Carbon Management Program Associate

Great Plains Institute
Organization Summary

 A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is accelerating the transition to net-zero carbon emissions for the benefit of people, the economy, and the environment. Increased demand for GPI’s unique blend of energy expertise and consensus-derived solutions has driven organizational and programmatic growth. With headquarters in Minnesota, GPI’s operations are national in scope while retaining a core competency in the Midcontinent region. GPI is powered by more than 50 professionals and is supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies.

The following values inform the way we work both inside and outside of GPI. It is important to us to be trusted, inclusive, equitable, pragmatic, and transformative:  

Trusted. We base our approach and actions on trust, mutual respect, and accountability.

Inclusive. We achieve impact through inclusive and deliberate collaboration with a diversity of interests.

Equitable. We strive for equity in our approach and outcomes.  

Pragmatic. We take a clear-eyed view of the world as it is, even as we seek to improve it. 

Transformative. We are a bold and passionate catalyst for change.  


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Salary range: $50K-$58K, depending upon experience and location of candidate. Benefits include health plan, 401(k) retirement plan, long-term and short-term disability, life, vision, dental, FSA/HSA, paid time off, and a communication stipend. 

Primary Duties

Provide research, communications, and analytical support and collaborate on other work with the Carbon Management Team, including:  

(75%) Project Assistance. This position will primarily support the Industrial Innovation Initiative in the following ways:  

  • Assist in developing and executing, alongside the Industrial Innovation Initiative Project Manager, and other GPI staff and consultants, a detailed strategy for effective policy development and advocacy for industrial decarbonization, including synergies with other projects in GPI’s Carbon Management program.  
  • Work with GPI and external colleagues to inform relevant analyses that drive the conversation around industrial decarbonization for impact in policy, communications, and advocacy work;   
  • Track and research federal and state policies and programs related to industrial decarbonization;  
  • Create project-related content, including a monthly newsletter, blog posts, issue briefs/factsheets, press releases, social media posts, messaging guidance, and other materials;  
  • Recruit, develop, and maintain robust relationships with project participants;  
  • Participate in weekly Carbon Management and project-related staff calls;  
  • Manage administrative details of applicable grants, in coordination with the Carbon Management Operations Coordinator;  

(25%) Provide assistance to the Vice President of Carbon Management  

  • Provide direct administrative support (schedule meetings, communicating with project participants and other stakeholders, organizing materials, etc.) for the Vice President of Carbon Management  
  • Coordinate meetings with internal and external partners, including scheduling, agenda development, taking and organizing meeting notes, preparing materials, and ensuring follow-ups are carried through;  

Other programmatic support when needed. Provide other programmatic assistance as needed or requested by the Senior Program Manager, Industrial Decarbonization Manager or Vice President of the Carbon Management program.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant proven skills and experience.  
  • Knowledge of, or prior experience with, climate, energy and/or environmental issues a plus.  
  • Ability to translate and communicate complex scientific, technological, economic, and policy issues to diverse lay audiences.
  • Good research, writing, and verbal communication skills.  
  • Experience, professional or otherwise working on a diverse team and developing and maintaining relationships.
  • High attention to detail and the ability to work independently.  
  • Excellent time and deadline management, project management and team relationship skills.  
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to work collaboratively and effectively with very diverse individuals and institutions, including those with different backgrounds and political perspectives, with which you may personally disagree.  
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute and its Carbon Management Program.  

The Carbon Management team is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply. 

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