Federal Policy Project Manager

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USGBC is a Washington, DC based nonprofit organization focused on proving better buildings equals better lives. USGBC established the LEED system to support this vision. LEED is the most widely used green building program in the world and is helping transform buildings, communities and cities around the world. Today, people know that if they are in a LEED-certified building they are using less energy and water, avoiding waste, saving on maintenance costs, improving indoor air quality, offering comfort to their occupants, and creating less environmental burden on their community. They also know that they are in a building that enhances their health and wellness. USGBC focuses on our relevant and reimagined vision that healthy people in healthy places equal a healthy economy. 

The Federal Policy Project Manager will serve as a critical member of USGBC’s Advocacy and Policy team, engaging with internal and external stakeholders, supporting department-wide activities, developing subject matter expertise on assigned issue areas, and developing articles and briefs on a variety of topics. These responsibilities involve coordination with other teams in the organization, communicating about USGBC priorities, and writing of a range of advocacy materials. For the next several years, the Federal Policy Project Manager will focus on Federal agency advocacy for better buildings through implementation of Federal funding in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).


The Federal Policy Project Manager will be responsible for:

  • Developing an understanding of key programs of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
  • Becoming subject matter expert, tracking developments, and analyzing USGBC opportunities on specific assigned programs of IRA and IIJA, in coordination with other team members including the State Policy Project Manager, who will be leading corollary activities with state officials
  • Developing briefs, articles, and other materials to support USGBC objectives on assigned programs and policies.
  • Proposing policy and advocacy approaches to achieve USGBC objectives.
  • Initiating contacts with Federal agency officials, ally organizations, and USGBC members, staff, and volunteers. Supporting communications with congressional staff and in coalitions. Implementing outreach strategies to advocate for USGBC objectives.
  • Evaluating bills, regulations, proposed guidance, and other forms of policy, and recommend USGBC position. With input from other team members, identifying proposed changes to draft policies to meet specified objectives. Identifying appropriate advocacy actions.
  • Conducting direct outreach to elected and government officials, ally organizations, and USGBC members, staff, and volunteers in support of objectives on assigned bills and other policies.
  • Collaborating with team members to support outreach with state policymakers and government staff, including communicating Federal developments.
  • Researching, writing, and contributing to team projects such as briefs, the Policy Playbook, case studies, and other resources
  • Making presentations in meetings, virtual meetings, hearings, public meetings, conferences, webinars, and other events.
  • Communicating progress such as through emails, articles, reports, and team systems.

The Federal Policy Project Manager will work closely with other members of the Advocacy and Policy team and will collaborate with internal and external partners.


No supervisory responsibilities. The Federal Policy Project Manager may be asked to direct an intern on a specific project.


The Federal Policy Project Manager should expect frequent meetings in Washington, DC, although some meetings may continue to be held virtually.  This position is work-from-home, with a strong preference for the employee to be located in the DC metro area. The Federal Policy Project Manager may choose to report to the USGBC headquarters office in a hybrid capacity.


Travel varies depending on organizational needs and may include occasional 2 to 5-day trips to domestic locations for conferences and other meetings and may include up to one week at Greenbuild each fall. Estimated travel between 20 – 40 days per year. Some travel may fall on weekends. All travel expenses are subject to budgetary and department approval.

To apply: Please email [email protected] your resume and a letter of interest.

  • The subject line of the email must include Last name, First name, Position (such as Jones, Sam, Federal Policy Project Manager)
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents
  • Any attachments must be titled Last name, First name, document (such as, Jones_ Sam_Resume)
  • No phone calls, please



  • Ability to proactively manage activities and make progress on assigned projects
  • Ability to prepare accurate, high-quality advocacy communications; by end of six months, able to do so with limited supervision
  • Developing subject matter expertise in assigned areas
  • Ability to collaborate with team members, internal and external partners
  • Ability to frequently and confidently represent USGBC in public settings (e.g., presentations, participating in conferences and meetings)
  • Willingness to learn about green building policy and advocacy
  • Continually develop working knowledge of USGBC/GBCI/Arc portfolio of tools and platforms, and awareness of green building industry issues and advances


  • Undergraduate degree in public policy, government, environmental policy, environmental science, urban planning, or related fields


  • Three 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


  • High level of comfort in initiating outreach
  • Demonstrated interest in government and policy
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent writing skills, willingness to develop skills for persuasive arguments tailored to the target audience
  • Positive team attitude and proactive teamwork
  • Commitment to USGBC mission


Employees work for an established mission-based and member-driven nonprofit organization with a compelling vision, non-profit-competitive compensation commensurate with experience and skill level, generous benefits package, 401k matching and comprehensive health insurance.

The headquarters office is a LEED Platinum commercial interior space in a LEED certified building in the LEED Platinum certified central business district in the first LEED Platinum certified city, Washington, DC.  The office serves as an example for green design and construction products and practices.  It is close to public transportation and incorporates many healthy and environmentally friendly features.