Senior Campaign Strategist for Climate Equity

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Senior Campaign Strategist.  The Senior Campaign Strategist for Climate Equity is a newly created role and the position is designed for someone with at least 4-6 years of experience in social justice advocacy, including leadership experience in advocacy campaigns. The successful candidate will serve as Demos’ lead for developing and executing a new portfolio of work at the intersection of climate policy and racial equity. As a member of Demos’ Campaigns Team, the Senior Campaign Strategist has a major focus on developing and managing Demos support, in varying capacities, for grassroots campaigns for equitable carbon pricing policies at the state level, as well as for other equity-centered clean energy transition strategies. In this emerging space, the Senior Campaign Strategist is responsible for building and maintaining authentic and supportive advocacy relationships with state and local partners, particularly among environmental justice and racial justice organizations, community organizing networks, trade unions, and environmental groups. A primary focus of the work is building strong equity provisions into carbon pricing policies and other clean energy strategies, particularly with regard to environmentally vulnerable communities of color. Drawing on extended listening and learning with state and local partners, the Senior Campaign Strategist identifies and manages Demos’ contributions to help build the case for putting equity at the center of climate policies, including economic impact analyses and other original research, collaboration on policy development, advocacy with policymakers, and communications support. In addition, the Senior Campaign Strategist works with senior staff on project development, including fundraising, formal partnership building, and long-term strategic planning.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Landscaping and outreach to build authentic, supportive, and durable advocacy partnerships and alliances with state and local equity-focused groups working on climate and clean energy policies.  
  • Representing Demos in relevant network gatherings and national partnership conversations/formations.
  • Strongly and consistently advocating to incorporate racial equity principles and goals into climate policies and other environmental policies and programs.
  • Participating in policy briefings, government hearings, and other formal venues for policy advocacy.    
  • Working with senior staff to help conceptualize and develop Demos’ value-added contributions in three main areas: research, policy development, and communications.
  • Some substantive and management responsibilities in execution of research projects, policy work, publications, and communications strategies.
  • Engaging with other national groups to improve coordination of national support for state and local campaigns.  
  • Publishing commentaries and articles in print and on-line media, and representing Demos in media coverage of climate and equity issues.
  • Public speaking and other external engagement to advance an equity-centered vision and narrative of climate transitions.
  • Working with senior staff to develop the climate equity project at Demos, including grant writing, funder research and networking, and longer-term strategic planning.  
  • Other duties as requested by your supervisor from time to time.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

Significant advocacy experience in working for racial and/or climate justice, in one or more of the following contexts: 

  • State and/or local advocacy experience in the environmental/climate justice field;
  • Racial and economic justice coalition work inclusive of environmental/climate justice organizations and perspectives;
  • National environmental advocacy connected with state and local strategies/partnerships on environmental justice issues or broader sustainability/climate resiliency strategies.  

Fluency with climate policy issues: You have familiarity or broad fluency with climate policy developments and debates, particularly around carbon pricing, renewable energy transitions, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. You have a clear vision and understanding of climate transitions as potential pathways for inclusive investment and economic development in low-income communities, including familiarity with climate justice and just transition principles, frameworks, and policies.

Working for racial equity: You have a strong racial equity analysis, with the ability to clearly and consistently articulate a sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism, and to inject this knowledge into work projects and organizational interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class, and other group identities; you bring a high level of self-awareness, empathy, and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions, and are able to identify and address problematic interpersonal dynamics in the workplace and in coalition work when necessary. 

Proven success in building advocacy campaigns: You are a strategic and creative thinker on policy, coalition building, campaign strategies, and long-term political development. You have a good track record of managing complex organizational relationships in advocacy work.

Strong writing: You can write clearly and compellingly for a variety of audiences, including advocates, policymakers, and the media.

Proven success with project management: You have strong abilities and some track record of managing complex workflows punctually and often in cooperation with partners and allies, with high-quality results. You can manage project research contracts in consultation with the Co-Director of Policy and Research.

The most successful candidate might also have some of the following skills:

  • Extensive content knowledge about climate change and climate policies.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Government and/or lobbying experience on these issues.
  • Relevant funding connections.

Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  The position is full-time.  Ideally the position will be based in New York but we will consider other locations for strong candidates.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive $80,000- 90,000 and commensurate with experience.  We have a generous benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 20 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Upload a thoughtful cover letter and résumé.  We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls please. 

Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   

Location: New York City, NY
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