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Director of Climate Programs

Ohio Environmental Council, April 20, 2021

The Ohio Environmental Council seeks a full-time Director of Climate Programs to support the operation of the Energy Program. The Director of Climate Programs will serve as an expert on local, state, and national climate policy, representing the OEC in its efforts to reduce Ohio’s greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the causes of climate change. The Director of Climate Programs will explore all available opportunities to achieve the organization’s strategic objectives, focusing on how best we can reduce emissions at the regional and local levels.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and critical thinker who can work within a broad goal of protecting Ohio’s environmental resources while recognizing strategic pressure points that aren’t directly environmental in nature. They will be creative and seize new opportunities for growth that align with the organization’s strategic plan and be a persistent and reliable advocate. 

This position is an opportunity to advance cutting-edge environmental policy within a fast-paced, growing organization; coordinate with a campaign team; and expand the Ohio Environmental Council’s impact in the Buckeye State.

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice President of Energy Policy, the Director of Climate Programs will:

  • Work with the Vice President of Energy Policy to coordinate and develop scientifically sound and pragmatic policies that mitigate the causes of climate change across Ohio.
  • Work with the OEC’s regional directors to develop local solutions to climate change at the municipal level.
  • Act as steering committee member for the Power a Clean Future Ohio campaign.
  • Explore and execute innovative and creative projects that elevate climate change as an important issue in the minds of Ohioans. 
  • Coordinate with Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action to educate lawmakers on the public health risks of climate change. 
  • Develop, execute, and coordinate strategies to advance the policies outlined in the OEC’s strategic plan. Work with policy, advocacy, campaigns, and communications staff along with partners, decision makers, media, and activists on a range of effective tactics. 
  • Raise the profile of the organization, secure funding for its work, build partnerships, and participate in organizational events.
  • Fulfill organizational responsibilities including: attending board meetings as requested; stewarding relationships with major donors and/or grantors and participating in other fundraising efforts; and assisting in the management of foundation relationships and ensuring grant deliverables are met.

Performance Expectations

Ensure all communications are accurate, compelling, and advance our strategic plan. Effectively develop and work toward multiple aggressive goals. Translate broad goals into achievable steps. Plan and meet deadlines. Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands established by management. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player.

Have a flexible and positive attitude. Approach work with the spirit of “yes,” and adapt quickly to change.

Frequent local travel including occasional overnight or out-of-state travel will be required for meetings with partners, donors, reporters/editorial boards, and for conferences. Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work.

Qualifications

  • A minimum requirement of at least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or at least 4+ years experience in policy research and development, and/or advocacy campaigns and initiatives, and/or technical or practical expertise in an environmental or public health field.
  • A track record of success designing and delivering results on programs and plans.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to communicate with diverse individuals across the political spectrum.
  • The ability to work with internal teams and external partners to build coalitions around this work.
  • Knowledge of the Ohio political landscape, as well as a background in local governmental budgeting or administration and/or economics is a plus.

Compensation and benefits:

Pay for this full-time position is $50,000-65,000 annually, and is within the bargaining unit of OEC Workers United. The OEC has an excellent benefits package which include employer-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance; flexible and dependent care spending account; generous paid time off; paid parental leave; and employer-matched retirement fund.

Additional details:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff are working remotely but will be expected to work from the office, and resume in-person meetings and travel when it is safe to do so. This is a Columbus-preferred position, but we will consider strong applications for other locations in Ohio for remote work. This position reports to the Vice President of Energy Policy and works closely with our Chief of Staff, and Staff Attorney as well as our DEI committee. 

The Director must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and be willing to occasionally travel (day trips and overnight) throughout Ohio and nationally when travel resumes.

More about the OEC and our team:

At the Ohio Environmental Council, we work 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 over 50 years, we have led many of the major environmental policy wins in Ohio. Please visit the OEC’s website to learn more about our vision, values, and work.

Our team is made up of 27 staff, 20 board members, and a number of interns and volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds, including state government, social justice and environmental organizations, law firms, and from all corners of the state. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people from all backgrounds, including women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and all religious backgrounds. 

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 opportunity 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 position, your resume, and references to careers@theOEC.org with “Director of Climate Programs” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.

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