Government Affairs Program Manager for Administrative Advocacy

Washington, DC, USA
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Job Description

The Climate Action Campaign (CAC) is looking for a dynamic team player with 3-4 years of experience who is a self-starter and is able to juggle multiple projects in support of the Government Affairs team. In this role, you will coordinate with Government Affairs professionals at CAC, across the senior leadership of our coalition, and the Biden Administration, White House officials, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders and staff and other Agencies to support and advance the coalition’s climate policy goals. 


The primary function of this role is to support the CAC’s engagement with the Biden administration in order to pursue opportunities for strong administrative rules, executive actions and an “all-of-government approach” to reach President Biden’s ambitious goal of halving climate emissions by the end of the decade. In addition, we are looking for the Administration to use their extensive bully pulpit, numerous speaking engagements, and other opportunities to tout the climate progress we have recently made as well as the work that remains to be done.


Your project management and collaboration skills will be used to develop strategies and execute coalition advocacy tactics. You’ll also gather and share information, maintain consistent and clear lines of communication, support the government affairs team in planning, reporting and scheduling, and coordinate across the Climate Action Campaign departments.


Advocacy and Administrative Communications Management and Execution (40%) 

  • Maintain and build external relationships with CAC coalition members, partners and allies outside the CAC coalition, and with members of the administration. Use relationships to make our case for bold climate action and identify opportunities to enhance and streamline administrative advocacy work on key policies including standards to cut climate and other air pollution from the power, transportation, and other sectors.
  • Develop a deep familiarity with CAC’s administrative agenda; appropriately communicate that agenda as well as opportunities and needs to CAC colleagues, Administration officials, and the CAC coalition. 
  • Serve as the CAC liaison to key administrative staff through regular meetings, information sharing, updates and events. 
  • Support coalition engagement with agency officials and staff around the regulatory process and other opportunities including drafting talking points, advocacy letters, factsheets, briefings and other products.
  • Identify, propose and execute tactics that advance our regulatory agenda, drive a larger narrative that highlights recent climate progress and creates ambition for further action, enables our defensive work, and advances projects on grid reliability, opposition pushback and others. 
  • Track developments, announcements and policies coming from the Biden administration related to clean air and climate. 
  • Assist with tracking the broader policy landscape to help set the coalition up for successful goal setting in 2025 and beyond.
  • Manage the feedback loop between agencies and CAC staff and partners including an appropriate level of intel sharing and updates.


Coalition Support (30%)

  • Assist the Deputy Director of Government Affairs in setting the agenda for regular meetings of the CAC administrative strategy group (ASG).  
  • Support the ASG by driving shared advocacy campaigns, which may include but is not limited to drafting strategy memos, threat landscapes, as well as sharing information, creating agendas and materials, drafting talking points and sign-on letters, prep memos and taking notes. 
  • Advise and assist CAC staff and vendors in working with key administration offices and their staff. Support the work of CAC field, partner, and communications staff efforts by recommending messages, policies or other direction, specific to our targets. Develop written guidance and tracking systems where needed. 
  • Create and maintain a feedback loop(s) between the ASG, other CAC staff, and our state and local partners. 


Planning, Reporting, and Other Activities (30%):

  • Contribute to annual and quarterly planning and goal-setting for administrative activity. 
  • Track and report administrative activity (meetings, conversations, events, etc).
  • Attend briefings, meetings, and events, for CAC staff and, as needed, with external allies. 
  • Manage internal administrative tracking, including reviewing and summarizing major policies and participation in CAC events.
  • Write and disseminate talking points, resources, activity reports, and other materials developed by the campaign, as needed. 

Who We Are

The Climate Action Campaign (CAC) is a highly effective, vibrant coalition of national environmental, environmental justice, and public health groups. The CAC serves as an important center of gravity and convening body for dozens of organizations working together to advance federal climate action. 

The CAC was instrumental in passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Highlights include orchestrating hundreds of lobby meetings, thousands of field events, a multi-level, sustained communications campaign, as well as working behind the scenes and across the coalition to establish and maintain strategic direction. 

The Government Affairs Manager is a member of the Government Affairs Team and reports to the Director of Government Affairs. The Climate Action Campaign is based in Washington D.C. Visit us online at:


Who You Are

A successful candidate for this position is a mission-driven, hardworking, strategic “people person” and organizer who has/is:

  • At least 3-4 years of experience working on advocacy or political campaigns, on Capitol Hill, or with an advocacy or nonprofit organization.
  • Must have the ability to communicate, build and maintain collaborative relationships throughout the organization and with key federal agency officials and staff, Members of Congress, staff, CAC coalition partners, their working groups, and their consultants, funders and vendors.
  • A familiarity with climate policy including policymaking at the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies and/or enthusiasm for mission-driven work in the climate field.
  • Strong communication, writing and project management skills.
  • Experience working in coalition; demonstrated coalition leadership experience is a plus.
  • High degree of professionalism and cultural competency in dealing with diverse groups of people.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and with others in a cooperative, enthusiastic and friendly manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work in a dynamic and complex environment to meet deadlines and daily requirements with impeccable attention to detail.
  • Be a demonstrated self-starter, able to carry projects from visioning and goal-setting to robust implementation to assessment and reflection. Ability to identify and act upon opportunities to enhance results and manage problems without needing to be asked.
  • Ability to react with appropriate levels of urgency to situations and events that require quick response or turnaround.
  • Ability to complete a high volume of tasks and projects with little guidance.
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Apps equivalents, and database/spreadsheet functions.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in an evolving role.


The Government Affairs Program Manager will not engage in activities that would require them to register under the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act. Furthermore, they will not engage in 527 or electoral activities.


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should express your specific interest in and qualifications for this role as well as respond to these questions: 


  1. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to social and environmental justice, and how is curbing the climate crisis a part of that? 
  2. Tell us about a time when you built rapport with someone under difficult conditions and what did you do to overcome those conditions?


The Process

Successful applicants will receive a phone screen. The next round of interviews will involve a virtual interview with members of the Climate Action Campaign Hiring Team. After that interview, finalists will be asked to complete a skills-based exercise. There may be another interview before a successful applicant is chosen. 

If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability so that you may participate in the selection process, please email


The Fine Print

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Currently, CAC staff are in-person 2-3 days a week, though this may change.  

The target salary for this position is $60,000 depending on experience. We offer an excellent benefits package which includes 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous paid time off, and a 401k plan. 


Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to economic and social justice and do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

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