Advocacy and Policy Associate

Position Details

Organization: U.S. Green Building Council Location: Washington DC
Type: Job

The Advocacy Associate will serve as a critical member of USGBC’s public affairs team, engaged in executing critical green building advocacy and policy projects, supporting research projects, and also participating in and supporting department-wide activities. These responsibilities involve engagement with internal and external stakeholders, project execution, policy research, and significant writing of a range of advocacy materials. 

Specific responsibilities

Advocacy responsibilities (approximately 50 percent on annual basis) include:

  • Write letters, articles, and other advocacy communications on both assigned topics and of his/her initiative.
  • Conduct direct outreach to USGBC local community staff, USGBC members, business allies, advocates, and elected officials at all levels of government. 
  • Implement advocacy plans for particular projects, working with direction of team members
  • Use team systems to track advocacy activities

Green building research responsibilities (approximately 25 percent on annual basis) include:

  • Monitor and track key green building research, including market data, innovation, business case studies, and policies, by others, and prepare occasional articles or briefs.
  • Assist team members with preparing draft requests for proposals, scopes, contracts, and similar documents to engage outside researchers
  • Support development of cooperative research projects with target academic institutions and nonprofit organizations
  • With supervision, support outside research projects such as by monitoring progress, providing data, reviewing draft output, informing internal stakeholders, etc.

Policy responsibilities (approximately 25 percent on annual basis) include:

  • Conduct green building policy research, including federal and state laws, rulemakings, pending legislation and other public policies. Policy research could be specific to a particular bill or regulation, to a jurisdiction (e.g., finding current status of buildings policies in a target jurisdiction), or to a topic across multiple jurisdictions. Typically, policy research involves a combination of database and web searches and outreach by email and phone to knowledgeable individuals and the target jurisdiction.
  • Evaluate policies and determine policy relevance and key features, develop critical comparative analyses and prepare accurate summaries.​
  • Develop proposed changes to bills and other draft policies to meet specified objectives.
  • Write policy briefs and case studies.

About U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world. 

Every day USGBC is helping advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in. Through our community network, continuous collaboration with industry experts, market research publications and LEED professional credentials, USGBC remains a key driving force in the green building sector.

Application Requirements

Education & training requirements/preferences
  • Undergraduate degree in public policy, government, environmental policy, urban planning, or related fields
  • Graduate degree preferred but not required
Experience requirements
  • One or more years’ minimum work experience, with demonstrated success in project execution; additional years’ experience welcomed
  • Work history must show independent work and writing experience
Other required skills and qualifications
  • Demonstrated interest in government and policy
  • Knowledge of the legislative process
  • Excellent critical thinking and research skills
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to articulate clearly and develop persuasive arguments tailored to the target audience
  • Positive team attitude and proactive teamwork
  • Commitment to USGBC mission


Application Instructions
  • Please email or fax your resume and a letter of interest.
  • Note the title of the position you are applying for and your salary requirements.
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents.
  • Fax: 202-315-3949.
  • No phone calls, please.