Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, International Climate Policy

Reports to: Senior Director for International Climate Policy, Energy and Environment
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Energy and Environment
Position classification: Exempt, full time
Minimum compensation: $61,000/$68,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)

Summary

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst on the International Climate team in the Energy and Environment department. This position will lead research and analysis related to international climate mitigation, adaptation, and energy policy. The portfolio will include work on international climate finance and multilateral development bank reform; sectoral emissions mitigation, adaptation, climate, and security; and bilateral and multilateral climate diplomacy, among other issues. The ideal candidate will have prior experience working on one or several of these issue areas.

The ideal candidate will be a team player with strong writing and project management skills; an attention to detail; a commitment to addressing climate change and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in climate policy; and a willingness to work on a wide range of policy issues. The position will report to senior leadership on the International Climate team, and the title will be determined by the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

This individual’s work will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. American Progress is focused on building connectivity between national security and international policy issues and the organization’s five crosscutting priorities:

  • Strengthening health and ending the pandemic
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Building an economy for all
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust in democracy

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, write, and manage the production and distribution of a variety of written products, such as reports, issue briefs, columns, and op-eds, that influence the international debate on key climate policy issues.
  • Conduct both in-depth and rapid-response research and analysis on international climate issues.
  • Analyze and track pending international climate or trade negotiations and federal legislative proposals, administrative policies, and regulatory changes.
  • Elicit and provide feedback on written products for both internal and external partners.
  • Engage in rapid response to policy developments as needed, including drafting memoranda, fact sheets, and social media posts.
  • Provide research support for other members of the Energy and Environment department, including the Domestic Climate and Conservation Policy teams.
  • Collaborate with other American Progress departments as appropriate, including identifying crosscutting issues and projects.
  • Engage in issue-based coalitions and represent American Progress in external meetings with Capitol Hill staff, the Biden administration, diverse coalition partners, and media contacts to advance the organization’s work.
  • Help embody a culture of justice, equity, and inclusion by performing tasks with these values at their core.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; an advanced degree is a plus.
  • At least three years of professional experience in climate policy or a related field for the Policy Analyst role. At least five years of professional experience in climate policy or a related field for the Senior Policy Analyst role. Education, internships, activist roles, and volunteer experience may all be taken into account.
  • Experience in or understanding of how climate change and nature loss affect global, national, and human security. Background in national security or foreign assistance is a plus.
  • Knowledge of international climate or environment policy issues, as well as the U.S. legislative and administrative policymaking process.
  • Understanding of how climate and environment issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality, and a passion for working to dismantle these systems.
  • Research and analytical skills, with strong attention to detail. Quantitative skills, including the ability to work with large data sets and understand graphs and charts, is a plus.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate policy matters to a nonpolicy audience.
  • Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion, including independently planning and balancing projects and coordinating with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work under and meet deadlines in a team setting.
  • Commitment to treating all partners with courtesy and respecting those of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Understanding of and willingness to learn how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, and team levels.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals, particularly progressive values such as environmental and social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The Policy Analyst position has a minimum salary of $61,000, and the Senior Policy Analyst position has a minimum salary of $68,000.

This position requires the candidate to be based in Washington, D.C. Current required in-office days for the Energy and Environment department are Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire and are subject to change in the future. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.

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