The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is seeking a talented advocate and manager to lead our work in Maryland toward an equitable, clean, and resilient climate future.

Is this for you? If you’re an experienced and skilled change-maker seeking a chance to make a big difference on climate change, this could be the job for you. CCAN has been called the “best regional climate change organization in the world” by renowned climate activist and author Bill McKibben. We work on the doorstep of the nation’s capital and we help influence both state and national climate policy. Please read on if you are interested in expanding and strengthening Maryland’s climate movement in this critical decade. 

About Us

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first 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. We put every tool to work for climate justice – legislation, grassroots organizing, legal challenges, and traditional and online media outreach, to name a few. To increase the number of tools we have to make change, CCAN has a political arm, CCAN Action Fund, and the Director will work closely with CCAN Action Fund to lobby and engage in limited political activity. 

About the Maryland Director

Our next Maryland Director will have the skills, passion, and commitment to guide our team to its next series of victories for the planet and the people of Maryland. We are working with individuals and organizations across Maryland to push for and normalize equitable policies and programs that will put us on a path to a carbon-free economy. We are looking for a motivated, creative, and strategic problem-solver to help lead the way.


  • 5+ years of experience that includes running campaigns, lobbying, and managing staff. Candidates with less than 5 years of professional experience will not be considered.
  • Commitment to the mission of fighting for climate justice 
  • Strategic campaign development expertise with a commitment to problem-solving
  • Track record of working in coalition with groups and individuals across a diverse spectrum of racial and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Experience with and commitment to building power through grassroots organizing
  • Proven ability to be self-driven, while working collaboratively with a team 
  • Highly organized, with the ability to manage multiple priorities at once without sacrificing quality  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Additional preferences

  • Experience working with the media 
  • Expertise in climate and energy policy 
  • Advocacy experience in Maryland  

Core Responsibilities

The Maryland Director will work with a dedicated team of CCAN campaign staff, including our talented field organizers, a proven communications team with expanding digital resources, and an executive management team with decades of experience developing campaigns and advancing policy solutions in Maryland. The Director will lead the formulation and execution of successful campaigns that center equity in the fight to tackle the climate crisis. The Director will work with elected officials, opinion leaders, coalition partners, and grassroots constituencies across Maryland. The main realms of responsibility include:

  • Campaign Development: Develop and manage statewide campaigns with strategic focus and measurable results that continue to build a diverse and powerful climate movement in Maryland.  Work with CCAN’s communications team to develop and deliver powerful campaign messages that resonate across Maryland.
  • Lobbying: Serve as CCAN’s and CCAN Action Fund’s primary lobbyist in Annapolis, requiring daily presence in Annapolis during legislative session (mid-January through mid-April), building relationships with elected officials and lobbying them to support our policy priorities.
  • Policy Development: Develop and promote equitable policy solutions to climate change in Maryland that curb climate pollution and improve people’s lives. 
  • Coalition Work: Collaborate with climate, justice, environmental, business, and other allies in Maryland to maintain and further expand a broad and powerful climate movement unlike anything the state has ever seen and win shared climate victories. 
  • Field Management: Work with CCAN’s grassroots team to ensure that our network of volunteers and community partners committed to winning climate victories is increasing in size, breadth, and strength.

The Details

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000, depending on experience level. We provide a generous benefits package including health care, dental coverage, retirement plan, and four weeks of paid vacation. This position is based in our Takoma Park, MD office, blocks from the DC Metro’s Red Line. As frequent in-state travel is necessary, a car, insurance, and satisfactory driving record are required. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff are working from home.

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. 

How to Apply: Please apply through our online application form, where we will ask you to submit responses to a few short questions in lieu of a cover letter and to attach your resume.  Applications are due by May 23, 2021.

Applicants who are invited to a first round interview will be notified by Friday, June 4th and interviews will take place shortly thereafter via Zoom. Applicants who are being considered for the final round of interviews will be asked to complete a 2-3 hour job-related skills test. Final interviews involve multiple members of the hiring committee and typically last 60-90 minutes. 

All applicants to all CCAN positions are asked to fill out a demographics questionnaire for our own internal tracking purposes. All responses are kept anonymous and separate from any hiring processes or decisions.