Campaign Director – Climate Law Institute

Website Center for Biological Diversity

Saving life on Earth

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Campaign Director in our Climate Law Institute to join our campaign for progressive, urgent government action to address the climate emergency. The position will be based in our Washington, D.C., Los Angeles or Oakland, CA offices, or another location as considered on a case-by-case basis.

General position overview:

The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change and the dirty and dangerous fossil fuel industry. We work to eliminate greenhouse pollution and speed the just transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Examples of our current federal campaign priorities include ensuring President Biden follows through as the climate president by declaring a climate emergency, banning oil and gas exports, ending approvals fuel infrastructure projects, ending all federal fossil fuel leases and permits, and paving the way for a nationwide just transition that fully phases out fossil fuel production.

The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for leading our organizing and campaigning work, as part of a dynamic team including organizers, scientists, lawyers and media professionals. This position reports to the Climate Law Institute Program Director.

*Please note: This position may be located in one of several locations. Please upload your application to the listing for your preferred location, and include any other location preferences in your application materials. There is no need to upload your application materials multiple times.

Main duties:

  • Developing and running national and state level campaigns in conjunction with the Program Director and team.
  • Supervising other campaign staff both in the same office and remotely.
  • Facilitating training and leadership development opportunities for the campaign organizing team.
  • Coordinating excellent communication between staff throughout the organization regarding campaign activities and goals.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with coalition allies working together to achieve our goals. This includes playing a leadership role in coalitions through regular in-person, phone, and electronic communication.
  • Forming strategic relationships with new allies to increase our mutual power. We work closely with environmental justice organizations and are committed to supporting movements to dismantle anti-Black racism, white supremacy, and all forms of colonization and oppression.
  • Growing and maintaining a network of high-level influencers engaged in our campaigns.
  • Organizing and promoting participation in hearings, protests, and other advocacy efforts.
  • Assisting with administrative and legislative advocacy, such as supporting interaction with members of the Biden administration or members of Congress.
  • Expanding recruitment and engagement of Center supporters nationally and locally and especially in regions overburdened with onshore fossil fuel production including the Gulf South, the Permian Basin, California, the upper Midwest, and Appalachia.
  • Travel required (when safe).

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • At least seven to ten years of experience in results-oriented coalition organizing and advocacy campaigns.
  • Three to five years in a leadership role, including experience supervising other staff, and developing and implementing all aspects of campaign strategy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and organizations with a wide array of goals, perspectives, and backgrounds. Commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate challenges, including from a powerful and well-resourced opposition.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment with a full workload where it is necessary to balance multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Excellent analytic, written and verbal communication skills.
    Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team.

Preferred qualifications, skills, and qualities:

  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or another language in addition to English, and translation experience to support relevant campaigns.
  • Experience with media outreach and media interviews.
  • Existing relationships and experience working with grassroots organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. We especially encourage candidates who hold first-hand experience or meaningful, trusted relationships with communities impacted by fossil fuel production and environmental racism.
  • Proficiency in creative direct action organizing including: strategic action design, participant training and recruitment, art and props production, marshaling a crowd, and overseeing action logistics from start to finish.
  • Proficiency in digital organizing strategy including: building digital ladders of engagement for supporters; engaging supporters using email, text, and social media; and collaborating with frontline partners on digital communications.
  • Proficiency building out and maintaining social media engagement via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other channels.
  • Proficiency in relationship management software such as EveryAction, ActionKit, and Action Network.
  • Proficiency in graphic design and visual strategy for key documents and campaign materials (e.g. social media graphics, web graphics, ad graphics, written reports, posters/banners, stickers, t-shirts).

Application process:

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3-5 references with your application. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Salary Range: $75,000-100,000 dependent on experience.

Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Informal and collegial work atmosphere.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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