Legislative Advocacy Senior Manager
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.
The Legislative Advocacy Senior Manager will work within the Campaigns department and will be responsible for leading the organization’s US federal and state climate policy advocacy work as well as IRA implementation efforts. This position will oversee the Legislative Associate and Regenerative Agriculture Organizer, and will report to the Global Campaigns Director. They will work closely with the US Field team to increase the engagement of Climate Reality volunteer-led US Chapters (“Chapter”), trained Climate Reality Leaders, and Chapter members. Currently, Chapters are focused on federal, state, and local campaigns to enact solutions to the climate crisis, including Our Climate Moment™: Let’s Get to Work, From Acts to Action, 100% Committed, regenerative agriculture practices, and petrochemical opposition in addition to local Chapter initiatives.
The Legislative Advocacy Senior Manager will manage our US federal and state policy advocacy efforts and provide strategic guidance to Chapters for our US campaigns. In addition, they will be point on identifying new state and local engagement opportunities for advocates, creating campaign plans and proposals, tracking impact, and running tests on campaign efficacy. We are looking for a team player, a strong people and project manager, and an effective communicator who will work closely with cross-team Climate Reality staff to build and drive effective campaigns and grow overall US volunteer engagement.
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 salary for this role is $100,796/year
Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Overseeing and guiding the strategic planning and goal setting for US policy campaigns.
- Identifying new engagement opportunities for our Chapters and Leaders, and strategizing their implementation in coordination with the Global Campaigns Director and US Field Senior Manager.
- Managing an Associate and an Organizer, and working with them as a team to executive deliverables for all US policy and IRA implementation programs.
- Managing expenditures under campaign and project budgets, and responsible for deliverables and spending under funder-specific grants.
- Working with US regional organizers to directly support Chapters engagement and impact in US policy campaigns.
- Representing the organization in national coalition spaces, at Climate Reality events, and on Capitol Hill, ensuring the organization’s campaign priorities are in line with our key partners and the larger environmental movement.
- Overseeing and creating materials for campaigns to enhance public awareness and effectiveness.
- Working with other Climate Reality departments and consultants to identify and analyze policy opportunities, build impactful campaigns, and develop meaningful partnerships to support our policy efforts to drive meaningful and rapid change.
- Creating an understanding with staff on how the organization’s US policy efforts support our global campaigns to solve the crisis.
- Proactively measuring and gathering impact, and sharing that through program and organizational updates on a regular and ongoing basis in writing and orally.
- 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
- Detailed knowledge of a broad range of engagement and advocacy strategies and tactics.
- Demonstrated management experience and oversight of coalition building, organizing, and public speaking.
- Understanding of US federal and state policymaking with Capitol Hill experience preferred.
- Strong project management documentation, planning, tracking, and communicating to all stakeholders with the goal of turning in all deliverables to stakeholders successfully.
- Excellent communication and organization skills, with strong attention to detail.
- Ability to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience and awareness of cultural diversity, and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of organizations and volunteers.
- Proficiency with a CRM platform or online reporting system.
- A dedication to solving the climate crisis with climate or environmental expertise preferred.
- Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer required.
- Fluency in language(s) in addition to English, such as Spanish, ideally one used by US Chapters, preferred.
- Willingness to travel as needed.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience delivering advocacy or political campaigns.
- Proven full-time employee management experience.
- Proven budget creation and oversight experience.
- Proven project management experience.
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.
- Teamwork and Collaboration: Builds and sustains productive working relationships with colleagues; actively listens to others and seeks to understand diverse perspectives; follows through on commitments.
- 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.
- Written and Verbal Communication: Written communication is clear and concise; verbal communication is intentional and straightforward; provides timely and helpful information across the organization as needed; gives and receives constructive feedback in a thoughtful manner.
- Time and Project Management: Possesses a strong work ethic i.e., a sense of ownership over tasks, commitment to following things through, and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done; manages multiple competing priorities, tasks, and projects effectively; assigns work that is both manageable and appropriate to supervisees' level of experience.
- Professional Development: Shows commitment and acts to continuously improve; connects with advocates, experts, mentors, and resources, and actively seeks new ways to grow and be challenged through internal and external training opportunities; accepts assignments that broaden capabilities.
- Climate Justice: Works to understand and achieve anti-racist principles to disrupt the systems of white supremacy, privilege, classism, sexism, and racism; seeks to understand how systemic racism and environmental injustice impact individuals and frontline and fenceline communities; works to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment in Climate Reality spaces (workplace, events, trainings, and other convenings).
- 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.
In addition to organization-wide competencies, each role has its own competencies. Below are examples of how each competency manifests in this role.
- Cultural Awareness: Operates with an awareness of cultural diversity, with a specific lens on equity and justice; can work effectively with diverse groups, such as organizations, coalitions, and volunteers; works with communities to cultivate issue knowledge and advocacy.
- Technology and Data Systems: Understands and utilizes the CRM to manage engagement data, online community information, and project management platforms for reporting purposes.
- Interpersonal Skills: Represents the department in organizational meetings and projects; represents Climate Reality at events and in the environmental community; manages and maintains existing partner relationships.
- Leadership and Management: Is aware of how biases manifest in performance evaluations and conducts performance evaluations in an unbiased manner.
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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 anyways. 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.
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.