Carbon Advocacy Project - Director of Federal Climate Advocacy

Washington, DC
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor

About The Carbon Advocacy Project

The Carbon Advocacy Project (CAP) funds climate advocacy campaigns that advance federal policy changes commensurate with the urgency of the climate crisis.

Launched in 2022, CAP funds both existing campaigns and originates campaigns where the team sees opportunities. We are comfortable being the first and—at times only—funder in a pivotal campaign, and we largely reserve our funding for those moments when it is make or break, and rapid response funding might make the difference between a win or a loss.

CAP provides both c(4) or c(3) funding—whatever is most appropriate for policy success. Successful advocacy campaigns employ a wide variety of tactics, and we have supported everything from insider lobbying to social media influencer programs to door-to-door canvassing to alliances of unlikely allies.

CAP anticipates funding up to $8 million in grants in 2024. This year, most of the advocacy work will be directed at the Biden Administration, along with selected independent regulatory bodies, and will be complemented by congressional lobbying or education. CAP’s congressional work focuses on defeating damaging policy or budget riders that aim to promote fossil fuels.

CAP is not ideological in goals or tactics with the exception of a commitment to a rapid decarbonization of the U.S. economy. The Carbon Advocacy Project looks forward to a future moment when climate legislation is possible.

Position Overview

The Carbon Advocacy Project is seeking a Director of Federal Advocacy to help drive all aspects of funding cycles and serve as a strategic partner to the President.

The Director be responsible for elements of each portion of the funding cycle, with a particular focus on identifying new potential opportunities to fund through outreach, relationships and research.
Working closely with the President, the Director will generate funding proposals, evaluate and improve proposals, recommend proposals for approval and provide counsel to recipients as campaigns grow and evolve.

The Director will represent CAP in coalition meetings and other external opportunities.

This is an incredible opportunity for a strategic and thoughtful campaigner to identify, evaluate and support creative campaign opportunities and help secure wins that will advance climate action.

Key Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

The most important qualification for this role is significant experience developing winning and innovative campaign strategies, ideally in the environmental movement.  This is a must-have for the role…seriously—campaigners, we are looking for you!

In addition, all candidates should bring curiosity, excellent judgment, a personal commitment to addressing the climate crisis, a deep desire to win and:

  • At least ten years of progressively responsible work experience, including five years of advocacy experience focused on climate policy 
  • Commitment to and sophistication in environmental justice
  • A personal network of campaigners in the environmental movement
  • Perseverance and creativity in seeking out innovative campaigns and projects for funding
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a history of building strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience making budget allocation decisions among campaigns or projects
  • Flexibility regarding policy and ideology to achieve change; this is not a position for ideological purists
  • Attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience making decisions as a funder is a plus, but not a requirement

Location and Structure

The person in this role will be based in Washington, DC. You can work from home or find office space, but you should be based in Washington, DC, in order to build relationships with allies and attend meetings and events.

The Director will report to the President and join a team that consists of the President, three part-time consultants, an administrative assistant, and a public affairs firm to track issues and conduct lobbying.

Compensation and Benefits 

The annual salary range for this position is $150,000—$175,000, commensurate with experience.

Benefits include:
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Generous PTO
  • Life insurance, long and short-term disability
  • 40 hours of paid time for volunteer community service
  • 401(k) plan
  • Wellness reimbursements
  • Educational reimbursement plan of up to $5,000 per year

To Apply

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume online at The cover letter should be concise, compelling and describe a successful campaign you played a role in. Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Carbon Advocacy Project is an equal opportunity employer, and we strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience and background are welcomed, valued and supported. We believe that diversity brings about greater results on all levels, and we aim to use our resources to generate greater impact through our work. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


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