Climate Power - Chief of Staff

Washington, DC / Remote /
Executive /
Full Time
Climate Power has an immediate opening for a Chief of Staff to help manage a dynamic, growing, semi-remote organization. The Chief of Staff will report directly to the Executive Director and serve on Climate Power’s executive team. They will be focused on directly supporting the Executive Director and providing strategic and operational capacity to increase organizational impact. 

The Chief of Staff will serve as a critical thought partner to the Executive Director and provide direct support to ensure there is follow through on important opportunities, strong collaboration among colleagues and ensure key objectives, priorities and deadlines are met. The Chief of Staff will play an integral role, in coordination with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, in setting Climate Power’s strategic priorities in the short and long term. The Chief of Staff will provide in-depth program management expertise, support, and occasional execution on special projects and external initiatives as needed, from developing strategic plans to driving tactical implementation. 

A nimble and sophisticated communications campaign, Climate Power was founded by the League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund in 2020 to build the political will and public support needed for climate action. Climate Power’s coordination of smart, aggressive communications campaigns has proven itself an indispensable part of the climate movement. Our job is to put climate on offense and neutralize the opposition’s attacks. We do it by defining climate change as not only an existential threat that we must address but as a huge opportunity to move beyond fossil fuels and into a clean energy economy that creates jobs and lowers costs for families. We partner closely with allies to leverage our collective power. We coordinate paid and earned communications to move proven climate messages to policymakers, voters, and the press. We bring proven political campaign tactics to climate advocacy fights.

Responsibilities

    • Build ‘connective tissue’ in communicating needs, identifying opportunities and fostering collaboration across teams and the organization. With your efforts, Climate Power is executing at a higher level than ever before, and the Executive Director is focused on the most critical, highest value priorities for the organization.
    • Work directly with the Executive Director and Executive Team, including the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer to manage a fast-moving rapid response organization with 45+ semi-remote staff across seven departments.
    • Define organizational priorities and manage Climate Power’s overall objectives, timelines, deliverables and outcomes. 
    • Oversee fundraising updates and other priority stakeholder communications.
    • Manage development team, including Administrative & Development Associate, and our development consultants until Chief of Development is hired. 
    • Develop, refine, and maintain internal communication norms to ensure that staff has the information they need and have clear ways of providing feedback on organizational decisions in coordination with processes developed by the Chief of People & Culture.
    • Draft communications and written documents for the Executive Director as needed.
    • Lead special projects, on behalf of the Executive Director, that require a high degree of coordination, both internally and externally, under tight timelines. 
    • Troubleshoot with the Deputy Executive Director and Managing Directors to ensure the team is working efficiently and in line with key priorities. 
    • Anticipate problems, elevate issues that require attention, and exhibit sensitivity to issues that require diplomacy. 
    • Attend critical meetings with the Executive Director or act on behalf of the Executive Director if she is unable to attend. 
    • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements & Qualifications

    • 12+ years of work or relevant experience with at least 6 years of organizational leadership.
    • Experience managing a fast-moving issue campaign effort. 
    • Past roles in organizational leadership; such as experience within a midsize (40-60 people) or larger organization or company is a plus. 
    • Impeccable project management and interpersonal skills. 
    • Proven track record of effectively managing a principal and interacting with senior management.
    • Ability to distill complex issues into structured frameworks and concrete action plans.
    • Experience working on organizational and strategic communications planning. 
    • Must be a self-starter who identifies areas for action and develops solutions. 
    • Must have the ability to operate in fast-paced, dynamic workplaces.
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other organizational leaders to foster success and buy-in for new policies. 
    • Demonstrated commitment to the organization’s values on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 
This full-time exempt position reports to Climate Power’s Executive Director.

Pay for this position is commensurate with experience and responsibilities. The salary range for this position starts at $160,000 We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision insurance, 401(k) plan, student loan repayment assistance, and generous paid time off.

Climate Power and Climate Power Education Fund are fiscally sponsored projects of Fund for a Better Future (FBF) and Resources Legacy Fund (RLF). RLF and FBF are an equal opportunity employers and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, or sexual orientation. 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 and FBF require that employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to visiting or working in an RLF or FBF office or conducting any travel or in-person meetings on behalf of our organizations. If you are hired for this position, we will require proof that you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.