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Managing Field Director

Ohio Environmental Council, August 5, 2021

The Ohio Environmental Council family of organizations, including but not limited to the Ohio Environmental Council and the OEC Action Fund, seeks management for our Field Advocacy team. As the Managing Field Director, you will supervise a team of Field Advocacy Directors working at the local level to mitigate climate change and secure clean air, safe water, vibrant public lands, and a strong democracy for all who call Ohio home.

The Ohio Environmental Council views climate change as a threat to the health and environment of all who call Ohio home and future generations. We work to mitigate the causes and impacts of a changing climate in our communities, including working to ensure our democratic institutions are set up to facilitate bold action to protect our environment. 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 supporting our partners and the communities they represent.

As the Managing Field Director, you will play a critical role in securing victories for clean energy and other environmental protections by working closely with OEC staff and supervising the outreach and strategy around community engagement with local community partners. 

Job Responsibilities

As the Managing Field Director, your responsibilities will include:

  • Supervise the Field Advocacy Team to ensure the field is advancing the OEC mission
  • Ensure cross programmatic coordination between the field team and other internal teams 
  • Help devise field strategies and inform organizational strategies to advance OEC objectives
  • Ensure staff are trained in a manner to be authentic partners in a manner that is just, equitable, and encourages diversity and inclusion
  • Ensure local climate advocacy programming is rooted in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion 
  • Share competency in C3 & C4 functionality and intersectionality
  • Provide coordinated field voice for fundraising and advocacy efforts 
  • Understand and adhere to the OEC/OEC Workers United contract
    • OEC (80%):
      • Utilize policy expertise to coordinate between field team and advocacy staff, ensuring full capacity and strong communication; 
      • Lead a coordinated and efficient Field team in developing strategies to affect government policy changes impacting the state on land, air, water, and democracy issues across Ohio (or within the geographic scope of our regional program);
      • Work with Advancement Team to ensure Field Team representation in fundraising, and in grant applications and reporting; 
      • Oversee & assist Regional Directors in managing their budgets on a monthly/annual basis, manage state-wide field budget; 
      • Organize and lead regular team meetings and one-on-one supervisory calls;
      • Approve vacation requests, monitor timesheets and organizational policy adherence, deliver discipline in accordance with the OEC/OEC Workers United contract, as appropriate, and advise on in-region sponsorships, donations, contributions, etc. as dictated by the budget process;
    • OEC Action Fund (Up to 20%):
      • Work with the Chief of Staff and Political Director to utilize and develop relationships of regional staff to build up local environmental champions into elected leaders;
      • Assist Action Fund Director with legislative candidate, ballot initiative, and park levy endorsements, as assigned; and 
      • Assist Action Fund Director and Action Fund Communication staff by incorporating field voice into state-wide accountability efforts, such as HB6 Repeal Sign-on letter.


Key qualifications:

  • You have at least five years of work experience, including work or volunteer experience in a grassroots organizing, advocacy, or activist setting.
  • At least one year of prior management experience with a preference for managing dispersed/ remote teams 
  • You have the ability to engage effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders and build a team;  
  • You have a commitment to inclusive organizing, working for a just and better world, and raising the profile of environmental issues impacting communities around the state;
  • You have the ability to inspire action and to break down complex issues into calls to action;
  • You have effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple projects;
  • 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.
  • Some evenings and weekends as needed

While we value experience on energy, climate, and other environmental issues, expertise in those areas is not required. Candidates who have experience working on other issues such as racial justice or democracy issues are encouraged to apply.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in field organizing or advocacy is a huge plus;
  • Experience working on environmental issues such as clean air, safe drinking water, accessible public lands, and/or thriving democracies; 
  • An understanding and experience within the political landscape to build relationships and advance our agenda across a diverse set of individuals and organizations;
  • You can be creative about building bridges with organizations from different viewpoints.


Salary for this position is $52,000 – $63,000 and supervises employees within the bargaining unit represented by the OEC Workers United. Excellent benefits 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:

Candidates from across Ohio are encouraged to apply, central Ohio preferred. Frequent travel throughout the state will be necessary. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff are working remotely and will be expected to resume in-person meetings and travel when it is safe to do so. You will report to our Vice President of Public Affairs.  

About the OEC Family of Organizations

The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. The OEC family of organizations work 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.

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities—from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy.

Application Instructions

Send your cover letter, resume, and references to with “MFD” 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. 


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. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.