Job Opportunities at The Sunrise Project and our Network Affiliates

As we take on new challenges to solve the climate crisis, our team is growing rapidly. We’re looking for passionate changemakers to join our team. See below for current job openings.

We’re passionate about finding the right people for the right roles and then supporting them to do great work. Find out more about our generous employee benefits, our values, and our commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Managing Director, Development 

Location:  California, Preferred (West Coast Flexible)

About You

We value and recognize experience that has been unpaid, from the grassroots or is lived experience, and encourage you to think about your transferrable skills. While no one candidate
will possess every quality outlined for this position, a successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Passion for Mission and Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

• A passion for action on climate change and a commitment to social justice
• Build, lead and manage a small, high-performing international team rooted in JEDI values to execute on philanthropic strategies
• Foster relationships and develop processes to ensure staff at all levels and from all backgrounds feel welcome, valued, and included

Strategic and Visionary Development Leader
• Develop and implement a philanthropic strategy to secure the resources required for Sunrise’s programs to deliver their goals
• Develop and manage systems to generate high-quality strategy proposals, reporting and other funder communications in conjunction with global program directors
• Oversee the management of key data systems tracking Sunrise’s funder engagement, analyzing trends, and providing funding partners and close networks with relevant data

External Presence and Partnership Orientation
• Develop and maintain a big picture view of the philanthropic landscape, including annual funding trends and key sources of philanthropic support
• Organize Sunrise’s presence across key funder networks and forums
• Manage engagement with funding partners – new and existing – and identify opportunities for new strategic partnerships
• Experience working in close partnership with senior leaders, staff, funders, and on fundraising initiatives with strategy and implementation

About The Role

We are at an exciting inflection point in our organization’s history. Our organization has grown  from a $10M organization with 30 employees to $60M and 100 employees. The Managing  Director, Development (MDD) is a newly created role that will support and guide our growth  ambitions. This will be the senior most development and fundraising role for the organization  and a pivotal role and primary driver of this growth.  

Our fundraising strategy is not your typical NGO fundraising. We don’t ask for money — we build strategic partnerships and co-create strategy. We place relationships and strategy at the  core of our conversations with a range of partners to organize the resources required to win. To  do this effectively we treat our funders as strategic partners, maintaining close and honest  relationships with them. That includes organizing and attending funder strategy sessions to  both inform partners of where we’re going and to inform our own strategy.  

The MDD will be the principal fundraising strategist for driving this growth. They will create,  develop, and execute on a data-driven fundraising plan which will include grants and  foundation giving, philanthropic support, and identification of high net worth individuals. They  will identify, cultivate, and steward relationships with new and existing donors, while  partnering closely with our Executive leadership team to think creatively and outside the box  about other revenue streams. 

As we grow, we also need to become more systematic in our approach. The MDD will create  and manage efficient processes and systems to support this functional area of the organization.  You will be responsible for developing plans which articulate the resources required to achieve  program goals and develop an effective philanthropic strategy to unlock them. You will also  foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization rooted in relationships. 

Learn More & How to Apply

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been  exclusively retained for this engagement. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume  to Alicia Salerno here.

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Global Chief of Operations

Location:  Remote (Australia, Europe, North America) 

About You

You’re a collaborative leader and experienced organisational manager who is confident working across all aspects of business operations from finance through to IT, risk management, compliance, and everything in between. You’re a big picture strategic thinker who can predict the organisational needs of a fast-moving and
rapidly growing organisation working across multiple jurisdictions. You know what it takes to keep systems nimble and align teams through rapid organisational growth.

You’re a systematic thinker who can bring structure and rigour to solve complex problems and manage organisational change processes. You’re comfortable juggling competing priorities in a fast-moving environment and are always ready to roll up your sleeves to make things happen and to lead by example.

You’re a team player and open communicator who knows what it takes to create a vibrant and creative organisational culture that supports people to do their best work and enables teams to be more than the sum of their parts. To thrive in our team and in this role, you’ll need to have a deeply collaborative leadership style and a general aversion to hierarchy and bureaucracy.

Maybe you’ve worked as a CEO or COO in an NGO, maybe as a COO of a start-up or in corporate services in the private sector. Either way, you’re up for a challenge and are passionate about putting your first-rate organisational leadership skills to use to help solve the climate crisis.

About The Role

The Global Chief of Operations (“Global COO”) is a new senior role with overall responsibility for the rapidly growing global operations of The Sunrise Project. While our program teams are focussed on achieving our mission in the world, your role is to make sure our organisational systems, structures and processes are tight,
lean, and fit for purpose as we scale.

Spanning financial management, risk, and compliance through to organisational systems, IT, and touching on people functions, this role requires big picture strategic thinking with a clear focus on operational detail. You’ll be responsible for ensuring we have the proper operational controls, procedures, and systems in place to enable us to continually improve operating efficiency and maintain financial strength as we scale our impact. Supported by in-region operations leads, you will ensure The Sunrise Project’s global operations are seamless in supporting our staff and programs across multiple geographies and legal entities.

