Industrial Decarbonization Manager, Carbon Management

Great Plains Institute

Program/Role: Carbon Management, Industrial Decarbonization Manager
Location: Flexible. GPI’s headquarters is based at 2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 220 in Minneapolis, MN.
Reports to: Vice President for Carbon Management
Type of Position: Full-time position
Compensation: Salary range: $80K-$93K, 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.


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. 

The following values inform the way we work both inside and outside of GPI. It is important to us to be trusted, inclusive, equitable, and transformative:

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 (non-governmental organizations) 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.


I3 aims to advance solutions key to decarbonizing the industrial sector by midcentury through policy development and implementation; technology demonstration and adoption; and demand-side market development at state, regional, and federal levels.

I3 values a stable climate, a safe and healthy environment, thriving livelihoods for American workers, and a strong U.S. economy. The policies I3 supports, therefore, focus on putting American industry on a path to achieve net-zero emissions by midcentury, high-wage job retention and creation, technology leadership, and economic competitiveness.


The scope and complexity of the decarbonization challenge across industrial sectors requires a broad range of stakeholder participation to identify meaningful and lasting solutions. Participants in I3 include key industry sectors, power companies, state officials, energy and environmental non-governmental organizations, and labor unions.

Focused on the most industrialized region of the country, I3 builds on years of state official and stakeholder engagement in the Midcontinent region by the GPI and the World Resources Institute (WRI), as well as extensive work advancing decarbonization solutions important to industrial sectors, including carbon capture, low- and zero-carbon fuels, electrification, renewables, energy efficiency, and low-carbon procurement.


The Industrial Decarbonization Manager will oversee I3 and serve as the primary point of contact for project partners and stakeholders. The manager will also work closely with other Carbon Management team members to ensure that project goals and outcomes are achieved and will engage with the Carbon Management team on additional related projects at the direction of the Vice President for Carbon Management.

The project 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 to follow directions 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.


Provide project management for the Industrial Innovation Initiative and industrial decarbonization, and collaborate on other work with the Carbon Management Team, including:

  • Coordinate, prepare agendas, and staff weekly project team calls;
  • Coordinate, prepare materials, and staff project work groups and plenary meetings;
  • Recruit, develop and maintain robust relationships with project participants;
  • Work with GPI and WRI’s research team to conduct and synthesize project-related analyses;
  • Develop and publish project-related blog posts, fact sheets, and web content;
  • Research federal and state policies and programs related to industrial decarbonization;
  • Prepare responses to requests for information and formal comment from federal agencies;
  • Coordinate project-related workshops and events;
  • Develop and execute a detailed strategy to build out federal, regional, and state infrastructure for effective policy development and advocacy on industrial decarbonization, including synergies with other projects in GPI’s Carbon Management Program;
  • Participate in weekly Carbon Management staff calls;
  • Manage I3-related grants, in coordination with the Carbon Management Program Manager;
  • Prepare narrative and budget for grant and contract proposals and reports as appropriate;
  • Other programmatic assistance, as requested by the Vice President, including recommendations on strategy and budget; and
  • Support other Carbon Management Program projects (when needed and as directed).


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant proven skills and experience.
  • 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, organizing events, 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 research, 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.

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.


Apply 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.