Policy Advisor

11 May, 2022


Policy Advisor

Western Governors' Association
Denver, CO

Western Governors’ Association

Job Description

— Policy Advisor —


Representing Western Governors and reporting to the Western Governors’ Association’s (WGA) Policy Director, this policy advisor is responsible for managing a natural resource policy issues portfolio and working constructively with a bipartisan group of Governors and their staff. The successful candidate must demonstrate an understanding of the federal statutory and regulatory frameworks and policy issues affecting cross-boundary, cross-jurisdictional management of natural resources in the West. Prior experience with, and a practical understanding of, a broad range of western and federal energy and environmental management policies is required.


Principal responsibilities include:

  • Conducting thorough legal and policy research on issues identified by Governors and their staff.
  • Convening and managing stakeholder groups to develop recommendations for the Governors’ consideration.
  • Working collaboratively with other policy advisors, either as a member or leader on policy teams.
  • Drafting analyses, correspondence, testimony, regulatory comments, articles, memos, briefing papers, policy resolutions and reports as needed.
  • Providing content to the Communications Director on a regular basis to promote public understanding and support for the Governors’ policy efforts (talking points, web content, etc.).
  • Working with the Policy Director to advance Governors’ policies at the federal level.
  • Identifying potential sponsors for WGA and coordinating outreach to them with WGA’s Development Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrable experience working on western and federal energy and environmental (air, water, waste) policies.
  • Ability to work effectively on cross-cutting environmental, natural resource and economic issues.
  • Clear understanding of the federal legislative process. Experience interacting with relevant Congressional Committees a plus.
  • Demonstrable understanding of federal regulatory processes, including familiarity with the Administrative Procedure Act and federal agencies’ regulatory processes, particularly with respect to agencies responsible for energy production and environmental management (air, water, waste) policies.
  • Demonstrable understanding of federalism and the interplay of state and federal authority in the development and management of federal policy affecting natural resource management in the West.
  • Project management and facilitation experience a plus.
  • Demonstrable ability to function in a team construct.
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to new issues and assignments.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills (writing sample required).
  • Demonstrable integrity and initiative.
  • Experience facilitating agreements among, and working well with, a diverse array of interests in a bipartisan manner.
  • Experience working with elected officials is a plus.
  • Availability to travel regularly.
  • Relevant graduate degree is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

The position is full-time and located in Denver. Salary range: $55,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience.  WGA, an equal opportunity employer, offers exceptional benefits, including health insurance, paid time off and participation in WGA’s retirement plan.

Application Requirements

Qualified candidates should submit an application package including: a cover letter, a resume and one writing sample that demonstrates writing and research competencies.

Submittal Deadline

Submittals should be directed to Holly Propst at hpropst@westgov.org. The application deadline: Friday, June 3, 2022, at 5 p.m. MT.

Job posted: 2022-05-11