Senior Policy Lead, Buildings

Salary Range:
$125,000 - $125,000 per year
April 19, 2024

Position Summary 

Evergreen seeks a full-time Senior Policy Lead to support the development of bold, detailed policies to advance rapid, equitable decarbonization of the US buildings sector.  This work will focus on both federal (75%) and state (25%) policies, given the inherently regional nature of the sector.

The primary responsibilities include working with the Policy team on policy analysis and developing new policy products that promote zero-emission appliance standards,  building codes and performance standards, and clean buildings investments at the federal and state levels. Our focus is on equitable decarbonization of the housing sector; therefore, the ideal candidate will also have substantial experience with housing policy. The ideal candidate will have strong policy research and analysis skills, a deep understanding of climate policy and advocacy, working knowledge of climate policy (ideally including an understanding of building decarbonization policy, and at least 8 years of experience working on federal climate policy or politics including in management or senior-level roles.

If you have experience in climate policy related to buildings decarbonization and want to work for an organization at the cutting edge of climate action, we want to hear from you. 


What You Will Do 

  • Collaborate in creating original policy research and development for Evergreen policy products pertaining to buildings and related sectors
  • Collaborate with our Campaigns team to help lead Evergreen and the broader climate community to strategically advocate for said policies
  • Collaborate with the States team to advance clean buildings at the state level
  • Draft multipurpose policy content for the Digital and Communications teams
  • Research and monitor existing and new federal legislation as it relates to Evergreen policy priorities and monitor relevant committee activities 
  • Identify opportunities for Evergreen to participate in the debate on federal climate policy
  • Represent Evergreen to decision-makers, coalitions of partner organizations, and to the media


First-Year Milestones

In your first 90 days you will have: 

  • Integrated into existing partnerships and campaigns and provided your insightful take on how to continue building power
  • Reviewed our work plan  and adjusted it based on your expertise and the evolving situation, including a detailed product schedule and timeline 
  • Begun actively collaborating with the policy team and other departments (campaigns/states/comms/digital) as applicable
  • Carried forward key ongoing meetings and coalition efforts in a smooth hand-off with the current team
  • Released one or more original policy products


In 6 months you will have:

  • Assumed ownership of multiple independent workstreams 
  • Developed solid relationships with key stakeholders and federal policymakers
  • Integrated with our states team to advance policies in key regions


In 1 year you will have: 

  • Demonstrated success with 1-2 key concrete campaign priorities
  • Developed a process for refining and assessing policy opportunities/challenges
  • Implemented a regular cadence for the release of original products
  • Assisted with multiple ongoing implementation projects
  • Represented Evergreen by attending at least one conference/event focused on clean buildings policy


What You Bring 

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job so we encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications as described 

  • 8+ years experience in federal climate policy research or analysis, with a working knowledge of the buildings sector 
  • Experience working in government, a non-profit, or a campaign setting
  • Excellent research and writing skills 
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a team, under tight deadlines 
  • Self-motivated and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and see them through to completion
  • Alignment with Evergreen’s Mission, Values, and Theory of Change


Compensation and Benefits

Salary: $125,000/year. To maintain internal pay parity, salaries are non-negotiable. Employees can increase wages through annual cost of living raises, performance-based pay increases, and promotions.

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • 99% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents
  • 4% employer match on 401K contributions
  • FSA and DCFSA 
  • Professional development and home office budgets
  • Unlimited PTO policy, organization-wide shutdowns, and all federal holidays paid


How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with preference given to applications received by April 19. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible. 

Please submit a resume, an optional cover letter, or reference materials (portfolio, website, blog) through our hiring portal. You will not be penalized for not including a cover letter. We encourage you to submit any materials you believe will help us best assess your qualifications.


About Evergreen

Evergreen’s mission is to lead an all-of-government mobilization to defeat the climate crisis and build a just and thriving clean energy economy by raising standards, catalyzing investment, and centering justice at the heart of economic transformation. We do this by working in partnership with climate and community leaders and meeting directly with decision makers to push for bold, actionable policies that meet the urgency of the climate crisis.

With the single largest investment in climate and clean energy now passed into law, it’s a thrilling time to work for an organization at the cutting edge of climate policy. We played a major role in passing historic climate investments, but the work is far from over. It’s going to take all of us to win and equitably implement the ambitious policies we know we need to tackle climate change and deliver a thriving clean energy future for all.