Carbon Gap is a climate not-for-profit focused on eliminating the carbon dioxide that’s already heating up the planet. We exist to drive essential climate action by making Europe a leader in carbon removal, working with governments, scientists, NGOs, and businesses to unlock policy support for the full spectrum of carbon removal techniques, storing carbon safely in trees, soils, oceans, rocks, and the built environment.
Joining our team means being at the forefront of a new field of climate action in a new kind of organisation. We’re a young team that’s growing quickly; we’re philanthropically funded and don’t cater to special interests; we have a start-up mentality that lets us move fast and experiment; and we’re committed to being an honest voice for the planet on climate change and carbon removal.
Carbon removal, alongside emissions reductions, is absolutely essential to preserving a stable climate. We’re focused on addressing the knowledge, policy, and ambition gaps that are holding us back from a carbon removal ecosystem that delivers real progress on climate change.
European leadership is critical, both for ensuring that carbon removal can reach the scale necessary to achieve global climate goals, and for ensuring that a progressive vision of carbon removal can emerge that is not dominated by fossil or other corporate interests.
Europe needs carbon removal in order to:
Carbon removal needs Europe because no other region has both the financial muscle and the political will to scale crucial new climate solutions. Europe needs carbon removal, and carbon removal needs Europe, but neither has a a dedicated and honest voice speaking for carbon removal on behalf of the climate. Carbon Gap will be that voice.
Carbon Gap is building a Brussels office and its EU policy team from the ground up, with opportunities at all levels. Our focus is on finding talented, passionate people and creating roles that work for them, offering autonomy, accountability, and direct engagement with policymakers and other stakeholders. We want you to be become a visible and trusted leader in EU climate policy.
We are recruiting several Policy Directors who will lead on a critical area of climate action, taking responsibility for developing and managing policy and advocacy projects, identifying and acting on opportunities for strategic interventions, and contributing to the future growth of the Carbon Gap policy team. You’ll need to be a team player, adapting as priorities change and keeping the needs of people and the planet at the heart of what you do.
Each Policy Director will be directly responsible and accountable for driving one or a number of thematic policy areas, focusing on the areas with the greatest potential impact on developing carbon removal. Immediate priorities include certification, innovation, infrastructure, or support for carbon removal deployment; we will discuss the initial priorities and your long-term interests during the interview process.
We take our team’s well-being and professional development seriously. We offer:
This role is full-time (100%); 80% may be an option pending discussion. We believe in the importance of teams working together in-person and prefer that candidates be based in Brussels, but can be flexible.
📢 Climate change is a race issue and a gender issue. Carbon Gap is dedicated to broadening opportunities for groups that are underrepresented in the climate and carbon removal spaces, and to building an inclusive team where people of different backgrounds can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people who do not see themselves represented in the current climate ecosystem.
You don't need to meet all the requirements in order to be considered and we know you might need to grow into the role. As long as you feel like this is the right role for you, please don’t hesitate to apply.
Apply ASAP via this form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the end of August and we will begin making offers to candidates in early August.
We are dedicated to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
In the application, you will be asked for some basic information, an updated CV, and several short written questions to help us learn more about you.
The next step is an informal conversation with our Head of People to explore your career ambitions and experience, followed by a 2-stage interview process with the Carbon Gap team and, potentially, a final in-person meeting. We will also ask for any work samples you are able to share. You should expect to be tested on your ability to become an effective and innovative leader for Carbon Gap’s mission.
We aim to complete the process in 1-2 weeks. We appreciate that some people require extra time to complete assessments, require alternative application methods, and can also benefit from having interview questions or a guide to the type of questions pre-interview. If there is anything we can do to make our recruitment processes better for you and to allow you to show your best self, let us know.
We are open to any suggestions or requests that you may have and are always looking for innovative ways to assess talent. If you have any questions, please reach out to email@example.com.