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Are you a progressive communicator who takes special delight in speaking truth to power? Do you care about public health, climate change and corporate accountability? Are you sick and tired of the oil and gas industry greenwashing as the climate crisis worsens??

Then this position may be what you’re looking for. 

Join Earthworks’ growing team of committed advocates and help coordinate a national partnership to hold the oil and gas industry publicly accountable. This job helps shape the national dialogue regarding oil and gas methane pollution’s impact on climate change and public health, and coordinates the national campaign calling for stringent methane emissions standards.

Goals

Oil and gas companies try to garner public goodwill with claims of support for regulatory safeguards to cut methane, while in many cases actually slow-walking and in some cases undermining efforts to enact those same safeguards. Calling out that hypocrisy is important to achieve public health and climate protections. To do so this position will:

  • Rapidly respond to methane-related issues as they arise, to counter industry arguments as they occur, and proactively shape the conversation.
  • Monitor /chronicle industry progress and shortfalls in reducing methane. In particular, highlighting companies who meet methane commitments, call out those who don’t, and generally ensuring the public and media know how well the industry is behaving vis a vis methane pollution reduction.
  • Drive a wedge between better-actor companies and worse-actor trade associations like Western Energy Alliance and Energy In Depth who are driving the existing industry narrative.
  • Highlight the differences between company claims and the trade associations those companies support (e.g. American Petroleum Institute) whose lobbying undermines those company claims
  • Actively support existing state campaigns with a priority focus on methane climate pollution in Marcellus/Utica Shale region and Permian Basin.
  • Coordinate a 5 year-old coalition federal regulatory campaign, including oversight of a part-time campaign assistant.

Responsibilities

To achieve these goals the Corporate Accountability Communications Campaigner will:

Prioritize rapid response
When issues arise that generate stories and/or public conversation about methane this person will shape those stories/conversation by creating plans to:

    • Provide a quote (from Earthworks and/or a partner) in the story/conversation about the issue
    • Create rapid response media materials for Earthworks in the form of social media posts or comments, or with a press statement or opinion piece.

To be in position to rapidly respond, this person will:

    • Build relationships with key staff within groups across the country working on methane-related issues
    • Create prepared responses to respond to known/expected issues including industry talking points
    • Assemble graphics, video, memes for sharing on social media and elsewhere
    • Assemble social media sharing guides
    • Build and maintain a database of spokespeople — including but not necessarily limited to scientists, affected community members, and even regulators & industry if possible, etc.

Proactively engage with industry
This person will watchdog industry actors to ensure hypocrisy and worst behavior is seen by the widest possible audience. To do so this person will create plans and calendars to:

    • Identify and target bad actors (such as Range Resources, Western Energy Alliance, and the American Petroleum Institute)
    • Make self-declared more-responsible actors (such as Shell and BP) defend or denounce bad actors, including trade associations.
    • Encourage more responsible actors to endorse specific regulations on the books or regulatory proposals

Reinsert compelling arguments into the public conversation
Although methane advocacy communications efforts have accomplished much nationally and within individual states, they haven’t made full use of the resources at hand – whether those resources are materials/products (e.g. videos, reports) or favorable political circumstances (e.g. our campaign successes or industry failures). This person will maximize the impact of these available resources by: 

    • Synthesizing and amplifying reports, studies, and direct evidence–including Earthworks’ unique optical gas images of industry methane pollution–to drive the narrative that oil and gas methane pollution has dangerous potential to eliminate any global climate progress in the near-term.  These arguments will be injected into the conversation through various channels–primarily on social media and in blogs. 
    • Using our successes in Colorado and California, and industry’s failures in Texas, to change the narrative in jurisdictions where we have legitimate chances for success — most prominently Pennsylvania and New Mexico, and ultimately federal agencies.
    • Coordinate and manage a federally-focused campaign
      • Arrange and lead weekly coalition calls and monthly Steering Committee calls
      • Work with the campaign co-chairs to finalize grant proposals and reports 
      • Work with campaign assistant, the Steering Committee and co-chairs to create and monitor the annual budget
      • Review daily clips for opportunities to amplify stories or push back on negative narratives
      • Strategic thinking and monitoring of campaign communication, including driving the overall campaign narrative, in conjunction with campaign communications consultants. 
      • Work with  the campaign teams (legal, technical and lobby) to ensure messages to the hill and partners reflect the baseline strategic needs of the technical and legal work bottom lining the campaign
      • Management of a part-time campaign associate 

Qualifications

          • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills.
          • Strong written communications and interpersonal skills.
          • At least 1-3 years of advocacy communications experience. 
          • Experience working on corporate accountability efforts; existing relationships with corporate accountability campaigns and campaigners.
          • Experience using innovative methods to promote and win campaigns, particularly social media advertising, graphic and video design software, and other digital organizing tools, and, including, visual and content storytelling strategies.

Management

The Corporate Accountability Communications Campaigner will report to the Energy Communications Manager. 

In coordination with Earthworks Communications Director, Earthworks Policy Director, and key partners and allies, the Corporate Accountability Communications Campaigner will create an annual plan with clearly articulated priorities and success metrics. 

Compensation

This is a full-time temporary position (guaranteed for one year), working remotely, with a salary range of $53,000 – $63,000 depending on experience. We provide a competitive benefits package, including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, a focus on work-life balance, and generous holidays and vacation time. 

About Earthworks

Earthworks is a dynamic advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with a mostly remote workforce of 28 people across 12 states and DC. Earthworks protects communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of fracking and mining. We reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions, and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. We ensure that communities’ voices and concerns are heard in the corridors of power, from the nation’s capital to statehouses and legislatures. 

Woman-led, multigenerational, and with a relatively flat hierarchy, we encourage initiative and leadership at all levels. Earthworks welcomes applications from diverse candidates and is an equal-opportunity employer. Earthworks evaluates employees and applicants for employment on merit, competence, and qualifications and does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, alienage or national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, arrest record, prior military service or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Earthworks is committed to challenging and dismantling systemic oppression. Earthworks’ Board and staff understand that promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both within and beyond Earthworks is critical to carrying out our mission to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of resource extraction. We understand that our commitment to DEI means a dedication to constant learning and improvement.

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples, such as a social media post, a short piece (such as a blog), news story, or other short writing sample to jwasser@earthworksaction.org. Please include links to stories you have placed, blogs, social media handles, or any other online presence that highlights your experience.

Deadline: 10 July 2020.

NMED $5M fine welcome step toward protecting public, more steps needed

July 8, 2020
Latest News