Senior Campaign Analyst (2 open roles) | Climate Strategies Lab | Remote
Reports to: Victoria Chu, Co-founder and Partner
Salary: $90,000 – $110,000
Heavy industry is the foundation of modern society — literally. From steel and cement to paper, glass and more, these globally traded goods are essential to modern life. Unlike fossil fuels, we don’t want to stop using steel and cement; we need these materials more than ever. But we need them to be cleaner to ensure community health and safety and to get industrial emissions on a 1.5 C-aligned trajectory.
In the U.S., the climate advocacy community has yet to invest significant time, resources or attention to the industrial sector. Most U.S. funders and climate advocates are focused on the critical work of decarbonizing power, transportation and buildings. Many of us have assumed heavy industry is “hard to abate.” We can no longer afford this assumption, and this is where we step in.
Who We Are:
Climate Strategies Lab (placeholder name while “CSL” works through a branding process) aims to decarbonize heavy industry around the globe by 2045. Three seasoned Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaigners – Victoria Chu, Evan Gillespie and Nachy Kanfer – have joined forces to build an organization focused on cleaning up heavy industry and remaking the sector to be a better partner to communities, workers and the environment.
CSL provides open-source advocacy-focused data, communications, campaign strategy and execution while building a global network of strategists, advocates, community leaders and funders to drive campaigns necessary to influence national and international policies that shape corporate and public procurement, redirect financial markets and drive investments in zero-emission industrial production. Our comprehensive services are designed to build a coordinated field of advocates, workers and industry partners that are co-creating and executing efforts to transform the aluminum, steel, solid waste and other sub-sectors into models for zero-emission industrial activity. In doing so, this field will restore union jobs and leverage U.S. progress to clean up heavy industry around the world.
CSL is a new, financially strong organization rooted in and being built through our shared values, namely:
- Determination – Big change is possible. When others say “that’s too hard,” we dig deeper. We pay attention to the details because accuracy matters in our work. We set high standards for ourselves and are committed to meeting them, even when it takes a few tries.
- Creativity – We’re seeking out and developing new approaches to the climate crisis. We aren’t afraid of asking questions, and we’re not stuck in analysis paralysis; we keep moving toward results. We look for a way to make an idea work, rather than assuming it won’t.
- Justice – We hold industry accountable for its impact on climate. But our institutions – including industrial producers and governments that regulate them – are built on systemic injustices. Industrial policy connects to that history and thus our solutions must actively work against it. We are committed to ensuring that communities most impacted by climate change have resources, access and decision-making power.
- Collaboration – We build inclusive spaces. As new staff join the team, they are enhancing our organizational culture. We rarely – if ever – work alone; we invite divergent perspectives and dismantle barriers to participation in order to collectively leverage our shared learning to meet the challenges and opportunities of our work. We do the work we say we will do, so partners know they can rely on us. We don’t hoard resources.
- Healthy Humans – We practice self care and healthy lifestyles. We’re balancing the urgency of the work with the ability to prioritize the other parts of our lives with flexible and accommodating schedules. Our compensation package provides staff with financial security through a living wage and health insurance. We take time to unplug and recharge. We hold honest conversations with each other, with kindness and compassion.
- Growth & Learning – We take risks and are open to change. We are prepared and curious, keeping up with innovations in science and campaigning and learning as we do the work. We support each other’s growth through dedicated professional development opportunities. We do work that challenges and motivates us, while holding each other accountable through constructive praise. Our team shares feedback in many directions, geared toward individual and collective improvement. We trust each other to hold difficult conversations. We celebrate wins and work done well together. We believe in each other and our team, and we show it.
CSL seeks two Senior Campaign Analysts to join our rapidly growing team. Both are responsible for designing and leading research, data and analytic work in support of projects across sectors and priorities. The Senior Campaign Analysts will present analysis in memos, reports, charts and slides; analyze, build and interpret climate and energy models; and lead on data hunting, transformation, visualization and management. Because CSL works on projects that are unusual, innovative and specialized, the Senior Campaign Analysts will often need to create new research methodologies or extrapolate and infer insights from limited or seemingly inapplicable data sets.
The incoming Senior Campaign Analysts are internal leaders and externally-facing representatives of CSL, engaging regularly with coalition and funding partners to increase data literacy throughout the organization and industrial decarbonization field. As such, the Senior Campaign Analysts will need to possess exceptional relationship-building skills and the ability to communicate and train diverse stakeholders in the use of data and analysis to formulate strategic plans and advocacy campaigns.
As early members of this growing start-up, the Senior Campaign Analysts also play an essential role in the evolution of Climate Strategies Lab, from its start-up phase to a more mature organization. Core responsibilities include:
- Measure, track and report the impact of CSL’s initiatives toward the overall goal of global decarbonization of heavy industry by 2045.
- Become an in-house subject matter expert on decarbonization pathways within heavy industry.
- Lead in the design, build and implementation of analytical and quantitative tools in partnership with campaign leads for the development of robust, data driven-campaigns.
- Conduct analyses and foster equitable data approaches to deliver greater benefits to historically marginalized and frontline communities in order to support efforts to reduce exposure to negative health and environmental impacts from heavy industry.
- Build and maintain relationships with advocates, community leaders, environmental and energy justice organizations and industry experts to exchange information, advance shared objectives and engage in collaborative projects.
- Communicate analysis to internal stakeholders, funders and coalition partners in the form of webinars, trainings, articles or reports to accelerate progress and learnings in needed areas.
