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Director of Climate & Environmental Justice


The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit organization founded by former US Vice President Al Gore. Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society.  

At The Climate Reality Project, we come to work every day to help solve the climate crisis. We do it by working from the ground up, empowering people and communities worldwide to fight for their future and together drive a just transition to clean energy.

We are committed to building a more just and equitable world, one where all voices are heard and respected regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or physical ability. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other historically marginalized communities. We encourage applicants to read our diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice statement on our website.

Position Summary

The Director of Climate and Environmental Justice develops and leads the organization’s climate and environmental justice strategy including external outreach and partnerships, education and resource development, initiatives, policies, plans, and campaigns. This role will act as the primary organizational spokesperson as it relates to climate and environmental justice and will be charged with leading, developing, and forging new relationships with environmental and climate justice leaders, organizations, and campaigns. The director will work across departments to achieve these directives. This role will operate nationally with targeted regions.   

Currently reporting to the Senior Vice President of Diversity & Justice, the Director of Climate & Environmental Justice has one direct report, the Southeastern Climate Justice Organizer.  

The salary for the role is $130,440

This is a hybrid position, currently expected to work from Climate Reality’s downtown DC office at least two days per week.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Build and sustain collaborative relationships and proactively manage team, including conflict resolution when necessary
  • Ability to work autonomously – and manage the time and duties of one direct report


  • Develop and manage strategic climate and environmental initiatives for The Climate Reality Project.
  • Advise on climate and environmental justice components for TCRLC Trainings.
  • Cultivate new and existing relationships within the national climate and environmental justice community.
  • Work with the organization to build benchmarks and metrics for the climate and environmental justice work.
  • Interface across teams to elevate climate and environmental justice goals in all of the organizational work. 
  • Represent the organization as a spokesperson on the climate on environmental front – within media, education and advocacy spaces.
  • Train Climate Reality chapter members on climate and environmental justice.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Deep familiarity with the climate, environmental, and energy justice frameworks
  • Familiar with  data analysis, specifically in analyzing social determinants of health for disproportionate impacts to frontline communities
  • Oral and written communication skills and comfortable with public speaking

Proficent in Microsoft Office Suite and experience with CRM platforms. Salesforce experience and comfort in a Mac environment desired

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of professional organizing/campaign or advocacy experience in gradually progressive leadership roles
  • Experience working with frontline communities and/or those living near extractive industry
  • Lived experience with communities that have been marginalized           
  • Knowledge of Just Transition policy and practice
  • Extensive organizing and training experience from an anti-racist lens
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) applicants, strongly urged to apply
  • Proven track record of managing a team and mentoring staff

Organizational Competencies

The Climate Reality Project has adopted a competency-based approach to job definition, hiring, performance assessment, and professional development. The following are our seven organization-wide competencies and examples of how they manifest for this role.

  1. Teamwork and Collaboration: Actively listens to others and seeks to understand diverse perspectives; proactively and effectively manages larger teams; demonstrates the ability to effectively supervise.
  2. Flexibility and Adaptability: Demonstrates the ability to adapt to changing priorities and circumstances; takes initiative to solve problems, improve processes, and/or achieve outcomes; learns quickly when faced with new situations or systems.
  3. Written and Verbal Communication: Written communication is clear and concise; verbal communication is intentional and straightforward; clearly communicates a shared vision and priorities for the department; clearly conveys objectives, deadlines, and expectations to supervisees.
  4. Time and Project Management: Manages multiple competing priorities, tasks, and projects effectively; holds staff and self accountable for achieving objectives; effectively manages conflict among the team, seeing conflicts as opportunities, integrating diverse views and finding common ground, and settling differences in productive ways.                                           
  5. Professional Development: Actively learns through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder; supports supervisees’ professional development by providing opportunities to put skills into practice; connects supervisees to other advocates, experts, mentors, and resources and to substantive training opportunities.
  6. Climate Justice: Knows and understands how systems and structures perpetuate inequities internally and externally; fully supports the organization's efforts to change said systems and structures; works to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment in Climate Reality spaces (workplace, events, trainings, and other convenings).
  7. Climate Reality Mission and Focus: Is passionate about Climate Reality's role and mission and can act as a Climate Reality ambassador to a diverse set of audiences; stays up-to-date on climate trends, impacts and solutions.

Role-Specific Competencies

In addition to organization-wide competencies, each role has its own competencies. Below are examples of how each competency manifests in this role.

  1. Communication and Facilitation Skills: Strengthens Climate Reality's efforts to establish shared norms, vocabulary, and practices around DEIJ and climate justice.
  2. Technology and Data Systems: Understands and manages CRM systems (e.g., Salesforce, Salsa, or Convio); Supports comprehensive reporting and analysis of program utilization, cost, quality, and related performance indicators; Proficient in conducting research to support a partnership strategy                       
  3. Leadership and Management Skills: Develops, revises, and manages strategies and organizational policies related to the department. Brings teams together and influences them towards a common vision.                       
  4. Relationship Building: Inspires and influences internally and externally; Approaches and guides difficult conversations and addresses interpersonal issues with an empathic and solutions-oriented approach; Builds trust through transparency.
  5. DEI&J Content-Area Expertise: Applies an equity lens when creating policies and practices for the organization (e.g., vendor selection, recruiting, etc.); Designs DEIJ workshops modules globally; Manages and designs training programs that integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work into work at the organization.
  6. Cultural Awareness: Works effectively with international attendees and vendors; Approaches decisions (including vendor selections) with a sustainability framework.         

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Climate Reality, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in this job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

The Climate Reality Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities and termination.


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Excellent benefits, including employer paid 100% employee medical, life, dental, vision. 401K, Paid Parental Leave and other fringe benefits such as wellness days, vacation and sick time are all included.