Policy and Government Relations

Heirloom Carbon Technologies Published: August 31, 2022
San Francisco, CA
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Communications / PR / Climate Change / Policy
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All across the world, from the azure pools of Turkey and Oman to the travertine terraces of Yellowstone, our planet quietly pulls carbon dioxide from the air and turns it to stone. For eons, Earth has relied on this process to balance its carbon cycle. What if it could be harnessed? What if we could do it faster, in larger quantities, and at a low enough cost to make it an effective tool in the fight against climate change?
At Heirloom, we are turning that into reality. We use the natural carbon capture properties of abundant minerals to pull CO2 from the air, and store it permanently underground. We come to work every day to slow climate change, and are united behind a single, common goal - to remove 1 billion tons of CO2 from the sky by 2035, and to not stop before we get there. 
We bring together the precise recipe of science, technology, know-how, and strategy necessary to make low cost, high quality carbon removal a reality. If we’re successful, we will directly mitigate climate change, build a world we can proudly hand over to our children and grandchildren, and catalyze an industry that will rival the largest the world has ever seen. If you want to change the planet, come join us.
We are looking for our very first Policy and Government Relations hire, with a clear growth path to building out an essential function at Heirloom.
Policy and government relations are core to our long-term growth plans, and this hire would be building the foundation. You will serve as the voice of the company to government officials, partners, and the public, and it will be your role to craft and prioritize the relationships, initiatives, and narratives that help build a community of support around Heirloom. You’ll also take special care to prioritize environmental justice in everything you do. You will work directly with the Head of Commercialization to craft our narrative and messaging strategy, build a robust government grants pipeline, collaborate on market creation, and identify and activate policy levers to support our growth strategy.

What You Will Do

  • Develop effective communications strategies that drive positive awareness of Heirloom around California, the US and Europe.
  • Draft written materials - story pitches, press releases, messaging guidelines, Q&As, briefs, presentations, speeches etc.
  • Collaborate on market creation strategy, while identifying and activating policy levers that support that strategy.
  • Design and execute policy engagement strategy to support business growth. 
  • Develop relationships with federal, state, and local governments to achieve policy and legislative goals.
  • Lead government and non-profit funding strategy and execution, positioning Heirloom at the top of the pack to capture funding opportunities. 
  • Support strategy, execution, and relationship building for BD and partnerships.

What You Will Bring

  • 7+ years of government, government relations and/or policy experience, with CA State experience preferred.
  • You have a proven track record for working well across teams and with external partners.
  • You are a strong written and verbal communicator and are able to explain complex issues in clear, persuasive language.
  • You have experience taking initiatives or programs from conception to launch.
  • You’re collaborative and great at keeping different stakeholders aligned.
  • You have a strong passion for helping to slow climate change
Note: You don’t have to have every listed requirement and skill to be a great fit - you may even teach us something about what we should be looking for! If you are passionate about this opportunity and think you have the skills to succeed, please apply!

Our Principles

  • Radical Honesty means we are open, transparent, and inclusive in everything we do. We aren't scared to challenge each other, but bring clear motives and our best intentions when we do.
  • Persistent Optimism means we carry an infinite amount of optimistic energy with us on our journey, constantly chipping away at what may seem insurmountable.
  • Continual Discovery means we maximize our learning rate.  Compounding knowledge is our key to victory - we continuously hone our crafts, seek the fastest paths to new learning, and are quick to absorb new knowledge.

Why you should join Heirloom

  • We are solving the engineering problem of our generation. Climate change is an existential threat, and we need as many of the world’s motivated minds as possible to help. There is no greater challenge or opportunity than fighting climate change. 
  • We have done this before. We have done this before.  We’re engineers, scientists, and concerned humans from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are pooling our knowledge and skills to collectively build a more equitable, prosperous future for all.
  • We are a united, resilient, and optimistic bunch. We are all here for the same reason - to slow climate change. We recognize the magnitude of the challenge ahead of us, and believe we can solve it. We can see a hopeful future where we eventually reverse climate change. It won’t be easy, but we won’t quit.
  • We are backed by the best climate partners in the world. We’re well funded by investors from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ahren Innovation Capital, Carbon Direct, Microsoft, Lowercarbon Capital, ARPA-e and the National Science Foundation. Our early customers include Stripe, Shopify, and Klarna, and we’re building durable partnerships that enable us to tackle this decades-long problem.  

Perks and Benefits

  • Covered health, dental and vision. Health, dental and vision insurance covered by Heirloom
  • Generous parental leave. 16 weeks paid leave for all Heirloom employees, regardless of primary/secondary caregiver status.
  • Generous stock options
  • Flexible time off. Unlimited PTO for exempt (salaried) employees & 80 hours for full time non-exempt (hourly)  employees.
  • Stay healthy. Monthly health and wellness reimbursement.
  • Learn on the job. Robust annual education and conference budget, including airfare and hotel costs
Please note: while we appreciate all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted by our team.  

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Heirloom is committed to diversity and building an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and experiences.  We believe wholeheartedly that building a diverse company is critical to Heirloom’s success.  We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, and people with disabilities.

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