Program Associate, Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3)

Organization
Great Plains Institute
Organization Summary

ABOUT THE GREAT PLAINS INSTITUTE

One of the nation’s leading energy and climate policy organizations, the mission of the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is to transform the energy system to benefit people, the economy and the environment. At a time of great political, social, economic and environmental challenges confronting our nation and the world, GPI’s success in achieving implementation of groundbreaking policies and initiatives at the federal, state and local levels is generating significant impact and creating opportunities to add dedicated and talented members to our team. Our programs focus on building a prosperous, equitable and net-zero emissions energy and industrial economy, and they are supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies. GPI’s operations are national in scope (see map), yet our organization retains a strong presence in the Upper Midwest. A tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, MN, GPI’s more than 30 professionals call Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Washington state, and Washington, DC home. Please visit www.betterenergy.org/ to learn more.

ABOUT THE CARBON MANAGEMENT PROGRAM  

GPI’s Carbon Management Program is dedicated to fostering deployment of solutions at climate scale for managing carbon emissions from energy, industry and manufacturing, while protecting and creating high-wage, family-sustaining jobs and providing economic and environmental benefits to affected communities. Through our staffing and coordination of the Carbon Capture Coalition at the federal level, the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional Deployment Initiative, and Industrial Innovation Initiative, GPI’s Carbon Management Program is playing a transformative role in building broad industry, labor, and NGO engagement and support for federal and state policies necessary to put our nation on a path to net-zero emissions and achieving midcentury climate goals. The Carbon Management Program is a fast-paced collaborative team with an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages and appreciates equal contribution from members at all levels of the team.

ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION INITIATIVE

The Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3) brings together key industrial and power companies, environmental organizations, labor unions and state officials from Midwestern and Gulf Coast states the form the Midcontinent region, industrial heartland of the U.S. The Initiative focuses on the development and implementation of federal and state policies and strategies for decarbonizing the region’s most important industrial sectors by midcentury, including steel, cement, chemicals, refining, biofuels, and pulp and paper. I3 participants presented federal COVID-19 economic recovery recommendations to Congress in July of last year, and they are currently developing a broader set of federal and state policy recommendations to be released as a blueprint for decarbonizing industry, which is slated for September of this year. GPI staffs and coordinates I3 in partnership with the World Resources Institute.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Metro
Job type
full-time
Salary

Salary range: $44K-$50K, 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.

Hours

Business hours with flexibility. 

Primary Duties

ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION INITIATIVE

The Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3) brings together key industrial and power companies, environmental organizations, labor unions and state officials from Midwestern and Gulf Coast states the form the Midcontinent region, industrial heartland of the U.S. The Initiative focuses on the development and implementation of federal and state policies and strategies for decarbonizing the region’s most important industrial sectors by midcentury, including steel, cement, chemicals, refining, biofuels, and pulp and paper. I3 participants presented federal COVID-19 economic recovery recommendations to Congress in July of last year, and they are currently developing a broader set of federal and state policy recommendations to be released as a blueprint for decarbonizing industry, which is slated for September of this year. GPI staffs and coordinates I3 in partnership with the World Resources Institute.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Provide project assistance and administrative support, including:

  • Planning, coordination, preparing materials, and other support for I3 project-related calls, meetings, and events;
  • Assist in drafting factsheets, blog posts, web content and other materials for the project;
  • Prepare a regular project update for project participants, other stakeholders and the media;
  • Update and maintain the dedicated I3 project website (forthcoming);
  • Participate in weekly Carbon Management team and I3 project staff calls;
  • Manage administrative details of I3-related grants, in coordination with the Carbon Management Program Manager;
  • Provide other programmatic assistance to the project as needed; and
  • Provide assistance to other Carbon Management Program projects as directed.

Hours may be flexible and are typically Monday through Friday during the business day; some nights and weekends may be required. Some travel will also be required.

Experience

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant proven skills and experience.
  • Good research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience, professional or otherwise, working on a diverse team and developing and maintaining relationships.
  • Ability to work well with people from a variety of backgrounds and political perspectives that may differ significantly from oneself.
  • Ability to work for several people, manage multiple tasks in an organized way, and take responsibility for following up on assignments without being reminded.
  • Detail-oriented and able to work independently.
  • Excellent time and deadline management, project management and team relationship skills.
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute.

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

EQUIPMENT USED

Desktop computer and/or laptop, copier, calculator, printer, telephone.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY   

Complete your application here: https://greatplainsinstitute.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=21

Required application materials include a resume, two-page writing sample, and one-page cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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