Senior Communications Campaigner – Investor Program

Location: Flexible, with preference for candidates in US Eastcoast or Europe timezones. Candidates must be authorized to work in the country in which they live.

Remuneration: Depending on experience (including unpaid and other experiences) and capacity to take on responsibility, the salary range is $78,000 to $90,000 if the position is located in the US. If the successful candidate is outside of the US the salary will be adjusted based on local market equivalencies, the salary range is £38,000 to £50,000 if based in the UK. In the US, Windward Fund’s excellent benefits package includes 401(k) employer match; 100% employer paid health, vision and dental coverage; and generous vacation policy.

Hours: full time

Overtime Status: exempt

About Us

Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project U.S. is a team of experienced change-makers, researchers and communications professionals with a mission to scale social movements to drive the global transition beyond fossil fuels. With affiliated programs and staff in Australia and Europe, we have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organizations to drive powerful change towards our mission.

We have a dynamic and nimble organizational culture and we’re serious about supporting our people to thrive. We move fast and lean into the urgency of the climate challenge.

We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We strongly encourage First Nations people, people of color, people living outside of cities, and people with disability and talents to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone.

About You

You’re an experienced communications professional with a knack for telling simple, powerful stories that synthesize complex issues and cut through a crowded media landscape. While you’re skilled at developing big picture strategy, you also enjoy the nitty gritty of implementation, turning around copy quickly and relentlessly pitching to journalists. You’re a team player with excellent interpersonal communications skills and the ability to work effectively with our partner groups to support them to do their best work. You’re passionate about solving the climate crisis and winning campaigns.

About The Role

Working with Sunrise Project campaign leads and network partners, the Senior Communications Campaigner will lead the development and execution of the communications strategy for a new global campaign focused on shifting institutional investors into a position that drives Paris-aligned climate action that is grounded in human rights. The role will focus supporting work in three main areas:

Engaging with and pitching to media

  • Build and maintain trusted relationships with key journalists and editors;
  • Develop and pitch media stories to mainstream and niche finance industry media outlets, ensuring key messages resonate through the media;
  • Drive rapid response to breaking stories, including coordinating network response, developing materials that maximize opportunities, and sustained follow-up.

Developing & implementing communications strategies

  • Ensure a communications perspective is injected across all stages of strategic decision making on the investor program;
  • Work with the other communications campaigners to identify gaps in Sunrise’s communications approach and that of the broader finance movement
  • Create campaign frames, messages and talking points;
  • Develop analysis and reframing post-breaking news that maximizes opportunity and new strategies;
  • Work with the digital campaigner to determine the targeted audiences and channels (including social and paid advertising) which are best suited for our campaign messages;
  • Closely advise network partners on a communications strategy that benefits our shared goals
  • Produce messaging briefs/narratives for partners around important events and campaign moments.
  • Onboard, orient, and manage additional communications capacity as needed during peak escalation moments

Create campaign communications materials

  • Write media releases;
  • Work with the Sunrise team and partner organizations to develop tailored communications material including reports and other assets.

Required skills and experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a similar or related role including unpaid, grassroots or lived experience;
  • Highly collaborative, you work smarter not harder, able to set and hold strong boundaries;
  • Mastery of communications strategy: can develop mission-driven plans to reach target audiences and achieve results;
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with an ability to understand and analyze complex policy issues and communicate them clearly and compellingly to targeted audiences;
  • Media relations experience including pitching and landing top-tier media;
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in finance areas including investment, ESG analysis, etc.
  • A passion for action on climate change and a commitment to social justice;
  • You must have full working rights for the country in which you are based.

If you meet some but not all of the criteria for this position, or are unsure, but you’re keen on the role – please get in touch. We value and recognize experience that has been unpaid, from the grassroots, or is lived experience.

How Sunrise supports its staff:

The Sunrise Project U.S. is committed to creating a workplace that supports our staff to do their best work and develop professionally. We have the following in place to help us achieve that:

  • 401(k) & employer match
  • 100% employer paid health, vision and dental coverage
  • Five weeks of vacation leave
  • Birthday leave (if it’s your birthday, you get a day off)
  • Cultural leave
  • Movement solidarity leave
  • 12 weeks parental leave after 12 months of service
  • Commitment to supporting your professional development
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • Coaching and management support with regular 1:1 meetings
  • Performance reviews and feedback to support you and the team to reflect and grow
  • A co-developed initial 3 month work plan to help you hit the ground running and have clarity on your role and responsibilities
  • Flexible work policy

Statement from our US Fiscal Sponsor Windward Fund

Sunrise US is a project of Windward Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. Windward Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Windward Fund ‘s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

How to apply

Closes: 11:59pm, 3rd May 2021 EDT