Environment Georgia Deputy Director

Georgia - any city

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Environment Georgia is seeking a Deputy Director to play a key role in Environment Georgia’s work to stop air and water pollution and transition our state to 100% clean and renewable energy. 

Georgia has made progress in recent years: three of Georgia’s largest cities have committed to 100% clean energy transitions and Georgia ranks 7th in the country for installed solar capacity. But, in the face of climate change, there is so much more to do. As our Deputy Director you’ll work closely with our Executive Director, Jennette Gayer, to fight pollution and protect Georgia’s air, water and beautiful green spaces.

Environment Georgia is a policy and action group with thousands of supporters across the state. Our mission is to protect clean air, clean water and open space. Over the last 15 years we have: 

  • Successfully designated Georgia’s first Outstanding National Resource Water along the headwaters of the Conasauga River.
  • Helped convince the cities of Atlanta, Savannah and Athens to commit to 100% clean, renewable energy transitions.
  • Won voter approval for dedicating fees to clean-up hazardous waste sites around Georgia.
  • Stopped attacks on limiting single-use plastic in communities around the state. 

REPRESENTATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

Run campaigns to clean up Georgia’s air and water:

  • Program Development and Strategy: Help develop programs and campaigns around relevant policies, including researching the issue, creating viable policy solutions, and proposing the right political strategy. 
  • Advocacy: Represent Environment Georgia in meetings, hearings and other forums. Meet directly with decision makers in government, corporations and academia and make our case. Develop strong and collaborative relationships with state agencies, partner organizations, coalitions, legislators and legislative staff on both sides of the aisle, and other stakeholders to advance shared goals.
  • Communications: Work with your team to develop messaging and materials for decision makers, the public, and the media to help advance our campaigns, including opinion editorials, press releases, letters to the editor, action campaign emails, fact sheets, bill summaries and policy briefs, regulatory comments, analyses, and presentations.

Fundraise from charitable foundations and individual donors to support our program:

  • Meet with foundation staff and donors to pitch projects for funding.
  • Work with your team to write and submit grant proposals.
  • Meet with individual Environment Georgia supporters to deepen their giving and build our donor base. 

Build a team:

  • You will be part of a Georgia-based team of advocates and campaign staff to advance our policy goals. The Deputy Director may serve as mentors or supervisors to less experienced staff.
  • Participate in recruitment and make hiring recommendations for the state office team.

QUALIFICATIONS

You are:

  • Passionate about the environment, solving the climate crisis and using the power of grassroots organizing to win campaigns.
  • A campaign advocate, campaign staffer or grassroots organizer with at least 3 years of experience team building and/or coalition building,
  • An effective communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills. Experience with traditional media or digital communications is a plus,
  • Creative and effective at solving complex problems, a strategic thinker who can take advantage of new opportunities,
  • A people person and good listener with a track record of successful access-building,
  • Well-organized and able to work on multiple legislative and administrative proposals,
  • Able to oversee significant projects and have excellent judgment and discretion.

Additional helpful experience: 

  • Experience in a legislative office within Congress, a state legislature, or with an environmental or public health advocacy organization is a plus but not required. 
  • Fundraising experience, particularly in grant-seeking from charitable foundations.

LOCATION 

Georgia — any city. This is currently a remote position with a virtual office setup. Travel will be necessary to regular staff meetings, in-state events and the Georgia state legislature in Atlanta throughout the year. You should also expect to do some travel outside of Georgia to national events, trainings and conferences.

COMPENSATION

The starting annual compensation range is $36,000-$45,000 and depends on relevant experience and education. Candidates on the low end of directly relevant experience should expect to be on the lower end of this range; candidates on the higher end of relevant experience are likely to be on the higher end of this range. Environment Georgia offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package may include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, needs-based student loan assistance, 401(k) plan with employer match, commuter benefit program, paid time off, parental leave and long-term disability insurance. 

You’ll join a great team of dozens of organizers, advocates, lawyers, researchers, policy analysts, communicators and others with a record of winning hundreds of new laws and other policies that are making a real difference in people’s lives. 

Environment Georgia has an excellent training program. Our experienced trainers are experts in policy, campaign planning, fundraising and working with the media.

COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.

Environment Georgia is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit https://environmentamerica.org/core-values/ for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment Georgia is an equal opportunity employer.