Climate Change Campaign Director

Title: Climate Change Campaign Director

Department: Executive Office

Status: Exempt

Reports To: Chief of Staff

Positions Reporting to this Position: None

Location: Washington, DC

General Description:

LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections.

Our over 2 million members, our volunteers and staff, and our more than 30 state affiliates (together, the Conservation Voter Movement) work for a more just and equitable democracy, where people—not polluters—determine our future. This movement is an influential national network with unparalleled influence in Washington, DC, in state capitals, and in communities around the country. We are uniquely positioned to ensure meaningful action on our agenda.

LCV’s top priority is to address the climate crisis. Given the magnitude of this challenge, LCV is building a comprehensive campaign that brings together the full force of strategies employed by LCV and the Conservation Voter Movement (CVM) to defeat the fossil fuel industry and win transformative and equitable climate policies. LCV and our state affiliates are uniquely poised to exert pressure on policymakers. In the last two years, through the first CVM-wide collaborative campaign, Clean Energy for All, we have won some of the most far-reaching state climate policy victories. Our community organizing continues to build grassroots and political power, and authentic partnerships with organizations and movements led by young people, people of color and communities that are affected first and worst by climate impacts help anchor our work to a vision of climate justice. Our state and federal electoral programs have elevated climate change and helped get pro-climate candidates into public office. We have expanded the climate movement through creative communications including storytelling and multi-platform online and offline communication channels, and we have a sharp federal advocacy team poised to aggregate and smartly translate the organization’s built power to pass federal policies to address the climate crisis and racial and social inequality.

LCV is hiring a Climate Change Campaign Director who will drive the organization’s multi-faceted climate campaign strategy to enact bold state and federal policies. We are looking for an experienced campaign strategist with state and federal policy familiarity to create an ambitious campaign that meets the urgency of the moment and builds power for the long-haul. It is essential that the Climate Change Campaign Director is able to collaboratively lead the development and implementation of an organization-wide strategy that can be implemented throughout the CVM.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee the execution of LCV’s organization- and CVM-wide climate campaign.
  • Work collaboratively with every department at LCV to achieve all relevant climate change campaign and organizational goals.
  • Marshal campaign resources, including staff, grassroots leadership, messaging, coalition engagement, opinion research and paid and earned media to drive progress toward and achieve program goals.
  • Ensure that the stories, voices, and vision of our grassroots base, particularly communities of color and young people, are central to the campaign’s theory of change, process, and outcomes and are seen as agents of change at the local and federal levels.
  • Engage and work with staff, funders and coalition allies of the 30+ state LCV affiliates throughout the country. Ensure alignment of federal, state and local campaign programs that advance the climate change priorities of LCV and state LCVs.
  • Foster transformational partnerships with national progressive organizations as well as climate justice, economic and racial justice organizations and coalitions in coordination with other key LCV staff.
  • In coordination with the Chief of Staff, prepare reports and materials for donor and board meetings and assist in raising resources for the climate campaign.
  • Ensure that the campaign theory of change, goals, strategies, and tactics are advancing racial justice and equity and furthering an inclusive organizational culture.

Qualifications:

  • Work Experience:
    • Required – At least 8-10 years of issue campaign experience, particularly with organizing teams and grassroots base, issue advocacy program, message development, campaign plans, lobbying, earned and paid media. Experience drafting and implementing campaign plans that reflect a commitment to racial justice and equity, elevate the voices and leadership of people of color and young people and develop authentic relationships with organizational partners. Strategic planning and program evaluation. Experience working with state and/or local level campaigns and/or organizations. Experience working with multiple coalition partners. Experience working with a national organization who has state affiliates or chapters. Public opinion research familiarity. Budget management familiarity.
    • Strongly Preferred – Familiarity with climate policy and experience in the climate movement.
    • Preferred – Successful direct supervisory experience. Electoral campaign experience.
  • Skills: Proven ability to manage strategic and effective issue campaigns. Creative thinker. Ability to solve complex problems. Superior political judgment, including understanding the disparate political makeup of a wide range of states. Proven track record of successfully working across lines of race, ethnicity, language, class, gender and other identities and experiences. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Highly collaborative. Excellent listener. Instinctually inclined to engage others while also being able to successfully drive a project to a timely conclusion. Passionate about addressing the climate crisis and elevating the leadership of communities impacted by climate change and environmental injustice. Effective on-record spokesperson. Familiarity with digital programs that reach mass and racially diverse audiences. Ability to connect electoral strategy to non-electoral campaign work and vice versa. Experience building strong teams. Works well in a fast-paced environment and able to manage competing priorities without sacrificing the quality of work. Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Effective fiscal and personnel management.
  • Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. A commitment to the complex understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity within our political system. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Understands environmental issues and their potential to engage the public.
  • Conditions: Ability and willingness to travel up to 20% of the time. This position is based in Washington DC.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcv.org with “Climate Change Campaign Director” in the subject line no later than March 29, 2020.

LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.