The role requires big picture strategic and systems thinking with a strong focus on organisational design, culture, and team development.

Learn More & How to Apply

We are partnering with NGO Recruit, to support us in finding an excellent candidate.  Learn more and apply here. Application Deadline: 1 July 2022

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Finance Director

Location:  Remote (Australia) 

About You

You’re a qualified accountant and an experienced financial manager with a proven track record of managing 2 the finances of a dynamic and fast-moving organisation. You’re a strategic thinker and are excited about designing and continually improving financial mgmt. systems to make sure that decision makers at all levels of the organisation have the financial information they need to plan and implement with confidence.

While you’re great on the financial detail, you’re also a structured thinker and a great communicator who can convey complex financial information in simple ways. You may have worked as a financial manager in an NGO before, or maybe you’ve worked exclusively in the private sector. Either way, you’re passionate about putting your first-rate financial management skills to use to help solve the climate crisis.

About The Role

The Finance Director is an exciting new role with responsibility for overseeing all aspects of financial management of The Sunrise Project across multiple legal entities in Australia, the US and Europe. Working closely with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in each geography and reporting to the Global COO, you’ll be responsible for ensuring our financial management, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting systems are efficient, effective, and continually adapt to changing needs of a rapidly growing global organisation. You’ll be responsible for managing our external accounting contractors in different geographies and integrating our accounts so that the board and senior managers have an accurate and clear view of our financial position at all times.

Learn More & How to Apply

We are partnering with NGO Recruit, to support us in finding an excellent candidate.  Learn more and apply here. Application Deadline: 1 July 2022

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Senior Strategist, Canada Banks

Location: Remote, flexible location anywhere in Canada

About You

You’re an experienced strategist and campaigner who understands how campaigns build power and change the world. You’re passionate about solving the climate crisis, and excited to be part of a dedicated team working at the new and growing intersection of finance and climate.

About The Role

This Senior Strategist role drives and grows the campaign, contributes new insights on strategy and tactical ideas, coordinates tactics across the network, identifies campaign moments and rapid response, supports individual partners to thrive and shares decision making in a collaborative and transparent manner across the network.

Learn More & How to Apply

In our dedication to inclusive hiring, we use the Be Applied system to process applications. Please do not take the time to create a cover letter. Instead, we will be asking you to respond to role-related application questions.

Learn more and apply here.

 


Senior Strategist, Campaigns

Location Australia, remote working optional

Over the past decade Australia’s LNG exports have boomed, with Australia now the world’s equal largest exporter of LNG. The gas industry is responsible for 10% of Australia’s domestic emissions, and emissions from burning the gas we export are greater still. To prevent catastrophic climate change, along with rapidly phasing out coal, we must prevent the expansion of Australia’s gas sector and accelerate its decline.

About You

You are creative, a big picture thinker and fearless in pursuing campaign goals. You have a strong understanding of what it takes to build power to achieve social change. You have experience working with civil society groups or social movements to strengthen and scale campaigns. You are highly skilled at identifying the interventions that are needed to influence decision-makers, in business and/or politics, and have a knack for problem solving.

You may not have experience in gas or climate roles, but you are a quick learner and have experience engaging with technical detail to develop campaign strategies that achieve real-world impact. You have great people skills and can facilitate complex meetings.

About The Role

As the Senior Strategist you will work in collaboration with the Australian Gas team and key partners to develop and implement campaigns to protect Australia’s environment from the expansion of gas mining and exports.

Learn More & How to Apply

In our dedication to inclusive hiring, we use the Be Applied system to process applications. Please do not take the time to create a cover letter. Instead, we will be asking you to respond to role-related application questions.

Learn more and apply here.

 


Grants Administrator

Location Melb/Syd preferred, remote working optional

About The Role

This role owns the administration component of our funder engagement, and oversees incoming grants. This role organises team workflows, from the production of grant proposals through to the submission of applications and reports. The role is responsible for submitting documents and developing protocols and processes that will ensure we meet deadlines.

The role coordinates multiple, ongoing projects simultaneously and works collaboratively with the team to generate and coordinate the content needed, ensure its quality, and deliver it on time. This requires planning and organising to prioritise and coordinate team resources and tasks.

About You

You are super organised, and have a high attention to detail and a passion for administration. You’re a skilled project manager, you love scheduling, knowing what is due by when, and guiding the team accordingly.

You bring a positive attitude and clear communication to your relationships. You take initiative and can build efficient processes. You’ll be supporting other members of the team to engage with funders, so ideally you’ll have experience with philanthropy, fundraising, or grant-making. You’re good with data and working with financial information. You have good writing skills and enjoy proof-reading.

Learn More & How to Apply

In our dedication to inclusive hiring, we use the Be Applied system to process applications. Please do not take the time to create a cover letter. Instead, we will be asking you to respond to role-related application questions.

Learn more and apply here.