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Creative Director


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 seeks an experienced, passionate, and strategic Creative Director to infuse creativity across our communications, programmatic, and campaign work, as well as lead our global anti-greenwashing communications campaign. In addition to managing, mentoring, and championing the creative team, they will serve as a member of Climate Reality’s Senior Management Team, and report to the SVP Communications & Digital Strategy. In close collaboration with the SVP, Digital Director, and VP of Science & Solutions, they will oversee and drive the creative strategy of the organization.

This is a hybrid position, currently expected to work from Climate Reality’s downtown DC office at least two days per week. The salary for the role is $139,000 per year.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as the organization’s storyteller by overseeing and guiding the creative effort of the organization, infusing creativity across our campaigns and programs.
  • Manage the creative team, which includes narrative, design, video, and campaign project management.
  • Work closely with department directors, branch managers, executive team, Chair and his team to ensure continuity and support across programs.
  • Develop and own departmental budget.
  • Manage, mentor, and champion creative department staff. Engage external partners, vendors, and consultants as needed for additional expertise or reach.
  • Oversee the creative strategy, including working closely across teams to ensure the creative vision is represented in all of our work.   
  • Drive our global anti-greenwashing campaign, and manage the creative elements of our other global campaigns.
  • Oversee the day-to-day team operations, including supporting rapid response actions as well as keeping long-term projects and campaigns moving.
  • Develop and manage strategic changes to improve team capacity. 
  • Coordinate and lead engagement with senior leadership to present and get buy-in on creative approach in support of the organization’s strategy and goals. 
  • Drive and ensure consistent creative quality and creative discipline in the organization’s outward-facing materials and content (social media materials, website content, printed materials, videos, etc.). 
  • Support and contribute to the ongoing improvement of our operations and enrichment of our culture, for example by serving on ad hoc or ongoing work groups, assisting with the onboarding and training of colleagues, and participating in efforts to assess, refine, and strengthen our culture and practices.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communicator, storyteller, problem solver, and creative and strategic thinker, able to keep track of many moving parts with competing deadlines. 
  • A team player and people person who builds strong relationships and has the skills to resolve conflict while still maintaining important and effective relationships. 
  • Proven ability to turn ideas into actionable and measurable plans.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback well. 
  • Strong understanding of the opportunities and limits of common design tools (including video production and editing tools) 
  • Track record of working effectively across multiple differences (race, gender, age, language, orientation, urban/rural, etc.). 
  • Care deeply about both climate change and environmental justice and want to work to solve the climate crisis and create a healthy and equitable future for all. 
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer required.
  • This role will require some domestic and international travel.

Education and Experience

  • The creative team manages organization-wide narrative, branding, and design. Highly qualified candidates will have professional experience in most, if not all, of these areas.
  • At least ten year’s experience working in a creative capacity for an advocacy organization, campaign, and/or consulting environment. 
  • At least five to seven years’ experience building and managing a team.  
  • Equivalent experience and/or a Bachelor's degree welcome.
  • Interest and some experience working with international audiences and content desired.   


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 Skills:  Works with internal and external stakeholders to co-create new ideas and implement project plans on department-wide priorities; ensures alignment of the department's and organization's messaging with department- and organization-wide goals.
  2. Technology and Data Systems: Possesses knowledge of common design tools, cross-channel marketing, and social media marketing.
  3. Strategy Development: Envisions, develops, and implements comprehensive communications plans, message guidance, and media strategies to grow an organization’s influence and impact and leverage opportunities at key moments; manages internal and external stakeholders on fundraising strategy and campaign executions; demonstrates big-picture thinking with their digital communications strategy and ensures alignment of teams' verticals with the organization's overall strategy.                   

How To Apply

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