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Washington Director, Climate Solutions – Washington

Organization: Climate Solutions

Position Title: Washington Director

Location: Seattle, Washington

Compensation: Range starts at 75,000 and increases based on experience

Application Deadline: June 4, 2015

Description: Climate Solutions is looking for a senior level person to provide leadership and cohesion to Climate Solutions’ Washington-based work to maximize the organization’s impact in statewide policy advocacy and in our programs.

Climate Solutions is building the biggest campaigns and programs in the organization’s history, and seeks a hungry leader to accomplish ambitious objectives. The best candidate is inspirational, a strong manager, knowledgeable about climate and clean energy policy, and can build powerful partnerships with a diverse array of players across Washington.


  • Develop Climate Solutions’ short and long term legislative strategy for strong climate, clean energy, and energy efficiency policies in Washington, interfacing and mobilizing with allies in the business, labor, communities of color, environmental, and other communities and coordinating Climate Solutions regional resources into these efforts.
  • Serve as a key Climate Solutions spokesperson in the state, including communicating with the media, public presentations, testifying at legislative hearings and providing regular content for the organizational communications (e.g. email engagement, social media, blog posts, and newsletters).
  • Serve as Climate Solutions representative on the steering committee of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, and play a leadership role in building and winning one of our top priorities- pricing and capping carbon pollution in Washington state as part of our broader West Coast Climate Campaign.
  • Collaborate with other Climate Solutions staff to integrate Washington-based work on programs including New Energy Cities and Sustainable Advanced Fuels to achieve maximum impact.
  • Coordinate the campaign for a Washington Clean Fuel Standard.
  • Represent Climate Solutions in primary coalition efforts including the Washington Environmental Priorities Coalition.
  • Supervise Climate Solution WA state contract lobbyist, policy associate, and other staff and consultants as needed.
  • Represent Climate Solutions in regional policy initiatives to foster synergy among climate change and clean energy campaign efforts in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Work in concert with other Climate Solutions’ programs, develop annual statewide organizational objectives.
  • Develop Climate Solutions positions on policy issues in concert with senior directors.
  • Work with other Climate Solutions staff to educate and advocate the Washington Congressional delegation and state legislature about critical climate and clean energy policy.
  • Participate in the Climate Solutions Senior Management Team.
  • Additional duties may be assigned within the course of the work.


Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability to develop and execute all levels of advocacy campaigns, including communications, lobbying, organizing, and coalition building.
  • Ability to work independently, but also willing and able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills.
  • Deep knowledge of state and federal political landscape and legislative process.
  • Political savvy.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Climate Solutions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with policy makers, stakeholders, and other influential groups and individuals.
  • Communicate complex technical information, both verbally and in writing, to policy makers, media representatives, stakeholders, and the public to gain support for legislative action.
  • Write communications materials targeted to legislators and a public audience, both printed and electronic.
  • Ability to operate desktop computer and Microsoft Windows and Office Software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and specialized software applications in a network environment.


  • At least five years of experience working on policy and/or community organizing.
  • At least two years staff supervision experience.

How to Apply:

  • Email a résumé, cover letter and at least three professional reference contacts in PDF format to [email protected].
  • Please put WASHINGTON Director APPLICATION as the subject line of the email and address the cover letter to Gregg Small, Executive Director.
  • Please label the cover letter and resume with your last name.
  • In the body of the email, please let us know how you found out about the position.
  • This position is open until filled, but priority review will be given to candidates who have submitted their applications by June 4th. Applications received after that date may be reviewed in a second round.
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