Program Director (Global Warming)

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organization:Oregon Environmental Council
position summary:

The Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) is seeking the right candidate to lead our global warming program. The program director for global warming promotes public policies to slow global warming and engages individuals and businesses in protecting our climate. Specific near-term program objectives include working to ensure robust implementation of a low-carbon fuel standard through Oregon Environmental Quality Commission rulemaking and preparing comprehensive global warming policy proposals for consideration by the 2011 Oregon Legislature and beyond. The successful candidate will be adept at building relationships with and engaging businesses, local governments and other organizations in advocating for policies and practices that will ensure Oregon’s success in meeting the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and stimulating a new clean energy economy.

OEC safeguards what Oregonians love about Oregon – clean air and water, an unpolluted landscape and healthy food produced by local farmers. For more than 40 years we’ve been a champion for solutions to protect the health of every Oregonian and the health of the place we call home. We work to create innovative change on three levels: we help individuals live green; we help businesses, farmers and health providers thrive with sustainable practices; and we help elected officials create practical policy. OEC’s mission is to advance innovative, collaborative solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations, and our vision for Oregon includes solving global warming, protecting kids from toxics, cleaning up our rivers, building sustainable economies, and ensuring healthy food and local farms. See for more information.

This is a highly responsible position in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment. It requires focus, dedication, and an ability to juggle multiple projects and leverage tight budgets. OEC offers a collaborative, team-oriented, family-friendly workplace that treats employees as the responsible professionals they are. We were recently ranked among the top ten nonprofits to work for in Oregon (see Hours are flexible, benefits are generous, and laughter is frequent.

Description of Duties

Policy and Project Development

·Formulates ideas for new projects; develops project implementation plans ·Develops policy proposals ·Produces fact sheets, reports and other communication tools to support policy proposals and project objectives ·Investigates and analyzes issues germane to program; reviews relevant professional materials and communications on a continuing basis


·Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with key interest groups and individuals, including policy makers; builds broad support for program goals and project objectives ·Designs and implements public education and media campaigns; writes articles, alerts and opinion pieces ·Prepares and presents public comments and testimony; lobbies Oregon Legislature

Outreach and Education

·Designs and coordinates educational events and materials ·Develops and implements public education and “things you can do” campaigns related to specific projects ·Actively seeks earned media ·Serves as an ambassador for OEC, building OEC’s public presence ·Educates and engages OEC members through website communications, articles in e-bulletin and newsletter, personal interactions, and other communications


·Writes program-related grant proposals; meets with foundation officers and other potential funders; writes progress reports ·Assists development staff with fundraising appeals and events ·Actively seeks new sources of financial support

Salary / Pay Rate:Starting salary range is $38,000 to $43,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks of paid vacation annually, fully paid health insurance, and employer contributions to a retirement fund equal to 6% of salary after twelve months.
Required Skills and Abilities:·Minimum five years of professional experience in public policy development and advocacy, public affairs, or other related field · Proven ability to bring stakeholders together and work strategically to secure policy changes and other program objectives · A gift for writing and speaking in a clear and compelling fashion · Strong organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects without losing sight of the “big picture” · Self-motivation and initiative · An eagerness to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment · A passion for OEC’s mission · Bachelor’s degree; relevant advanced degree preferred
Qualifications:Desired: · Prior experience with global warming, energy and/or transportation policy · Existing relationships with Oregon businesses, local governments, state agencies, conservation groups, and other interest groups · Experience working in a non-profit setting with a mission-driven staff and board · Experience in marketing or communications · A sense of humor
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer