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The Climate Action Reserve is a national offsets program focused on ensuring the
environmental integrity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects and on creating
and supporting financial and environmental value in the U.S. carbon market. It does this by
establishing regulatory-quality standards for the development, quantification, and verification of
GHG offset projects in North America; overseeing independent third-party verification bodies;
issuing carbon offset credits (known as “Climate Reserve Tonnes” or “CRTs”) for verified
emission reductions; and tracking the transaction of credits over time in a transparent, publiclyaccessible
The Reserve offers a hands-on, fast-paced work environment with tremendous potential for
growth and advancement. This position provides the opportunity to join a team playing a leading
role in developing climate change policy in North America. For more information about the
Reserve, please visit: www.climateactionreserve.org
The Reserve is seeking a Policy Manager to join the Policy Team and manage development of
new greenhouse gas offset protocols, as well as maintain and support implementation of
existing protocols. The Policy Manager will report directly to a Senior Policy Manager.
Working with the Reserve’s Policy Team, the Policy Manager will be responsible for developing
new protocols, assisting with protocol implementation, and coordinating updates of existing
protocols. The Policy Manger will report directly to a Senior Policy Manager. The primary
responsibilities are outlined below and should be viewed as a starting point; the position will
evolve and grow according to the successful candidate’s interests and aptitude, and with the
Primary responsibilities include:
• Directly managing and assisting in the development of project protocols including:
assessing project typologies for potential protocol development, developing expertise in
specific sectors/technologies (e.g., forestry, agriculture, energy), drafting protocol
documents, and responding to inquiries regarding protocols.
• Directly managing and assisting in the management of multi-stakeholder workgroups
including: facilitating workgroup discussion and input on protocol development issues,
preparing documents for and communicating with workgroup members and technical
contractors, creating and managing project timeline and deliverables, leading conference
calls, meetings, and public workshops.
• Communicating externally by presenting project protocols to stakeholders, industry
groups, government agencies, and the Reserve’s Board of Directors.
• Managing and refining existing protocols on an ongoing basis, including: regularly
updating protocol errata and clarifications, managing protocol updates and expansions
to further geographic regions in North America, and staying abreast of GHG reporting
• Providing supporting and leading roles on the Policy Team with assisting the California
Air Resources Board in implementation of AB 32.
• Providing key contributions to the work of the Policy Team on additional projects as
needed, for example technical analysis and research in support of further development
of offset standards on behalf of emerging state, regional, and national voluntary and
compliance offset programs.
QUALIFICATIONS & CHARACTERISTICS
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and characteristics:
• BA/BS degree (MA/MS degree preferred) in natural or environmental science, engineering,
public policy, economics, or a related field.
• Demonstrated experience with GHG emissions measurement and verification, and/or
development of protocols for quantifying GHG emission reductions from climate change
• Demonstrated knowledge of climate change policy, emissions trading, and carbon offsets.
• Area expertise in forestry, agriculture, or energy sectors.
• Experience working with multiple stakeholders including government agencies, industry,
NGOs and others.
• Demonstrated project management and contractor oversight skills.
• Strong technical/analytical background.
• Ability to deliver effective presentations and digest complicated technical issues and present
them in a simple and understandable fashion.
• Exceptional research and writing skills.
• Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
• U.S. citizen or legal right to work in the U.S.
• At least 3 years of directly related professional experience (up to a maximum of 1 year of
experience can be met by demonstrating at least 2 years of directly related internship
experience OR by having a directly related Masters degree).
• Team player and quick learner who focuses on high productivity and results.
• Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality.
• Self starter with a proactive attitude.
• Creative problem solver
• Adaptable; willing and able to learn new subject areas quickly
Salary commensurate with experience. Position includes a competitive benefits package.
The position is available immediately. Interested candidates must submit the following
information to the Policy Manager Search Committee:
• Cover letter
• Writing sample (maximum of 5 pages)
The position is open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications
should be emailed to the following address with the header “Policy Manager Candidate”:
The Climate Action Reserve is an equal opportunity employer.