Communications Campaigner, Global Policy and Public Finance - Virtual/Remote
Oil Change International Burlington, VT
- Posted: over a month ago
Shortly after the Paris Agreement was signed, OCI released groundbreaking analysis showing that, even if global coal use is phased out overnight, the oil and gas in already-operating fields around the world would push us well above 1.5°C of warming. The implications for climate leaders are clear: Meeting the Paris goals will require stopping the expansion of the oil and gas industry and planning for a just and equitable phase-out of fossil fuel production. An increasing number of countries and public financial institutions are beginning to act towards these aims. In the lead up to COP26, Denmark and Costa Rica are establishing a diplomatic alliance of countries that have ended licensing for oil and gas production, and the UK government is working towards the release of a joint statement together with other governments and public finance institutions on ending public finance for fossil fuels. But we need to grow the list of first movers so that policies to phase out fossil fuel extraction are recognized internationally as core to climate leadership and major oil and gas producers feel increased pressure to follow suit.
In this position, you will be OCI’s primary point person for developing and implementing communications strategies, tools, and tactics to help increase the list of jurisdictions and public finance institutions committing to keep fossil fuels in the ground. You will work closely with four other OCI campaign staff in our Global Policy and Public Finance teams and members of OCI’s core (non-program) communications team, as well as with partners in target regions and countries and in global civil society networks.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a versatile set of communications skills, a track record developing communications strategies for advocacy campaigns, experience pitching international media, and experience collaborating with civil society organizations across a broad range of geographies. You should enjoy working with journalists and external partners, be committed to anti-racism, and be comfortable taking cues from local activists on the ground.
For this position, we are giving preference to candidates based outside of the US and in time zones with significant overlap with Central European Time working hours (this does not mean candidates have to be based in Europe).
Title: Communications Campaigner, Global Policy and Public Finance
Reports to: Global Policy Campaign Manager
Application deadline: position will be open until filled.
Oil Change International offers a generous salary and benefits package, including paid health and wellness benefits. We believe everyone needs to restore and recharge, which is why we’ve adopted policies of flexible working arrangements and every other Friday off. We also offer at least three weeks paid vacation, at least 10 paid sick days, 11 flexible holidays, and 6 all-staff holidays. We provide cell phone and internet reimbursements, and support in setting up your home office, or a local co-working space. We also encourage and offer funds for professional development, and a paid sabbatical after 7 years of service. As supporters of paid family leave, we also provide regular full-time employees a minimum 12 weeks (480 hours) of paid, new parent leave for the care of a newborn, adoption of a child, or foster care placement.
Oil Change International is a nonprofitorganization that campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels andfacilitate the ongoing transition towards clean energy. We wage hard-hittingcampaigns, grounded in solid and credible research, to confront the fossil fuelindustry and its responsibility for the climate crisis and to push for policychange towards a socially just and environmentally sustainable future. We worktogether with a broad network of allies, in the United States and globally, toovercome the political barriers to a clean energy transition and advance arapid and just transition off of fossil fuels.
Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now hasa creative, passionate, and dedicated staff of 20 across seven countries and asupporter base of hundreds of thousands. Known both for our credible,insightful research on the fossil fuel industry and our hard-hitting campaigns,Oil Change is a talented group that continues to punch above its weight.
Strategy development - 25%
- Work closely with OCI’s Global Policy and Public Finance Campaign Managers to scope, design, and implement communications and media strategies to support campaigns aimed at securing new oil and gas licensing bans and ending public finance for fossil fuels in targeted jurisdictions and institutions. You will be joining the team as we develop our strategy for securing the next wave of first mover policy commitments.
- Plan and execute communications strategies to advance our messaging and campaign goals around key international political moments and report launches.
- Coordinate with OCI’s Communications Director and core communications team to align on goals, approach, and priorities for Global Policy and Public Finance campaign communications and help improve OCI’s shared communication platforms.
Media outreach - 20%
- Develop and maintain international and region-specific press lists relevant to campaign targets.
- Build relationships with and pitch stories to reporters around first mover policy campaigns and initiatives
- Monitor media coverage and public narratives related to oil and gas licensing and finance in international news outlets and campaign-specific geographies.
Content creation & dissemination - 25%
- Help draft and edit a variety of materials to reach target audiences, translating technical or complicated materials into understandable, attention-grabbing, and energizing content. This could include press releases, factsheets, messaging guides, emails to our supporter list, blog posts, website text, social media toolkits, and Twitter threads – as well as creative and innovative content ideas you bring to the team.
- Use OCI’s communications platforms, and where relevant help build new ones, to set up and send campaign-related press releases, supporter emails, and social media posts.
Partner engagement - 20%
- Collaborate internationally with allies and partners within the Global Gas and Oil Network (GGON) and other civil society networks on efforts to drive visibility to supply-side climate policy announcements and fights, including representing OCI in communications-focused working groups and meetings.
- Coordinate with and lend communications support and capacity to regional and local partners engaged in campaigns to win fossil fuel licensing bans and finance phase-outs in their respective jurisdictions.
Administrative - 10%
- Update and maintain quarterly and annual individual work plans.
- Participate in staff and department meetings.
- Help maintain our shared calendar of upcoming projects and deadlines.
- Submit timesheets and expense reports by established deadlines.
4-7 years of experience with advocacy efforts related to social justice, progressive causes, and/or energy and climate policies.
Track record of developing and implementing communications strategies, including traditional media outreach
Experience working with civil society organizations in a broad range of geographies, including in the Global South
Ability to translate technical or complicated materials into motivating and energizing content for engaging the media, advocacy targets, civil society partners, and/or supporters
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
Existing relationships with journalists covering climate and energy issues.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.