Senior Policy Advisor

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Sierra Club

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Washington, DC, United States

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19 days ago

Job Title: Senior Policy Advisor
Department: Program
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Director, A Living Economy


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.


Scope: The Living Economy program works alongside partners across movements to advance Green New Deal and industrial policies that tackle climate change and toxic pollution, create good jobs, and foster racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice. Industrial policies, including “Buy Clean,” climate-friendly trade policies, clean manufacturing investments, and institutional reform, are a critical piece of the Green New Deal transformation that we seek. The Senior Policy Advisor provides experienced policy analysis, advocacy expertise, and strategic guidance for the Living Economy program’s campaign goals to advance industrial policies and other Green New Deal initiatives. Develops policy positions after compiling policy ideas and priorities from a variety of sources. Crafts written materials for policymakers, partner organizations, Sierra Club chapters and volunteers, and the public. Works with partners and the Living Economy and Federal Policy teams to devise advocacy strategies and engages in federal lobbying to advance policy priorities. Acts as a senior advisor to staff and volunteers.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Leads research strategy and develops positions on industrial policies and other Green New Deal priorities. This includes compiling ideas from frontline communities, state and local initiatives, existing legislation, international examples, and academic literature, with an emphasis on Buy Clean, climate-friendly trade, clean manufacturing investments, a National Investment Agency, and other pro-climate, pro-equity, pro-worker industrial policies.
  • Develops factsheets, briefing papers, sign-on letters, grassroots advocacy resources, and other educational and campaign materials. These materials will focus on industrial policies and other Green New Deal priorities for policymakers, partner organizations, Sierra Club chapters and volunteers, and the public.
  • Supports federal lobbying strategy. This includes participation in federal lobbying to promote industrial and Green New Deal policy objectives in conjunction with Living Economy and Federal Policy staff.
  • Coordinates joint advocacy and research initiatives with partners on industrial policies and other Green New Deal priorities.
  • Represents the Sierra Club to legislators, government officials, partner organizations, and the public. This includes participating in meetings, speaking publicly, and establishing and maintaining contacts.
  • Works with the Living Economy Director to craft strategic funding proposals to support industrial and Green New Deal policy change goals.
  • Acts as a senior advisor to Sierra Club programs and chapters, policymakers, and partner organizations on issues related to industrial policies and other Green New Deal priorities.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Successful candidates must have the following skills and experience:

  • Research experience. We strongly prefer research experience in industrial policy or related fields.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills. This includes technical analysis and non-technical writing and speaking.
  • Strong knowledge of climate and environmental policies, labor and economic policies, and policies to foster racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice.
  • Equity analysis and practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems, and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, take responsibility for a project, and work successfully in teams.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to perform multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines in an action-oriented office.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Prior experience in legislative or administrative advocacy.
  • Advanced degree relevant to economic policy (e.g., MPP, PhD in economics).

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $100,000 annually.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union.

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 3 exempt represented position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

We are accepting applications until this position is filled.

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