The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking applicants for a new Climate and Energy Coordinator position. This person will play a vital role in coordinating the state’s efforts to understand, characterize, mitigate, and manage the human health and environmental risks from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. The position exists to advise the Agency on climate change mitigation policy and coordinate policy and program development, including integrating environmental justice and equity into this work. The position is also integral to interagency coordination to address climate change and reduce emissions.
As one of the leaders of climate work for the state, you will serve as the lead of the MPCA Climate and Energy Planning Team and assist with the Climate Change Subcabinet Planning Team, which includes senior leadership from other state agencies to promote an integrated response to climate change issues. This position will also assist or lead other interagency climate teams organized under the Climate Change Subcabinet, as assigned. You will attend meetings of these teams to lead or assist in developing inter-agency mitigation policies, and act as primary liaison between them.
You are the primary contact/liaison for internal MPCA programs as they work to consider climate change mitigation and GHG emission reductions in their work. You will lead development of climate change mitigation programs, rulemaking, and other regulatory and non-regulatory efforts. You will also serve as a conduit for information between the MPCA and external parties – other states, Tribal Nations, multi-state associations, EPA, stakeholders, legislators, etc. – on issues related to climate change and GHG emission reduction efforts. You will lead public engagement and input efforts and develop and maintain partnerships.
The MPCA is a welcoming, collaborative, and supportive working environment. The MPCA leads coordination across agencies to reduce emissions and build resiliency across all parts of Minnesota’s economy and this job is positioned in the middle of much of that work. The work is always changing, so you will always have new things to learn and will have opportunities to lead in addressing climate change in Minnesota.