Carbon Management Labor Engagement Manager

Great Plains Institute

Program/Role: Carbon Management, Labor Engagement Manager

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

Reports to: Vice President for Carbon Management

Type of Position: Full time position

Ideal start date: April 15, 2022

Compensation: Salary range: $65K-$85K, 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.


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 nearly 50 professionals call Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Wyoming home. GPI has five program areas: Carbon Management, Communities, Energy Systems, Renewable Energy and Transportation & Fuels. Please visit to learn more.


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. The Carbon Management Program has a fast-paced collaborative team with an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages and appreciates equal contribution from members at all levels of the team.

Through our staffing and coordination of the federal Carbon Capture Coalition, the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional Carbon Capture 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 to achieve midcentury climate goals. GPI is currently ramping up new initiatives in key states and regions focused on economywide deployment of carbon capture, removal, transport, use, and geologic storage. Building on our staffing and coordination of the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional Deployment Initiative over the past five years, we have established Carbon Capture Ready, an initiative to support policy development and advocacy efforts in target states to implement state policies that complement the federal 45Q tax credit to scale up deployment of carbon capture, direct air capture, carbon utilization, and CO2 transport and storage infrastructure projects. We are also coordinating the implementation of an eight-state initiative to foster the buildout of regional CO2 transport infrastructure.


Through the development of a National Carbon Management Action Network (the Action Network), GPI’s Carbon Management Program is establishing for the first time an integrated national communications and grassroots campaign infrastructure dedicated to advancing federal and state carbon management policies. The Action Network will bring under one umbrella our federal, state and regional carbon management efforts and galvanize our growing national network of nearly 1,000 industry, labor, NGO and other stakeholders and state officials to advocate for priority policies. The Action Network will coordinate and leverage the above-referenced federal, state and regional initiatives to galvanize growing grasstops and grassroots engagement, integrate and expand federal and state legislative action and implementation; connect key stakeholders and constituency groups with policymakers in state capitols across the country and in Washington, DC; and work to align stakeholders and communities to foster an equitable approach to deployment of carbon management projects and infrastructure across energy, industrial and manufacturing sectors.


The Labor Engagement Manager will develop and coordinate the Action Network’s grassroots education and outreach to organized labor. Reporting to GPI’s Vice President for Carbon Management and working in partnership with national staff of relevant energy and industrial sector labor unions, the Manager will lead efforts to engage and mobilize state and local labor leaders and members as a crucial constituency voice in support of federal and state carbon management policy priorities. The Manager will also work closely with other GPI Carbon Management team members to ensure that project goals and outcomes are achieved.

The Manager will be expected to work both independently and with colleagues on projects. The successful candidate will be able to complete various work elements from conception to completion in a timely manner and also to follow direction that may be detailed or minimal. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively and constructively with project participants from diverse backgrounds, interests and points of view; exercise good judgment in a variety of situations; maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities; utilize effective methods for time management and prioritization of tasks; and possess the ability to identify and address urgent and important needs in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. 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. The Carbon Management team is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.  


In developing and executing a strategy for grassroots labor engagement, the Manager will:

  • Undertake education and outreach on carbon management to state executive committees, locals and other union organizations through meetings, presentations and briefings, participation in events, etc.;
  • Work with national union staff to recruit state and local labor leaders to participate in Action Network advocacy activities and to help facilitate broader grassroots member engagement at state and federal levels;
  • Help prepare fact sheets, blog posts, web content and other educational and advocacy materials on carbon management issues that are tailored to labor audiences, including advising and assisting GPI’s analytical and communications staff by providing a labor perspective in the development of broader work products for the Action Network;
  • Coordinate with the broader GPI Carbon Management team to ensure consistent and effective inclusion of organized labor in broader Action Network strategies, activities, materials and messaging, including facilitating labor participation in targeted policy advocacy and communications efforts;
  • Consult regularly with a team of labor advisors to be formed in partnership with national energy and industrial sector unions, including in the development and execution of a detailed labor engagement strategy for the Action Network;
  • Participate in weekly GPI Carbon Management Program staff calls;
  • Prepare narrative and budget for grant and contract proposals and reports as appropriate; and
  • Other assistance, as requested by the Vice President, including offering a labor perspective on other GPI program and work as time allows.


  • Bachelor’s degree, technical degree/certificate or relevant proven skills and experience.
  • Prior experience working in or closely with organized labor, either in a staff capacity or as a union member in the workplace;
  • Prior experience (2+ years) working on public policy, federal, state or otherwise.
  • Prior experience, professional or otherwise, working with and/or coordinating individuals in coalitions or other group settings, and attending meetings or public events on behalf of an organization.
  • 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.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to work collaboratively and effectively with very diverse individuals and institutions, including those with different backgrounds and political perspectives, with which you may personally disagree.
  • Experience developing and maintaining professional relationships.
  • High attention to detail and ability to work independently.
  • Excellent time and deadline management, project management and team relationship skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute.


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


GPI’s work often involves travel throughout the US, and applicants to this position, if remote, should expect to travel to Minneapolis a few times each year (costs reimbursed).


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Required application materials include a resume 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.