Senior Managing Policy Advisor, Tech Infrastructure

27 days ago
Full time role



Carbon180 is a new breed of climate-focused NGO on a mission to fundamentally rethink carbon. We know that our climate ...

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Job Description


We know that our climate goals can only be met by rapidly reducing emissions and removing the carbon that already exists in our atmosphere. Carbon180 is a climate NGO with a vision to remove legacy carbon emissions from the atmosphere and create a livable climate in which current and future generations can thrive. Based in Washington, DC, we design and champion equitable, science-based policies that bring carbon removal solutions to gigaton scale.



Carbon180 is seeking a senior managing policy advisor to support our growing work on technology-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR). This individual will lead thought leadership and technical engagement on carbon removal infrastructure and other cross-cutting issues critical to efficiently scaling direct air capture (DAC) and other tech-based CDR solutions. They will help Carbon180 identify and pursue opportunities to influence permitting for CO2 storage, renewable energy deployment and transmission needs for DAC, domestic supply chain needs, constraints, and policy priorities, and more. This individual should be passionate about the role the federal government can play in delivering climate solutions and the opportunity to build broad and durable coalitions in support of a just, equitable, and high-accountability carbon removal sector. The senior managing policy advisor will work closely with the director and deputy director of policy for tech-based carbon removal to create and manage Carbon180’s CDR infrastructure strategy and fill policy gaps as needed. Responsibilities will include identifying opportunities to advance the team’s vision and goals, partnering with environmental justice (EJ) and labor organizations and other stakeholders, leading direct advocacy with policymakers, and supporting policy-related communications and events. The senior managing policy advisor will be part of a growing tech policy team and report to the director or deputy director of policy.

Major roles and responsibilities:

  • Serve as a team leader and subject matter expert on the infrastructure and supply chain development needed to deploy tech-based CDR solutions like DAC in the United States at scale and within necessary timeframes.
  • With the tech policy team, identify opportunities for thought leadership and advocacy, develop high-impact, novel policy ideas, and execute Carbon180’s policy strategy related to tech-based CDR infrastructure.
  • Lead outreach and relationship-building with partners and allies, and build coalitions in support of Carbon180’s policy objectives.
  • Serve as a thought partner to the director and deputy director of policy, and a mentor to more junior tech policy team members.
  • Collaborate with the science and innovation and environmental justice teams to ensure policies are grounded in the best available science and aligned with Carbon180’s equity and justice principles, respectively.
  • Support Congressional outreach to educate policymakers and advance model legislation in coordination with Carbon180’s government affairs team.
  • Coordinate with our communications team to support relevant content creation, media engagement, social media planning, and other communications tasks. Help plan policy-related events including briefings for Hill staffers, gatherings with media personnel like reporters, ENGO workshops, and more.
  • Make recommendations to the director and deputy director of policy with the potential to significantly impact the organization and the field.


  • A proven track record (8+ years) working on climate and/or clean energy policy, including some experience at the federal level.
  • Familiarity with the state of the field and a strong intuition for policy advocacy strategy and tactics.
  • The ability to manage complex projects, creating action plans and coordinating resources across teams to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Experience building consensus around a policy platform across diverse stakeholders and in alignment with a shared advocacy agenda.
  • Connections to key partners, allies, and decision makers and/or enthusiasm to actively build this network.
  • Eagerness to think creatively and propose innovative ways to implement your ideas.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice (DEIBJ).


