Policy Manager

Commission Shift is a fast-growing Texas-based 501(c)3 non-profit founded in March 2021.

Our mission is to reform oil and gas oversight by building public support to hold the

Railroad Commission of Texas accountable to its mission in a shifting energy landscape.

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is one of the most important oil and gas regulators

in the world. Contrary to what its name implies, the Railroad Commission has no authority

over railroads. Instead, the agency oversees oil and gas development, coal and uranium

mining, and gas utility service in Texas, among other functions. Its mission is to serve Texas

through stewardship of natural resources and the environment, concern for personal and

community safety, and support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the

benefit of Texans.

Too often, the Commission has promoted accelerated development of oil and gas over all

other parts of its mission -- to the detriment of natural resources and the environment,

safety, and economic vitality.

Commission Shift’s goal is to build broad public support from a wide array of stakeholder

voices to advance changes at the RRC that improve the agency’s function, transparency,

and accountability to people and places impacted by the oil and gas industry. Our vision is

for these changes at the RRC to support an energy transition in Texas that benefits the

climate while fostering consumer protection and choice, public engagement, transparent

government, a clean environment, a stable workforce and an economically diverse and

resilient economy.

Learn more about Commission Shift by visiting our website, www.commissionshift.org.



Commission Shift is hiring a Policy Manager, who will serve as a subject matter expert on

orphaned wells and at least one other focus area related to our programs including: oil and

gas waste disposal pits, venting and flaring, natural gas and electric grid reliability, ethics,

campaign finance, public participation and language accessibility.

The Policy Manager will report to the Deputy Director and will collaborate with the

organizing team, communications team, and research consultants to develop key strategies

and policy positions for the organization. The role of the Policy Manager will be to develop a

deep understanding of their focus areas, analyze current regulatory frameworks through a

variety of social lenses (e.g. environmental, racial/ethnic, poverty, urban/rural, language

access), and develop policy recommendations and campaign strategies that center and

respond to the needs of impacted communities.

The policy manager will be responsible for attending virtual and in-person meetings at the

Railroad Commission of Texas, the Texas Legislature, and other agencies as needed. They

will also interact with relevant stakeholders and coalitions to better understand the issues

and develop strategies and recommendations.



$60,000 - $75,000



Click here for more information or to apply. Send a resume (no more than two pages) and cover letter to Dr. Maria Reyes at

[email protected] with the subject “Policy Manager Application.” Prepare to

provide two professional references and a writing sample upon request. The writing sample

could be a policy report, speech/testimony, an opinion article, comments on a rulemaking,

or other similar document.

Applicants with a nontraditional career path or gaps in employment are encouraged to

share knowledge, strengths, or skills they developed during this nontraditional experience

in their cover letter, if desired.


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-10-11 17:38:18 -0400