ClimatePlan State Policy Associate

Note: ClimatePlan is fiscally sponsored by TransForm, but operates as an independent organization. 

The position is full time.

LOCATION: Sacramento or Oakland

ClimatePlan is a statewide network of health, equity, and environmental nonprofits dedicated to improving California’s land use and transportation. We are currently focused on strengthening greenhouse gas reduction targets, shifting state transportation spending, and improving regional Sustainable Communities Strategies. Our work not only fights climate change, it also results in cleaner air, land and water conservation, and greater access and opportunities for families and communities. With more than 50 partners, ClimatePlan brings diverse interests together and has brought new energy and new voices to urban planning, transportation, and conservation in California. ClimatePlan is based in Oakland and has an office in Sacramento. ClimatePlan’s fiscal sponsor is TransForm.

ClimatePlan’s network carries out numerous campaigns around the state. Our policy staff works hard to coordinate these efforts and provide active support to ensure all campaigns align with ClimatePlan’s mission and values.

Our State Policy Associate must possess the skills to think creatively and strategically about our issues to influence policymakers and key decision-makers. The State Policy Associate must also provide strong analysis to shape California state policy and funding on climate change, equity, land use, housing, health, and conservation.


Support key state policy campaigns

  • Monitor and track current state policy, including administrative policy, funding, and legislation related to ClimatePlan’s mission and values. 
  • Work closely with the Director to mobilize support and achieve state policy campaign objectives via email action alerts, social media campaigns, workgroup meetings, etc. 
  • Build relationships with key statewide partners and policymakers who are involved in efforts to tackle climate change, promote public health and equity, protect natural and working lands, and invest in sustainable transportation.

Communicate our policy positions

  • Develop a strong understanding of – and ability to effectively communicate – climate change mitigation policy tools, specifically focusing on land use and transportation planning, including sustainable communities, affordable housing, active transportation, public health, social equity, natural and working lands, and environmental justice.  
  • As requested, undertake research assignments. With the Director, write policy briefs, white papers, and policy analyses that elevate our research, findings, or policy positions on issues related to land use and transportation planning and investments. 
  • Circulate action alerts, sign-on letters, support letters and other campaign materials as needed to the state network.

Provide administrative support

  • Work with ClimatePlan staff and partners to provide logistical assistance with legislative briefings, statewide convenings, and ClimatePlan quarterly meetings as requested. 
  • Schedule meetings with key decision-makers, including agency staff and elected officials, convene conference calls, and organize in-person meetings as needed.


  • One to two years of experience in an advocacy setting, with an understanding of public policy and campaign strategy. 
  • Basic understanding of the fundamentals of climate change, land use, and transportation planning and investments.
  • Proven ability to build relationships with a diverse set of partners and decision-makers. 
  • Strong communication skills, including research, writing, editing, and verbal communication. 
  • Experience drafting impactful written materials, including action alerts, sign-on letters, and other advocacy materials. 
  • Commitment to building an inclusive movement that welcomes a diversity of missions and political strategies. Fluency in a second language a strong plus. 
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor!

This job is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), exempt position. Salary ranges from $50,000 - 60,000 a year, based on experience. Compensation includes health and dental insurance, generous vacation time, transit benefits, and an employee contribution 403b retirement plan. ClimatePlan is based in Oakland and has an office in Sacramento.

Our staff is focused on making positive change in the world. We prioritize equity and inclusion with what we do and how we work together as a team. People of color, of all abilities, of all sexual and gender orientations, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Does this sound like a good fit for you? If so, please send:

  • A resume 
  • A cover letter detailing how your skills and experience make you perfect for this position, also describing:
    • A state policy or advocacy campaign you were involved in. What was your role? What strategies and tactics did you use? How did these efforts strengthen the campaign? Did you achieve success in the campaign? Why or why not?

Send these materials as attachments (or a single PDF attachment) to jobs AT climateplan DOT org. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your materials. Please, no faxes, postal mail, or phone calls.

This position was posted on October 25, 2017. Please apply by November 27, 2017 to ensure your application is considered. The position will remain posted here and at until filled.