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Deputy Director for Innovation and Clean Industry

Third Way
Washington, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
Jul 5, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Deputy Director for Innovation and Clean Industry

Job description

Third Way is seeking a candidate who can manage our national policy and advocacy work on clean energy innovation, eliminating emissions from industry, and carbon management as key tools to address climate change, ensure American competitiveness, and provide well-paying jobs to American workers. The ideal candidate would manage a high-performing team of policy staff working on issues including clean energy innovation, procurement and Buy Clean, carbon border adjustment, carbon management, and clean hydrogen production. The candidate should have excellent verbal and written communications skills, including writing and editing, sound political and policy judgment, an existing network of relationships in federal climate policymaking, and experience managing staff.

As the Deputy Director for Innovation and Clean Industry , a typical day might include...

  • Setting policy and advocacy strategy, with the policy staff and Director for Policy, to meet the Climate & Energy Program's impact goals on clean energy innovation, carbon management, and industrial decarbonization issues;
  • Overseeing in-depth research and quantitative analysis by your direct reports to better understand and explain our policy goals in specific issue areas that relate to American clean energy innovation, deployment, and competitiveness;
  • Editing high-impact reports, memos, and other products that persuasively advance our policy goals and illuminate the climate, economic competitiveness, and political benefits of these actions;
  • Analyzing proposed policy ideas; determining their ability to achieve our goals; and assessing the policies' impact on emissions and economic and jobs outcomes;
  • Spearheading communication with and outreach to the Hill and relevant federal agencies to advocate for policy ideas that would advance Third Way's climate and energy goals;
  • Acting as Third Way's liaison to leaders in the climate and clean energy communities, industry, and academics, to promote Third Way's agenda on innovation, industrial decarbonization, and carbon management;
  • In coordination with the Climate Program Communications team, speaking in the press and at public events to disseminate Third Way's work and perspective;
  • Managing the work of Third Way senior policy advisors, policy advisors, consultants, and coalitions;
  • Overseeing the fulfillment of all relevant grant obligations, including reporting requirements.


This might be the job for you, if you...

  • have a degree in a relevant science or public policy field
  • have a minimum of five years experience in clean energy policy or relevant field
  • have managed high performing staff who meet ambitious project, campaign, or programmatic goals
  • want to contribute towards Third Way's mission
  • take pride in and ownership of in your work
  • are curious and eager for professional development
  • think on your feet and adapt to changes effortlessly
  • communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally
  • are motivated and driven by your passion to opportunity, freedom, and security
  • want to make a difference and an imprint as Third Way's newest Deputy Director for Innovation and Clean Industry

In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for...
  • Self-starters : People who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
  • Collaborators : People who work in teams-sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
  • Creators : People who fosters divergent thinking; that aren't afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
  • Results-oriented : People who function with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.
  • Respectful : People who embrace the diverse perspectives of everyone and fosters the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at all times.

  • Participate in Third Way's comprehensive onboarding program. You'll learn about all aspects of Business Operations, which includes benefits, IT, finance, and office operations.
  • Meet your Third Way Buddy, be introduced to the entire staff, and start to learn the TW's culture.
  • Learn our current processes for payroll, compliance, and labor tracking, and how you will partner with Finance and the rest of the Business Operations team on these processes.
  • Participate in weekly one-on-ones with your manager and direct reports to ensure you fully understand the expectations of the job.
  • Attend your departmental weekly meetings. You'll learn about the key goals of your program, how they're doing, what challenges they face, and how you will contribute.
  • Share coffee with the COO and learn about the history and growth of Third Way.

  • Gain an understanding of each of your direct reports', and all of your colleagues', roles and their contribution to the organization.
  • Become familiar with the Climate and Energy Program's strategy and tactics, particularly on innovation, industry, and carbon management.
  • Establish relationships with our key allies and expert advisors.
  • Engage with policymakers and advocates on U.S. clean energy innovation, industry, and carbon management policy.
  • Attend program overview sessions to learn more about each team's contribution to TW's mission.
  • Sit in on a riveting story about Third Way's history with one of the original founders of Third Way. You will learn about our successes, as well as our failures. This will also afford you the opportunity to learn about future direction.
  • Incorporate TW's Style Guide and Production process into your work products.
  • Participate in, at least, one of our internal Professional Development trainings or a Center for Fun activity.
  • Learn and experience TW's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace.

  • Feel a sense of comfort and familiarity with the staff, your team, and your work.
  • Continue to attend weekly departmental meetings with a stronger understanding of your team's strategic goal.
  • Bring new ideas and suggestions to your weekly one-on-ones with your manager.
  • Attend and participate in external functions with other members of your team.
  • Complete your 90 day self-evaluation and performance review with your manager.
  • Partner with your manager to establish your long-term goals for the remainder of the year.

Third Way offers a flexible, hybrid work schedule to support our employees' healthy work/life balance.

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.
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