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Political Director — The Ohio Environmental Council

JOB POSTING: Political Director

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.

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Political Director is responsible for the following:

  • Political power-building and strategy development, leadership, and coordination of nonpartisan advocacy, communications, and campaigns. Work with policy staff to develop and successfully implement issue-based campaigns.
  • Support Chief of Staff in direct advocacy for legislative priorities; 
  • Manage the OEC Action Fund board and projects. 
  • Fulfill organizational responsibilities including: attending board meetings as requested; participating in the organization’s senior management team; managing budgets; carrying a portfolio of major donors and/or grantors and participating in other fundraising efforts; and managing foundation relationships and ensuring grant deliverables are met.
  • Conduct work through the lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensure all Ohioans have equal access to the environmental movement.

Performance Expectations

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.


  • Experience executing modern campaign practices and working well with diverse coalitions;
  • Demonstrated management experience;
  • Experience developing strong partnerships with boards of directors, grasstops stakeholders, and partners; 
  • Shares our commitment and actively contributes to integrating racial justice and equity into our work and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture; 
  • A belief that our mission matters and that the protection of Ohio’s air, land, and water should be a priority among decision-makers; and
  • Some fundraising experience a plus.


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.

About the OEC

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.

How to Apply

Send your cover letter, resume, sample campaign plan, and references to with “Political Director” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.