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About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3), and 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 30 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

The climate crisis is the issue of our time – without addressing it head-on, nothing else will matter. People’s Action is addressing this from the ground up, rooted in the experiences of people and communities on the frontline of the crisis. This position offers the opportunity to organize with a powerful group of organizations across the country that are on the cutting edge of building bases, developing leaders, and then crafting, winning, and implementing solutions to the climate crisis – solutions that are rooted in communities and benefit people and the planet over profit. 

Overview of the Position

People’s Action/ Institute is seeking a motivated leader who can drive forward our People and Planet First work at the local, state, and national levels. This work will build upon our work fighting at the state and federal levels for a Green New Deal and Green New Deal-esque policies. The position will focus on supporting state-level campaigns and interventions (like deep canvassing), engaging with our national partners, and ultimately developing our next national intervention. Our campaign work is grounded in the fundamentals of organizing. As we embark on an Organizing Revival, we are prioritizing base building, leadership development, and organizing over advocacy & mobilization.

What you will do:

Support the creation of razor-sharp local & state campaigns. 

  • Use your deep campaign, power analysis, and issue-cutting skills to help affiliate member group staff create and execute razor-sharp campaign strategies at the state level around 100% Just & Clean Energy for All, Green Jobs, and more.
  • Build clarity in the organization and across the network about who our targets are, who our partners are, and how we’re going to win. 
  • Create flashpoint moments for public and direct action at the state and national levels to elevate our issues, perspectives, and agenda in the broader arena. 

Drive our national engagement on climate. 

  • Engage in, build and develop strong coalitions and partnerships and explore national interventions that make sense for People’s Action member groups.
  • Own the project of advancing People’s Action’s contribution to climate & environmental fights nationally, including the Green New Deal Network
  • Ensure there is massive public engagement shaping and driving how historic federal investments in green jobs and green infrastructure actually get spent in our states and communities that are often left out of the conversation. 

Organize money to advance our power on the issue. 

  • Work with the Development Team to raise resources (funds) to expand the work of the member groups on environmental and climate justice and to ensure that our national organization has the resources to support that work adequately. 
  • Ensure that strong relationships are developed and maintained with funders and donors and that they are strategic partners in the work.
  • Financial management for the campaign budget alongside the fundraising & finance teams.

Coordinate the work internally to advance alignment throughout our organization. 

  • Work with other organizational department directors and teams to ensure smooth and seamless implementation of the campaign work and the maximization of our capacities towards winning.
  • Supervise Lead Organizer on the Climate Justice/People & Planet First Campaign team. 
  • Attend and support organizational conferences, events, and meetings as needed and requested.

Other job duties as assigned.

The ideal Climate Justice Campaign Director 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.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience working with the community, labor, and/ or electoral organizations, with at least 5 years in a leadership role on a campaign.
  • Strong track record of building a deep base in a local/ state organization. 
  • Similar level of experience in coalition building and facilitating diverse groups, with a strong track record of building and managing teams/ collaborations.
  • Experience running statewide or national level campaigns with multiple partners.
  • Understanding, experience, and familiarity with state and national political landscapes and legislative processes.
  • Experience balancing long-term power building with rapid response action needs.
  • Experience writing and managing grants and other donor relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Effective at multitasking with a wide range of skills. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 1-2 times (nationally) per month to visit with member organizations and/ or attend cohort and organizational and coalition meetings. Flexibility for more travel as necessary will be discussed as needed.


  • Experience organizing around climate/ energy/ environment issues.
  • Fundraising and budget management experience.
  • National level campaign experience. 
  • One (1) or two (2) years of people management.

Compensation and Benefits:

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

Union Position (Yes/No): No

Salary Range: Level F – Salary starts at $95,000 commensurate with experience

Location: Can be based in our Chicago, IL  or Washington, D.C. office but remote locations may be considered anywhere within the United States except Hawaii and Alaska. 

Reports to: Campaigns Director

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical, on first day of employment, Dependent Care Flex Spending Account after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 11 paid holidays (3 of which are floating) plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment. 

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.

Vaccination Transparency

Due to travel requirements and in-person interactions during employment, candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (Two Doses of either Moderna or Pfizer Vaccines or One Dose of J&J as well as all appropriate booster doses) against COVID-19 before commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.

Close date: 8/21/22

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