Climate Campaign Director

Mighty Earth

Washington, DC, US

Mighty Earth, a leading global environmental advocacy organization, is accepting applications for a Washington, D.C. based Climate Campaign Director for our initiative to protect the Amazon rainforest and other climate-critical ecosystems. A group of the world’s leading scientists recently summarized the latest climate science and found: “The world’s forests contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas, and coal deposits, hence avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.” Destructive agricultural practices driven by irresponsible agricultural companies pour carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases into the air, making the problem even worse. As the Climate Campaign Director, you will focus on achieving gigaton-scale climate action by transforming the agricultural industry to end deforestation and make climate-friendly agriculture the norm.  

Despite the importance of forest conservation for the world’s climate, and the availability of sustainable solutions like channeling development onto the world’s 1.6 billion acres of previously deforested lands, big agribusinesses like Cargill and JBS have continued to drive deforestation and pollution on a mass scale. However, Mighty Earth has had great success in campaigns to protect forests threatened by the palm oil, rubber, and cocoa industries, and are now working to spread that model to the meat industry, the single largest driver of deforestation and climate pollution.  

We’re looking for a talented leader, campaigner and team builder with the experience and strategic skills in advocacy, organizing and communications to run the campaign. Your work will center on building and deploying a powerful movement that can convince leading private sector actors like supermarkets, fast food chains, and agribusiness giants like Cargill and JBS to eliminate deforestation and move to sustainable practices across their supply chains. You will also help build support for complementary government action wherever possible. 

Who we are: 

Mighty Earth is a global campaign organization that works to protect tropical forests, oceans, and the climate with staff based around the world. We have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to adopt policies to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuse from the palm oil, chocolate, and rubber industries, and driven adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. Our Chairman, former Congressman Henry Waxman, is responsible for some of the most important environmental legislation of the last 50 years, notably the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Background on the position: 

In 2016, we launched a major project to protect Latin America’s forests, savannahs and Indigenous rights, with a focus on breaking the link between industrial agriculture and deforestation, integrated with a broader agenda of creating a truly sustainable agricultural system. Through creative, hard-hitting campaigns and savvy negotiating, Mighty Earth has helped lay the groundwork for action. However, as the Amazon fires and the continued threat from hostile governments shows, much more action is needed – and we are planning to ramp up. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Running an international campaign with a multi-million dollar budget involving staff, consultants, and volunteers in different countries to transform the meat industry to end deforestation, adopt climate-friendly agricultural practices, and support increased use of plant-based protein, while also working for complementary government policies.  
  • Developing and implementing effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals.
  • Integrating the campaign’s communications, online, field and grassroots work.
  • Supervising and training European, US, and Latin American staff and consultants working on the campaign.
  • Engaging with CEOs, senior executives, and high-level government officials to advance complementary government policy and action.
  • Working closely with grassroots civil society and Indigenous communities in focus countries.
  • Generating media attention by report releases, events, press conferences in key media markets, through a strategic media plan and building relationships with reporters.
  • Advising international governments, philanthropies and other donors.
  • Engaging with funders and board members, reporting and tracking updates around campaign progress and budgets.

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have years of experience, with a background in successful issue advocacy campaigning or grassroots organizing. You have experience recruiting, training, and managing staff. 
  • You are passionate about protecting the environment and advancing a more just society.  
  • You have experience developing and implementing campaign strategy and detailed plans, communicating with corporate executives and/or elected officials, and figuring out how to move decision makers. 
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in external factors like politics and economics as well as internal changing dynamics create opportunities and challenges on a regular basis.
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You are a good writer and can take complex information to distill into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You have an international orientation. You have experience with and are committed to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, and religious communities. 
  • English fluency is required. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, including Portuguese, Spanish, German, Dutch, other European languages, or Chinese a plus, but not essential. 
  • Experience in corporate campaigning or influencing company executives is a plus.
  • Expertise in deforestation and agricultural issues is a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with and connections in Latin America a plus, but not required. 

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more. 

Details: This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. The position involves international travel. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, our staff are working from home and not traveling. The safety of our team is a top priority and we will resume travel when it is safe to do so. You will report to our Deputy Director and work closely with our senior staff members and our CEO. Candidates are required to adhere to all U.S. government disclosure requirements.

To apply: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please click on the apply button below and include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job. The position will remain posted until it is filled.

Interview process: Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process. We have adjusted our interview process and are holding video interviews in place of in-person interviews during the coronavirus pandemic.

Compensation and benefits: The salary range for this position is $96K- $127K, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.