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Federal Legislative Director

Washington DC

The Federal government plays an important role in advancing green building. Firstly, government agencies particularly GSA and DOD use LEED in their sustainability activities. Secondly, the Federal government has key programs and policies that encourage, incentivize, enable, and complement non-federal use of LEED and green building strategies, including programs in DOE, EPA, HUD, FEMA, and some tax incentives. Federal legislation critically authorizes, mandates, shapes, and funds these programs.

The Federal Legislative Director leads USGBC Federal advocacy including both congressional and with the Executive branch agencies. The Director is responsible to proactively track relevant bills and administrative actions, including executive orders, guidance, policies, and regulations; and engage in priority bills and policies. The Director meets frequently with congressional staff and Federal agency staff, and works collaboratively with ally organizations and coalitions. This role may support organizational responses with media on Federal policy and makes external presentations. The Federal Legislative Director works closely with the Senior Policy Counsel on taking positions and setting priorities, and contributes to the development of Advocacy & Policy strategy and tactics.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Congressional advocacy – 60%
    • Responsible for tracking and engaging in relevant bills.
    • Develop positions, draft recommendations, and engage with legislative staff, stakeholders, and USGBC members.
    • Develop articles, comment letters, and other materials to support advocacy.
    • Represent USGBC in Congressional meetings and briefings, and in coalitions and organizations.
    • Directly manage work of Federal consultant.
    • Make recommendations for USGBC participation in influential organizations, coalitions and events.
    • Support signature events involving invitations to congressional members.
  • Federal agency advocacy – 30%
    • Track Federal actions related to green building and USGBC activities, including executive orders and instructions, rulemakings, guidance, and policy development.
    • Develop positions, prepare and submit comments, and engage with stakeholders and USGBC members on priority actions.
    • Develop strategy for significant agency actions and work with team members to execute.
    • Maintain network within key agencies to identify developments relevant to USGBC’s work.
    • Engage with Federal agency officials including relevant events in collaboration with team members.
    • Develop articles, comment letters, and other materials to support advocacy.
  • External thought leadership – 5%
    • Contribute to USGBC’s thought leadership through external presentations, and speaking with media as appropriate opportunities arise, in cooperation with the Communications Director and Senior Policy Counsel.
  • Support team’s contribution to USGBC engagement - 5%
    • Working with the Senior Policy Counsel, advise and support leadership and senior staff on advocacy messaging and opportunities related to Federal issues
    • Nurture relationships with key stakeholders including government sector and policy influencers.
    • Develop communications to members on Federal advocacy and policy activities, including writing articles for the USGBC website.


What you need to bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or engineering, public policy, government, law, or related field.
  • 10+ years’ experience in public policy, preferably in environment or energy areas.
  • Experience in interpreting and drafting bills and amendments
  • Collaborative, team player
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills,
  • Ability to understand policy trends and opportunities for LEED

Other things we’d like you to bring:

  • Federal or state congressional or agency experience
  • Subject matter expertise in green building policy, or proven ability to learn quickly
  • Experience in supervising staff and managing consultants
  • Driven; strong work ethic and passion for USGBC mission

To apply: Please email or fax your resume and a letter of interest.

  • Note the title of the position you are applying for.
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents.
  • Fax: 202-315-3949.
  • No phone calls, please.

Posted February 16, 2021

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