Associate Director of Campaigns, Methane Accountability

Image of Methane burning at a flare stack in rural America adds a harmful greenhouse gas to the atmosphere

About Climate Nexus

Climate Nexus is a nonprofit strategic communications group dedicated to changing the conversation on climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. Climate Nexus was created to be the behind-the-scenes connector to ensure coherent, effective climate communications and to elevate the work of a broad network of partners, including youth groups, environmental justice allies, state and local leaders, and more.

Climate Nexus provides pro bono support to organizations that work on climate change and clean energy and believes the “story” of climate change is the foundation for meaningful action. Our job is to tell that story to as many people as possible.

About the Role

Climate Nexus is seeking an Associate Director of Campaigns, Methane Accountability, to join a new team working to hold government and industry accountable to promises to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. This team is part of Climate Nexus’ Campaigns & Strategies team, which is working to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels, emphasizing intersectional action that centers equity. We specialize in media outreach and messaging, government affairs and politics, research and polling, coalition management, and opposition strategy.

The Associate Director of Campaigns, Methane Accountability, will drive short-term action to reduce methane pollution and long-term narrative-building efforts to build momentum for a phase-out of oil and gas. A successful candidate will have experience in strategic communications, especially narrative building, simplifying complex issues for lay audiences, media relations, opposition monitoring, corporate or government accountability campaigns, and message development. This is a highly collaborative role – both internally and externally – and the candidate will be expected to work and communicate in a manner that builds trust.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in developing and implementing a campaign to hold oil and gas companies, financial institutions, and state, local, and federal policymakers accountable for their emissions reduction promises.   Work to create communications, messaging, and digital strategies to build short-term pressure to immediately reduce methane pollution while building long-term momentum to phase out the use of oil and gas. 
  • Work with external partners and stakeholders across Nexus teams to educate and influence decision-makers and the public. Increase strategic pressure on the government and industry players to accelerate methane pollution reduction action, undermine the oil and gas industry’s social license, and shape regulatory policy decisions. 
  • Respond rapidly to communications threats as they arise.
  • Ensure racial justice and equity are reflected and centered in campaign communications priorities.
  • Develop partnerships with community and watchdog organizations to counter industry propaganda, uplift frontline and environmental justice-oriented organizations engaged in community monitoring, and amplify protest actions across the supply chain.
  • Translate research, data, U.S. federal policy, and regulatory details into compelling communications products to influence public opinion, policy debates, and media coverage.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Commitment to embodying Climate Nexus’ values, including strategic vision; accuracy with integrity; racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion; compassionate connection; and resilient service.
  • 7+ years experience in politics, advocacy, communications, or other campaigns. Understanding of how to inspire change in complex systems. Must understand climate and clean energy issues, including policy issues, political landscape, industry, market/technology, and cultural environment.
  • Strong critical and strategic thinking skills and creative and innovative thinking. Entrepreneur in communications approaches across media platforms (print, broadcast, web, social). 
  • Persuasive communicator with outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Able to guide others to create and deliver effective content.
  • They will have demonstrated competence working on racial justice in a communications capacity and the ability to build trusted relationships across Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
  • An inclusive management style that provides growth opportunities for staff. Demonstrates proactive solid leadership. Delegates appropriately while remaining flexible and willing to pitch in to achieve goals and meet deadlines.
  • Strong stakeholder and coalition management skills with the ability to work effectively within complex environments.
  • Strong project management skills with timely and consistent attention to follow-up. Ability to work independently and in a team environment to accomplish team goals.

Preferred:

  • Preference for seasoned professionals with prior experience leading campaigns from a start-up position to real-world success.

Climate Nexus is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Location: Flexible. Climate Nexus has staff in Washington, D.C., New York City, the San Francisco area and more, although our team is remote. Traveling to the New York and Washington, DC areas are occasionally required when it is safe.

Salary range: $105,000-$115,000, commensurate with experience. Climate Nexus offers a generous benefits package, including paid vacation, personal and sick leave; standard health, dental, and vision packages; charitable employer contributions to 401k retirement accounts; parental leave; commuter transit benefits, and more. 

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Nate Jackson Jr.: [email protected]