Senior Oceans Campaigner

Job Title:  Senior Oceans Campaigner (Shipping)
Position reports to:  Director of Oceans and Vessels program
Position Location:  Washington State or Alaska preferred

Overview

Friends of the Earth U.S., founded by David Brower in 1969, is the U.S. voice of the world’s largest federation of grassroots environmental groups, with a presence in 75 countries. Friends of the Earth works to defend the environment and champion a more healthy and just world. We are a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for more than 45 years, resulting in landmark environmental laws, precedent-setting legal victories and groundbreaking reforms of domestic and international regulatory, corporate and financial institution policies.

To accomplish our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world value people and the environment. Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solutions to climate change, ensuring the food we eat and products we use are sustainable and safe for our health and the environment, protecting tropical forests and lands from conversion to industrial agriculture, and protecting marine ecosystems and the people who live and work near them. This work is carried out by our team of staff in our Berkeley, California and Washington, D.C. offices.

Friends of the Earth’s Oceans and Vessels program works at the national and international level to initiate a sea change in the manner in which shipping and other ocean polluters and their pollution streams are regulated. We work to protect coastal communities and marine life from harmful vessel air pollution, greenhouse gases, and the sewage, oil, and other water pollutants discharged from cruise ships, cargo ships, oil tankers, and ferries.

Basic function:

Friends of the Earth is seeking a talented and dedicated individual to design and implement strategic campaigns to improve the regulatory structure surrounding maritime transport to ensure adequate protection of the air, water and people from shipping pollution with a focus on the Arctic and Northwest regions. The Senior Oceans Campaigner (Shipping) will be part of Friends of the Earth’s Oceans and Vessels program.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, lead and implement strategic campaign plans (including research, advocacy, outreach, public education, online and offline organizing, traditional and social media, press monitoring and outreach, narrative development and markets and policy advocacy) in conjunction with the Oceans & Vessels Program Director, Communications team and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct research and analysis to develop reports and articles, factsheets, web content and other campaign materials on ocean health and the shipping industry to educate allies, opinion leaders, policymakers, the press and the public.
  • Develop expertise on both domestic and international policy and practice relating to national and international shipping and ocean pollution.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with a wide variety of allies (environmental, environmental justice, native, fishing, consumer, faith-based, labor, parents, women’s, social justice, health, etc.).
  • Lead and facilitate a coalition of environmental and other progressive stakeholders to promote communication and coordinate actions that advance campaign goals and objectives.
  • Represent Friends of the Earth in media interviews and at public events to support campaign objectives and reach key audiences.
  • Work with the Oceans & Vessels Program Director and Development department to develop and implement a fundraising plan, foundation proposals and membership materials; cultivate relationships with donors and foundations.
  • Engage and train student leaders and activists and supervise interns.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of five years of experience in policy advocacy (not necessarily environmental), organizing or legislative work at the federal or state level preferably at a campaign-oriented organization. Excellent research, analytical, writing, communication and public speaking skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated commitment to the environment and social justice.
  • Successful campaign experience and proven ability to help design and implement advocacy campaign strategies and organize online and offline.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts and a desire to have a major impact on policy debates through hard-hitting advocacy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislative and executive branch processes and a strategic approach to both policy and politics.
  • Ability to balance and successfully complete a wide range of campaign activities including advocacy, public speaking, policy development, research, communications, project management and fundraising.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire trust and respect among colleagues and external partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at once in a self-directed manner, to work collaboratively as part of a fast-moving and results-oriented team, to work in coordination with a diverse group of coalition partners, and to work effectively in a changing environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and comfort presenting material to a wide range of audiences, including the public, the press, businesses and government officials. The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • Excellent decision-making skills, time management, networking skills, demonstrated initiative, flexibility and creativity.
  • Ability to work with remote staff and supervisors.
  • Fundraising experience including writing and securing foundation grants.
  • Willing and able to travel.

To Apply

E-mail cover letter, resume, short writing sample and salary history to jobs@foe.org with the subject heading “Senior Oceans Campaigner (Shipping).” No mail applications or phone calls. Position will remain open until filled.

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff. Also, please note that references will be requested during the screening process and final candidates will undergo writing and editing evaluations

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