United Nations Foundation

  • Senior Associate, Climate Policy and Communication, U. S. Climate Alliance Secretariat

    Job Location US-DC
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of U.S. states and territories committed to upholding the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Members of the Alliance will collaborate to ensure that there continues to be a contribution from the U.S. to the global effort to address climate change.
    The Alliance was established on June 1, 2017 following the federal government’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Governors Andrew Cuomo, Jay Inslee and Jerry Brown established the Alliance as co-chairs. The Alliance currently consists of 16 members: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Puerto Rico. The Alliance now represents nearly 40% of the US population and roughly $7.4 trillion in economic activity – enough to be the world’s third largest economy.


    The Senior Associate, Climate Policy and Communication, will work under the Executive Director, with a broad range of responsibilities supporting the functions of the Secretariat. This will include supporting strategy, policy research and analysis, and coordination functions, including day-to-day coordination and support for the Alliance, and coordination with other organizations providing support to the Alliance as well as the project’s funders. The Senior Associate will lead the development and execution of the Alliance’s digital and traditional communications strategy, and be responsible for coordinating communications efforts across the Alliance’s diverse partnership.

    Working Relationships

    The Senior Associate reports to the U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director. The Senior Associate supports and responds to state-led initiatives, and works with the Energy and Climate team at the United Nations Foundation, which houses the Alliance Secretariat.


    Climate Policy Support

    • Work with the Executive Director to support Alliance states in the development and execution of strategy, including research and analysis on policy, in close consultation with state experts.
    • Liaise with stakeholders to identify opportunities for collaboration.
    • Conduct analysis and develop briefing papers on state-level climate policy, federal actions related to climate and clean energy, and international climate efforts.
    • Support the planning and implementation of high-impact events, including organizing meetings and guest lists, developing a work plan, and communicating information to relevant staff and teams.
    • Coordinating emissions and commitment tracking with research/analytical partners, and coordinating with groups doing complementary work.

    Communications Responsibilities

    • Lead the development of a comprehensive traditional and digital communications strategy to support the Alliance’s strategic plan.
    • Coordinate with press and press secretaries in offices of each Alliance state.
    • Draft press releases, op-eds, Q&A, talking points and other press material.
    • Lead the development and execution of a crisis communications strategy, as needed
      Maintain the Alliance website, ensuring information is up-to-date, represents the Alliance’s broad membership, and effectively communicates the Alliance’s work to stakeholders.
    • Manage and build the Alliance’s social media presence.

    Organizational Support

    • Assist in managing the operations of the Alliance, including tracking all action items, coordinating outreach, managing contacts, and drafting correspondence.
    • Handle all aspects of travel arrangements in a timely manner, including: preparing appropriate forms for travel approval, making all hotel and transportation arrangements, scheduling meetings, and providing detailed itineraries.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Selection Criteria

    •  Master’s degree preferred.
    • 3-5 years experience in climate policy and communications essential, with significant experience working with governments or other political figures.
    • As part of a small team, maximum flexibility in accepting and professionally executing a range of tasks is required.
    • Experience leading communications strategy, including managing press and crisis communications, strongly desired.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of state politics and state climate policy strongly desired.
    • Experience in events management, coordinating multi-stakeholder processes, and engagement in national or international climate coalitions a plus.
    • Flexibility in taking on other tasks as needed, including administrative, is required.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required, including strong drafting ability and attention to detail.
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment within limited timeframes.
    • Diplomatic and able to work effectively with leaders across a range of government, private sector and civil society organizations.
    • Ability to work independently as well as member of a team; and ability to take initiative.
    • Extreme personal discretion with sensitive information.
      Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
    • Proficiency in or ability to learn Square Space, Word Press, or other website management software.
    • Demonstrated use of social media to effectively communicate climate policy.
    • Cheerful, friendly, enthusiastic, and dependable.
    • Personal commitment to advancing the climate and clean energy agenda in the United States and internationally.
    • Ability to work outside normal office hours during surges (e.g. in the lead up to major events) and respond quickly to urgent requests.
    • Ability to adhere to UNF’s attendance policy
    • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress

    Benefits & Compensation

    For full-time employees we offer an excellent range of benefits, including a choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP). Dental insurance, vision discount plan, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Long-Term Care Insurance, Health Club Discounts, Commuter Benefits, and Employee Assistance Program.
    12 Paid holidays, 4 weeks of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days and 8 weeks of parental leave (mother or father). Access to the UNFCU Credit Union, 150% match on our 403b retirement plan, Flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts and discounted Zipcar membership

    Other Information

    Application Submission: Applicants are asked to submit a 1-2 page resume and a communications piece of which they were the primary author (e.g. blog, talking points, op-ed, press release, communications strategy). Please sumit your writing sample in place of a cover letter.


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