The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is hiring a Maryland Campaign Coordinator to coordinate our work to reduce pollution throughout Maryland, with a focus on frontline communities most affected by our continued dependence on fossil fuels.
Live in the dynamic region of Washington, DC/Baltimore while making a difference on vital climate and energy campaigns across Maryland. Work with our diverse and committed staff as part of a cutting-edge nonprofit that Bill McKibben calls “the best grassroots regional climate organization in the world.” This is truly a dream job for the right person.
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
The Maryland Campaign Coordinator will spearhead our work to protect Maryland communities and ecosystems from pollution and safety risks posed by coal and natural gas and work with communities to realize clean-energy options instead.
The Maryland Campaign Coordinator will focus on the Maryland communities most affected by our continued dependence on fossil fuels. These frontline communities include neighborhoods of Baltimore City that have been plagued by dangerous urban pollution ranging from coal dust to power plant pollution to explosive train traffic. These communities increasingly include areas affected by fracked-gas infrastructure. From western Maryland to the Eastern Shore and everywhere in between, communities are fighting back against the threat that fracked-gas poses to their air, water, property, and climate. At the same time, Maryland residents have limited access to clean energy solutions, including solar energy.
About the Position
CCAN’s Maryland Campaign Coordinator will use the power of grassroots pressure, both direct (through public comments, testimony at permit hearings, and lobbying elected officials) and indirect (through media visibility and creative actions), to fight back against new dirty energy proposals and to hold key state agencies and policymakers accountable for curbing pollution from existing energy infrastructure. Our Maryland Campaign Coordinator will build, train, and mobilize our growing team of volunteers, lead specific legislative efforts in Annapolis, recruit prominent community and business leaders to stand with us, and organize creative actions that gain media attention and force leaders to act.
The qualified candidate will display the following capabilities and qualities:
- 2-4 years of demonstrated experience with campaign planning, coalition building, organizing, lobbying, and media outreach
- Commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and deeply believes that racial equity and social justice are critical components of that fight
- Proven ability to be self-driven, while working with a team
- Proven ability to multi-task, while prioritizing measurable results
- Track record of building grassroots power and strong coalitions across lines of difference
- Willing to travel as needed, a valid driver’s license and car, a satisfactory driving record and auto insurance
The primary responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers
- Working with existing community partners and leaders, and building new relationships
- Organizing and executing creative actions, media events, and community meetings
- Lobbying city and state officials, including relevant agency staff
- Testifying in support of or opposition to infrastructure proposals, proposed regulations, and legislation
- Researching and writing to produce campaign materials
- Hiring and managing campaign interns and fellows
Salary and Location
Salary is commensurate with experience, in the range of $43,000–$48,000. We provide a generous benefits package including health care, dental coverage and 4 weeks’ paid vacation.
This position is preferably based in Takoma Park. We would consider a position based in Baltimore or Annapolis.
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. CCAN will be interviewing on a rolling basis, but we aim to make a final hiring decision by August 1.
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.