Senior Director, Energy and Environment Campaigns

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Energy and Environment
Staff reporting to this position: 6
Department: Energy and Environment
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 8
Minimum compensation: $112,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director for the Energy and Environment Campaigns team, the communication and advocacy arm for American Progress’ climate and conservation teams. The Senior Director will develop and execute a communications strategy for American Progress’ climate, energy, and conservation priorities; collaborate with internal and external partners; and manage a diverse and high-performing team of communications, campaign, and research staff. The ideal candidate will bring experience and strong commitment to working on energy, environmental, conservation, environmental justice, or climate change issues.

The successful candidate will be guided by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. They will join a committed group of colleagues with extensive research expertise to strengthen American Progress’ policy and advocacy work in support of the organization’s five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health


  • Lead the Energy and Environment department’s strategy, development, and execution of public-facing communications and campaigns to achieve ambitious climate, clean energy, and conservation policy.
  • Develop strategies to drive a narrative around the successful implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act and its climate investments; advocate for continued regulatory action to ensure the United States meets its climate goals; and advocate for well-paying union jobs in the clean energy economy and environmental justice sphere.
  • Collaborate on strategic planning and implementation with the Senior Vice President and other team leads for the Energy and Environment department, as well as the organization’s Communications and Advocacy and Outreach departments.
  • Coordinate the day-to-day management of the Energy and Environment Campaigns team by overseeing team members’ work planning and professional development; managing the team’s budget and general administration, including tracking team products and progress toward goals; and assisting with grant reports.
  • Effectively leverage communications, campaigns, and digital advocacy tactics in pursuit of political and legislative goals, including by drafting and/or maintaining editorial oversight of messaging guidance, internal talking points, op-eds, videos, events, digital media, and press statements.
  • Follow local, state, and national political and policy conversations and make strategic recommendations for American Progress’ engagement. Set and execute rapid-response research priorities in response to breaking news and significant moments surrounding climate action, clean energy, union jobs, environmental justice, and fossil fuel accountability.
  • Liaise with American Progress’ senior management and other American Progress teams—in particular the Communications, Digital Strategy and Digital Advocacy teams—to ensure that climate, clean energy, and conservation priorities are reflected in American Progress’ public-facing communications and ideas.
  • Drive American Progress’ engagement with diverse coalitions, including the Climate Action Campaign, the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform, and more—maintaining strong and trusted relationships with key partners while achieving demonstrable progress toward Energy and Environment department priorities.
  • Represent the Energy and Environment department to the press, policymakers, academics, and other outside stakeholders, including through establishing and maintaining relationships with staff on the Hill and in the administration.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least 8 to 10 years of political, government, and/or nonprofit experience in climate policy and Campaign experience is a plus.
  • Staff management and leadership experience as well as a strong commitment to developing staff and creating a trusted, open, and supportive workplace culture.
  • Demonstrated excellence in political strategy, strategic communications, and advocacy.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Exceptional project management experience and the ability to manage quick-turnaround deliverables, as well as long-term strategy implementation, reporting, and metric tracking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well on a team that handles rapid-response communications.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and the Energy and Environment department’s goals.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $112,000.

American Progress’ hybrid work policy is posted on our Jobs page. Please visit this page for updates. Any changes to this policy will also be communicated at the time of hire.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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