The Head of Civic Engagement and Field Organizing will work to advance the mission of Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to educating and activating millions of young people to end the era of fossil fuels, accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, and ultimately avoid the worst impacts of the climate emergency.
This is a full-time, remote position based anywhere in the United States. The Head of Civic Engagement and Field Organizing will work from a home office and will participate in regular in-person events, field-based work, and internal and external meetings. The Head of Civic Engagement and Field Organizing will also meet regularly by video chat with ACE team members, partners, vendors, young people and funders. Candidates must be available for regular travel within the United States.
ACE programs reach tens of millions of young people each year, and work together to educate every young person about the climate emergency, train the next generation of climate and democracy leaders, amplify youth voices to shift the public narrative, and increase diverse youth participation in our democracy.
Our staff and board members are dynamic, diverse and talented, and our team is currently growing to meet this critical moment of opportunity.
The Head of Civic Engagement and Field Organizing is responsible for directing and overseeing the organization’s state-based civic engagement field activities and issue organizing activities within the context of ACE’s 2024 Strategic Plan.
This position is a key senior leadership position on the executive team, overseeing the Senior National Field Director, the National Organizing Director, the Legislative Director, and a Digital Campaign Manager, as well as their respective in-state teams in the field. The Head of Civic Engagement and Field Organizing will lead and support the day-to-day implementation of related field-based civic engagement and issue organizing programs in partnership with the Senior Head of Programs, the direct supervisor for this role.
Lead strategy development and execution for all field-based civic engagement work and field-based issue organizing work at the organization.
Oversee all aspects of field-based voter registration collection in ACE’s key states, including calculating goals and metrics, and tracking progress to goals.
Oversee all aspects of field-based issue organizing work, including local, state and federal advocacy to end the era of fossil fuels, accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, and ultimately avoid the worst impacts of the climate emergency.
Analyze, interpret, and develop solutions for complex policy issues, and work to influence public policy related to climate and the clean energy transition through our field-based issue organizing work.
Manages multiple staff including director-level staff, their indirect reports, and upwards of 300 seasonal canvassing staff.
Works closely across departments within ACE to ensure close collaboration and clear and consistent communication across the organization.
Develop and maintain effective and productive relationships with vendors, consultants, business partners, governmental agencies, and other organizations.
Assist with organizational involvement in movement moments and events.
Assist with related special projects as required.
Minimum of 10+ years of work experience in the areas of field-based climate campaigning and civic engagement. Field-based organizing on climate or clean energy, and leading large-scale voter registration canvassing operations, are both must-have work experiences.
Experience analyzing, interpreting and advocating for climate and clean energy policies
Field-based experience leading canvassing operations for voter registration, GOTV or other civic engagement outcomes
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
Ability to manage priorities and workflow
Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
Demonstrated ability to plan and organize projects with autonomy and limited information
Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees
Proven leadership and business acumen skills
Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
Strong interpersonal skills
Creative, flexible, and innovative team player
Demonstrated ability to make successful presentations to individuals and/or groups at all levels of an organization
Ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds
Multilingual in Spanish or other languages
Annual salary range: $150,000-$170,000, commensurate with experience
Generous benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403b retirement savings plan, Vacation, Sabbatical, Paid Parental Leave, 2 Floating Holidays, 2 Community Service Floating Holidays, sick time, two weeks of full-staff time off (July 4 week and Christmas-New Years week) and 13 observed holidays
ACE is an equal-opportunity employer that highly values staff diversity
Deeply integrated throughout this work is an underlying commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
This description reflects ACE’s assignment of essential functions, it does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. ACE retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position at any time. Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship.