Website Sunrise Movement

Sunrise Movement is dedicated to stopping climate change and creating millions of good jobs in the process, by building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.  In November 2018, following our 6-month 75-person electoral organizing fellowship, Sunrise Semester, we launched the campaign for a Green New Deal alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In 2019 and 2020, Sunrise has continued fighting for a Green New Deal and elevating the urgency of climate change in the public and the media. We also launched our Green New Deal champions by endorsing candidates across the nation fighting for livable future. We are shaping the narrative around climate change while also standing in solidarity with other movements.

Sunrise Movement Education Fund (501c3) and Sunrise (501c4) are organizations dedicated to supporting the mobilization and leadership of Sunrise Movement.

Position/ Role Description

The Political Director works with the Campaign Team, Political and Electoral staff, and the membership of Sunrise Movement to set the overall direction of our national political and partnerships strategy. This person will hold relationships with key partners, politicians, and political campaigns and work to ensure that Sunrise’s political strategy is powerful and helps us build support for the Green New Deal in the public, press and political class. 


  • Set direction for Sunrise’s national political work.
    • Build and leverage our federal political power to influence and win progressive legislation. This includes using our local campaigns to influence national politics.
    • Track progress and facilitate changes to our national political strategy when necessary.
    • Represent our political work on internal teams at Sunrise, including the Campaigns Team. 
    • Work with staff to develop a strong political strategy across different campaigns, including how to relate to elected officials, candidates, staff, press and other relevant players. 
    • Work with the trainings team to develop a curriculum for political trainings for staff and volunteer leaders.
    • Work with our communications and campaigns team on rapid response to key political moments.
  • Lead Sunrise’s political team, including supervising the Policy Manager and Electoral Director.
    • Manage our Electoral Director and Policy Manager. Support them to build unique and effective campaign plans for elections and local organizing.
    • Coordinate across teams within Sunrise to set strategy and make our work as powerful as possible. 
    • Manage and coordinate projects across the team and across the movement 
      • Types of projects this position would manage: Building out a Green New Deal caucus in Congress, press events with GND Champions
    • Work with our operations team to ensure activities are compliant with electoral and non-profit law.
    • Lead budgeting process for your team.
  • Hold relationships with key partners, politicians, and political campaigns.
    • Build and maintain relationships with elected officials, campaign and office staff, and key partners. 
    • Support the Executive Director, Campaign Director, Electoral Director, Communications Director, Digital Director, and other senior level positions to build and maintain strong relationships with partner organizations, political offices and campaigns that engage in the various parts of our work. 
    • Track partnerships and help devise partnership strategy with team members who are involved in that area of work (i.e electoral partners, legislative partners, etc). 
    • Represent Sunrise in coalitions as needed.
    • Serve as a spokesperson to the movement, the public, and the press as needed.


  • 5+ years experience on issue-based campaigns, with a strong understanding of the government and legislative work 
  • Commitment to the fight for climate, economic, and racial justice 
  • Familiarity with the Green New Deal as a policy framework and governing agenda
  • Experience setting strategic direction and guiding teams
  • Experience across both issue and electoral campaigning
  • Project management experience
  • Personnel management experience
  • Flexible, embraces experimentation and is able to give and receive constructive criticism
  • At least one cycle of Congressional, Presidential, or competitive state/local electoral experience with a campaign or with an electoral campaigning organization and/or experience working in movement organizations
  • Operations and compliance knowledge as it relates to elections and lobbying
  • Experience working across multiple fields (communications, organizing, mobilization, coalitions, direct advocacy) to creatively and collaboratively achieve political outcomes 
  • Experience with partnerships and coalition work
  • Ability to be a spokesperson for Sunrise and represent Sunrise with elected officials and with partner organizations
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


    • Relationships with elected officials and organizations in the progressive movement
    • Experience working in a youth movement and/or youth organization
    • Experience in a Sunrise Movement hub or as a Sunrise national volunteer
    • Strong background in climate, energy, economic, and other policy fields
    • Budgeting and administrative experience

Compensation: Starting yearly salary $75k -100k depending on experience. In addition, Sunrise provides a special city allowance if hire resides in a metro/micro area.

Benefits: Sunrise offers a benefits package with 100% paid premiums for health care, dental, and vision. We offer unlimited paid vacation days with minimum 15 days per year, parental leave, caregiver leave, unlimited sick time, and additional paid and unpaid time off. We also offer an annual professional development fund and tech office budget. Option to contribute to 401k.

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