NextGen Highways Project Manager

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 60 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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Location in MN
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Salary range: $80K-$93K, commensurate with experience. Benefits include a health plan, 401(k) retirement plan, LTD, STD, life, vision, dental, FSA/HSA, paid time off, professional development allowance, and a communication stipend.

Primary Duties
  • Lead effective integration of the NGH’s public relations, marketing, communications and social media strategies and activities with its external education, outreach and advocacy efforts.
  • Plan and organize external meetings, briefings, and other events.
  • Oversee maintenance of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database for use by NGH staff to track and manage stakeholder outreach and education efforts.
  • Support NGH social media engagement, blog posts, and other publications and website maintenance.
  • Work closely with NGH staff and partners to help develop and enact policy strategy and anticipate policy opportunities. 
  • Maintain and build new relationships and partnerships with state and federal policy makers, staff, regulatory officials, utilities, NGO, community-based organizations, transmission developers, transportation network providers, and other key stakeholders.
  • Work with staff to identify and reach out to stakeholders for participation in national NGH Coalition and in state-based NGH Coalitions.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement education and outreach strategies and activities to engage policy makers, regulators, and key constituency groups. 
  • Support budgeting, recruitment, fundraising, and other strategic activities to enhance the Coalition’s capacity and impact. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant proven skills and experience.
  • Prior experience (3+ years) working on project management, public relations, government relations, or similar.
  • Experience, professional or otherwise, coordinating stakeholders in coalitions, organizing events, and attending meetings or public events on behalf of an organization.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to work collaboratively and effectively with very diverse individuals and institutions, including those with whom you may personally disagree. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • High attention to detail and ability to work independently and with colleagues in remote locations.
  • Excellent time and deadline management, project management and team relationship skills. 
  • Knowledge of or prior experience with climate, energy and/or environmental issues a plus.
  • Experience with campaign strategy and execution in public policy, political and/or other contexts a plus.
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