Environment America is seeking an experienced program/campaign director to lead our Global Warming Solutions Team. This person will work with our national program team, local organizers and other key allies across the country to build momentum, expand support and win policies to go fossil fuel free, promote carbon-free transportation, reduce power plant pollution and more. You will be the public face of Environment America’s climate campaign and interact directly with decision-makers, the media, coalition partners and funders.
Environment America is a national network of 29 state environmental groups with one mission — to change our country and our world to be a greener, healthier place. With more than 2 million members and supporters spread across all 50 states, our staff have been working for nearly four decades to promote national, state and local policies that put the earth first. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 25 states, passage of the 2020 Great America Outdoors Act, America’s most sweeping conservation law in decades, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water. We run campaigns that not only raise awareness but win results on the national stage, in states and cities, on the ballot and in the courtroom.
In every campaign we run, we put the earth first. Nothing else matters if we don’t have a healthy planet. Restoring and protecting the environment is our only mission. We also know that lasting progress for the planet comes one challenging step at a time. We have a bold vision of a greener world. But we know that making a difference often requires compromise. No single law can completely solve a problem, but each victory sets the stage for more action and progress. We also know that, to make progress sustainable, we need to reach out to everybody, not just the people who already agree with us. We recruit supporters from every state we can — whether it’s considered “red,” “blue” or “purple.” We work with any elected official — Democrat or Republican — who wants to protect our environment. And we do whatever we think will turn public opinion and political momentum toward a greener, healthier world.
Key responsibilities of the Climate Campaign Director:
Represent Environment America and advance our strategy on climate at the federal and state level. This position requires exercising discretion and independent judgment in making decisions in matters of significance. This may include but is not limited to:
Coalition building: Serve as the Environment America voice in key climate coalitions, and drive efforts to build and expand our partners. This may include work with the Climate Action Campaign and Clean Vehicles Coalition, among others. Collaborate with Environment America’s state organizations on state-specific coalition strategy and development.
Fundraising: Build our program through raising more money from foundations and individual donors. This will include the cultivation of current donors as well as expanding our donor base to include new national, state and local funders. Working with our national grants team and large donor program, you’ll raise money to increase our reach and grow our climate program.
Message and communications: Write reports, fact sheets, news releases, blogs, op-eds, and other forms of communication to get our message in the media and heard by decision-makers and the public. Represent Environment America with reporters and be our national spokesperson on climate. Tell our message and our story to diverse audiences across the country, working closely with state directors and our national communications team.
Campaign coordination and development: Develop and drive implementation of campaign strategy and tactics. Work directly with our senior leadership to coordinate strategies and opportunities.
Research: Take complex data and distill it into clear, powerful conclusions that are easy to communicate to decision-makers and the public.
Staff recruitment and management: Participate in the recruitment and management of both interns and staff. Work closely with our training center staff to attend and lead training programs for staff at all levels.
Candidates should have a significant career track record of leadership within citizen-based social change organizations or within the climate sector.
In addition, candidates should have:
- Experience and confidence being in front of the camera and the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere.
- Belief in the power of citizen-based field work and an understanding of the strategies for maximizing the power of field organizing.
- A track record of successful fundraising, both at the large and small donor level, including from charitable foundations.
- A goal-driven, results-oriented mentality with excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, and enthusiasm for the work.
Compensation and Benefits:
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package.
COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.
Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to social change. Visit https://environmentamerica.org/core-values to learn more.
Environment America is an equal opportunity employer.