Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator

Work-from-home available during COVID-19 pandemic

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is seeking a highly organized, multi-talented person to fill CCAN’s most versatile position.

JOIN OUR WINNING TEAM

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has an excellent opportunity for someone who is a proven problem solver, quick learner, and passionate about tackling the critical problems and solutions associated with climate change. Whether you’re looking for a foot in the door in the non-profit and progressive community or looking to fill your day with multifaceted work that benefits our planet, this could be the perfect position for you!

Work with our committed team and supporters as part of a cutting-edge group that Bill McKibben calls “the best grassroots regional climate organization in the world.” 

ABOUT US 

CCAN is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. We envision an equitable energy future where truly clean sources of power — efficiency, solar and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives, and dirty fossil fuels are phased out.

Across the region, we are working on bold campaigns that would result in solutions matching the scale of the climate crisis. Never has our work been more important as we are facing stalls and rollbacks at the national level. For almost two decades, we have been pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible,” using every tool available – from organizing to lobbying to the law. We are standing in the way of fracked gas pipelines and leading the charge on climate policy. 

ABOUT THE POSITION

CCAN is looking for a self-motivated problem solver, who is comfortable with learning new tech-related skills, doing research, and performing various administrative needs of the organization and the Executive Director. The successful candidate will be someone who is just as motivated to keep our Executive Director’s calendar in order as they are to do critical research to support our campaigns.

The Executive Assistant will work directly with the Executive Director, assisting with the campaigns he is driving and his administrative duties. As part of that work, this position will involve additional special projects as needed by the organization’s leadership and would involve research, communications, organizing, and administrative tasks. This person also assists in various office management support and duties. Every day is different in this job and the right person for it is one who thrives in a fast-paced environment, is flexible, and is excited to provide support to the entire team– from solving IT issues to planning special events.

WHAT YOU WILL DO 

The primary responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Assistant to the Executive Director: Assist the Executive Director with administrative duties, campaign research and development, management of social media channels, drafting and copy editing of written materials, and at times assist in the management of CCAN webpages.
  • Special Projects: Plan special projects and events as they occur and are related to CCAN campaigns. 
  • Office Management: Ensure that CCAN’s office systems are running smoothly both proactively and reactively, field general calls to the CCAN office and manage CCAN’s front lobby in the Takoma Park office, coordinate the upkeep of CCAN’s office spaces, and assist with intern and job recruitment and onboarding.
  • CCAN IT Management: Ensure that CCAN’s various IT systems are working properly and that staff is outfitted with the necessary technology to accomplish its goals, manage staff technology, and assist on virtual calls and with digital spaces.

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified candidates will display the following capabilities and qualities: 

  • Thrives in fast-paced environments
  • Could be described as “tech-savvy” and has an aptitude for learning new technology and other skills quickly
  • Proven ability to multitask, while prioritizing measurable results 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solver; someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and promoting environmental justice

THE DETAILS

The Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator position is based in Takoma Park, MD and reports to the Executive Director. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CCAN team is working from home until health professionals lift social distancing and telework guidelines. 

Salary is commensurate with experience, with a minimum annual salary of $38,000. We provide a generous benefits package including health care, dental and vision coverage and 4 weeks’ paid vacation. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please fill out the Google form application, you will be prompted to answer a series of short questions and asked to submit a resume and cover letter.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. CCAN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce. We value bringing a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on staff because it makes us smarter and more effective at what we do and, ultimately, we want our staff and supporters to reflect the communities we organize. We are seeking to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for this position.

Fall Internship: Fundraising & Development

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is looking for an intern to support our efforts to reduce pollution in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC as a part of our Development team through the Fall semester.

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nation’s capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

The Fundraising & Development intern will work closely with our Development team to build our fundraising program and assist in planning major fundraising events and campaigns. They will gain valuable experience in fundraising and event planning that can be used to launch a career in fundraising or simply to gain skills that will help you succeed in the nonprofit industry. As our fundraising program grows, our ability to respond to threats to climate progress with big, creative actions will increase. 

SPECIFICALLY, YOUR TASKS WILL INCLUDE

  • Drafting fundraising collateral, from brochures to email appeals to thank you notes.
  • Assisting with the planning of our annual Polar Bear Plunge.
  • Helping to develop our peer-to-peer fundraising opportunities.
  • Leveraging your own creative thinking to build CCAN’s fundraising program.
  • And learning the ins and outs of the organization that climate activist Bill McKibben has called the “best regional climate organization in the world.”

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Comfortable learning new online platforms and technical skills
  • An interest in fundraising and donor development
  • A driving passion to enact structural change to address the causes of climate change and win
  • Prior database use and/or research skills are preferred but not required.

LOCATION
This internship would normally be based in our office in Takoma Park, Maryland. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CCAN team is working from home until health professionals lift social distancing and telework guidelines. 

DETAILS
Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week from mid September through late January, exact timing to be determined based on your course schedule.

Internships at CCAN are primarily education-focused, to arm you with experience toward your career and life goals. Interns receive a limited reimbursement for incidental expenditures. We encourage you to pursue course credit for this internship, or external grant opportunities if those are available, and we will support these pursuits in any way we can.

APPLY NOW TO INTERN WITH US:
To apply, fill out the following Google Form Application, where you will be prompted to upload your resume and a cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Fall Internship: Maryland Grassroots

WORK WITH CCAN TO MOBILIZE OUR GRASSROOTS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN MARYLAND. 

