US Climate Policy and Program Manager

Oxfam America
🌎 Location
💵 Salary

$98,000 - $107,000

🗓️ Posted

November 20, 2023

Washington, DC; Boston, MA or Remote

Oxfam is a global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice. We offer lifesaving support in times of crisis and advocate for economic justice, gender equality, and climate action. We demand equal rights and equal treatment so that everyone can thrive, not just survive.

This position leads on a climate and energy agenda in the U.S that achieves a feminist, equal and just energy transition domestically and which supports such a transition internationally. The postholder will work with colleagues from across Oxfam America, as well as NGO allies, to enhance U.S. domestic climate ambition by advocating for the adoption of equitable climate policies and finance investments, empowering allies in Federal and State legislatures and government agencies and working with civil society partners to address the global climate crisis with intersectional, just solutions. This role includes partnership with fellow civil society leaders on shared priorities; and work across Oxfam America and the Oxfam confederation coordinating policy advocacy, campaigning, and general promotion of climate action and solidarity.

This position coordinates with: Climate Justice Department; Other Departments in the Global Partnerships and Impact Division, including the US Domestic Program, Aid Effectiveness, Extractive Industries, Humanitarian, and Gender Justice and Research departments; Other Departments in the Advocacy, Alliances and Policy Division, including the Economic and Racial Justice, Private Sector, Government Relations and Public Policy, Campaigns, Public Engagement, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances and Institutional Support Departments; Oxfam International and other Oxfam affiliates.


Strategic leadership and collaboration

•Lead internal strategizing and external consultation to develop Oxfam’s US federal, state, and local climate policy, influencing and advocacy programming agenda.
•Collaborate with other members of the Climate Justice Department to help advance Oxfam’s climate advocacy and policy activities.
•Collaborate with other teams in OUS to advance the agenda as appropriate, including the campaign team, public engagement, and the US Domestic Program (USDP) team.
•Collaborate and partner with external allies.

Program design, resource development and management

•Design, in partnership with the management of the Climate Justice Department, as well as other relevant departments and staff in the Climate Justice Department, a program of work at the state, local and Federal level to make a distinct contribution to efforts to achieve feminist, just and equal decarbonization in the United States, and to build support for progressive US action internationally.
•Work alongside the US Climate Campaign Lead to develop and help implement a public campaign which contributes to achieving Oxfam’s US climate advocacy agenda at the state, federal and local level.
•Engage in fundraising that can allow for an ambitious program of domestic climate justice and energy work.
•Manage a policy advisor (and other staff as funded as part of the emerging program), to create and achieve performance goals that support team plans.
•Coach, mentor, and support staff, coordinating with Climate Justice team members to ensure effective team management and regular dialogue regarding team norms and performance in line with OUS guidelines and feminist principles.

Policy research, analysis, and advocacy

•Supervise/carry out research into policies required for feminist, equal and just decarbonization and evidence to support such policies.
•Carry out research and policy development on tax measures to advance a just energy transition in the US, in conjunction with the Climate Justice Director and Just Transition Policy and Program Manager, Just Energy Transition and Extractives
•Work with government, legislative and civil society allies to promote a climate justice agenda, secure favorable domestic climate-related outcomes that contribute to international priorities, including international climate finance and to oppose regressive policies. This will include, where appropriate, direct lobbying.
•Support other Departments at Oxfam to analyze climate policy and contribute to campaign strategy development and implementation for Oxfam America’s broader suite of influencing activities.
•Facilitate robust and sustained cross-team collaborations on climate policy and advocacy at Oxfam.
•Support the integration of gender and racial justice, inequality, and decolonial priorities and approaches throughout Oxfam’s climate advocacy efforts.
•As agreed, represent Oxfam America at climate-related civil society coalitions.
•In collaboration with internal stakeholders, interface with government and legislative stakeholders to maintain open lines of communication on climate issues.
•Represent Oxfam America’s climate priorities in both internal deliberations and well as external-facing opportunities.
•Coordinate with Oxfam confederation colleagues (country offices and affiliates) and their strategic partners in advancing climate priorities, particularly related to major international events.
•Develop positive working relationships with Oxfam’s allies and partners around Oxfam’s climate justice and energy goals and priorities.

Position Expectations

•Will stay abreast of professional standards, trends, and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
•Will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based, problem-solving work culture treating all persons with dignity and respect and will be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America’s mission, values, and goals.
•Will have a fundamental understanding of gender justice, inequality, and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice, racial equity, and diversity in our workplace and programs.
•Within key areas of responsibility, will have a commitment to and be accountable for activities contributing towards a safe and accountable workplace environment, projects and relationships for staff, partners, and the communities we serve.
•Will stay abreast of and comply with all relevant requirements regarding lobbying and government advocacy relevant to Oxfam’s operations.



Degree in environmental or energy policy, international relations, law, public policy, or related field, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience and Core Competencies

•7-10 years working in climate change and energy policy.
•Relevant and substantial experience working in or with government and considerable understanding of domestic energy and climate policy issues.
•5+ years of experience in managing teams, including matrixed cross-divisional teams.
•Strong project management skills and ability to train staff in project management basics.
•Deep understanding of climate movements in the US.

•Outstanding research and analytical skills relevant to public policy.
•Outstanding attention to detail.
•Excellent organizational and administrative skills; ability to prioritize workload and multi-task.
•Excellent oral communication skills and strong professional writing and editing skills.
•Flexible, creative, and strategic thinker and problem-solver; self-starter.

•Strong interpersonal skills, with both internal staff and external partners.
•Ability to be agile and responsive to rapidly evolving events.
•Eagerness to test out new methods and ideas and learn from both failures and successes.
•Highly developed organizational and planning skills.

Salary & Benefits

$98,000 to $107,000


Washington, DC or Boston, MA

Oxfam America employees are able to work remotely, but to be considered applicants must reside in one of the following states that are within a 200-mile radius of an Oxfam America office which are located in Boston and Washington DC: ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, WV, VA, MD, NC or DC.

Oxfam America is a Gender Just organization and an equal opportunity employer. We have a zero tolerance policy for any sexual harassment, exploitation, and/or abuse. We welcome all persons to apply and do not discriminate. We take measures to prevent discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Oxfam America

US Climate Policy and Program Manager

$98,000 - $107,000


Washington, DC; Boston, MA or Remote


Climate & Sustainability



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