First Hire - Policy and Government Relations

San Francisco, CA /
Commercialization /
Full Time
Company Summary

Our mission is to accelerate our planet’s transition to a carbon negative society. We will capture 1B tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2035 (equivalent of ~60M Americans’ annual emissions today), and build a multi-billion dollar business along the way. The problem we are solving is that according to IPCC, billions of tons of CO2 need to removed from the atmosphere (in addition to decarbonizing the entire economy) by 2050 to keep global warming to 1.5 °C, but current technologies are too expensive and not scalable to the volume necessary.

Unlike traditional engineered removal solutions, our Nature published technology combines the natural properties of minerals (carbon mineralization) with engineering to provide a low cost path to $50/tCO2 for Direct Air Capture (DAC), the cost at which carbon removal will be transformative. 

Our early customers are corporations and other entities that need to reduce and offset their carbon emissions to meet compliance requirements or carbon pledges. Our go-to-market strategy allows us to be unit profitable from day one, and reach >$1B in revenue just from existing markets and pledges. Our $100B opportunity lies with carbon markets set for creation in the EU, US, and other markets. 

Over the next 18 months, we will de-risk our cost estimates, build our first deployment, and validate the commercial viability of this technology.

About the job

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.


    • 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.

About You

    • 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
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! If not, but you know someone who might be interested, please share this post.  We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and equity, starting with our commitment to fostering diversity within our Heirloom team. We are able to grow and learn better with a diverse team, which is exactly what our planet needs. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ people, and veterans.Please note: while we appreciate all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted by our team.