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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 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. As the Director of Climate Programs, you will explore all opportunities to reduce emissions through advocacy work at the regional and local levels. Through strategic advocacy and campaigning, you will be a part of key victories which mitigate climate change, propel Ohio’s clean energy future, and protect the communities most impacted by the harms of fossil fuels.

The Ohio Environmental Council views climate change as a threat to the health and environment of all who call Ohio home and our future generations, and our team works to mitigate the causes and impacts of a changing climate, including working to ensure our democratic institutions are set up to facilitate bold action. Included in our values is a belief in bringing diverse people together for a shared purpose, forging strategic partnerships to strengthen Ohio’s environmental movement, and honoring community leadership. And we work to understand and remedy both current and historical environmental injustice caused by oppressive practices harming Ohioans and meaningfully support our partners and the communities they represent.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and critical thinker who can work within a broad goal of advancing a clean energy future, thinking strategically about the pressure points which will move local decision-makers and the messaging which will move people from a variety of political perspectives and backgrounds.

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

Job Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Work for clean energy victories across multiple Ohio cities, lobbying decision-makers, and building the advocacy power needed for local reforms.
  • Act as a 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, especially at the municipal level in select cities across the state.
  • 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.


Key qualifications

  • You have a minimum requirement of 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.
  • You have a track record of success designing and delivering results on programs and plans.
  • You have strong communication skills with the ability to communicate with diverse individuals across the political spectrum and from different racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds.
  • You can work with internal teams and external partners to build coalitions around this work.
  • You share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.
  • You have some knowledge of the Ohio political landscape, as well as a background in local governmental budgeting or administration and/or economics is a plus.
  • You have a flexible and positive attitude. You approach work with the spirit of “yes” and adapt quickly to change.
  • You can be creative and seize new opportunities for growth that align with the organization’s strategic plan and be a persistent and reliable advocate.

Preferred qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience working on energy issues such as community aggregation, electric vehicles, energy efficiency is a big plus
  • You can be creative about building bridges with organizations from different viewpoints.


Salary 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 includes 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.

About the OEC Family of Organizations

 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.

Application Instructions

Send a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the position, your resume, and references to with “Director of Climate Programs” in the subject line. Please let us know in your cover letter where you heard about the job. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled. The OEC is working with Sarah Bennett Consulting to coordinate this search. Please feel free to reach out to Sarah and her team at the email above or at


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