State and Regional Carbon Management Associate

Great Plains Institute
Organization Summary


A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and 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. 

At GPI, we hold the following values: 

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. 

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



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, the Industrial Innovation Initiative, and the Carbon Action Alliance, 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. 

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Salary range: $49K-$57K, depending on 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 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. 

Primary Duties


Program Associate, Carbon Management 

Program/Role: State and Regional Carbon Management Associate 

Location: Flexible, with preference for Minneapolis, MN. GPI’s headquarters are based at 2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 220 in Minneapolis, MN. 

Reports to: Carbon Management Program Manager  

Type of Position: Full-time position 

Compensation: Salary range: $49K-$57K, depending on 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.  



Provide program assistance and administrative support to the State and Regional Carbon Management team and other Carbon Management projects as needed, including: 

(70%) Program Assistance: The State and Regional Carbon Management Associate will have primary responsibility for administrative and support tasks, working closely with program staff on a variety of projects, including the State Carbon Capture Work Group; Regional Carbon Capture Deployment Initiative, Carbon Action Alliance, and others. The Program Associate will: 

  • Manage administrative details of Carbon Management grants, in coordination with the Carbon Management Program Manager; 

  • Provide direct administrative support (schedule meetings, communicating with project participants and other stakeholders, organizing materials, etc.) for various projects in the Carbon Management program; 

  • Coordinate aspects of the Carbon Management external communications such as drafting factsheets, blog posts, web content and other materials for projects; and 

  • Participate in weekly Carbon Management program and State and Regional project staff calls.

(30%) Meeting Coordination: The Program Associate will take the lead in planning the State and Regional Carbon Management project meetings and events. 

  • Coordinate meetings with internal and external partners, including scheduling, agenda development (in coordination with project leads), taking and organizing meeting notes, preparing materials, and ensuring follow-ups are carried through; 

  • Manage live webinars, small-group breakouts, and recording both video and audio portions; 

  • Identify and secure suitable venues for meetings and other event logistics as needed; and 

  • Serve as the point of contact for speakers and participants’ logistical needs. 

Other Programmatic Assistance. Provide other programmatic assistance as needed or requested by the Program Manager or Vice President of the Carbon Management program. 



  • 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. 

  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute. 

  • Competency in Microsoft Office, Zoom and Teams, is desired.. 

  • Experience coordinating virtual or in-person meetings or events is a plus. 

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



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

How to Apply


Complete your application here

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

The Great Plains Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. GPI is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace for all. 

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