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Program Associate

Washington, DC
Hansell Tierney is one of the premier staffing and recruiting companies in the Pacific Northwest.  Launched in 2001, we are a woman-owned business that serves and staffs Northwest organizations by doing things the right way, not just the easiest way.  Hansell Tierney partners with candidates and clients to match the best candidates with interesting local opportunities.  We navigate every relationship with the highest level of discretion and service while holding ourselves accountable to our promises.  Our business thrives on our deep understanding of the job market and our ability to skillfully tailor our recruitment process to meet our clients’ unique needs.

We are currently assisting our client with their Direct Hire search for a Program Associate.

Our client is a mission-based organization focused on incubating and communicating new ideas, approaches, and products that improve the lives of people around the world, especially for the bottom two billion poorest people. Their work covers some of the most important global challenges in climate, energy, health, education, and development. 

Duration: FTE
Location: Washington, DC
Travel: Limited, approx 3-4 times per year domestically
Must be able to pass a very extensive background investigation

Our client is seeking a Program Associate to provide high-level programmatic support for the Washington, D.C. office. This position will include a mix of programmatic work for our climate and clean energy programs including project management support, research, writing, presentation development, partner engagement, policy analysis, and event planning. It will require the ability to manage multiple deadlines, research and write briefing documents and help expand the reach and scope of the team’s projects.


Programmatic Support

•    Research and write initial drafts of both internal and external materials (memos, fact sheets, one-pagers, FAQs, etc.) and assist the team in finalizing those work products.
•    Develop and refine presentations on advocacy, political, and policy issues for internal and external use, including for public and private sector engagements both domestically and internationally.
•    Help to convene and engage partner organizations (including businesses, NGOs, governments, academia, and think tanks) and explore potential new partners to advance the team’s climate and clean energy agenda.
•    Analyze and synthesize policy proposals, white papers, and research, and evaluate how to best use that information in our organization’s efforts.

Operational Support
•    Monitor progress of the team’s various climate and clean energy efforts and assist the team by providing a variety of support functions to ensure successful implementation of that work.
•    Draft project roadmaps to identify necessary resources, timelines, and task ownership.
•    Identify and execute day-to-day programmatic priorities, while keeping longer-term program considerations on the team’s radar.
•    Set up systems and files to ensure that all project and program information is appropriately documented and secured.

Internal Coordination and Collaboration
•    Coordinate and collaborate with colleagues based in our Seattle area office. 


Subject Matter Interest
•    Advocacy: Knowledge of how government policy and advocacy programs work, and interest in supporting programs to strengthen our organization’s voice in this space and our priority issues.
•    Energy: Knowledge of the energy technology, finance, and innovation ecosystem and interest in supporting a global effort to find alternative energy solutions that are reliable, affordable, and clean / low carbon.
•    Investments: Familiarity with finance, early-stage investing, and/or company-building.

Written and Verbal Communication
•    Ability to process/respond to a high volume of research/project requests with clarity and accuracy.
•    Ability to distill complex information into simple, consumable concepts.
•    Ability to compose executive correspondence.
•    Ability to design and implement organized, consistent processes and systems.

•    Respond to critical messages right away with same-day turnaround for top priority requests.
•    Same-day responsiveness to less urgent requests, providing timeframe for an answer or solution.
•    Meet all deadlines or ask for a reasonable extension in advance of the deadline.
•    Build and maintain relationships, and constantly strive to improve team collaboration and external engagement.
•    Be responsive and able to juggle shifting priorities.

Confidentiality and Trustworthiness
•    Proven track record of working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment that demands professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality.
•    Demonstrated attention to detail, while maintaining a focus on the big picture.

Technical Skills
•    Expertise in PowerPoint; proficient in using MS Outlook, Word, OneNote, and Excel.
•    Project management and facilitation.

Education and Work Experience
•    Bachelor’s degree required; strong work tenure with around 4-5 years of relevant experience.
•    Background in government relations, policy, advocacy, investment, and/or clean energy.

Each employee makes a significant contribution to the success of an organization. That contribution is not limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified or assigned. It is expected that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure overall success.
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