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Global Campaigns Director

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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 Climate Reality Project is seeking a Global Campaigns Director to manage three global campaigns as well as our U.S. petrochemical and Inflation Reduction Act implementation campaigns. Climate Reality’s new focus on emissions reductions and climate finance will help us reach our goal of holding global warming to 1.5⁰ C increase above pre-industrial levels, which involves achieving emissions reductions on the order of 45-50% of 2005 total emissions by 2030. Climate Reality is seeking to build capacity of its 11 international branches to implement these campaigns in their regions to avert the worst outcomes of the climate crisis.

The Global Campaigns Director will lead these campaigns, while collaborating with senior leaders in the other departments, to help develop campaign strategies and activities that leverage the organization’s unique assets through training, leadership development, storytelling, digital content production, research, and communications capacity. This Global Campaigns Director position will also ensure that The Climate Reality Project is partnering with a range of climate and climate justice and environmental justice groups so that the organization’s advocacy efforts are aligned and integrated with its partners.

Strong candidates for this role will have a sharp understanding of the U.S. and international efforts to aggressively address the climate crisis, a proven ability to lead and drive campaigns forward despite complex obstacles, a complete understanding of strategic development and opportunities and the tactics that can achieve those strategic goals, along with a proven record of leading a team, and successfully executing large projects.

This is a hybrid position, currently expected to work from The Climate Reality Office in downtown Washington DC at least two days per week.  The current salary for this position is $130,440/year.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Overseeing the global emissions reductions campaign 
  • Overseeing the global climate finance campaign
  • Ensuring the anti-greenwashing campaign is integrated into the emissions reductions and global finance campaigns.
  • Supporting the annual COP campaign and leveraging the opportunity to tie our campaign work to the calls to action at COP.
  • Ensuring that climate justice and environmental justice priorities and youth engagement actions are woven throughout the campaigns.
  • Developing an organizing team model and cross departmental team infrastructure to grow capacity across Climate Reality’s branches and US chapters.
  • Supporting the management and development of the Campaigns team staff in order for them to excel, succeed, and reach the organization.
  • Lead the Campaign Managers in writing annual work plans to implement two to three global campaigns.
  • Provide day-to-day management of the Campaigns Managers and broader team to develop clear work plans and support the team in executing them effectively across the branches.
  • Develop, implement, and cultivate an organizing team model to grow capacity and expand campaign production and effectiveness.
  • Propel campaigns forward by providing clear communication, strategic guidance, tracking performance, and identifying opportunities and areas for improvement.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Climate Reality’s other departments to ensure campaigns are integrated across the organization and that resources are leveraged to support one another.
  • Play a supporting role in Climate Reality’s training program to ensure newly trained Leaders are integrated into our growing advocacy campaigns.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • At least 10 years of professional experience with campaigns, ideally with significant experience on issue advocacy campaigns
  • International campaign experience is strongly preferred.
  • Creative, strategic, and a self-starter with an ability to identify and plan campaigns, and implement them on a week-to-week basis.
  • Significant understanding of organizing principles and structure to steadily build power and capacity over the long term.
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills, with experience directing and supporting a diverse team to be impactful.
  • A deep commitment to climate action and climate justice
  • Detail oriented, with the ability to juggle multiple projects in a fast-paced campaign setting often dealing with rapid-response and high-pressure situations.
  • A positive and proactive approach to day-to-day work and with staff interactions that emphasizes solutions to overcome challenges and obstacles.
  • Team player with an ability to do what is needed to achieve organization and team goals.
  • Willingness to travel as needed.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree—or equivalent experience
  • Organizing and/or campaign experience, grant writing and administration and management experience.
  • Research, strategy, policy, program management and development experience.


How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to: hiring@climatereality.com and put “Global Campaigns Director” in the subject line.

BENEFITS

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.

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. Cultural Awareness: Works effectively with grassroots activists, chapter leaders, and vendors; approaches decisions (including vendor selections) with a sustainability framework.                                   
  2. Technology and Data Systems: Develops and tracks annual departmental strategy and direction and supplements OKRs in coordination with the team; proficient in conducting research to support a partnership strategy.            
  3. Interpersonal Skills: Identifies and cultivates productive relationships with outside stakeholders and potential partners; establishes, builds, and maintains external relationships with decision-makers, coalition partners, industry influencers, and stakeholders from organizations that support the organization’s overall mission; presents to and works directly with the organization's Founder, CEO, Board, elected officials, and high-level climate movement leaders, both domestically and internationally.
  4. Leadership and Management: Reviews and approves all contracts, invoices, and expenses; ensures that the department complies with the organization’s record-retention policy.
 

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.

BENEFITS

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