- Play a key role in CSL fundraising efforts by contributing to proposals, meetings with and reports to funding partners.
- Support the partners around internal business intelligence needs such as strategy evaluation and learning and financial analysis.
Who You Are:
The Senior Campaign Analysts are driven by their belief in and commitment to Climate Strategies Lab’s vision and mission. Through their track record and expertise, the successful candidates will help drive CSL’s vision by providing the data and analysis that supports our campaigns and the development of a
powerful network of advocates, organizations and industry partners focused on industrial decarbonization.
The Senior Campaign Analysts bring an energy systems background and analysis to the team in order to identify and support strategic climate opportunities, including research and analysis of energy, climate, industry and electoral/socio-political trends. The Senior Campaign Analysts can interpret financial statements and disclosures to inform corporate campaigning and have a clear understanding of – and a deep commitment to – people and communities that are most impacted by climate change and industrial pollution. The Senior Campaign Analysts approach this work with an equity and justice orientation.
The Senior Campaign Analysts join a deeply committed team that brings a track record of success in campaign strategy, data analysis and communications, with a particular focus on climate and clean energy. The successful candidates are entrepreneurial, excited about the prospect of building something new in the climate movement from the ground up. They have the experience of setting vision, establishing and growing/scaling successful programs with an ethos of creativity, humility and an expectation of continual learning.
These roles require a deep commitment to the principles of environmental and climate justice, proven collaboration skills and the ability to design and execute analyses that will generate change in a deeply
entrenched and seemingly intractable aspect of the climate movement. The Senior Campaign Analysts demonstrate initiative by diving in to take a concept from idea to implementation, navigating through internal and external barriers as they arise without getting stuck and finding and deploying resources creatively to solve problems. The successful candidates have worked in an advocacy environment and
understand the movement context, possessing a strong grasp of the economic, social and political forces that shape industrial production, consumption and broader policy in the U.S.
Despite enormous obstacles involved in cleaning up heavy industry, the Climate Strategies Lab team operates with a spirit of possibilities and seeks Senior Campaign Analysts who share the belief that we can all do things we’ve never done before and can stretch ourselves to achieve incredible results. The Senior Campaign Analysts maintain a resilient outlook and look for ways to make ideas work before assuming they won’t. The selected candidates will also possess most of the following Core and Preferred qualifications:
- Strong commitment to the mission and goals of Climate Strategies Lab and a strong passion for solving the climate crisis.
- Outstanding data literacy and analytical skills with professional and/or educational experience that demonstrates exceptional qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, modeling and using data and analysis to achieve specific goals in a fast-paced campaign environment. Specifically:
○ Advanced skills excel and/or other modeling and systems analysis tools.
○ Demonstrated experience in data reporting and visualization, turning complex data into clear, actionable insights and recommendations.
○ Strong computational and analytical skills and the ability to apply these for advocacy and campaign purposes.
○ Working knowledge of statistics, economics or finance.
- Mastery of relationship-building skills with a wide range of diverse external constituencies with the diplomatic abilities and authentic leadership skills that build the trust-based relationships necessary for stakeholders to buy in and share accountability for our collective work.
- Outstanding project management abilities to ensure strong collaboration of campaigns and projects that advance on time and on budget.
- Exceptional oral and written communications skills with the ability to break down a complex issue into manageable and clear decision points that drive the desired campaign outcomes.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and be flexible in a fast-paced, constantly evolving and collaborative environment, where leading a team, working on a team and working individually are all required.
- Commitment to continuous learning, hunger for knowledge and willingness to ask questions and self-correct.
- An approach that is curious, self-directed and entrepreneurial.
- Proficiency in Stata, R, or other statistical computing programs.
- Experience with GIS, Tableau or other Business Intelligence and visualization software.
- Familiarity with Python, SQL and management of large data sets.
- Experience and knowledge in energy, fossil fuel, finance, transportation, heavy industry or environmental policy, along with exposure to energy industry specific datasets (i.e., EPA and EIA) and GHG reduction technology.
- Experience using data and analysis in a campaign or advocacy context.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for these positions is $90,000 – $110,000, based on experience and qualifications as outlined above. Climate Strategies Lab offers a competitive set of benefits, including 100% of comprehensive health care coverage for employees (medical, dental and vision), work from home stipend, up to 5% employer match to 401k and 11 paid holidays plus unlimited vacation, starting with a minimum of 15 business days.
Our Commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Climate Justice:
We believe that diversity in our team isn’t just a value but brings different lived experience and perspective that is essential to solving the climate crisis. If you’ve read this job description and are excited by it, if you can see yourself happily filling this role and making a difference on climate change, we really hope you apply. Climate Strategies Lab is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to transparent and equitable recruitment, hiring and promotion processes that foster inclusion and belonging. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process, please email Sonia Marroquin at email@example.com.
To apply or nominate a candidate, please send to search consultant Sonia Marroquin at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Senior Campaign Analyst” in the subject line a resume and cover email or letter answering the following:
1) Why are you passionate about climate change?
2) When was the last time you had to learn a new issue and become an expert in something? How did you do it? Please be specific about the data sources you found, how you processed and analyzed the data (what programs did you use?) and how you presented your findings and analysis to stakeholders?
Submission in a combined PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred. This position is open until filled, with an initial application deadline of 5PM PT on Friday, June 24, 2022. Candidate review and phone screens begin immediately and will be conducted throughout the search period.