to work effectively and build consensus among a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Outstanding leadership and relationship-building skills with clarity of vision and a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, quality, and collaboration.
  • 3+ years of experience advocating and developing policy, preferably with a solid understanding of building electrification, power sector, and/or climate solutions. Preference for an understanding of workforce development and labor relations.
  • Proven understanding of California’s public policymaking/legislative environments and success in influencing policy agendas and outcomes.
  • Highly collaborative work style with the ability to operate as a peer and thought partner to the California Director and other members of the BDC team.
  • Experience with diverse stakeholders who may possess divergent viewpoints and agendas.
  • Ability to set clear priorities, and keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills that enable sound decision-making.
  • Outstanding writing and verbal communication skills; strong public speaking and facilitation skills are essential.
  • Exceptional project management skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence to support collaboration between and among diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability and willingness to travel on occasion.


The Government Affairs Manager will work remotely from their home. There is a strong preference for this position to be based in Sacramento. Some travel will be required, respective of Covid-related health and safety guidelines.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is a full-time salaried position with comprehensive benefits. Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


The Building Decarbonization Coalition values diversity in all its forms and is committed to an inclusive and transparent recruitment process. We recruit and hire without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, religion, creed, disability (actual or perceived), medical condition including genetic characteristics, marital status, domestic partnership status, citizenship, military service, height, weight, HIV/AIDS status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


The salary range for this position is $100,000-$120,000 commensurate with experience, plus a competitive benefits package including paid health insurance coverage, retirement benefits with company matching, unlimited flexible paid leave, 12 paid holidays, access to professional development resources, and much more.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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