Public Policy Manager, Carbon Capture Coalition

Job Posted 8/23/2023
Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development
Washington, WA 20036
United States
Job Description


Program/Role: Public Policy Manager

Location: Washington, DC. 

Reports to: Jessie Stolark, CCC Executive Director

Type of Position: Full time position

Ideal start date: Applications considered on a rolling basis 

Compensation: Salary range: $107K-$121K, commensurate with experience. Benefits include a health plan, 401(k) retirement plan, LTD, STD, life, vision, dental, FSA/HSA, paid time off, professional development allowance, and a communication stipend.


The Carbon Capture Coalition brings together over 100 energy, industrial and technology companies, energy and industrial sector labor unions and conservation, environmental, and clean energy organizations dedicated to fostering commercial deployment of carbon management technologies and infrastructure to meet midcentury climate goals, support domestic energy and industrial production, protect and create high-wage jobs, and provide environmental and economic benefits to affected communities. The Carbon Capture Coalition is a fast-paced collaborative team with an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages and appreciates equal contributions from members at all levels of the team. 

The Coalition is convened and staffed by the Great Plains Institute (GPI), and the successful candidate will be employed by GPI and be a member of the Carbon Management Program, which in addition to the Carbon Capture Coalition, convenes the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional Deployment Initiative, the Industrial Innovation Initiative, and the Carbon Action Alliance.


The Carbon Capture Coalition seeks a Public Policy Manager (the Manager) to support our growing and successful federal policy development, education and joint advocacy work in Washington, DC. Reporting to the Coalition Executive Director, the Public Policy Manager will work alongside the Coalition’s growing team of staff, consultants, Coalition members and stakeholders to help design, enact and implement the next generation of policies necessary to deploy the full suite of carbon management technologies at the pace required by midcentury climate goals. 

The Manager will be expected to work both independently and with colleagues on projects. The successful candidate will be able to complete various work elements from conception to completion in a timely manner and follow direction that may be detailed or minimal. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively and constructively with project participants from diverse backgrounds, interests and points of view; exercise good judgment in a variety of situations; maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities; utilize effective methods for time management and prioritization of tasks; and possess the ability to identify and address urgent and important needs in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. 

The preferred location for the Public Policy Manager will be Washington, DC. Hours may be flexible and are typically Monday through Friday during the business day; some nights and weekends may be required. Some travel will also be required. Coalition staff enjoy a hybrid work schedule, with an office located in downtown Washington D.C. The Carbon Capture Coalition is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply. 


  • Working alongside Coalition colleagues and members, develop Coalition policy positions on topics relevant to the full carbon management value chain.
  • Work with Coalition staff to draft reports, recommendations, and other Coalition work products. 
  • Lead the development, drafting and design process for the Coalition’s foundational policy document, the Policy Blueprint, which is updated for the start of each Congress.
  • Help lead Coalition member communications and engagement through coordinating workgroup meetings, ad-hoc groups and other meetings, as necessary.
  • Assist Coalition government affairs team in tracking and analyzing developments in relevant federal legislation and regulations, as needed.
  • Assist the Coalition’s government affairs team and participants to perform education and outreach to Congress, the Administration and key constituency groups to support policy and other goals, as necessary.
  • Coordinate with the Coalition’s communications team and members to support content creation, media engagement, social media planning, and other communications tasks.
  • Help plan and organize internal and external meetings, briefings, and other events.
  • Develop and maintain robust relationships with Coalition members. 
  • Build trust and strategic partnerships with key communities and external stakeholders. 
  • Support Coalition member recruitment, fundraising, and other strategic activities to enhance the Coalition’s capacity and impact. 
  • Prepare narrative for grant and contract proposals and reports, as appropriate.
  • Participate in weekly staff calls. 
  • Other programmatic support when needed as directed by the Executive Director. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant proven skills and experience.
  • Prior experience (3+ years) working on public policy. Experience on Capitol Hill a plus. 
  • Knowledge of or prior experience with climate, energy and/or environmental issues a plus. 
  • Experience, professional or otherwise, coordinating stakeholders in coalitions, organizing events, and attending meetings or public events on behalf of an organization.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse individuals and institutions, including those with whom you may personally disagree.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • High attention to detail and ability to work independently. 
  • Excellent time and deadline management, project management and team relationship skills. 
  • Commitment to advancing the mission and goals of the Carbon Capture Coalition.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint)


Desktop computer and/or laptop, copier, fax machine, calculator, printer, telephone


Requires working at a desk (either sitting or standing) for extended periods. Extensive use of devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse), as well as usage of telephone/headset. 


Required application materials include a resume and one-page cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. Increased demand for GPI’s unique blend of energy expertise and consensus-derived solutions has driven organizational and programmatic growth. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, GPI’s operations are national in scope while retaining a core competency in the Midcontinent region. GPI is powered by more than 50 professionals and is supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies. 

The following values inform the way we work both inside and outside of GPI. It is important to us to be trusted, inclusive, equitable, and transformative:

Trusted. We base our approach and actions on trust, mutual respect, and accountability. 

Inclusive. We achieve impact through inclusive and deliberate collaboration with a diversity of interests.

Equitable. We strive for equity in our approach and outcomes.

Transformative. We are a bold and passionate catalyst for change.

GPI has a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture in which people enjoy both great freedom and great responsibility. People who thrive in this culture take personal responsibility for seeing what needs doing and getting it done. They are initiative-takers, problem-solvers, and quick to help others. They work hard because they believe in the mission and get to spend most of their time at the intersection of what they love to do and are good at. It’s a working environment in which performance is judged more on results than on time spent in a chair. We aspire to make this the best job anyone has ever had.

The Great Plains Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a wide diversity of applicants.