Senior Associate, Surrogate Program

Washington, DC
Communications /
Full Time, Temporary /
About Climate Power

Climate Power is a strategic communications organization focused on winning the politics of climate. We’re educating Americans about our climate progress, highlighting how clean energy investments benefit local communities, and holding Big Oil accountable for polluting our air and water. We use data-backed messages to pave a path for bold action and shine a light on the price of ignoring the climate crisis would cost our health, economy, and future generations.

It’s our job to tell the story of how climate action and clean energy investment are rebuilding our economy, lowering energy costs, and protecting our planet for future generations. We call out disinformation from bad actors like the Big Oil lobby, and make the climate stakes real for voters.  

Learn more about our organization and work here: Climate Power: Who We Are!

About this Role

This is a temporary position to support Climate Power’s work through the election cycle. It is expected that this role will end November 30, 2024.

Climate Power is seeking a Surrogates Senior Associate to work closely with the Director to manage and drive the successful implementation of our surrogates program in 2024. Climate Power’s surrogates program aims to elevate individuals to drive a national political narrative around the importance of climate and clean energy investments, sell the benefits of climate action in key communities, and block efforts to dismantle climate progress.

Primary Responsibilities

    • Work with Climate Power’s Surrogates Director to successfully implement the surrogates program.
    • Coordinate specific surrogate appearances from start to finish with minimal manager oversight, including by building out earned media story concepts and event pitches, identifying the appropriate surrogate(s), overseeing logistics, and pitching to reporters and media outlets.
    • Draft and distribute compelling message guidance to surrogates, talkers, and other allies to use with media and online.
    • Work with a communications associate to develop briefing materials for surrogates before interviews and events.
    • Engage with colleagues across the organization to identify the surrogate(s) for key moments in the electoral calendar.
    • Work with the surrogates core to conceive creative, high-visibility media activations with surrogates and storytellers.
    • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as need and capacity dictate.

Essential Qualifications

    • 3 years of relevant prior work experience in communications and/or partnership experience, including experience working with principals, influencers, public officials, or celebrity surrogates.
    • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of people, communities, and partners.
    • Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, and manage competing priorities.
    • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of people, communities, and partners.
    • Effective communicator—both written and oral.

Desired Qualifications

    • Strong people skills and exceptional team player.
    • Ability to be a proactive self-starter, working independently to move work forward to successful completion.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Workplace. 
    • Experience in climate justice or other politics and advocacy work.

Location & Hours of Operations

    • Climate Power is a remote-first organization based in Washington, DC. This position can be located anywhere in the United States, but must be able to work Monday - Friday, 9 am - 6 pm EST, plus weekends and evenings as the work dictates.


    • Climate Power offers a competitive compensation package including an experience-based salary (please ensure that all relevant experience is included on your resume)  and comprehensive benefits, including the following:
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurances 100% paid for employee 50% for their dependents
    • Unlimited Paid Time off, including every other Friday and extended summer, fall, and winter breaks
    • 401(k) with 5% match
    • Education Assistance, including student loan repayment program
    • Sabbatical Leave
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Monthly Tech Allowance
    • Cell Phone Stipend
    • Work From Home Stipend, for home office furniture
    • Employee Wellness & Treat Yourself Funds

Our Hiring Timeline and Process

    • We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will continue to interview until the position is filled (posting will remain up until the position is filled).  
    • An ideal start date would be on or before May 14, 2024. This is a temporary position and is expected to run through November 30, 2024.
    • Our interview process generally involves 3 rounds of interviews, ranging from 30-60 minutes. All interviews will be conducted via Google Meets or Zoom. Successful candidates who move forward in the hiring process will be invited to complete a skills assessment activity (for which they will receive compensation) and will undergo a vetting process, including reference and background checks, to ensure cultural and political alignment.
    • Climate Power is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer 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. 
    • Additionally, Climate Power is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Climate Power will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview and hiring process. 
    • If reasonable accommodation is needed in the interview process, please Requests for updates in the hiring/interview process or other solicitations should not be sent to this email.
$70,000 - $83,371 a year
Climate Power's salary bands are experienced based. Experience on resume should be specific to the position for which you are applying and list, chronologically, month, year, and brief description of the work held.