Climate Campaign Director, Netherlands

Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, is accepting applications for a Netherlands-based Climate Campaign Director for our initiative to protect the Amazon rainforest and other climate-critical ecosystems. A group of the world’s leading scientists recently summarized the latest climate science and found: “The world’s forests contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas, and coal deposits, hence avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.” Destructive agricultural practices driven by irresponsible agricultural companies pour carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases into the air, making the problem even worse. As the Climate Campaign Director, you will focus on achieving gigaton-scale climate action by transforming the agricultural industry to end deforestation and make climate-friendly agriculture the norm.  

Despite the importance of forest conservation for the world’s climate, and the availability of sustainable solutions like channeling development onto the world’s 1.6 billion acres of previously deforested lands, big agribusinesses like Cargill and JBS have continued to drive deforestation and pollution on a mass scale. However, Mighty Earth has had great success in campaigns to protect forests threatened by the palm oil, rubber, and cocoa industries, and are now working to apply that model to the meat industry, the single largest driver of deforestation and climate pollution.

We’re looking for a talented individual to run campaigns that protect forests by leveraging the influence of Netherlands-based corporations, financial institutions, government officials, media, and the public. The primary focus of the position will be our campaign to protect the Amazon rainforest and other ecosystems in Latin America and support the rights of Indigenous communities who depend on them. The Climate Campaign Director, Netherlands will spend part of their time on other Mighty Earth campaigns areas where needed. If you are passionate about climate change, want to transform global agriculture to create a more sustainable food system, and work at a highly effective organization, please apply. 

Who we are: 

Mighty Earth is a global campaign organization that works to protect tropical forests, oceans, and the climate with staff based around the world. We have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to adopt policies to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuse from their supply chains, and driving the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. Our Chairman, former U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, is responsible for some of the most important climate and environmental legislation of the last 50 years in the U.S., notably the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Background on the position: 

The Netherlands has huge potential when it comes to curbing deforestation and driving action to transform global agriculture and create a more sustainable food system. Dutch companies such as Ahold Delhaize are leading customers for the world’s biggest forest destroyers, and have the influence to drive global change. Dutch banks and pensions funds are leading players in financing deforestation and other unsustainable agricultural ventures, but have also shown the capacity in the past to influence companies to stop deforestation and pollution.  

As the Climate Campaign Director, Netherlands, you will build and lead our campaigning in the Netherlands. Your work will build campaigns that persuade corporations, financial institutions, and government officials to implement strong environmental and human rights policies.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Playing a critical role in an international campaign to transform the meat industry to end deforestation, adopt regenerative agricultural practices, and shift to plant-based protein. 
  • Developing and implementing effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals, integrating communications, online, field and grassroots into a highly strategic campaign.
  • Engaging with senior executives and government officials.
  • Building relationships with civil society and other key constituencies in the Netherlands.
  • Recruiting volunteers and developing leadership to help build the campaign across the Netherlands.
  • Organizing campaign actions and press events. 
  • Generating media attention through report releases, events, press conferences in key media markets, through a strategic media plan and building relationships with journalists. 
  • Working on additional Mighty Earth campaigns as needed.

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience, with a background in issue advocacy campaigning or grassroots organizing.
  • You are passionate about protecting the environment and advancing a more just society. 
  • You have experience developing and implementing campaign strategy and detailed plans, communicating with corporate executives and/or elected officials, and figuring out how to move decision makers. 
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in politics, economics, and other external events regularly create opportunities and challenges on a regular basis
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You are a good writer and can take complex information to distill into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You have an international orientation. You have experience with and are committed to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, and religious communities. 
  • English and Dutch fluency are required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, including Chinese,Portuguese, Spanish, German, or other European languages, a plus, but not essential. 
  • Expertise in deforestation and agricultural issues is a plus, but not required.

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with a background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Details: This is a full-time position and candidates can be based anywhere in the Netherlands. The position involves some international travel. You will report to our European Director, and will work with other team members around the world.

Application Deadline: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please click on the apply button below and include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job. The position will remain posted until it is filled.

Compensation: This is a full-time role. The annual pay range is 68K to 86K EUR, with exact pay depending on experience. 

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Sara at [email protected].

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.