| May 28, 2024

Managing Director, States – Climate and Energy

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Website Climate Power

About Climate Power

Climate Power is an independent strategic communications and paid media operation focused on building the political will and public support for bold climate action. Founded by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and Sierra Club, Climate Power integrates hard-hitting research, polling, state and national earned media, digital and paid media to influence the national conversation, embolden leaders to take immediate, bold climate action, and expose climate deniers and their oil and gas lobby allies.

Learn more about our organization and work here: Climate Power: Who We Are!

About This Role

Climate Power has an immediate position open for a Managing Director, States to lead Climate Power’s state work across the country. This position will oversee all of the organization’s state efforts to drive a national narrative around the importance of climate and clean energy investments, sell the benefits of climate action in key communities, and block efforts to dismantle climate progress. The Managing Director States will work with the Deputy Executive Director and the rest of the executive team to develop strategies and plans to win the politics of climate change in the states, with a focus on Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Strategy, Planning, and Execution: Manages States program to drive a positive narrative about policy implementation that keeps clean energy and climate investments popular and defines the benefits for people and their communities. Creates programs that drive show contrast between the progress that has been made under the Biden administration vs what would happen under IRA repeal. Develops strategy and work plans with the States team to achieve objectives.
  • Team Leadership: Manage, motivate, and mentor a team of internal staff and communications consultants to drive Climate Power’s state work and foster successful collaboration with interdepartmental peers across the organization. Will supervise a team of 7 +, including state desks.
  • Strategic Communications:  Leverages Climate Power and in-state partner resources to increase local earned media activity and expand the reach of clean energy narratives.
  • Coordinate state press operations to help identify opportunities and threats and integrate local voices, events, and grassroots campaigns.
    Collaborate with key climate partners: Oversees key partner relationships with groups focusing on climate/clean energy in the states. Ensure key partners, elected officials, and others have the facts and messaging needed to amplify clean energy narratives and push back on oil and gas grassroots efforts.
  • State Expertise: Provides key information on specific states for help in developing digital and paid communications that are relevant and persuasive to the local communities. Assist in state polling and other state-specific research needs. And provide state-specific reports to the executive team and funders on state landscape and resource gaps.

Additional responsibilities may be assigned as need and capacity dictate.

Essential Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of experience in issue advocacy, political campaigns or non-profit.
  • At least 5 years of management experience, including managing remote teams and consultants.
  • Experience working on state campaigns required, political work preferred.
  • Deep understanding of the connection between state and national programs, and how to take national priorities and implement at the state level.
  • Keen understanding of how coalitions work in the political ecosphere.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced campaign environment with unpredictable hours in high-pressure situations, and ability to think about problem-solving creatively.
  • Ability to collaborate with other teams to integrate organization-wide priorities into departmental plans.
  • Strong strategic and writing skills.
  • Climate or environmental issue advocacy experience preferred.

If you do not meet all of the requirements and believe you are a good fit, we encourage you to apply, but be sure to uplift all experience that aligns with both our essential and desired qualifications.

Location & Hours of Operations

  • Climate Power is a remote-first organization based in Washington, DC. This position can be located anywhere in the United States, but must be able to work Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm EST, plus weekends and evenings as the work dictates.
    $163,558 – $194,800 a year
    Climate Power offers a competitive compensation package including experience-based salary (please ensure that all relevant experience is included on your resume)  and comprehensive benefits, including the following:

– Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance 100% paid for employee 50% for their dependents
– Unlimited Paid Time off, including every other Friday and extended summer, fall, and winter breaks
– 401(k) with 5% match
– Education Assistance, including student loan repayment program
– Sabbatical Leave
– Employee Assistance Program
– Monthly Tech Allowance
– Cell Phone Stipend
– Work From Home Stipend for home office furniture
– Employee Wellness & Treat Yourself Funds

Our Hiring Timeline and Process

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will continue to interview until the position is filled (posting will remain up until the position is filled).

An ideal start date would be on or before August 1, 2024.

Our interview process generally involves 3 rounds of interviews, ranging in length from 30-60 minutes. All interviews will be conducted via Google Meets or Zoom. Successful candidates who move forward in the hiring process will be invited to complete a skills assessment activity (for which they will receive compensation) and undergo a vetting process, including reference and background checks, to ensure cultural and political alignment.

Climate Power is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, or sexual orientation.
Additionally, Climate Power is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Climate Power will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview and hiring process.
If reasonable accommodation is needed in the interview process, please [email protected]. Requests for updates in the hiring/interview process or other solicitations should not be sent to this email.


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