Position: Senior Campaigner, U.S. Policy / U.S. Policy Director (flexible depending on experience)
Location: Washington, DC
Time commitment: Full-time position, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Target start date: July 2016
About Oil Change International
Oil Change International is a non-profit organization that campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitate the coming transition towards clean energy. We’re a small, gutsy group that wages hard-hitting campaigns, grounded in solid and credible research, to push the energy industry towards an environmentally and socially sustainable future. We work together with a broad network of allies, in the United States and globally, that are committed to identifying and overcoming political barriers to a clean energy transition and shifting the balance of power in the energy industry.
Domestically, we are focused on exposing and ending the cycle of dirty energy money lining the halls of our government from the fossil fuel industry and going back out again in the form of fossil fuel subsidies. Complementary to these efforts, Oil Change also conducts corporate and policy research on the fossil fuel industry, providing hard-hitting information and campaign materials to the broader community. Internationally, we work to expose and end the massive public support going towards the fossil fuel industry in the form of finance and subsidies.
Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now has more than 100,000 supporters, a dedicated staff of ten, and an increasingly broad reach domestically and internationally. Known both for our credible, insightful analysis of the fossil fuel industry and our creative nonviolent campaign tactics, Oil Change is a talented group that continues to punch above its weight. If you think you have what it takes to take on the world’s most powerful industry and win, read on.
About the Position
Oil Change International is seeking an experienced campaigner to spearhead our efforts to end fossil fuel subsidies in the United States, and work as an integral part of our efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground. We are looking for an individual with a can-do attitude, a versatile skill set, and a passion for policy and advocacy on energy and climate change. Working closely with our campaigns team, the Policy Director or Senior Campaigner will develop and implement campaign strategies to keep oil, gas and coal in the ground, including working to end subsidies and public financial support to the fossil fuel industry in the United States. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop effective campaign, legislative and administrative advocacy strategies; execute relevant research and analysis in support of campaigns goals; communicate research findings and policy analysis to decisionmakers and the media; and coordinate with others in the climate justice and environmental communities working on these issues.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Work with senior staff to develop and execute campaigns to keep oil, gas and coal in the ground, with a focus on ending fossil fuel subsidies in the United States.
- Follow and analyze developments relating to energy and climate change in the United States, with a focus on fossil fuel subsidies and keeping fossil fuels in the ground in order to identify campaign/public engagement opportunities;
- Research and analyze fossil fuel subsidies in North America, working with relevant staff to determine the best campaign angles;
- Develop legislative and administration outreach and advocacy strategies to educate decisionmakers on the need to end fossil fuel subsidies;
- Work with other NGOs, government officials, high-level influencers, and other decision makers to expose public financial support to fossil fuels;
- Develop and cultivate champions to advance campaign messages and goals;
- Engage in media efforts, including print, online, and social media, to encourage action on fossil fuel subsidy reform and to keep fossil fuels in the ground;
- Represent Oil Change International in various forums.
- College degree or equivalent experience in environment, energy, economics, finance, public policy, or related field;
- 5 or more years of experience with advocacy efforts addressing energy or climate change;
- Strong track record of advocacy-oriented research and analysis;
- Strong familiarity with Congressional advocacy, Administrative outreach, and the energy and climate policy communities;
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
- Familiarity with online campaigning, drafting emails and petitions, and list management tools;
- Strong attention to detail;
- Willingness to travel;
- Experience advancing messages with old and new media preferred.
- Detail-oriented and good time management and project management skills;
- Passionate about climate and energy campaigning;
- Sensitive to issues of privilege, class and race, and dedicated to incorporating principles of justice into campaign work;
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and complete a diversity tasks in a timely manner;
- Ability to work in collaboration with a number of different people as part of a team, including some who are remote;
- Positive, can-do attitude.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus generous health, dental, vision and retirement packages.
To Apply: Please e-mail cover letter, resume and short writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Senior Campaigner, U.S. Policy.”
Oil Change International values diversity, equity and inclusivity as central to our work, and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and those with disabilities to apply.
No snail mail applications or phone calls, please. Due to capacity constraints, we will only be able to reply to short-listed candidates.