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Director of Climate Justice - Ohio Environmental Council

Green Umbrella

Green Umbrella

Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Organization: Ohio Environmental Council

About the position:

Ohio’s environmental movement is evolving, focusing more on equitable access to energy, clean power generation, and workforce development for communities of color and low income populations who have typically been left out of the energy economy. Therefore, the Ohio Environmental Council seeks candidates for its Director of Climate Justice. The Director of Climate Justice will guide strategy on energy and climate justice at the local, state, and national level. The position will explore all available opportunities to achieve the organization’s strategic objectives, focusing on how best we can reduce emissions equitably at the regional and local levels.

Job Responsibilities & Performance Expectations

The Director of Climate Justice will work to advance the organization’s mission to secure healthy air, land, water, and a strong democracy for all who call Ohio home. This position is an opportunity to keenly develop skills as an energy policy advocate for the betterment of the Buckeye State and to gain an understanding of the entire energy team program from grants management to grassroots organizing and policy development. You will work closely with OEC Leadership, OEC staff, and our Board of Directors around our racial justice and equity goals, participate in the OEC energy team’s administrative, fundraising, communications, and organizing work to gain a holistic understanding of one of OEC’s policy areas and what it takes to achieve the Energy Team’s strategic plan goals.

The Director’s daily responsibilities will also include:

Working with the Managing Director of Energy Policy to coordinate and develop scientifically sound and pragmatic policies that mitigate the causes of climate change across Ohio.

Working with the OEC’s regional directors and advocacy experts to develop local solutions to climate change at the municipal level.

Coordinating grants reporting and tracking for the energy program with the Director of Grants Management.

Tracking daily finance needs and strategic plan metrics of the energy program.

Serving as lead on equity for all energy coalitions and research projects to ensure the coordination between various external and internal efforts to build a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive movement.

Exploring and executing innovative and creative projects that elevate climate change as an important issue in the minds of Ohioans.

Coordinating the execution of strategic partnerships, including campaign, communication, and relationship development strategies.

Supporting and sometimes leading energy team events.

Contributing to OEC’s efforts to integrate racial justice and equity into the energy team’s work to ensure a more inclusive environmental movement in Ohio.

Leading and coordinating cross department work on Methane Advocacy.

Performing other related duties as required and assigned.


Required Work Experience: Experience working across coalitions identifying collaborations and coordinating issue campaigns. Understanding of energy policy and racial justice, and the intersection between the two. Experience in policy review and research.

Additional Skills: Well-organized; thorough & detail-oriented; demonstrate the ability to answer research questions efficiently and with precision; understand how to work independently and in a team; and manage multiple projects at once while delivering quality results. Possess the initiative and skills required to become a policy expert and representative of the organization.

Required Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.

Preferred qualifications: You have an interest in environmental issues and social justice. Nonprofit advocacy experience is a plus. Experience in a fast-paced campaign environment is a plus.

Compensation and benefits

Pay for this full-time position is $50,000 – $56,000 annually and is within the bargaining unit represented by the OEC Workers United. We have an excellent benefits package which includes employer-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance; flexible and dependent care spending account; generous paid time off; paid parental leave; and employer-matched retirement fund.

Additional details

Candidates based out of Columbus are preferred, but all Ohio-based applicants will be considered. You will report to the Managing Director of Energy Policy and work closely with our Chief of Staff, Clean Energy Attorney, and our Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) committee. The Director must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and be willing to occasionally travel throughout Ohio.

More about the OEC and our team

At the Ohio Environmental Council, we work for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. We hold polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction. For over 50 years, we have led many of the major environmental policy wins in Ohio. Please visit the OEC’s website to learn more about our vision, values, and work.

Our team is made up of 26 staff, 19 board members, and a number of interns and volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds, including state government, social justice and environmental organizations, law firms, and from all corners of the state. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people from all backgrounds, including women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and all religious backgrounds.

The Ohio Environmental Council is committed to working toward a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environmental movement, and seeks to hire staff and contractors that reflect the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. The OEC is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until the role is filled. Anyone that would like to apply should send a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the position, your resume, and references to careers@theOEC.org with “Director of Climate Justice” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.

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