U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Washington, DC


The Manager of State & Local Advocacy is an exciting position within USGBC’s advocacy and public policy team that serves to expand awareness and adoption of green building ideas and tools in the U.S. market. These outcomes are achieved through management of a network of staff and volunteers across the U.S. who are working together with USGBC and its partners to influence state and local government policy and programs that can help grow the green building marketplace. To execute this work, this position requires regular domestic travel, regular presentations on advocacy, some lobbying, and extensive knowledge of government relations.

Specific responsibilities

  • Monitor green building advocacy activities of staff and volunteer networks across the U.S. through duties, such as:
    • Manage 50-state advocacy team coverage (each state is assigned a primary point of contact on the team), including periodic check-in meetings, flagging items and identifying follow up tasks.
    • Host regular conference calls with advocates (volunteers, partners, and staff) to advance advocacy priorities.
    • Regularly report on state and local advocacy efforts, both internally (through formal reporting channels) and externally (through USGBC blog).
    • Deliver advocacy training workshops in-person or via online teleconference.
    • Periodically and in collaboration with other team members, evaluate program effectiveness and propose revisions to state and local advocacy programs and structure.
  • Develop strategies to advance specific USGBC priorities in cities and states across the U.S. including working with team members and local staff to set policy targets, and identifying appropriate tactics.
  • Direct implementation of strategies including own work and tasks conducted by remote staff, contractors, volunteers, and ally organizations. Responsibilities include:
    • Engaging and directing remote staff,
    • Coordinating with internal stakeholders (e.g., communications team)
    • Managing volunteers, members, partners, and others to build coalitions and deliver tactics (e.g., Letters to the Editor)
    • Grassroots organizing,
    • Message development,
    • State and local government relations, and
    • (in selected locations) Manage contract lobbyists.

To apply: Please email jobs@usgbc.org or fax your resume and a letter of interest.

  • Note the title of the position you are applying for and your salary requirements.
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents.
  • Fax: 202-315-3949.
  • No phone calls, please.


Education, experience & training requirements

  • Demonstrated proficiency of advocacy and policy process required.
  • Master’s degree in public policy, law, communications, public administration, political science (or similar) preferred.
  • Willingness to learn about green building required; holding or willingness to pursue LEED professional credential preferred (earning credential supported after hire).
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in advocacy field.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with management of remote staff, consultants, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated competency in phone, email, and in-person communications with internal and external audiences.

Other required skills & qualifications

  • Strong writing and communications skills.
  • Familiarity of legislative process and basic legislative research required.
  • Demonstrated sound political judgment.
  • Project management training preferred. This could include workplace training programs, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) training, or other courses.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital tools for bringing grassroots advocacy to scale.
  • Commitment to USGBC mission.

Job Posted: March 14, 2017