The British Embassy in Washington, DC is seeking a Policy Advisor to work on energy, environment and resource security issues. Based in our Consulate General in Houston and working closely with the teams there, the holder of this position will report to the Energy, Environment & Resource Security Team (EERST) in the Global Issues Group (GIG) of the British Embassy, Washington DC. GIG acts as the fulcrum between UK and US policy makers on a wide range of issues at both Federal and State level, leveraging expertise across the US Network and pursuing core aspects of the UK's prosperity and security agendas.
The successful candidate will pursue the range of UK priorities in this area, with a particular focus on the opportunities and policy drivers in Texas and key energy states. Working under the umbrella of the Consulate-General this work will involve engaging industry, state level policy makers, and others to promote UK interests. The successful candidate will need a good understanding of energy, environment and resource security policies in the US and wider global dynamics, as well the capacity to develop ideas on how to foster UK-US collaboration.
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Build a network and engage with the business community, state policymakers and other stakeholders on energy and related issues.
* Prepare reports and advise British Government on developments in Texas, other key energy states in this field in order to inform UK policy.
* Develop and implement creative strategies for communicating energy, environment and resource security messages, including through the drafting of briefings, op-eds etc.
* Work in partnership with British Consulates throughout the U.S. and colleagues at UK Trade and Investment and the UK's Science and Innovation Network to promote UK prosperity and identify opportunities for trade and investment in the energy and related sectors.
* Advocate UK energy, environment and resource security policies before a range of key US decision-makers, and develop and maintain a wide range of high-level contacts including policy makers, industry, the financial sector and other stakeholders to achieve this.
* Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree required, but Master's Degree desirable.
* Minimum 3-5 years business, commercial, legal, NGO or government relevant experience is essential.
* A strong background in energy is desirable, as are connections to relevant stakeholders.
* Must be able to represent the Embassy at external meetings and win the confidence of senior US officials, business leaders, and UK government ministers.
* Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills are required, together with an ability to work well with others on a wide range of issues;
* Flexibility in a team setting and the ability to work independently. Experience of working as part of a networked team spread across locations is desirable.
* Clear and concise oral and written skills are essential, and ability to explain complex issues to diverse audiences.
* The job-holder will be expected to travel within the US and to the UK on a regular basis.
Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A visa holders*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.
*A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.
The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.
The target salary for this position is $53,500. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment.
Resume and a cover letter with salary history should be submitted in a .doc (word) file format by 15 July 2012 to email@example.com.
Please note in the subject line of your email "Clean Energy Policy Advisor". Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as required. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Internal candidates must address their resumes through the Head of Group before applying. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
The British Embassy is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.