Public Citizen

Senior Climate & Financial Regulation Policy Advocate

Climate Program - Washington, DC - Full Time

Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with more than 500,000 members and supporters. We hold the government and corporations accountable with campaigns and advocacy before Congress, administrative agencies, and the courts, on issues including money in politics, open government, financial regulation, energy and the climate crisis, fair trade, consumer protection, access to justice, tax policy, workplace safety, drug and medical device safety, healthcare, and more. We are the reason why there are air bags in cars and there were no red M&Ms for a decade. And much more.


Public Citizen’s Climate Program is looking for smart, creative, resourceful, diligent, and dogged analysts to advance our policy development and advocacy at the intersection of climate and financial regulation. This is a new and exciting policy area, and we are making a big impact.

We are advancing a broad, ambitious agenda of financial regulatory policies that advance a swift, safe transition away from fossil fuels and promote rather than impede racial, economic, and intergenerational justice. We advocate for market rules, including on disclosures, credit ratings, claims that investment products or services are “green,” and more, to empower investors to avoid climate-related risks and use their dollars to advance their values. We are also working to incorporate climate considerations into a broad set of banking and insurance regulatory tools—supervisory guidance and examinations, scenario analysis, the designation and supervision of systemically important nonbank financial companies, capital regulation, community reinvestment rules, and the use of concentration limits, portfolio limits, or other activity limits.


  • Policy development and advocacy: Identify emerging issues and opportunities. Develop policy proposals. Write white papers, reports, fact sheets, letters, testimony, and comments on proposed rules. Advocate and testify before Congress and administrative agencies. Plan and execute legislative and administrative advocacy campaigns. Collaborate with other staff on developing plans to engage activists in influencing policy.
  • Outreach and collaboration: Represent Public Citizen in public forums. Participate actively in coalitions and, where appropriate, organize and lead them.
  • Media and public education: Develop and maintain media relationships and respond to press inquiries, serving as a spokesperson. Help develop research and media strategies in coordination with other staff. Write editorial board memoranda, press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and blog posts.
  • Supervision: Supervise interns and volunteers who work on climate and financial regulation.
  • Organization building: Assist the director in writing grant proposals and reports. Establish relationships with funders.
  • Making things happen: Above all, make a difference. Write the papers, recruit the partners, hold the meetings, work with the coalitions, lobby the regulators or members of Congress, organize the event—do what’s needed to win.
  • Other duties as necessary.


J.D. or other relevant advanced degree, as well as knowledge of financial services regulation and five years or more of relevant experience. Passion for racial and economic justice. Outstanding analytical thinking, judgment, and oral and written communication skills. Independence and strong impulses toward self-starting and self-finishing. Ability and eagerness to learn new, complex material quickly. Ability to balance multiple projects and priorities, as well as execute planned strategy while reacting to new developments. Collaborative spirit, high energy, and enthusiasm. Willingness to work long hours when necessary.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive salary and generous benefit package. This is a grant-contingent position. Below is a list of some of our benefits (please note that some benefits have eligibility requirements).

Salary range: $76,598 - $127,060

Benefits include:

  • Great medical and dental coverage, 100% paid by PC, including full coverage for children
  • Three weeks paid vacation for new employees, plus five personal days
  • 401K plan with a 5% contribution from PC after one year of employment
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment
  • Sabbatical after 10 years of employment
  • Student loan reimbursement program

Application Due Date:  November 8th 

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