Oil Change International

Exposing the true costs of fossil fuels

Jobs at Oil Change International

Oil Change International is currently hiring for the following position:

Position: Senior Campaigner, Public Finance
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Managing Director
Time commitment: Full-time position, 40 hours a week
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Target Start Date: As soon as possible. Position is open until filled.

About Oil Change International
Oil Change International is a non-profit organization that campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and hasten the ongoing 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.

Oil Change’s work is based on well-researched analysis of the fossil fuel industry and government policies relating to fossil fuels and clean energy. Domestically, we are focused on a Separation of Oil and State by 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. In addition, 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 and work to shift international finance to support clean energy and energy access for the poorest.

Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now has more than 100,000 supporters, a creative, passionate and dedicated staff of eight, and an increasingly broader reach domestically and internationally.  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. If you think you have what it takes to take on the world’s most powerful industry and win, read on.

About the Position
According to the International Energy Agency, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and other prominent studies, more than two-thirds of currently proven fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground in order to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change. Given this increasingly scientifically-accepted reality, further expansion of fossil fuel reserves should be halted as soon as possible, and plans must be made to leave already known fossil fuels in the ground untouched.

But fossil fuel companies, particularly in the oil and gas sector, continue to invest hundreds of billions annually in exploring for more reserves. Moreover fossil fuel companies continue to receive financial support via government subsidies and public finance that distort the economics of these activities and encourage continued fossil fuel use. Meanwhile, many of the world’s poorest people continue to go without access to energy.

The successful applicant will work with Oil Change International’s Research and Campaigns teams to develop and implement strategies to pressure governments and international institutions to end support for oil, gas and coal and increasing support for clean energy access for the world’s poorest. The Senior Campaigner – Public Finance will contribute to and draw from Oil Change International’s unique research and analysis capacity, which includes staff with years of experience working on energy and climate, finance and international institutions, a one-of-a-kind database of information on international public finance and subsidies for fossil fuels, and multiple subscription data sources that provide up-to-date industry and finance information.

The Senior Campaigner – Public Finance, will help build campaign and communications strategies that underpin multiple tactics targeting public finance for fossil fuels, including developing research and analysis materials around oil, gas, and coal subsidies and public finance and working with campaign partners on international and domestic campaigns to reduce public support for oil, gas and coal. This is a job for a smart, dedicated, creative and persistent advocate who is not easily deterred by long odds or complex political landscapes.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work with senior staff to develop campaign strategies and tactics to discourage public support for fossil fuels, including subsidies and finance;
  • Follow and analyze global developments relating to fossil fuel subsidies in order to identify campaign/public engagement opportunities;
  • Research fossil fuel subsidies in key countries and oversee the maintenance of Oil Change’s database of fossil fuel subsidies and public finance;
  • Fully track and selectively engage with and influence key international institutions and forums active in fossil fuel subsidy reform including but not limited to: the World Bank, the IMF, the UNFCCC, and the G7/G20.
  • Work with other NGOs, government officials, high-level influencers, and other decision makers to expose and slow 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;
  • 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, climate, international finance, or international energy policy;
  • Strong track record of advocacy-oriented research and analysis;
  • Significant expertise tracking and analyzing numbers and proficiency with spreadsheets and databases;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Experience advancing messages with old and new media preferred. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus generous health, dental and retirement packages.

To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume and a short writing sample to jobs@priceofoil.org with the subject heading “Senior Campaigner”.

No snail mail applications or phone calls, please. Due to capacity constraints, we will only be able to reply to short-listed candidates.