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Position Title: Climate & Environment Policy Director, Hip Hop Caucus

Position Posting: https://hiphopcaucus.org/jobs/climate-environment-policy-director/

Overview

The Climate & Environment Policy Director reports directly to the Senior Director of Campaigns & Advocacy and will be responsible for leading the creation and framing of a robust and ambitious national climate policy agenda that aligns with HHC’s mission. The Director leads government relations to develop, monitor, and maintain the Hip Hop Caucus’ relationships at federal, state, and local levels.

Core responsibilities

Policy & Advocacy Leadership

  • Direct the climate and environmental legislative work of the organization, which includes developing an annual climate justice and environmental justice policy agenda, determining legislative priorities, and implementing a legislative strategy in collaboration with the Senior Director of Campaigns & Advocacy
  • Advocate for the organization’s position through meetings with lawmakers, position papers, public testimony, grassroots efforts, coalition work, and other effective advocacy methods
  • Center principles of race, equity, and justice in all policy design and advocacy

Research & Impact Measurement

  • Lead research and analysis on climate justice and environmental justice policy issues and regulations to inform climate justice and environmental justice policy positions and trends
  • Direct the establishment, measurement, and evaluation of climate justice and environmental justice policy outcomes
  • Identify developing issues of note or concern and counsel leadership and staff regarding potential advocacy or other needed actions
  • Manage all lobbying compliance reporting

Communications

  • Prepare, review, and edit research memos, briefs, reports, projects, and presentations in a variety of formats to engage a diverse range of constituents
  • Serve, when appropriate, as HHC’s spokesperson on climate justice and environmental justice policy matters for the media
  • Brief, educate, and train fellow team members, volunteers, and supporters on HHC’s climate justice and environmental justice policy platforms

External Relations

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with key elected and appointed officials, policy makers, and related governmental bodies and leaders
  • Build and co-facilitate national coalitions and collaborations of cross sector partners, community members, and advocates to identify opportunities for climate justice and environmental justice policy wins and systems improvements
  • Represent HHC in various coalitions and partner campaigns

Candidate Profile

The Climate & Environment Policy Director must be a persuasive advocate who is passionate about driving action and impact through policy. The ideal candidate will have an extensive background in developing and launching complex and impact-focused policy efforts in the climate justice and environmental justice space. The Director must be a flexible and dynamic change agent who is excited about the extensive opportunities (and understands the potential challenges) that come with leading climate justice and environmental justice policy efforts within a unique environment like Hip Hop Caucus.

The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented groups.

  • 7+ years of professional experience in policy and advocacy; experience in climate justice and/or environmental justice preferred
  • Knowledge of public policy and grassroots organizing
  • High political acumen with a thorough understanding of the decision-making processes of executive and legislative branches of government at the federal and/or state level, and familiarity with United Nations climate negotiations
  • Experience working with elected officials, community leaders, industry associations, and corporate executives
  • A proven record of accomplishment in advancing and promoting important issues through third party advocates who share a common vision and goal
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage multiple projects
  • Relationship-building skills, with experience working with or managing coalitions preferred
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Superior writing skills with the ability to synthesize complex information into compelling written materials
  • High level of cultural competence and experience working across cultures is essential; deep understanding of and experience engaging with multicultural or BIPOC communities of young people (Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X)
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice and passion for HHC’s mission

Compensation and Benefits

The location for this position is flexible with a strong preference for the person to be based in Washington, D.C.

The annual salary range for this role is between $95,000-$115,000. Final salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Hip Hop Caucus also offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

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