Government Relations Director

28 Apr, 2022

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Government Relations Director

Breakthrough Energy
Washington, D.C.

ABOUT BREAKTHROUGH ENERGY 

Established in 2015 by Bill Gates and a coalition of private investors concerned about the impacts of accelerating climate change, Breakthrough Energy supports the innovations that will lead the world to net-zero emissions. We are building on the proven model of public-private partnerships that Gates has already used to transform health, education, and public welfare around the world. Breakthrough Energy is a network of entities and initiatives, including investment funds, nonprofit and philanthropic programs, and policy efforts linked by a common commitment to scale the technologies we need to achieve a path to net zero emissions by 2050. We are encouraging the development of new net-zero energy technologies, championing policies that speed innovation from lab to market, and bringing together governments, research institutions, private companies, and investors to expand and enhance clean-energy investment.

Breakthrough Energy embraces diversity and recognize our responsibility to provide a diverse and inclusive work environment. We value the benefits that arise from a diverse organization and are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion where employees of all backgrounds can collaboratively work and serve Breakthrough Energy’s mission. This is extended to all areas of the employee lifecycle and experience, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, training, promotions, career development programs, and benefits. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit-based factors. We encourage diverse candidates to apply.

JOB DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW

The Government Relations Director is a leader in the US Policy and Advocacy team and represents the positions of Breakthrough Energy before federal and state policymakers. This role is responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that advances the mission and goals of Breakthrough Energy. The Director must have significant leadership skills to drive legislative strategies forward, collaborate with team members, manage staff, and work across all Breakthrough Energy programs. The Director reports to the Vice President of US Policy and Advocacy.

This position will be based in Breakthrough Energy’s Washington, DC office.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Proven experience in government relations and energy/climate issues
  • Extensive knowledge of federal politics, legislative process, and administrative actions on climate and energy
  • Familiarity with the science of climate change, the broad portfolio of clean energy technologies, and the range of potential policy frameworks for multiple sectors.
  • Able to identify viable legislative or administrative pathways for policy priorities, and develop effective strategies to utilize those paths
  • Experience with managing direct staff and leading project teams
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative, inclusive workplace with matrix management
  • Ability to bring together multiple perspectives into a cohesive effort
  • Ability to effectively communicate with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong writing skills and ability to create materials that represent the organization’s positions and priorities
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships quickly

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND DESIRED SKILLS

  • Proven experience in government relations and energy/climate issues
  • Extensive knowledge of federal politics, legislative process, and administrative actions on climate and energy
  • Familiarity with the science of climate change, the broad portfolio of clean energy technologies, and the range of potential policy frameworks for multiple sectors.
  • Able to identify viable legislative or administrative pathways for policy priorities, and develop effective strategies to utilize those paths
  • Experience with managing direct staff and leading project teams
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative, inclusive workplace with matrix management
  • Ability to bring together multiple perspectives into a cohesive effort
  • Ability to effectively communicate with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong writing skills and ability to create materials that represent the organization’s positions and priorities
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships quickly

Breakthrough Energy’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is also represented in our compensation philosophy. We are committed to offering starting salaries on the value of the position within the market. We do not believe salary should be based on a candidate’s ability to negotiate, previous salary history, or any other non-skills-based attributes. Breakthrough Energy believes that transparency is a pathway to achieving pay equity. We offer candidates a competitive compensation package that includes salary and generous benefits.

Breakthrough Energy will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Craig Staples at craig@breakthroughenergy.org.

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Job posted: 2022-04-28