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Digital 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 Digital Director to lead the digital side of our grassroots and global campaigns. In addition to managing, mentoring, and championing the digital team, they will serve as a member of Climate Reality’s Senior Management Team, and work closely with the SVP Communications & Digital Strategy, Creative Director, and VP of Science & Solutions to oversee and drive the digital 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 year.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Develop and drive an actionable and measurable strategic digital plan that advances the organization’s digital mobilization and impact, tests and experiments new tactics, incorporates innovations in the digital space, and drives conversion and connection to ground-based grassroots mobilization.
  • Work closely with department directors, branch managers, executive team, Chair and his team to ensure continuity and support across programs and teams.
  • Develop and own departmental budget, leveraging partnerships and earned media to maximize impact.
  • Manage, mentor, and champion digital department staff. Engage external partners, vendors, and consultants as needed for additional expertise or reach.
  • Oversee the digital strategy, including working closely with the creative and communications team to ensure the right digital platforms are being employed in an effective way to advance our organization’s mission.
  • Oversee the day-to-day team operations, including making decisions on rapid response actions as well as keeping long-term projects moving, such as maintaining our website, social media, email program, and digital advertising efforts.
  • Develop and manage strategic changes to improve team capacity.
  • Oversee quality control and message discipline in the organization’s digital materials (social media materials, email solicitations, website content, 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, problem solver, 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.
  • Expertise in a range of digital tools and tactics (for example, EveryAction, Salesforce, social media platforms, digital advertising tools) and a good understanding of the different ways they can be leveraged to advance our goals.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback well.
  • 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

  • Bachelor's degree—or equivalent experience.
  • At least ten years experience working in a digital capacity for an advocacy organization, campaign, and/or consulting environment.
  • At least five to seven years experience building and managing a team.
  • Interest and some experience working with international audiences and content desired.
  • The Digital team manages organization-wide social media, digital fundraising and engagement, website properties, and digital advertising. Highly qualified candidates will have professional experience in most if not all of these areas

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 on cross-channel marketing, social media marketing, SEO, and SEM.
  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.

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.

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to


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.