The climate emergency is here. The world as we know it is running out of time and the window for small, incremental action has closed. Instead, we need an emergency-level response to avert climate catastrophe—and leaders with the courage and mandate to take bold action. Our critical window of opportunity to sound the alarm is ever-narrowing and the time to act is now.
ACE’s mission is to educate, inspire and support young people to lead the fight for their future. We achieve our mission by reaching tens of millions of young people with our programs each year, training a new generation of climate leaders, amplifying youth voices to shift the narrative, and increasing diverse youth participation in our democracy.
Our staff and board members are dynamic, diverse, and talented, and our team is currently growing to meet this critical moment of opportunity.
The Senior Campaigns Manager works to develop, implement, and coordinate strategic campaigns in key states and nationally that align with ACE’s campaigns framework: 1) climate education and storytelling to shift the public narrative, 2) civic engagement to increase youth participation in our democracy, and 3) climate advocacy to end the era of fossil fuels and usher in a new renewable energy future. The scope of responsibilities includes:
- Supporting and leading the implementation of campaigns through ACE’s distributed organizing program (Action Team Network), peer-to-peer influencer program (Creator Collective), Youth Action Network of more than 860,000 youth in all 50 states, and other ACE programs as they become relevant.
- Performing field-based organizing work in partnership with young people in our key geographies and our field-based staff.
- Developing and managing communications strategy, planning and implementation for campaigns and advocacy initiatives, and utilizing a variety of digital tools to implement communications and actions (Ex: Engaging Networks, MobileCommons, Salesforce, GetThru, OutreachCircle, and more).
- In collaboration with the Campaigns Team and Distributed Organizing Team, ensure that young people from ACE’s network are meaningfully engaged in campaigns strategy, implementation, and creative approaches to building long-term relationships and power to win campaigns.
This is a full-time, remote position based anywhere in the United States, with a slight preference for the following states: AZ, FL, MI, MN, OH, NC, NV, PA, TX, WI. The Senior Campaigns Manager will work from home, meet regularly by video chat with ACE team members, partners, and youth, and conduct activities both online and in-person. The National Campaigns Director must be available for regular travel within the United States, to participate in fieldwork, conferences, actions, organizing, events, and to attend staff retreats.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
You are a campaigner through and through. Organizing comes naturally to you and you see both the value of field-based and digital organizing, and how powerful they can be in combination. You’ve worked on campaigns that range from climate justice to voting rights, or other social causes that are transforming our society.
You prioritize building a community of people to share the wins and the struggles of organizing. You develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders and can bring in allies and coalition partners from marginalized communities, such as people of color, people with disabilities, low-income families, homeless/unhoused people, and immigrants. You know how to build alliances and find points of collaboration even when there are competing interests.
You understand the in and outs of campaign building and enjoy building campaign plans from scratch that prioritize building local and national people power. You have a track record of accomplishing ambitious goals and taking initiative and getting results even when there are obstacles. You set a high bar and meet it because you think three (or 30) steps ahead to anticipate hurdles and come up with pragmatic solutions. You plan backward and involve stakeholders appropriately.
You practice and prioritize building teams that are heard, respected, valued, and retained. You approach leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly include others in decision-making. You have experience managing multiple projects and keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. You use resources wisely and can manage a team of staff, consultants, and volunteers to leverage time and talent for impact.
Commitment to racial equity and social justice: You recognize the role of race, income, age, immigration status, and other identities in shaping climate disparities, and you consistently amplify community voices to advocate for more equitable policy solutions. You recognize how your own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.
This description reflects ACE’s assignment of essential functions, it does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. ACE retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position at any time.
- Help ideate, develop, and launch strategic campaigns that build power and implement creative initiatives for a teen and broader youth audience.
- Conduct field-based organizing and campaigning to build power, influence elected leaders, win headlines, and create strong alliances.
- Implement the execution of digital communications for campaigns (e.g. email, SMS, social, ads, and other youth-centric channels)
- Serve as liaison between ACE and local members, partners, coalitions, and vendors.
- Maintain and support partnerships and relationships with relevant community members and leaders, other nonprofits, select businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and other appropriate organizations, vendors, and key stakeholders
- Identifies opportunities for new campaigns, actions, or narrative change and programs with internal and external groups.
- Represents the organization at appropriate meetings and events and activities.
- Develops and maintains effective media relations in support of the organization and its programs.
- Analyzes interpret and develop solutions for complex policy issues that impact the organization; works to influence public policy that benefits the organization.
- Assists with related special projects as required.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- 4+ years experience in field-based organizing, running advocacy campaigns or leading community-based civic engagement activities, preferably with a youth audience and related or adjacent to the issue of climate justice. Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to craft communications that fit unique contexts and work for unique audiences (e.g. tailored to youth from diverse backgrounds that may include: rural, center-left, center-right, agricultural, city, low-income, BIPOC, and other backgrounds)
- Experience utilizing digital organizing tools and willingness to learn new tools (Ex: CRMs, P2P texting, email and mass SMS tools, relational organizing tools)
- Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
- Ability to manage priorities and workflow and a demonstrated ability to take initiative
- Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
- Demonstrated ability to plan and organize projects
- Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees
- Proven leadership and business acumen skills
- Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Creative, flexible, and innovative team player
- Demonstrated ability to make successful presentations to individuals and/or groups at all levels of an organization
- Ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds
- Understanding of climate change, climate justice, and related social justice issues
Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship.
Applicants must also be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be willing to become fully vaccinated within the first 30 days of employment.