Environment Virginia Director

Win concrete environmental protections for the places Virginians love and stand up for the core environmental values Virginians share, all while actively growing Environment Virginia’s support base. As the State Director, you will identify strategic opportunities to build relationships with decision-makers; work with a wide array of coalition partners; raise money from small and large donors, and increase our visibility and reputation in the media and online.

Environment Virginia seeks an experienced organization-builder to coordinate advocacy, field organizing, fundraising, and media communications for our group. Environment Virginia is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We stand up to polluting industries, fight for a green future, and do what it takes to win. There is so much worth protecting in Virginia – from Shenandoah National Park and the Chesapeake Bay to all the rivers and streams in between.

The Director will drive our work to protect Virginia’s communities from the worst impacts of global warming and spur on a transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. The Director will keep his/her finger on the pulse of state and local decision-making to push for more protections and stop any and all attacks on our state’s environment.

The Director will play a critical role in developing and executing strategies on the ground to build long-term political power for our organization in the state. S/he will work with our national program staff and organizing staff on the ground to maximize the impact of our work.

Environment Virginia is a project of Environment America, a national federation of environmental groups with offices in 29 states and Washington, D.C.


Advocacy: Build relationships with key players in Virginia. Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers: state legislators, the Governor’s staff, state regulators, local officials and federal representatives. Work to block threats to our environment in the legislature.

Campaign coordination: Develop and execute plans to win on our environmental campaigns. Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing and media outreach.

Coalition building: Cultivate relationships with diverse and powerful allies and expand the constituencies supporting our efforts. This will include building a coalition of key allies and getting them actively involved in our campaigns including attending events and participating in press conferences.

Media outreach: Serve as a public spokesperson through media events, press releases, op-eds and other visibility tactics with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues and demonstrating support for our positions.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we're running to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Strategic planning: Work with staff in the state and nationally to identify the best opportunities to efficiently build our name recognition and access with power players and the general public in the state. Create and execute long-term plans to build the organization.

Recruitment: Recruit new staff, interns and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.


Ideal candidates will have a minimum of five years of professional experience in state-level political advocacy, organization building, grassroots organizing and/or campaign politics, along with a demonstrated commitment to protecting Virginia’s environment. Related advanced degrees, such as a J.D. or master’s degree, may count towards experience.

Pay & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment Virginia offers a competitive benefits package.


Richmond, VA

To Apply

Direct your application to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director for The Public Interest Network.

Things To Know When You Apply

Environment America and Environment Virginia are part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment Virginia 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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