Our ideal senior managing policy advisor believes deeply in our mission. Beyond that:

  • You don’t opt out of DEIBJ conversations, even when they are uncomfortable. You are committed to working at an organization that centers DEIBJ and willing to learn and grow your literacy in this space.
  • You move fluidly from strategy to execution. You appreciate the big picture and feel inspired to set a bold vision, but you know it's all in the details. You manage projects fluidly, fiercely prioritize, and track timelines, data, and information in an organized and systematic fashion. You don't drop balls, miss deadlines, or forget to respond to someone's inquiry — and you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves to do the work.
  • You’re a driver of results. You've demonstrated the ability to set ambitious goals and achieve them, and you combine your exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical thinking skills with your penchant to make data-informed decisions for impressive outcomes.
  • You’re a systems thinker and creator. You're unfazed by ambiguity and thrive in situations where you get to build something out of nothing or create order out of chaos. You want to do work that's never been done before, better than anyone's ever done it.
  • Partnerships are your thing. You have experience building relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders. You’ve developed high-impact strategic programs, then pitched and implemented each to achieve a specific, impactful objective. You make a great salesperson, but you’d rather sell democracy.
  • You’re high impact, low-ego, and kind to yourself and others. Our core values (see below) resonate with who you are and what you believe.


Carbon180 is deeply committed to providing market-leading compensation and robust benefits to our employees. Our salaries are in the 70th percentile of the Washington, DC market. We employ an external firm to conduct market analyses every three years, and we are committed to safeguarding internal salary equity. For those reasons, we have a non-negotiation policy on salaries.

The starting salary for this position will be $145,000 with opportunities for growth up to $203,000.

Carbon180 prides itself on offering benefits and perks to our employees that illustrate how we live our values, including:

  • 36-hour workweeks (we close at 1 pm every Friday) and dedicated no-meeting time each week.
  • A remote-first flexible work culture.
  • Four weeks of PTO, three weeks of paid org-wide breaks including one week in the summer and two weeks in the winter, four weeks of sick leave, and five floating holidays/personal days.
  • 100% company-covered insurance premiums for medical/dental/vision/long-term disability for you and your dependents.
  • Quarterly health and wellness, book, and learning and development stipends.


To apply for the role of senior managing policy advisor, please submit an application here no later than Tuesday, May 30, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, so we encourage you to submit your application early. If you have any questions or issues submitting your application, please email us at and we are happy to assist.

On the application, you’ll be asked to:

  • answer some basic questions about your background and experiences,
  • in place of a cover letter, answer a few written reflection questions to help us learn more about your interest in joining our team and in this role specifically, and
  • upload your resume for review.

Interview process and timeline

  • Applications are being accepted and reviewed through May 30, 2023.
  • There will be three rounds of interviews in June and July.
  • We anticipate extending an offer in August.

If you have any questions or issues submitting your application, please email us at

We currently require that all employees that plan to enter a Carbon180 office or otherwise meet in person with coworkers or other third parties on Carbon180 business are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, this role may require full COVID-19 vaccination (subject to any exemptions or accommodations due to medical or religious reasons).


At C180, we believe in living by an internal set of core values, which we strive to embody and celebrate in moments big and small.

  • One boat. We work hard to ensure that we are rowing in one direction as a team, aligning our work and resources to shared goals.
  • Pencil to pen. We think critically, do our research, and weigh multiple options. Then, we commit to move to action.
  • Win and lose together. When one of us succeeds, we all win. When we encounter challenges, we determine how best to redirect the energy and resources of the team to solve them.
  • Person in the professional. Our team is composed of real people with real passions, interests, and needs, within and outside of our work. To be our best and most productive selves at work, we believe we need to care for ourselves and others.
  • Make space, share space. We believe in making space for all voices to be heard, within our team and our broader work — particularly and especially voices historically disenfranchised and disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change.
  • Be a window, not a door. We’re committed to transparency, and to shining light on how and why decisions are made. We are honest with one another, ask for clarity, and operate with integrity to build a culture of trust.
  • Grow the braintrust. We are committed to constantly learning, and to staying up to speed on the science of our field. We work to grow our knowledge, sharpen our skills, and to bring great minds to the field of carbon removal.

Carbon180 is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Carbon180 continually seeks to enrich its staff and team culture. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely different backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities.


Carbon180 is a new breed of climate-focused NGO on a mission to fundamentally rethink carbon. We know that our climate ...

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