Climate Justice Senior Strategist

Climate Justice Senior Strategist

Peoples Action Institute Website

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and its sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that reflects people over profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.


With offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, and more. Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations across 29 states, improve lives by running local- and state-level issue and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and collectively coming together to change national policy and politics.


People’s Action/ Institute has a track record of leadership in coordinating field mobilization and advocacy in advancing an array of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state, and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers, and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


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The Opportunity

We are looking for a seasoned campaigner and organizer with a strong track record and belief in the necessity of both local and national campaigns – and the interplay between them – to win climate justice at the scale and speed that the crisis requires.


Overview of the Position

The Climate Justice Senior Strategist will work at the behest of our grassroots affiliates to drive razor-sharp local and state campaigns that leverage the Inflation Reduction Act to win climate, jobs, and justice while helping to develop and implement a national campaign that takes on the corporations at the root of the crisis. You will ensure that all campaign work advances a base and power-building strategy, as that is at the center of everything that we do.


As Climate Justice Senior Strategist, your typical day will include (but isn’t limited to):

Support to Develop and Implement National Campaign

After playing a key role in winning the latest federal climate legislation (through partnering with the Green New Deal Network, which we helped build out), you will help develop, launch, and implement this new national intervention.


Craft State and Local Campaign Strategies & Coordinate Actions and Events

Working with grassroots leaders and member staff to develop and advance state and local campaigns that build our base and strengthen our organizations.
Regularly coordinating and supporting direct actions (taking the campaign to people in power and pushing them to respond to demands).
Organizing cohort members and movement partners to act with us.
Invest in Organizers and Network Leadership

Assisting organizers with setting strategy and goals, being ready to review meeting agendas and plans, and giving honest feedback.
Training organizers on how to develop their leaders into powerful roles.
Using agitation and compassion to bring out the best in people.
Tell the Story of the Work

Contributing to tracking outcomes and metrics related to this program
Regularly updating the rest of the People’s Action network and Climate Justice team about the progress and challenges
Building a plan for storytelling to the allies and general public.
Other duties as assigned.


The ideal Climate Justice Senior Strategist should have the following experience and qualifications:

Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
Ability to work with diverse people and organizations
At least five years of experience in community, labor, and/or electoral organizing, including a leadership role running issue-based campaigns and responsibility for building a base and leaders through 1-1s and committees.
Understanding of and commitment to social change through building the capacity and power of low-income people and people of color to change their communities and to participate directly in changing public policies.
Ability to support relationship building with relevant policy partners (government, policy shops, technical assistance providers, academic institutions, etc.).
Results-oriented, effective at solving complex problems, with strong time management skills.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including a proven ability to write and execute a strategic campaign plan.
Ability and willingness to travel regularly.


Preferred but not required:

Experience with corporate campaigns.
Experience with climate and environmental justice organizing.


Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, benefits-eligible

Union Position (Yes/No): Yes

Salary Range: Level E – $87,870 – $121,200, salary commensurate with experience

Location: If you live in Chicago, IL or Washington D.C., you may be required to go into the office in your respective city, but other remote locations may be considered within the continental United States.

Reports to: Climate Justice Campaign Director

Supervises: N/A

Travel Requirements (Yes/No): Yes, 8 – 12 times per year (Roughly one time every 4-6 weeks) to affiliates (our affiliates are located throughout the continental U.S., concentrated in Midwest and Northeast)

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical, on the first day of employment, and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 4 floating holidays (Presidents Day, May Day, Indigenous People’s Day, Veterans Day, 10 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment.


Our Commitment to Equitable Compensation:

We believe in fair compensation for your work – no matter where you live. Our salary scale is comparable to salaries you would find in Chicago, IL, where our headquarters is based. It is based on your months/years of work experience.  While we do not determine education as a factor in whether we hire someone to work for People’s Action Institute, we do factor in any relevant higher education experience that you have. To further counter pay inequities and inequality on the team, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice and provide opportunities for advancement for full-time employees based on performance evaluation. Your starting pay reflects where you sit within our salary scale and is based on the information that you provide us on your resume. PAI continues to monitor wages through triennial compensation analysis to ensure that we continue to offer our prospective and current employees fair wages.


Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

People’s Action/Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; womxn, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Close date: August 20, 2023

No phone calls, please.

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