Emily Bacha, Communications Director, November 18, 2020
The Ohio Environmental Council seeks a Political Director to lead the political direction of the OEC family of organizations. This includes directing issue advocacy campaigns and expanding nonpartisan voter participation in the democratic process, and supporting lobbying efforts. This position is a shared position with the OEC’s affiliated 501(C)(4) organization, the OEC Action Fund, where the political director will oversee daily activities, including fundraising, some electoral efforts, and board management.
The ideal candidate will be both visionary and a strategic tactician who can manage and work with a diverse staff, partners, board of directors, political ideologies and leaders to support and grow the organization and advance the policy agenda. This job can be headquartered in Columbus or Cleveland, and be willing to travel as needed.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Political Director is responsible for the following:
As a member of the senior management team, this position helps set the direction and ensure the health of our family of organizations. The individual is expected to be a skilled political tactician and play a leadership role in the organizational development and with partner and allied organizations.
The Political Director must:
Effectively develop and work towards aggressive goals. Translate broad goals into achievable steps. Help set and manage appropriate expectations. Handle detailed, complex concepts and problems and make rapid decisions regarding management and political issues. Plan and implement programs. Establish strong relationships with the staff, board, donors, and other important members of the community. Develop smooth and constructive relationships with people from all areas of the state.
Plan and meet deadlines. Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player. Approach new ideas with a sense of possibility.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards in management, governance, and fund development. Convey a professional image and positive attitude regarding the organization and our partners in the advocacy and environmental sector. Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development, and adhere to the OEC/ OEC Workers United contract.
The salary range for the position is $61,285.50 – $75,905.50 for someone with 7 years of work experience. Salary negotiable based on background and internal band system. Excellent benefits include health, vision, dental, and life insurance, flexible and dependent care spending account, generous paid time off, and employer-matched retirement fund.
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 over 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 opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.
Send your cover letter, resume, sample campaign plan, and references to careers@theOEC.org with “Political Director” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.