Washington State

Position Summary

In the wake of a historic Washington State legislative session for climate, passing an economy-wide price on carbon, establishing a clean fuel standard, and making important investments for climate action, WEC/WCV is seeking a thoughtful, enterprising and people-oriented Climate and Clean Energy Campaign Manager to advance policy and campaigns that move our state to the next level for climate action.

WEC/WCV’s work in Climate & Clean Energy has three interwoven elements: establish equitable and impactful climate policy; deepen and expand relationships in community and across coalitions to advance climate action; and translate climate policies and campaigns into action. This position includes campaign development, management, and participation, policy analysis and development, and strategy development and deployment. This is a full-time position, supervised by WEC/WCV’s Climate and Fossil Fuel Program Director. Position location is flexible, and may be based either out of WEC’s office in Seattle, WA or remotely from another location in Washington State. If outside Seattle, travel will be required to attend in-person office and coalition meetings, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Who we are

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing.  WCV is committed to making sure all people in Washington state have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington. With one shared CEO, our organizations work in partnership as each pursues its unique mission. Combined, we have a staff of 35+ and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. Given the current pandemic we are working remotely and plan to slowly return to the office in accord with local and national health directives.  Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Our expectation is that we will eventually return to some schedule of safely working together in our downtown Seattle office. 

We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity lens to our work, and are led by a CEO who is a woman of color.

Responsibilities

This position will work as part of the Climate and Fossil Fuel Program to manage distinct legislative and policy and/or sector-specific campaigns to advance our climate goals, along with manage specific policy work associated with our climate and clean energy goals. Campaign management in this context means managing goals, strategies and tactics across different sectors, partners & coalitions (internal & external) and levels of government to achieve intended outcomes – this can be in the context of a sector-specific campaign (e.g. advocating for more clean and equitable transportation investments); state legislative campaigns (e.g. passing a clean fuel standard); local government legislative campaigns (e.g. advocating for a strong climate action plan within a local community); and/or policy specific campaigns (e.g. removing gas from buildings).  Responsibilities include strategy development and implementation, relationship-building and maintenance, coalition leadership and participation, campaign management and development, translating wins at the state level to local action and conversely local action to state action opportunities, as well as engaging in rulemaking and implementation work of significant climate wins.

  • Establish, manage, and engage in legislative and sector specific campaign work, relationship-building and policy work through a racial justice and a racial equity lens. Examples of campaigns includes removing gas from our built environment in a way that addresses issues around ‘last served’ impacts and establishing clean transportation priorities in a way that reflects disparate access and impacts across the state;
  • Grow and deepen relationships within and beyond the environmental community, including with tribal nations, frontline community organizations, labor unions, and businesses;
  • Support organizational work in rulemaking of consequential laws for climate action, including for the recently passed Climate Commitment Act, Clean Fuel Standard, and climate-wise building standards;
  • Seek opportunities to translate state and local level climate policy to on-the-ground action such as local implementation, economic development opportunities, pilot projects;
  • Support and guide lobbying efforts by our government affairs program to engage in local scale climate work such as local climate action plans, local transportation investments and clean buildings work;
  • Participate in internal collaborations and learning, including racial equity work groups, staff meetings, and lunch & learns;
  • Engage and support organizational fundraising, including review and write grant applications as needed, support funder outreach as needed, and support fundraising events as needed;
  • Collaborate with communication staff to develop materials;
  • Collaborate with field team staff to engage membership and organize around legislative and policy/sector-specific campaigns;
  • Support political work as needed, including endorsement and electoral campaigns, in a way that advances our climate goals.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and environmental justice
  • Two to four years of experience managing and developing legislative, policy and/or sector-specific campaigns
  • Knowledge of climate and clean energy policy. Knowledge of policy within the built environment and transportation sectors a plus.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, including listening and navigating conflicts
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people from different backgrounds, interests, and approaches
  • Strong writing and verbal skills to ensure consistent and precise transmission of perspectives and ideas
  • Strong analytical and synthesizing information skills for policy and/or campaign development and/or advancement
  • Excellent organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and good judgement
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within a team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to identify connections between efforts and/or groups that can help maximize the impact of the work

Desirable Skills

  • Experience with political campaigns and/or political work
  • Familiarity with Washington State’s political dynamic around climate and clean energy
  • Familiarity with Washington’s coalitions around climate and clean energy
  • Familiarity with climate and clean energy policy in Washington State
  • Experience, and/or willingness to learn government-based budgeting processes
  • Knowledge and/or experience in economic development
  • Comfort with talking to the media on a fast-paced issue

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $51k-$61K depending on experience.  We also offer a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, vision and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, access to a Flexible Spending Account, three weeks paid vacation to start, paid sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an Employee Assistance Program, and a wellness benefit. If you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and a resume here. No phone calls or mailed applications please. This position is open until 5 pm on June 4th.  

Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.