Coordinate advocacy, field organizing and media communications for Environment Rhode Island, driving campaigns to restore Rhode Island's beautiful rivers, bring more clean energy to Rhode Island, curb global warming pollution and protect Rhode Island's open spaces.
Our federation combines the best of both worlds: state-based advocacy and national campaign efforts. Last year we celebrated a major victory for Rhode Island’s clean water when President Obama decided to restore clean water protections to more than half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans. Right now our campaigns include No Bees, No Food, 100% Renewable Energy, and defending our Clean Water for America victory.
We’re hiring a State Director to oversee our work in Rhode Island. The State Director is responsible for helping to determine which issues and campaigns to prioritize in the Ocean State, and developing our strategy, approach, and local message. The State Director will also meet with decision-makers and opinion leaders in Rhode Island, and represent our organization to allies, the media in the state, and when needed, demonstrate grassroots and online support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.
Program development: Develop our approach to environmental problems within a broader political context, creating specific programs and campaigns. Participate in and oversee policy development, research, and messaging.
Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the Governor’s staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision makers; build relationships with key players in Rhode Island, the region and at the federal level.
Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental campaigns; assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.
Media outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues and building and demonstrating support for our positions.
Coalition building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.
Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we're waging to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.
Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.
Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change as well as a track-record of leadership. We're looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.
Pay & Benefits
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment Rhode Island offers a competitive benefits package.
Direct your application to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director for The Public Interest Network.
Environment Rhode Island is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
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