Associate Director, Climate, Energy and Sustainability Policy

US-DC-Washington | US-CA-San Francisco

The Opportunity

From heat waves to wildfires, drought and sea level rise, our climate is changing before our eyes. The quality of our air is getting worse, while toxic chemicals are showing up in our food, water and household products. These are serious environmental problems that affect the everyday lives of consumers, and yet public health and environmental protections are being rolled back. With our commitment to a fair and just marketplace, CR is now bringing its full power to address climate change and environmental issues in the marketplace and we’re looking for a creative and entrepreneurial person to lead the way. 


As part of CR's Climate, Energy, and Sustainability Initiative, you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively across the organization to build and facilitate execution of a strategy to bend the curve of consumption toward a sustainable future. You will also help create common cause with young people and communities of color who will be our partners in change. And, you will have the opportunity to tap into the diverse assets of a nonprofit social enterprise to take a unique, consumer-facing approach to shape the marketplace and reduce or eliminate harms and inequities associated with the products and services people buy and use everyday, including impacts on consumer health, the economy, and the environment.


The Associate Director, Climate, Energy and Sustainability Policy reports to the Director of Climate, Energy, Sustainability and leads the development and execution of legislative, regulatory, and corporate engagement strategies for CR’s sustainability policy efforts. Partnering across CR’s divisions to drive marketplace change, the Associate Director will also collaborate on mobilization campaigns and expanding thought leadership.


This position is grant-contingent, with opportunity for extension after two years as we secure additional philanthropic support, which is an organizational priority.

What you will do

  • Develop, direct, and execute legislative, regulatory, and corporate engagement strategies on behalf of consumers in support of CR’s Marketplace Change goals.
  • Manage advocates and analysts/engineers, ensure strategies and tactics are impactful, timely, well executed, and within available budgets. 
  • Lead efforts to highlight and advocate for solutions to critical problems facing consumers, develop legislative, regulatory and corporate change proposals, regulatory comments, letters, fact sheets, and other materials for policymakers, companies, media, and activists to advance CR’s advocacy goals.
  • As a CR representative, influence the marketplace and ensure CR is viewed as a leader on priority issues by speaking at events, testifying before Congress, and communicating to companies, the press, funders and allies on issues around our strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Partner with colleagues within a matrixed organization to help develop and advance CR’s marketplace change goals, and to support other priorities in CR’s Strategic Plan.
  • Initiate and coordinate with external partnerships and coalitions, in cooperation with other internal stakeholders.

About You


  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree or an advanced degree in policy,government, law, environmental science or related field (preferred). 
  • Your professional experience includes work in climate and sustainability-focused legislative, regulatory, or corporate engagement in a mission driven organization. 
  • You have managed other employees
  • You have experience crafting and executing strategic plans
  • Your project management skills include leading cross-functional teams, managing complex processes, meeting and program facilitation.
  • You are an accomplished public speaker, with experience presenting media, political, stakeholder, and influencer audiences.
  • You have marketplace awareness and experience working on issue-based advocacy campaigns, communicating complex issues to a variety of targeted audiences.


Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Consumer Reports

At CR, we believe our continued ability to understand and advance the interests of all American consumers is possible only if our staff fully reflects the full cultural, racial and ethnic diversity of those consumers.

Consumer Reports is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, or other class protected by applicable law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.


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