Carbon Management Action Network Manager

Great Plains Institute

Program/Role: Carbon Management Action Network 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: $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. Through our staffing and coordination of the Carbon Capture Coalition at the federal level, the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional 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 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.


Through the development of a National Carbon Management Action Network (Action Network), GPI’s Carbon Management Program is establishing for the first time an integrated national communications and 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 Project Manager will oversee the development and activities of the Action Network and serve as the primary point of contact for project partners and stakeholders. The Project Manager will interface with GPI staff and project participants to craft a communications and advocacy plan for the Action Network and coordinate the execution of that plan, as well as engage with the Carbon Management team on additional related projects at the direction of the Vice President for Carbon Management. Based on the developed plan, the Project Manager will coordinate communications and advocacy efforts that harnesses the strengths of the various initiatives and marshal their joint membership of industry, labor and NGO stakeholders and state officials to build awareness and support for implementation of priority policies and needed technology and infrastructure deployment. Finally, the Project Manager will lead ongoing outreach to grow the numbers, diversity and geographic scope of policymakers and stakeholders participating in the Action Network.

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 also 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. 


In supervising and coordinating the work of the Action Network, the Manager will:

  • Develop and execute a detailed strategy to build out federal, state and regional infrastructure for effective policy development and advocacy, creating synergies across projects in GPI’s Carbon Management Program;
  • Coordinate, prepare agendas, and staff weekly Action Network team calls;
  • Coordinate, prepare materials, and staff Action Network work groups and campaign teams;
  • Recruit, develop and maintain robust relationships with Action Network participants;
  • Work with research colleagues to conduct and synthesize relevant analyses;
  • Develop and publish blog posts, fact sheets, and web content;
  • Update and maintain the Action Network website;
  • Research federal and state policies and programs related to carbon management;
  • Develop and coordinate workshops and events to advance Action Network objectives;
  • Participate in weekly Carbon Management staff calls;
  • Manage grants related to the Action Network, in coordination with the Carbon Management Program Manager;
  • Prepare narratives and budgets for grant and contract proposals and reports as appropriate;
  • Provide 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.
  • Experience with campaign strategy and execution in public policy, political and/or other relevant contexts.
  • 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.
  • 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 and website and social media management.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute and its Carbon Management Program.


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.