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Methane Campaign Organizer

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a part-time, temporary organizer to lead implementation of the Ohio Methane Campaign, which focuses on reducing methane pollution from oil and gas operations in Ohio. The coordinator will ensure campaign metrics are met including earned media placement, lawmaker education, events and engagement of citizens as well as community leaders on the topic. The organizer 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, 2018 through Feb 15, 2019.

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Climate Programs and the VP of Policy – Energy, the Organizer will:

  • 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 Communications and Campaign 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;
  • Join 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.

Performance Expectations

Ensure that all communications are accurate and stay within the voice of the OEC while advancing the federal methane campaign. Effectively meet 100% of methane campaign metrics while strategically advancing the OEC’s relationships with news media and lawmakers. Translate broad campaign goals into achievable steps. Plan and meet deadlines. Meet the demands of a campaign setting in which the issue could require quick response and/or at odd hours of the day, evening or weekends. 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.

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.
  • Familiarity with leading health systems and/or climate policy in Ohio, ideally with working experience and contacts in the health care sector.
  • 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 position. The position will pay an hourly wage of $20/hour for approximately 20 hours/week.  

About the OEC

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. Find out more at www.theOEC.org.

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire staff that reflect the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

How to Apply

Send your cover letter, resume, and references to careers@theOEC.org with Methane Campaign Coordinator in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.