Beyond Petrochemicals - Campaign Director
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Beyond Petrochemicals: People Over Pollution seeks a courageous and creative Campaign Director to guide the development of a new $85 million campaign that aims to halt the rapid expansion of petrochemical and plastic pollution in the United States.
Beyond Petrochemicals will transform the US industrial sector, ensuring more local victories in the transition to a clean economy, supporting laws that protect communities from harm, and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are fueling the climate crisis.
The ideal candidate is an accomplished strategist, has built and run innovative campaigns, and is adept at leading teams and supporting coalitions.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a significant contribution in the climate change fight and stop the build out of the petrochemical industry.
ABOUT BEYOND PETROCHEMICALS
Beyond Petrochemicals is a fiscally sponsored project of the Resources Legacy Fund (RLF), launched in September 2022 by Bloomberg Philanthropies after seeing unprecedented growth in the petrochemical industry, which contributes to climate change and its detrimental impact on the health of the communities.
Drawing on the success of Bloomberg’s Beyond Coal and Beyond Carbon campaigns, Beyond Petrochemicals is turbocharging existing efforts led by frontline communities to block the expansion of more than 120 proposed petrochemical projects concentrated in three target geographies – Louisiana, Texas, and the Ohio River Valley. Beyond Petrochemicals is also working to establish stricter rules for existing petrochemical plants to safeguard the health of American communities.
The campaign will identify opportunities for grassroots activation, strategic communications, capacity-building, research, and policy advocacy to drive US petrochemical production into permanent decline.
The Campaign Director for Beyond Petrochemicals will develop and lead the effort to catalyze local campaigns by providing resources to frontline groups to increase their capacity to delay or defeat planned expansions of petrochemicals facilities.
The Campaign Director will also work with a broad and diverse network of partners to develop and introduce a new narrative – one that makes a compelling link between the impacts of the petrochemical industry on frontline communities, public health, and climate change.
The Campaign Director will build a program and operations team to support the work of partners on the ground.
The Campaign Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the campaign, including:
- Leading the development and implementation of the campaign objectives, strategies, and plans at local, state, and national levels;
- Supporting a network of community-based organizations, policymakers, and grassroots activists who can work strategically together to counter the petrochemical industry;
- Representing Beyond Petrochemicals externally with stakeholders, media, donors, and partners; and
- Building and managing the campaign team and consultants to deliver work plans with excellence and efficiency.
A Campaigner at Heart:
- Facilitate the development and implementation of a campaign designed to support grassroots partners in regions that are directly affected by petrochemicals;
- Support local, state, and national stakeholders in developing shared strategies and policies to reduce demand for plastic and other petrochemical products; and
- Catalyze local campaigns by providing resources (financial as well as staff support, research, and other assets) to frontline groups to increase their capacity to delay or defeat planned expansions of petrochemicals facilities.
Coalition Builder and Communicator:
- Work in partnership with, and leverage the efforts of, key grantees in the areas of grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and campaigning;
- Develop new advocacy and electoral partnerships to support the campaign’s policy priorities; and
- Communicate and collaborate regularly with funders and other stakeholders; and
- Work with grantees to identify ways to support their growth and development.
- Build and scale a campaign infrastructure that can achieve success in taking on the petrochemical industry; and
- Hire, cultivate and manage a high-performing team of campaign staff to implement strategy.
Note: These qualifications are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, so if you have 75% of the qualifications listed, we encourage you to apply. Experience can include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work that helped you to build the competencies, knowledge, and skills needed for this position. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.
Strong candidates will offer:
- A minimum of twelve (12) years’ experience in campaigns or relevant advocacy organizations.
- A track record of building ambitious and creative campaigns that are grounded in data and deliver measurable results. An understanding of polling and data is an asset.
- Demonstrated skills in multi-stakeholder outreach, coalition-management, coordination, and collaboration across ideological lines.
- A coalition-mindset and approach of a team player with humility and a commitment to advancing the field.
- Commitment to meeting high expectations and a history of getting things done in the face of obstacles.
- Strong capacity to manage and coordinate simultaneous projects and successfully prioritize among multiple tasks within a fast-paced organization.
- Ability to travel.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Flexible, with a preference for Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virgina, USA.
ABOUT RESOURCES LEGACY FUND
Beyond Petrochemicals is a fiscally sponsored project of Resources Legacy Fund (RLF). RLF builds alliances that advance bold solutions to secure a just and resilient world for people and nature. RLF partners with philanthropy, community groups, government, science, and business to promote smart policies and ensure equitable public funding for the environment, climate change resilience, and healthy communities. Across the American West and internationally, RLF manages complex, multi-year grantmaking programs and fiscally sponsors projects that accelerate change on environmental and equity issues.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination, where all team members feel valued, respected, and included. We know that our work is enriched by the varied voices and perspectives of every staff and board member, so we are committed to making an earnest effort to recruit, welcome, train, develop, and retain talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. We believe that a diverse and inclusive culture expands our creative capacity to do our work and achieve greater outcomes for people and the natural world. Learn more about RLF’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our website.
RLF offers an alternate Fridays off work schedule (employees work 40 hours one week, 32 hours the next week) and a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k plan with a 5% match, and generous paid time off. RLF also offers a technology allowance, student loan repayment assistance, the Calm app, mental health benefits and approximately 17 paid holidays per year.