Federal Infrastructure Policy Manager

Location: Washington, DC

With the increasing affordability of low-carbon technologies and the recent passage of major federal spending on clean energy infrastructure, the obstacles to decarbonization today come less from the absence of federal subsidies than from the presence of constraints posed by federal regulations. Deploying the nation’s energy infrastructure at the pace policymakers have set for themselves, and building a future of abundance, will require injecting more rationality into an environmental regulatory regime that has outlived the 20th-century context in which it was constructed.

Breakthrough is seeking an experienced expert to fill the position of Federal Infrastructure Policy Manager. This position will develop and oversee federal advocacy strategy to develop and promote policy positions based on the Breakthrough Institute’s research and analysis on infrastructure permitting, siting, investment, and deployment. This is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. This position will report to Breakthrough’s Washington Co-Director for Climate & Energy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage development of advocacy documents such as sign-on letters.

  • Strategize and plan policymaker education & advocacy events such as fly-ins and Congressional briefings.

  • Identify and assess bills, administrative processes, and other policy opportunities to engage with.

  • Lead coordination and communication with government affairs consultants.

  • Expand federal policy coalition work, assessing opportunities to join or create coalitions, and representing Breakthrough’s interests in coalitions.

  • Oversee development of appropriations requests and outreach to stakeholders and Members of Congress about requests.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, environmental studies, engineering, or another relevant field

  • 4+ years experience communicating with federal or state policymakers about legislation and policy priorities

  • Deep and nuanced understanding of federal infrastructure regulation, policy, and politics

  • Demonstrated experience researching and critically evaluating information, and compiling it into reports with recommendations for action

Preferred Qualifications

  • 6+ years of state or federal government affairs/advocacy experience

  • 1+ year experience analyzing, advocating for, or developing federal infrastructure policy

  • Experience working in Congress or in the federal government

Job Conditions

Employees are required to report to the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and may choose to work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additional hours may be required to meet deadlines. Some travel and evening time may be required depending on events, invitations, presentations, meetings, and other job-related work outside of the office.

All employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


  • Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • Excellent health insurance, dental, vision, paid leave, retirement plan, life insurance, disability insurance, professional development support, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits.

Application Instructions

We encourage you to submit materials as soon as possible, as we will interview and hire on a near-term rolling basis.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample ONLY to jobs[at]thebreakthrough.org. Please do not submit your application through alternate job sites.

Your email subject should say: <Your Name>: <Open Position You’re Applying For>.

Your email should state how you heard about this position.

Your cover letter should reflect on Breakthrough’s work and how you could contribute.