Policy Advisor, Energy and Climate

Location: Washington, DC

The Breakthrough Institute is seeking a Policy Advisor to advance our Energy & Climate Program’s policy agenda. This is a position for advocates and researchers looking to get hands-on experience with the policymaking process in Washington, DC.

Key Responsibilities

  • Draft advocacy documents such as sign-on letters and one-pagers

  • Support the planning of policy education & advocacy events, and assist other climate & energy staff with the development of federal policy recommendations in publications

  • Identify new policy proposals to develop, and develop proposals in close collaboration with climate & energy analysts

Required Qualifications:

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

  • Experience researching and critically evaluating information and compiling it into reports with recommendations for action

  • Understanding of federal environmental and climate policy

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 receive the full course of vaccinations and booster for 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.