JOBS AT OCI

Oil Change International is a research, communications, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the ongoing transition to clean energy. Below are our currently open positions.

Job Posting: Senior Campaigner, First Movers Off Oil & Gas

Oil Change International (OCI) is seeking a senior campaigner to drive forward our work to move governments and institutions away from financing and permitting the expansion of oil and gas extraction. The focus of this position will be on advancing this agenda within European countries.

Shortly after the Paris Agreement was signed, OCI released groundbreaking analysis showing that, even if global coal use is phased out overnight, the oil and gas in already-operating fields around the world would push us well above 1.5°C of warming. The implications for climate leaders are clear: Meeting the Paris goals will require stopping the expansion of the oil and gas industry and planning for a just and equitable phase-out of fossil fuel production. More countries and public financial institutions are beginning to act towards these aims – for example, by banning new oil and gas licenses or ending finance for oil and gas projects. But we urgently need to build this group of First Movers. In this position, you will work with international and national partners to support, develop, and execute strategies to do so.

The ideal candidate for this position will use direct advocacy, coalition-building, and communications skills to help grow the number of governments and public finance institutions establishing precedent-setting limits on oil and gas extraction and infrastructure – as part of comprehensive climate action. These efforts would include (i) conducting direct advocacy with decision-makers, (ii) coordinating efforts with coalitions and partner organizations, and (iii) supporting strategic communications efforts to amplify “first mover” commitments, building the narrative that governments and institutions cannot be climate leaders without a plan to transition away from oil and gas production.

If you are passionate about climate action, understand we cannot effectively tackle this crisis without taking on the fossil fuel industry, and have experience in developing campaign strategies, direct advocacy, building coalitions, and strategic communications, this is the role for you.

Roles and Responsibilities

Direct advocacy

  • Conduct direct advocacy with governments (primarily European governments) and officials at international financial institutions (such as bilateral development finance institutions and export credit agencies) to advance OCI strategies around “first mover” countries away from oil and gas production & finance;

Partner engagement & coordination

  • Engage with civil society partners already working on this agenda internationally, and participate in regular discussions and planning with these partners;
  • Identify and build relationships with aligned civil society partners in key countries;

Strategic communication

  • Work with the OCI communications team to develop and implement a strategic communications plan related to first movers, to build victories into a drumbeat of momentum that raises “first mover”-type commitments in the international agenda and public consciousness, helping to define climate leadership in a more direct and meaningful way.

Qualifications

  • Minimum five years of experience in government relations / direct advocacy with decision-makers (ideally including with representatives of EU members state(s))
  • Strong familiarity with climate, energy and financial policy, specifically supply-side fossil fuel policy, public and private financing of fossil fuels, and climate change mitigation policies.
  • Experience working in coalition / coordinating with civil society partners
  • Strategic communications experience: pitching stories to media, writing press releases, and developing other communications materials (emails to supporters, drafting social media materials, writing op-eds, etc.)
  • Commitment to the mission of OCI and an approach to the work grounded in social justice / equity
  • Preferred, but not required:
    • Strong existing relationships with representatives of key EU member state governments
    • Good understanding of supply-side fossil fuel policy

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.

Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now has a creative, passionate and dedicated staff of twenty across five countries and a supporter base of hundreds of thousands. Known both for our credible, insightful research on the fossil fuel industry and our aggressive nonviolent campaign tactics, Oil Change is a talented group that continues to punch above its weight.

Location: Location flexible for the right candidate, Europe strongly preferred. Candidate must be willing to work flexible hours depending on location.

Salary and benefits: Generous salary and benefits package in line with experience. Initial one-year contract with potential for renewal. Salary range will be between $67,500 to $90,000 depending on experience, with potential for adjustment based on cost of living.

Application Deadline: August 19, 2019

Reports to: Stop Funding Fossils Lead Analyst

To Apply: E-mail 1) cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and 2) your resume or LinkedIn profile to jobs@priceofoil.org with the subject heading “Senior Campaigner, Oil and Gas First Movers.” Position will remain open until filled.

Oil Change International values diversity, equity, and inclusivity as central to our work; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Job Posting: U.S. Program Director

Oil Change International is seeking an experienced activist to serve as our Program Director in the United States. This individual will spearhead our efforts in the world’s largest oil and gas producer to keep fossil fuels in the ground, end subsidies and finance for fossil fuels, and work for a just transition to a clean energy system that leaves no one behind. We are looking for someone with a demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice, a passion for advocacy and campaigning, and a collaborative, team-oriented work style.

Working as a key part of Oil Change’s innovative and influential global team, the U.S. Program Director will develop and implement campaign and advocacy strategies and lead a small team to execute them; undertake and direct relevant research and analysis in support of campaign goals; communicate policy analysis to decision-makers and the media; and build and strengthen collaboration with others in the progressive, climate justice and environmental movements working on these issues. The U.S. Program Director will initially manage two people and participate in the organization’s senior management team.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Working closely with U.S. program and communications staff, develop and execute strategic campaigns to keep oil, gas, and coal in the ground, stop fossil fuel expansion, end fossil fuel subsidies, and promote a just transition in the United States;
  • Follow and analyze developments relating to energy and climate change in the United States in order to identify and engage on campaign and communications opportunities;
  • Manage the U.S. program team, supporting team members in pursuing individual campaign efforts and contributing to the goals of the program team;
  • As part of the organization’s senior management team, contribute to the day-to-day functioning of the organization;
  • Work with other NGOs, government officials at the federal and state levels, high-level influencers, and other decision-makers to promote a managed decline of fossil fuels and a just transition to clean energy in the United States;
  • Engage in media efforts, including traditional and social media, to encourage action on keeping fossil fuels in the ground and fossil fuel subsidy reform;
  • Represent Oil Change in various forums;
  • Fundraise for program work as needed or as opportunities arise.

Qualifications

  • 10 or more years of experience with advocacy efforts addressing social justice, progressive causes or direct energy and climate change experience; Strong familiarity with U.S. politics required. Expertise in U.S. energy policy, frontline community impacts of the energy industry, the labor movement, the environmental justice and climate movements all considered a plus;
  • Sensitivity to issues of privilege, class, and race, and dedication to incorporating principles of justice into organizational and campaign work;
  • Experience successfully managing complex projects or campaign efforts;
  • Experience managing small teams towards a common goal;
  • Familiarity with online campaigning, drafting emails and petitions, and public engagement as well as with traditional media;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail with a willingness to get creative;
  • Faith, passion and hope that we can win. Changing the political landscape on climate and energy in the United States is a non optional part of global climate success;
  • Existing relationships in the climate justice, environmental justice and/or general progressive movement spaces.

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.

Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now has a creative, passionate and dedicated staff of twenty across five countries and a supporter base of hundreds of thousands. Known both for our credible, insightful research on the fossil fuel industry and our aggressive nonviolent campaign tactics, Oil Change is a talented group that punches above its weight.

Location: Washington DC, strongly preferred

Salary and benefits: Salary between $90,000 and $105,000 depending on experience, plus health, dental, and 401k and generous vacation and leave. Outside of Washington DC salary levels would be adjusted for cost of living.

Application Deadline: July 7, 2019

Reports to: Managing Director

To Apply: E-mail 1) cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and 2) your resume or LinkedIn profile to jobs@priceofoil.org with the subject heading “U.S. Program Director.” Position will remain open until filled.

Oil Change International values diversity, equity, and inclusivity as central to our work; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.