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Program Manager - Clean Energy RD&D

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 Manager – RD&D.

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

We are searching for a RD&D Program Manager to primarily provide government affairs and partnership engagement support for the client’s Washington, D.C. office and the climate and energy team. This position will include responsibilities to establish, develop, and manage relationships with federal and state legislative and government offices, business partners, and NGO partners, as well as assist with developing policy strategy – all to advance the client’s Energy signature policy priorities focused on catalyzing U.S. ambition for clean energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D).

Legislative and Government Affairs
  • Manage strategy to engage with elected officials and government agencies, and increase their understanding and support of the client’s energy RD&D policy priorities
  • Ensure regular points of contact with Hill members and committees of interest, and establish and maintain relationships at the Department of Energy and relevant entities within the White House Executive Office (e.g. the Office of Management and Budget). Note: this position would not involve registering under the Lobbying Disclosure Act
  • Develop and manage the client’s policy content on RD&D (e.g. any legislative action alerts, sign on letters, talking points, legislation-focused ads and media, communications with Congressional committees and offices)
  • Curate and update a list of key Congressional members relevant to the client’s policy interests
  • Track RD&D legislative and appropriations actions and outcomes, and contribute to regular legislative and climate communications updates for the broader team
Partnership Engagement and Outreach
  • Manage strategy to expand our relationships with think tanks/NGOs, businesses, trade associations, universities, and other stakeholders who are aligned with our interests in clean energy innovation policy
  • Participate in external policy-focused convenings and forums
  • Foster relationships with companies and trade associations to be champions on RD&D policy
  • Coordinate with state-focused policy organizations to mobilize state elected officials and other stakeholders on RD&D issues
  • Recruit RD&D thought leaders/influencers for earned media/message amplification and education opportunities
Programmatic Support
  • Develop and refine presentations on advocacy, political, and policy issues for internal and external use
  • Assist with RD&D grantmaking where relevant to legislative and government affairs or convening/partnerships; this includes reviewing, evaluating, and providing feedback on proposals
  • 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 across the client’s teams on policy, political, and partnership activities
  • Coordinate and collaborate with colleagues based in the client’s Seattle office as needed
Required Knowledge/Skill Set
  • Knowledge of federal budget and legislative processes
  • Exceptional ability to develop and maintain relationships and communicate effectively with a broad variety of bipartisan stakeholders
  • Familiarity with the Department of Energy’s energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) policies and programs
  • Familiarity with technology RD&D needs, including in areas such as low carbon liquid fuels; carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration; direct air capture; advanced nuclear; long-duration energy storage; and advanced renewable energy. Technology subject matter expertise not needed
  • Strong writing, critical thinking, and analytic ability
  • Expertise in PowerPoint; proficient in using MS Outlook, Word, OneNote, and Excel
  • Project management and facilitation
Preferred Knowledge/Skill Set
  • Familiarity with early stage technology startup and entrepreneurship issues
  • Knowledge of relevant federal policies and programs (e.g. the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant program, lab embedded entrepreneurship programs, Innovation i-Corps)
  • Familiarity with federal technology transfer policies, programs, and mechanisms (e.g. Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with Department of Energy National Laboratories)
Education and Work Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required; strong work tenure with around 7-10 years of relevant experience
  • Background in government relations, policy, advocacy, and/or clean energy innovation
Our client celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. They are an equal opportunity employer.
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