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Government Relations Director

Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) conducts science for solutions at the nexus of climate, people, and nature. We partner with leaders and communities for just meaningful impact to address the climate crisis.
The Government Relations Director facilitates the effective delivery of Woodwell science to U.S. federal policymakers. The Government Relations Director is responsible for providing strategic and tactical management of Woodwell’s outreach to Congress and U.S. federal agencies. 
·Assist Chief of External Affairs in developing and implementing Woodwell’s strategy for outreach to Congress and U.S. federal agencies
·Manage campaigns to integrate Woodwell science and policy recommendations into federal legislation. In 2023, this will be heavily focused on the upcoming Farm Bill
·Attend events, panels, and hearings as Woodwell’s representative in Washington, D.C.
·Manage Woodwell’s policy-focused partnerships with NGOs, universities, and corporate government affairs departments.
·Build and maintain relationships with key points of contact in Washington, D.C.
·Lead weekly internal meeting focused on policy outreach.
·Document and track policy outreach objectives.
·Build and maintain collaborative cross-functional relationships within Woodwell.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
·Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience on Capitol Hill or in an adjacent policy-focused role
·Demonstrated interest in – and familiarity with – climate change related policy
·Willingness to work across the aisle on bipartisan solutions
·Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines
·Highly organized, attention to detail, results-oriented.
·Exceptional written, oral and presentation skills.
· Ability to translate complex material into clear, engaging language for a variety of audiences
·Proficiency in Microsoft Office computer programs

Application review will be ongoing.

Desired Start Date: January 2023
Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the annual salary range is dependent on qualifications/experience. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.
Location: This is a remote position. Due to the nature of this position the successful applicant must live within commuting distance of Washington, DC.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our career’s portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type GRD22 on all correspondence.

​​Please visit Woodwell's website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 100+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work. 

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell
Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.
The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.
Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.
We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.