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Senior Analyst, Natural Climate Solutions and Carbon Management

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.

As the only Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC works to find actionable solutions to the nation’s key challenges. Our policy solutions are the product of expert analysis and informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and advocates who represent multiple policy perspectives. Our work currently focuses on energy and climate, health, the economy, education, immigration, infrastructure, and governance. 

The Senior Analyst will join the BPC Energy Project policy team, a dynamic and fast-moving group that is focused on the development of pragmatic, durable federal policies that responsibly transition the U.S. to a low-carbon economy, invest smartly in the next generation of energy technologies and infrastructure, and maintain economic growth. Within the BPC Energy Project, this position will join a small, core group dedicated to policy development for deep decarbonization, technological and natural carbon management, and energy innovation for a low-carbon economy. In particular, the Senior Analyst will help lead BPC’s growing portfolio of work on a bipartisan federal policy agenda for natural climate solutions (NCS) in U.S. farms and forests. This role will serve as a subject matter expert on NCS and carbon management science and policy. Key areas of focus will include carbon cycling and sequestration; sustainable forest, soils, and methane management in the U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors; greenhouse gas accounting and inventories; carbon offset protocols in voluntary and compliance markets; and environmental credit markets and credit stacking. The Senior Analyst will leverage and apply their expertise to assess data and produce research insights; identify policy opportunities to advance NCS in U.S. farms and forests; draft memos, policy briefs, and communications products; and help manage external relationships with key stakeholders to build effective coalitions for federal policy action. 

Roles and Responsibilities  

Applied Research & Policy Synthesis 

  • Conduct research and technical analysis of NCS issues 
  • Track and evaluate relevant federal legislation, legislative proposals, and Administration policies       and programs (e.g., within the Departments of Agriculture and Interior) 
  • Draft reports, white papers, issue briefs, fact sheets and other written products 
  • Identify NCS policy opportunities and recommendations that can garner bipartisan support 
  • Integrate and synthesize contributions from multiple authors into technical written products, reconciling inconsistencies

Planning & Project Management  

  • Facilitate NCS project planning process with internal team and external advisors, including meeting agenda development, stakeholder engagement plans, and research plans  
  • Manage consultants and external experts in support of BPC’s NCS and energy policy work  
  • Liaise with the BPC’s communications, legislative, and development teams on behalf of NCS team 
  • Contribute to and coordinate with other writers and reviewers on grant proposals, grant reports, and other donor management requirements  

Communications & Relationship Management  

  • Draft external “thought leadership” products (i.e., blogs, white papers, op-eds) and  
  • Assist in enhancing BPC’s profile on social media and other digital platforms 
  • Communicate complex ideas clearly, simply, and convincingly to both technical and non-technical audiences  
  • Represent BPC with external stakeholders in a credible manner and with ease 
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and support engagement with stakeholders, policy leaders, and Congressional staff 

Candidate Requirements 

Basic Qualifications  

  • Science or applied science degree (BS, MS, or PhD) 
  • 4+ years of experience in research, government, or non-profit work related to climate policy and carbon sequestration. Relevant graduate education can substitute for years of experience. 
  • Excellent quantitative and research skills 
  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills with experience synthesizing complex scientific or technical topics for non-technical audiences 
  • Strong team player who maintains a collegial and collaborative spirit while also taking ownership over work products 
  • Ability to thrive in a bipartisan organization 

Preferred Capabilities 

  • Substantial familiarity with the broader U.S. federal and state policy context for agriculture, forests, and climate change/carbon management. This includes issues related to the Farm Bill, biofuels and bioenergy policies (e.g., Renewable Fuels Standard), wildfire management, public lands management, and the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory.  
  • Proven critical thinking/problem-solving skills and ability to grasp “big picture” concepts as well as granular complexities. 
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances. 
  • Strong ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks with often overlapping deadlines while maintaining a high degree of thoroughness and accuracy. 

This position is based in Washington, D.C. BPC staff are currently working remotely, and will be following D.C. guidelines regarding reopening the office.

BPC offers a competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send a resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected]. Please include the position title Senior Analyst, Natural Climate Solutions and Carbon Management,in the subject line of the application email. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. BPC does not sponsor employment visas.

BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.