The Michigan Environmental Council seeks a Policy Specialist to support MEC efforts to defend Michigan’s environment and combat climate change by shaping policy decisions made in the State Capitol. The position will have a primary focus on policies that mitigate climate change by reducing emissions from the transportation and building sectors and accelerating Michigan’s transition to clean energy.
An ideal candidate will utilize a range of skills and relationships to support advocacy around climate change, clean energy, and zero-emission transportation and buildings. This hybrid position works predominantly from MEC’s Lansing headquarters, and a significant portion of this position involves directly interfacing with elected officials and government staff. This is an entry-level position where the employee will work collaboratively with the policy team. The position will report directly to the Chief Policy Officer.
- Provide written and oral advocacy to further MEC’s energy and climate policy priorities
- Analyze environmental policy proposals (from both the legislative and executive branches) and monitor their progress through state decision-making processes
- Educate policymakers and staff about environmental concerns and priorities
- Work with external consultants and partners to align strategies and goals
- Represent MEC at various workgroup and stakeholder tables
- Assist with MEC’s engagement in stakeholder and intervention efforts at the Michigan Public Service Commission and in utility cases
- Generate research and advocacy reports
- Strengthen, develop, and nurture relationships with state decision makers and elected officials and sustain durable partnerships with a network of allies
- Support the Chief Policy Officer by setting up meetings, helping craft agendas, and planning and organizing events
- Work with the communications team to generate and provide content on clean energy and other policy topics for MEC’s newsletter, website, and other publications
Certificates, Licenses & Registrations:
This position must register with the State of Michigan as a Lobbyist Agent of the Environmental Council.
- One year of relevant experience or a bachelor’s degree in public policy, environmental policy, political science, or a related program
- Strong written and oral communications advocacy, interpersonal relationship building, and teamwork skills
- A proven, strong work-ethic and willingness to go the extra mile
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google (GSuite)
- Ability to work well independently and as part of a team, meet deadlines, and balance multiple tasks.
- Experience or aptitude working in diverse coalitions, alliances, or other groups
- Understanding and familiarity with Michigan politics and the legislative process
- Aptitude for and interest in politics and environmental public policy
- Detail oriented and able to manage projects
- Professional demeanor, sense of humor, and positive attitude
- Solid grasp of current issues related to energy and climate
Other Position Notes:
- This hybrid position requires regular work in Lansing and occasional travel to other locations in Michigan and nationally
- This position requires occasional work outside of normal hours including evenings and weekends
- MEC has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy unless someone qualifies for a federal government approved accommodation
MEC provides staff with an industry-leading compensation package. The Policy Specialist position includes a salary of $43,000 to $53,000 commensurate with experience; full medical, dental, and vision benefits; organizational matching to a 403(b) retirement program; and unlimited paid time off.
Submit a single PDF with 1) a strong, detailed cover letter, 2) a resume, and 3) at least three references to [email protected] Include “Policy Specialist” in the subject line. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Please direct questions about the job description to Chief Policy Officer Charlotte Jameson ([email protected]). The application review is underway and continues until the position is filled.
MEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the Michigan citizens we serve. MEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.