About EQAT: Earth Quaker Action Team is a grassroots, nonviolent action group including Quakers and people of diverse beliefs, who join with millions of people around the world fighting for a just and sustainable economy. We know that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing the people of the planet, and that it will hurt most the people most marginalized in society -- so we campaign in a way that challenges decision-makers to change their behavior to advance climate, racial, and economic justice.
After winning a 5-year campaign that pushed PNC Bank to divest from mountaintop removal coal mining, in 2015 we embarked on a new campaign, called “Power Local Green Jobs.” The campaign pressures Philadelphia’s energy company, PECO, to expand solar power -- and do so in a way that creates jobs and builds wealth in communities of color and low income communities.
We are a grassroots and exceptionally friendly organization, keeping nonviolent direct action at the heart of our campaigns. We value building deep relationships and pushing each other to grow. Our campaign, its strategy, and the tactics we choose are informed, guided, and led by our active volunteers. Major decisions are approved by the Board.
About the position: As the Campaign Director, you will join our organization at a critical moment in our campaign, when we are escalating our pressure on PECO and its parent company Exelon. While volunteers plan actions, lead fundraising, nurture ally relationships, and build capacity with new volunteers, we need a Campaign Director to hold the big picture, look ahead and make strategy recommendations that advance our campaign, support a group of volunteers to adopt and execute a strategic direction for the campaign, help us notice and shift course to take advantage of emerging opportunities, and ensure cohesion and effectiveness among our committees, allies, and leaders.
This job might be perfect for you if you:
- Wake up excited to challenge huge companies for their role in advancing inequality;
- Understand and are excited about fighting climate change in a way that advances racial and economic justice at the same time;
- Have a record of campaigning strategically and winning big, bold victories;
- Can hold the big picture of a project with many moving parts, and work with the campaign organizer to lead volunteers to move projects forward;
- Love to work and connect with enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers of all ages;
- Are able to work across lines of race and class to build connections;
- Are excited to do things with a small budget and a lot of enthusiastic volunteers;
- Appreciate supervising a small team of paid staff to delegate and build power; and
- Believe in nonviolent direct action as a means to create change.
- Have 3+ years of leadership experience working on issue campaigns, including at least a year in a position advising on campaign strategy;
- Are a strong written and verbal communicator, especially across cultural and identity difference;
- Have managed complex, multifaceted projects successfully;
- Staff or significant volunteer management/leadership development experience;
- Experience using nonviolent direct action to advance a campaign;
- Able to work some nights and weekends (not all the time, but we need to hold some meetings outside of normal work hours to accommodate volunteers’ schedules).
A strong applicant might have a few of the following as well (but please don’t feel like you need to check all or even any of these boxes to apply):
- Experience creating and/or implementing a communications strategy to support campaign goals;
- A wide network of community, faith, and civic groups and leaders in Philadelphia;
- Experience building and supporting coalitions;
- A record of winning campaigns against corporations;
- Comfortable with spiritual practices like silence and ritual being part of direct action, meetings, and decision-making; and
- Appreciation for Quaker values and culture.
*Please note, “Experience” does not mean exclusively full-time, paid experience.
EQAT believes that in order to truly protect our planet and make a just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy in a way that advances racial and economic justice for low-income communities and communities of color, we need people from all backgrounds. Because of this, we’d especially like to encourage people who come from communities that are often unacknowledged in the environmental justice movement -- communities of color, women, people with disabilities, and others -- to bring your experience to this role. EQAT does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or religion.
If you have questions about the role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to set up a time for you to speak with one of our Board members or active volunteers.
Location: Philadelphia-based, home office and co-working w/ other staff
Reports to: Designated Board Member
Supervises: Campaign Organizer, Other staff if relevant
Start date: mid-December or early January is preferred, however we can make an exception for a strong candidate
Hours: This position is a full time position, however we are open to strong candidates who would prefer to work slightly less than full time (30-35 hours/week, pay and benefits adjusted accordingly).
20 days paid vacation + 10 paid sick days + 11 holidays. Paid parental and family leave (yes really!). Flexible work schedule. We provide a $500/mo stipend for health insurance, since the state health insurance exchange is currently cheaper than what we could purchase for our employees as a very small organization. Should the health insurance exchange be eliminated by Congress, we will work with staff to help them find access to health insurance, if possible.
Level of Language Proficiency
English required, other languages a plus.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit your application at this link.