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CONTRACT POSITION: METHANE CAMPAIGN CONTRACTOR

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a part-time, temporary contractor to coordinate deliverables for the Ohio Methane Campaign, which focuses on reducing methane pollution from oil and gas operations in Ohio. The contractor will ensure campaign metrics are met including earned media placement, lawmaker education, along with events and engagement of citizens. The contractor will build relationships with partner organizations and affected residents from eastern Ohio and work across teams at the OEC. This is a temporary contract position with an expected timeframe of August 15, 2019 through December 31, 2019. The contractor may be based in Columbus or Cleveland.

 

Responsibilities 

Reporting to the Vice President of Energy Policy, the contractor will be responsible to:

  • Build a basic understanding of the problem with methane pollution attributable to oil and gas operations in Ohio, the federal methane standards (US Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Land Management) and potential rollbacks of those standards by the Trump Administration;
  • Assist with the placement of letters to the editor and opinion editorials on the issue of methane pollution; 
  • Educate reporters on news and updates related to the federal methane standards;
  • Plan and conduct lawmaker education meetings, phone calls or office visits to provide updates related to the federal methane standards;
  • Plan and execute one press event related to methane pollution or the methane standards rollbacks; 
  • Develop and implement creative solutions for organizing residents’ and community leaders’ engagement in methane campaign activities; 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other organizations working on the methane standards rollbacks 
  • Work with OEC staff to identify opportunities for op-ed placement, media statements, social media content, letters to the editor and press events, as well as creating opportunities for citizen comments on the possible US EPA methane standard rescission and/or repeal;
  • Attend weekly campaign calls to provide updates on the Ohio methane campaign activities; and
  • Support the preparation of testimony on the US EPA or BLM methane recission or repeal standards.

 

Expectations

The contractor will ensure that all communications are accurate and stay within the voice of the OEC while advancing the federal methane campaign. They will effectively meet 100% of methane campaign metrics while strategically advancing the OEC’s relationships with news media and lawmakers. They will meet deadlines.

 

Qualifications

  • Strong project management experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with ability to work independently and as part of a team and exercise good judgment while problem-solving.
  • Understanding of the impact of climate change and air pollution on public health.
  • Ability to translate complicated policy topics into clear, simple communications. 
  • Track record of planning and organizing events with multiple stakeholders and partners, and willingness to engage in logistical implementation.
  • Advocacy and/or grassroots organizing experience.
  • Knowledge of advocacy strategies and tactics including lobbying and media strategies.
  • Ability to bring a positive outlook and energetic commitment to work on a daily basis.
  • Proficiency in computer and communications technologies including Microsoft Office programs, Google Suite, and social media. 
  • Well-honed professional and interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders including partner organizations, policymakers, and residents from southeastern Ohio. 

 

Compensation

This is a temporary, part-time contract paying $20/hour for approximately 20 hours/week.

 

About the OEC

The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. The OEC works for pragmatic solutions to keep Ohio clean and beautiful, and our communities safe. We fight for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. We hold polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction. For nearly 50 years, we have led many of the major environmental policy wins in Ohio. Visit the OEC’s website to learn more about our vision, values, and work.

The Ohio Environmental Council is committed to working toward a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive environmental movement and seeks to hire staff and contractors that reflect the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. The OEC is an equal opportunities employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

 

How to Apply

Send a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the OEC’s Methane Campaign Contractor, along with your resume and references to careers@theOEC.org with “Methane Campaign Contractor” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.