Geothermal Rising Seeks Government Affairs Policy Manager

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Organization: Geothermal Rising
Position Title: Government Affairs Policy Manager
Location: Remote

Organization Overview
Geothermal Rising (GR) is the largest and oldest geothermal membership organization in the world, founded in 1972. GR serves to build community and empower the geothermal industry by aligning all geothermal technologies and applications including geothermal ground source heat pumps, geothermal direct use applications, and geothermal power production. GR is a nonprofit educational association, community organizer, and research organization. GR actively seeks to amplify its role as a primary professional and educational association for the geothermal community and serve as a focal point for continuing professional development for its members and external audiences through its outreach, education, information transfer and education services. Geothermal Rising is a 501(c)(3) with a companion 501(c)(4) structure.

GR team members believe in the power of community and seek to build, empower, and sustain the
geothermal community.

GR is looking for a policy leader to develop the strategy of aligned geothermal technologies and applications poised to solve the climate crisis and to empower the existing knowledge, skills and passion of the oil and gas industry into a clean, renewable, and just energy economy.
Bryant Jones, GR Executive Director

Job Summary
GR’s Government Affairs Policy Manager will focus on project management and lead policy development of the geothermal industry supported by the vision of the GR Policy Committee. The Government Affairs Policy Manager will report to the GR Executive Director and will help advise the Executive Director, Chair of the GR Policy Committee, and chairs of the various subcommittees (e.g., appropriations, permitting, tax, regulatory, state policy, innovation) on key federal and state policy initiatives. The GA manager will develop and execute strategies to help the team run at the highest operational efficiencies. This person will interact with the broader GR team and geothermal industry to support the mission.
● Direct and lead meetings with members of the GR Policy Committee, coordinate action items and follow up across the entire GR organization. Track and maintain that all action items are executed.
● Coordinate and execute GR’s engagement in the Congressional Appropriations process. This will include composing formal communications to congressional staff including correspondence, meetings, and memos.
● Logistically set up, strategize on engagement, and participate in educational events for congressional offices and staff and generate memos and briefs for GR and GR Policy Committee members team ahead of the events.
● Amplify the GR Policy Committee by creating presentations materials, background briefs, thank you letters, memos and other written communications.
● Track and analyze congressional hearings, briefings and other relevant events and lead coordination with the GR Policy Committee. Update the team with relevant notes, questions, etc.
● Be the main point of project management and coordination for the GR Policy Committee making sure all items are logistically sound- for example managing ensuring that our entire target audience is included in upcoming events.
● Prepare the agenda for the monthly GR Policy Committee meetings and draft the quarterly report on GR Policy Committee activities to the GR Board.
● Enable the GR Executive Director, GR Policy Committee Chair and subcommittees to maintain organization and follow through on policy impacting the geothermal industry.
● Build, update, and track geothermal energy projects by congressional districts and states.
● Manage the submission of lobbying disclosures and other compliance reporting as needed.
● Monitor internal editorial calendar to flag relevant content for GR to share with Congress, state governments, and other external stakeholders for engagement on key priorities. Coordinate lists and content for distribution to various relevant audiences.
● Support GR marketing and community outreach efforts in execution for upcoming events hosted and sponsored by GR or GR members, including compiling guest lists, draft invitations, checking guests in/out, setting-up, flagging compliance or related ethics items, etc.
● Support GR team members at conferences and events
● Moderate travel is expected

About the GR Policy Committee
The Geothermal Rising Policy Committee (GRPC) is the voice of the geothermal industry to external audiences and stakeholders who make and influence policy. The GRPC promotes all technologies and applications that use the clean and renewable energy of the Earth to heat and cool our homes and businesses, manufacturing goods, produce food, and generate zero-carbon electricity.
Electricity generated by geothermal energy already provides about 60% of the power along the northern California coast.

Preferred Qualifications

● Six plus years of blended experience in legislative processes and energy policy; familiarity with legislative and/or grassroots advocacy; familiarity with membership organizations.
● Experience in government relations, public policy, federal agency, Capitol Hill, clean and renewable energy.
● Excellent communicator, including strong writing skills.
● Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google equivalents.
● Ability and willingness to work nontraditional hours based on events.
● A professional and personal commitment to the mission of Geothermal Rising.
● Bachelor’s degree


● Service Focus – Place emphasis on creating team and guest loyalty by continually enhancing the office experience. Capacity to identify and understand the needs of the team, manage expectations, and prioritize meeting and exceeding those needs.
● Accountability – Take responsibility for your own performance and accept full ownership of issues, problems, and opportunities, regardless of the source.
● Composure and Resiliency – Ability to deal effectively with pressure, maintain focus and intensity, and remain optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Ability and propensity to recover quickly from setbacks, rejections, and conflicts and to maintain self control in the face of challenges.
● Professionalism – Set high standards and serve as role models for work performance, ethical conduct, and respect for others. Consistently conduct yourself in a manner that is aligned with Geothermal Rising values and within the guidelines and best practices of office management.
● Time Management – Focus on completing all work tasks in a timely manner, while remaining responsive enough to react to competing demands and shifting priorities. Able to manage multiple responsibilities while being organized, keeping on top of important time sensitive tasks, and performing all work accurately.
● Self-starter – Anticipate and aim to proactively address hurdles. Seek to identify opportunities for GR Policy Committee engagement and be proactive to avoid a reactive work culture.
● Communicating – Provide the information required by others in a concise, direct, and unambiguous way.


● Teamwork: Be fun, fast, collaborative, and supportive.
● Dedication: Be here because you want to change the world.
● Ownership: Think and act like an owner.
● Adaptability: Be humble and agile.
● Integrity: Believe individual and organizational credibility is everything.
● Curiosity: Voracious learner eager to engage with the substantive details of our work.

Compensation & Benefits

● Competitive salary commensurate with experience and location ($115,000 to $125,000)
● Attend GR conferences and events
● Comprehensive health, dental, vision, and life insurance
● Employer covers 100% of employee insurance premiums
● Health savings account for medical expenses
● Retirement Benefit offering an employer matching contribution of employee contributions $1 for $1 on the first 5% of pay you contribute
● No vacation policy - take what you need whenever workflow allows
● Computer and Zoom VOIP phone
● Remote work environment
● Twelve paid holidays (e.g., Day after Thanksgiving, Juneteenth, Labor Day, Memorial Day)

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled

Please send resume and cover letter to Anita Collins at

At Geothermal Rising, we value a diverse and inclusive workforce. Community and service underscore our values as we seek to equitably and justly transition to a clean energy economy. Geothermal Rising is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.