Job Announcement: Federal and State Policy Director

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The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is seeking a talented Policy Director to lead our legislative efforts on Capitol Hill and in the state of Maryland. A dream job for the right candidate, you’ll live in the dynamic Washington, DC area while moving our region and the nation toward a clean-energy revolution.  

Join our Winning Team

Step into a leadership role in the climate movement on Capitol Hill and in Annapolis where you will have the opportunity to play an integral role in crafting legislation and building grassroots strategy to build off of huge climate wins in 2020. Work with our diverse and committed supporters as part of a cutting-edge group that Bill McKibben calls “the best grassroots regional climate organization in the world.”  The Federal / MD Policy Director will be joining CCAN at a critical time – a time where poor leadership and systemic inequities have worsened the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, especially in our most vulnerable communities. We need bold action to get us out of this crisis —  the same kind of ambitious action needed to solve the climate crisis. No matter the outcome of the election in November, we must recognize the importance of fighting for environmental legislation at the federal level. 

About Us 

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. We envision an equitable energy future where truly clean sources of power — efficiency, solar and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives, and dirty fossil fuels are phased out. In DC, we are expanding the role that we play in shaping federal environmental legislation. Never has our work been more important as we continue to face the dismantling of our climate and environmental protections at the national level.  For over a decade, we have been pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible,” using every tool available – from organizing to lobbying to the law. We helped stop an $8 billion pipeline, weakening one of the nation’s most powerful polluters (Dominion Energy), and we are standing in the way of two other fracked gas pipelines. In 2020, we led the charge towards the first 100% clean electricity mandate in the south. We know that we can continue to build on these historic wins and take the fight for clean energy and climate action to the steps of the U.S. capitol. 

About the Position 

The Federal / MD Policy Director will have the skills, passion and commitment to step up as a leader on one of the biggest problems facing our planet both in Washington and in the state of Maryland. We are looking for a resilient, creative, and strategic problem-solver to join our team. The ideal candidate will see opportunities to build relationships, inspire mobilization, and urge faster and more equitable change to address the climate crisis. They are energized by building coalitions, crafting bold and ambitious long term strategies centered in community organizing, and motivating the team.  They will be drawn to the challenges of crafting and advocating for comprehensive climate policy at the national level. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this position will initially have to rely on digital tools to build relationships and meet with legislators. 

What You Will Do

The primary responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Campaign Development and Management: CCAN’s Federal / MD Policy Director will strategically shape and lead CCAN’s campaigns to win progressive climate victories. This includes goal and strategy development, translating that work into ambitious concrete plans, and supporting CCAN’s field staff to map out the grassroots components. 
  • Policy Development and Issue Expertise: You will be CCAN’s primary lobbyist on Capitol Hill and in Annapolis, building relationships with elected officials and lobbying them to support our policy priorities. You will maintain an expertise in federal climate and energy policy while leading the CCAN team in our legislative pursuits.
  • Lobbying lead: You will be our chief on-the-ground lobbyist on Capitol Hill and a chief lobbying voice for our legislative priorities in Annapolis
  • Coalition Collaboration: The Fed/MD Policy Director is the lead liaison with climate, justice, environmental, business, military and other allies to build a broad and powerful climate movement and win shared climate victories.


In addition to a commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and promoting environmental justice, qualified candidates will display the following capabilities and qualities: 

  • At least 5 years experience in policy and/or advocacy work
  • Demonstrated lobbying experience and policy expertise, preferably in climate policy and/or environmental justice; 5 years of combined lobby experience with at least 2 years on Capitol Hill
  • Lobbying experience in at least one state General Assembly also preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in strategic campaign planning and in leading coalitions; media outreach experience a plus  
  • Knowledge of federal regulatory systems and policy related to energy
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with at least two years of staff-management experience
  • Proven ability to be self-driven, while working effectively with a team 
  • Proven ability to multitask, while prioritizing measurable results 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solver; someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers

The Details

The Federal / MD Policy Director position is based out of our Takoma Park, Maryland office and, though initially remote, will eventually involve frequent travel within the state, the District of Columbia, and periodic travel within the region. The Federal / MD Policy Director reports to the Executive Director.

Salary is commensurate with experience with a range of $60k – $75k. We provide a generous benefits package including health care, dental and vision coverage and 4 weeks’ paid vacation. 

How to Apply: 

Please fill out the Google form application, you will be prompted to answer a series of short questions and asked to submit a resume. A writing sample is optional.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. CCAN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce. We value bringing a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on staff because it makes us smarter and more effective at what we do and, ultimately, we want our staff and supporters to reflect the communities we organize. We are seeking to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for this position.