Director, Auto Decarbonization Campaign

Auto Decarbonization Campaign Director

Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, is accepting applications for a US-based Auto Decarbonization Director. The Campaign Director will work with the Senior Director of the Decarbonization Campaign to establish systems and strategies to engage U.S.-based auto companies and develop Mighty Earth’s college organizing campaign. The Campaign Director will be responsible for managing, implementing, and executing the field program objectives across the U.S. Some travel is required.

Our campaign aims to decarbonize and end human rights abuses in the auto supply chain. The automotive industry is critical to achieving net-zero global emissions by 2050. As auto producers move to electric vehicles, by 2040 materials used for production will account for 60 percent of life-cycle emissions. This means in addition to going electric the auto industry must shift material supply chains to include green aluminum and steel, deforestation-free and sustainable leather, rubber, and other materials to be truly carbon neutral.

If you are passionate about Nature and climate change and want to transform the automotive industry to create a decarbonized global supply chain free of human rights abuses, please apply.

Who we are: Mighty Earth Never Impossible

Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish. We aspire to be the most effective environmental organization in the world.

Through our proven “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation land-grabbing, and human rights abuse, and driven the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. We work to support Indigenous communities, communities of color, and low-income communities through these efforts.

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources;

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay).

How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360)

The zero-carbon car: Abating material emissions is next on the agenda (McKinsey)

Background on the position: 

The automotive industry is responsible for 9% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually and is a major consumer of materials that contribute the most to global emissions. High-carbon materials in vehicles like steel and aluminum account for 8% and 2% of global annual emissions respectively. The auto sector consumes 12% of global steel and 18% of global aluminum annually. As a major emitter of GHGs and consumer of high-carbon materials, decarbonizing the automotive industry supply chain is critical to the transition to a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future.

As the national Automotive Decarbonization Campaign Director, you will build and lead our auto campaign organizing and coordination. Your work will build campaigns that persuade corporations, financial institutions, and government officials to implement strong environmental and human rights policies.  

Responsibilities:

  • Play a critical role in Mighty Earth’s campaign to transform the auto industry to decarbonize and end human rights abuses in their material supply chains with a focus on steel and aluminum. 
  • Oversee organizing efforts, including the college organizing program and managing the Auto Campaign Organizing Director and Michigan Organizing Director.
  • Conduct industry research and develop campaign materials, work plans and accountability systems for the implementation of organizing plans.
  • Develop and implement effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals, integrating communications, online communication, and field and grassroots activities into a highly strategic campaign.
  • Engage with senior executives and government officials.
  • Build relationships with civil society organizations and other key constituencies in Michigan and other areas in the US.
  • Recruit volunteers and develop leaders to build the campaign across the US.
  • Organize campaign actions and press events. 
  • Generate media attention through report releases, events, press conferences in key media markets, through a strategic media plan and building relationships with journalists. 
  • Work on additional Mighty Earth campaigns as needed.

 

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have a minimum of 7 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 strong 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, sexual, and religious communities. 

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in the automotive, heavy industry decarbonization or environmental issues is a plus, but not required.

Details: This is a full-time position and candidates can be based in the US, preferably the DC region. The position involves some domestic travel. You will report to our Senior Director for the Decarbonization Campaign and will work with other team members around the world.

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.

Approach and Culture: Consistent with our obsession with impact, Mighty Earth is results-focused, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and nimble – and we seek candidates who are excited to work in that culture. While remaining true to our public interest mission and commitment to movement-building, we’ve sought to apply the best of business to our organization. A resource that has informed our approach to culture is the book No Rules Rules and the famous Netflix culture deck.

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. 

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 Jeanne Marie Leroux at [email protected]

Compensation: This is a full-time role. The annual pay range is $90K to $110.

 

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.

Please click here to apply.