CarbonPlan is a nonprofit research organization working on improving the transparency and scientific integrity of climate solutions with open data and tools. Our team analyzes the design and implementation of climate programs across the public and private sectors. Our work focuses primarily on carbon offsets, carbon removal, and climate risks. In all three areas, we create public resources on climate solutions based on the best available science and data. We want to make sure that the world pursues more of the solutions that work and less of the ones that do not. You can read more about our work on our website.
A core part of our mission is to provide trustworthy information that can help guide decision making and policy development. We are looking to expand our team’s capacity to track and participate in policy processes around carbon removal and carbon offsets. As a Policy Manager at CarbonPlan, you will be responsible for identifying and prioritizing policy processes, determining where to engage, how to share our research, and what research outputs and commentaries to produce in order to influence the policy making process. Your work will support and inform our activities across both carbon removal and carbon offsets. You will report to the Carbon Removal Program Lead, and participate in a collaborative working culture in which you will contribute to setting strategy and priorities.
- Develop, manage, and execute a policy research agenda focused on carbon removal, carbon offsets, and net-zero policy.
- Lead efforts to share our research in relevant policy contexts, for example by writing comment letters or participating directly in public processes.
- Formulate, manage, and implement strategic research that anticipates major policy trends or analyzes policy outcomes in collaboration with our Carbon Removal and Carbon Offset Programs.
- Publish CarbonPlan commentaries, blog posts, and academic articles.
- Collaborate on communications strategy and execution.
You should have:
- Passion for our mission.
- 5+ years of policy experience, including time focused on federal policy.
- A strong policy network in the US at the state and/or federal level.
- Familiarity with climate science, carbon removal, carbon offsets, or related policy issues.
- Experience translating technical information into policy recommendations.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience working in highly collaborative and cross-functional environments.
- A portfolio of relevant research contributions, including at least one sample of your own policy writing.
You'll be an especially good fit if you have:
- Experience working directly on carbon removal, carbon offsets, or climate policy.
- Experience thinking about the political economy and market mechanics of climate solutions.
- Experience at the boundary of science and decision-making processes (public or private).
- Experience with state climate policy in California, Washington, or New York.
- Legal training, especially with a background in consumer protection.
You should include in your application:
- A sample of your own policy writing that you’d like to highlight,
- Links to public research or writing contributions,
- Your resume / CV, and
- Answers to each of the following questions:
- What excites you about working at CarbonPlan, and about this specific position?
- Describe your experience working on carbon removal, carbon offsets, or climate policy.
- Share about a research project or policy engagement that showcases what you would bring to this position. Describe your role and responsibilities. What motivated the work, and is there anything you would change if given the opportunity to do it again?
- At CarbonPlan, we value the diversity of experiences and perspectives in climate work. Describe a time that your perspective on a climate policy issue shifted. What changed, and why?
CarbonPlan is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace. We know that people, specifically people of color and women, are often less likely to apply for a job unless they believe they meet every qualification listed in the job description. We encourage candidates to think broadly about their background and qualifications for this role, and welcome applicants from less traditional backgrounds. We especially encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in science, technology, policy, and environmental organizations. All qualified applications — regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, and any other occupationally irrelevant criteria — will receive full consideration.
We are committed to providing competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits to our employees. We offer fixed salary levels based on experience and role to minimize biases in compensation and to ensure team members are paid the same for doing the same work. Employees are eligible for promotion or salary increases every six months at the time of their performance review.
We expect this position to be a regular, full-time position, with an annual salary of $140,000 USD, depending on level of experience. In addition to salary, we offer a comprehensive set of benefits to all full-time employees.
- Health insurance (99% of costs covered for employees, 75% for dependents)
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Flexible health spending accounts
- Dependent care spending accounts
- Life insurance
- 401(k) retirement fund with employer contribution
- Unlimited time off (expectation of a minimum of four weeks)
- 16 weeks paid parental leave
- Remote work expense reimbursements
We are not currently able to sponsor a visa for this position, and therefore can only consider applications from people who are already authorized to work in the United States. We work remotely. The hiring manager for this role is in Oakland, California. Remote work from any location in the US works for us.
COVID-19 vaccine policy
CarbonPlan is committed to providing our staff with a safe work environment and helping to promote the health of our community. As such, CarbonPlan will require all employees to confidentially show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, unless they are unable to receive the vaccine because of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII, and applicable state laws, CarbonPlan will do our best to make reasonable accommodations for employees who (1) cannot take the vaccine due to a medical disability or (2) seek an exemption from the vaccine based on sincerely held religious beliefs.