DESCRIPTION

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) works with partners across the state to promote renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. Our campaigns focus on passing legislation that will dramatically reduce climate change pollution in Maryland, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

We’re looking for smart, talented students for fall internships to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nation’s capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Not only did we fight to make Maryland the first state with natural gas reserves to legislatively ban fracking, we recently expanded renewable energy in our region by increasing Maryland’s renewable energy requirement to 50% by 2030. We are currently working with partners to establish campaigns around reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, and to get us closer to 100% clean renewable energy by 2040.

As we face Trump’s rollbacks on climate change policies, we must continue to act on the state level, and you will be on the front lines of our campaigns!

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • A driving passion to enact structural change to address the causes of climate change and win
  • An eagerness to learn new advocacy and organizing skills and put them to work right away
  • A willingness to work hard
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

LOCATION

This internship is normally based in our office in Takoma Park, Maryland. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CCAN team is working from home until health professionals lift social distancing and telework guidelines. 

DETAILS

Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week from early September through mid December. Exact timing to be determined based on your course schedule.

Internships at CCAN are primarily education-focused, to arm you with experience toward your career and life goals. Interns receive a limited reimbursement for incidental expenditures. We encourage you to pursue course credit for this internship, or external grant opportunities if those are available, and we will support these pursuits in any way we can.

APPLY NOW AND SPEND YOUR FALL INTERNING WITH US

To apply, please fill out this Google Form Application, where you will be prompted to upload your resume. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

Grassroots Organizers (Central and Northern, Virginia)

Remote option available during COVID-19 pandemic

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is seeking two passionate organizers who are dedicated to uplifting community leaders in central Virginia & Northern Virginia to take on the climate crisis. This position can be tailored for a junior or senior level of experience.

Join our Winning Team

Work in the burgeoning climate movement in the increasingly progressive state of Virginia while joining a team of talented advocates and organizers at the forefront of Virginia’s sprint toward clean energy. Work with our diverse and committed supporters as part of a cutting-edge group that Bill McKibben calls “the best grassroots regional climate organization in the world.”  The Central Virginia & Northern Virginia Organizers will be joining CCAN at a critical time – a time where poor leadership and systemic inequities have worsened the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, especially in our most vulnerable communities, and now, more than ever, we need bold action to get us out of this crisis and it will take the same kind of ambitious action to solve the climate crisis before we find ourselves in another dire situation. 

About Us 

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. We envision an equitable energy future where truly clean sources of power — efficiency, solar and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives, and dirty fossil fuels are phased out.

In Virginia, we are working on bold campaigns that would result in energy policies matching the scale of the climate crisis the state is facing. Never has our work been more important as we are facing stalls and rollbacks at the national level. For over a decade, we have been pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible” in Virginia, using every tool inside and outside of the box – from organizing to lobbying to the law. We are standing in the way of two fracked gas pipelines, weakening one of the nation’s most powerful polluters (Dominion Energy), and we led the charge towards the first 100% clean electricity mandate in the south. 

About the Position 

The Central Virginia & Northern Virginia Organizers will have the skills, passion and commitment to take on one of the biggest problems facing our planet in a state newly committed to tackling it. We are looking for a resilient, creative, and strategic problem-solver to join our team. The ideal candidates will see opportunities to build relationships, inspire mobilization, and urge faster and more equitable change to address the climate crisis. They are energized by empowering others and are looking to put their creativity to work. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these positions will rely heavily on remote organizing and the utilization of digital tools to move people to action from the safety of their homes. 

What You Will Do

The primary responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Outreach and Volunteer Development: Much of this person’s time will be spent building relationships with people and inspiring them to take action. This involves recruiting, training and supporting volunteers and grassroots leaders, as well as forming and cultivating active volunteer teams.
  • Mobilization: Both of these organizers will work closely with existing supporters, community partners, and coalition leaders throughout Central Virginia.
  • Planning and Executing Inspiring Actions: The Central VA & Northern VA Organizers will plan and execute creative actions, media events and community meetings that will mobilize our base and influence Virginia’s decision makers.

Qualifications 

Qualified candidates will display the following capabilities and qualities: 

  • Commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and promoting environmental justice
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships through organizing racially diverse audiences; experience organizing in Virginia is a plus  
  • Demonstrated experience with campaign planning, coalition building; media outreach a plus  
  • Proven ability to be self-driven, while working effectively with a team 
  • Proven ability to multitask, while prioritizing measurable results 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solver; someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers  
  • Willing to travel as needed, a valid driver’s license and car, a satisfactory driving record and auto insurance 

The Details

The Central Virginia position is based in Richmond, Virginia and, though initially remote, will eventually involve frequent travel within the state and periodic travel within the region. The Central VA Organizer reports to the Virginia Director.

The Northern Virginia position, though initially remote, is based in the Washington, DC metro area (preferably in Northern VA, though DC-based candidates will be considered) and involves frequent travel within the state and periodic travel within the region. The Northern VA Organizer reports to the Virginia Director.

*Both positions can be performed remotely until health professionals lift social distancing and telework guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic*

Salary is commensurate with experience (minimum of $40,000/year) and this position will be tailored to the level of experience of the successful candidate. We provide a generous benefits package including health care, dental and vision coverage and 4 weeks’ paid vacation. 

How to Apply

Please fill out the Google form application, you will be prompted to answer a series of short questions and asked to submit a resume and cover letter, a writing sample is optional.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. CCAN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce. We value bringing a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on staff because it makes us smarter and more effective at what we do and, ultimately, we want our staff and supporters to reflect the communities we organize. We are seeking to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for this position.