Environment Policy Associate

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Waxman Strategies, a mission-driven communications and policy consulting firm led by former Congressman Henry Waxman, is accepting applications for an Environment Policy Associate to work on cutting edge policy making focused on clean energy and solving the climate crisis. We’re looking for talented candidates with strong administrative, research, and writing skills who are passionate about working for progress on climate change which is so urgently needed in this moment of political opportunity.

Who We Are:

Former Congressman Henry Waxman, who was recognized as “one of the most accomplished legislators of his or any era” by President Obama, leads the firm’s work. Waxman Strategies uses advocacy, communications, and campaigns to shape policies, accelerate technology startups and products working in the public interest, advance causes, and build movements around the world.

Our Environment Practice works with our clients to deliver transformational change on one of the biggest challenges of our time — climate change. At Waxman Strategies, we work with leading NGOs and clean energy technology providers to develop and implement pragmatic policy solutions with a focus on fighting for communities who are most impacted by climate change and the effects of fossil fuels. With the incoming Biden administration and renewed leadership at the federal level, the time for action is here and this position will focus on the practice’s growing federal policy portfolio.

More on the position:

We are looking for talented and highly organized candidates who can provide administrative support for our team, conduct strategic research, compile policy research, and work with stakeholders.

In our expanding Environment Practice, you will be working at the center of real-time policy development and implementation tackling climate change. We work on behalf of leading environment NGOs and clean energy technology developers on a wide range of issues varying from carbon pricing, clean power production, industrial decarbonization, carbon management, decarbonizing transportation, electrification, negative emissions technologies such as direct air capture, healthy oceans and soils, curtailing deforestation, and more.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing scheduling for practice leadership, including organizing and scheduling meetings and phone calls with diligent attention to appointments and multiple calendars.
  • Managing the prep for meetings, including booking conference rooms and equipment, communicating with participants, and preparing agendas and materials.
  • Participating in client meetings and conference calls, taking notes, and synthesizing key takeaways.
  • Preparing and compiling professional correspondence, presentations, and reports as needed.
  • Gathering, reviewing, analyzing, and compiling policy research to support the Environment Practice.
  • Tracking regulatory and legislative activity on our policy issues, which may include federal and state-level tracking.
  • Engaging with NGOs, academics, Congressional staff, labor leaders, and industries who are key to advancing our goals.
  • Conducting background research for business development.

What we’re looking for in you:

Required qualifications:

  • You have at least one year of professional work experience, ideally with a background in administrative, policy, legislative, political, or nonprofit work.
  • You are detail-oriented and have strong organizational skills with an eye for accuracy.
  • You have excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • You have a strong interest in environment issues and an interest in deepening your expertise in climate and clean energy policy and other related issues.
  • You are a problem solver, proactive, and self-directed.
  • You have a commitment to working for a better and more just world.
  • You have a commitment to and experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including marginalized communities such as communities of color, low-income communities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, various religious backgrounds, and more.
  • You are adept with technology, especially Advanced Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can get up to speed with new technologies quickly.
  • You have the flexibility, initiative, and willingness to learn as new challenges arise.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree.

Preferred qualifications:

  • You have research experience in legislative and regulatory settings.
  • You are passionate about emerging technologies and their potential to change the world.
  • You have experience with the annual Appropriations process and requirements.
  • You have a background in environment justice.
  • You have an interest in working at the nexus of climate change solutions and environment justice.
  • You have skill or fluency in a language other than English.

More about our team: The firm is made up of people from various backgrounds, including federal agencies, nonprofit advocacy groups, technology companies, health agencies, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Details: This is a full-time position based in our Washington, D.C. office. However, during the pandemic, our staff are working from home. The safety of our team is a top priority and we will resume working from our office, travel, and in-person meetings when it is safe to do so.  This position will report to our Environment Practice’s Principal, who has over three decades of experience working on energy and environment policy under seven prominent members of Congress, including Chairman Henry Waxman, with stints at EPA and DOE.

Compensation and benefits: The salary range for this position is $50K to $55K, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package, including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

Interview process: Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process. We have adjusted our interview process and are holding video interviews in place of in-person interviews during the pandemic.

Waxman Strategies is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law.

Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community and other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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