Louisiana Anti-CCS Campaigner

Climate & Energy · Any City, Louisiana
Department Climate & Energy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $48,000 - $70,000 (depending on qualifications)

POSITION TITLE: Louisiana Anti-CCS Campaigner

PROGRAM: Climate & Energy

FOCUS AREA: Stopping CCS Buildout

LOCATION: Louisiana, USA (remote)

SALARY RANGE: $48,000 - $70,000 (depending on qualifications)

CLOSE DATE: The first review will be done on August 2, 2022, and the final close date will be August 12, 2022


To avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we need to close the escape hatches that the oil and gas industry is promoting as it seeks to sustain and grow the fossil economy under new guises, including petrochemicals, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), hydrogen, and other false solutions. The US Gulf South is at the epicenter of a CCS buildout (and petrochemicals and oil/gas industry in the United States) intended to prolong the fossil fuel economy. 

As our new Louisiana Anti-CCS Campaigner, you will assist CIEL’s organizational priorities on accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels, placing people at the center of climate policies to advance environmental justice and protect human rights, and holding corporations accountable for their human rights and environmental harms. You will: serve as a focal point for CIEL’s work to prevent the CCS buildout in the US Gulf South and in the Gulf of Mexico; coordinate the Gulf-focused work with broader national strategies for resisting the expansion of CCS infrastructure and financing; and uniting the Gulf-focused and US national work with the international movements against false climate solutions. The campaigner will assist in equipping frontline and fenceline partners with the research, communications, and advocacy tools needed to expose the risks posed by carbon capture technology and the industry interests served by it, and advance cleaner, safer, just alternatives. As a Campaigner, you will participate in coalition spaces on behalf of CIEL, build and maintain effective working relationships with partner organizations, as well as advocacy targets, and organize events and other logistics to refine and advance campaign objectives; and draft materials for a range of coalition partners, communications platforms, and internal purposes.

The position requires work within international coalitions and across timezones, as well as occasional national and international travel, occasionally for significant periods (health guidance permitting).


Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with Supervisor and relevant staff, develop and implement strategic campaigns and advocacy that achieve measurable progress towards CIEL’s strategic priorities and programmatic objectives, ensuring the highest quality work product:
    • Build, coordinate, and mobilize diverse coalitions, facilitating strategic conversation and joint planning to develop audacious and achievable goals, actionable plans, and indicators of progress.
    • Assist in the design and implementation of strategies to educate and mobilize various constituencies to advance campaign goals.
    • Organize, coordinate, and participate in events to assist campaign goals.
    • Research and draft written materials for a variety of audiences, ie. institutions, governments, NGO partners, and communities.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of relevant political and regulatory frameworks, and issue areas.
    • Work closely with frontline/grassroots partners to amplify their voices and steward their aims within larger regional, national, and international campaigns.
    • Maintain effective working relationships with relevant partner organizations, agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and other stakeholders.
    • As appropriate, represent CIEL before policymakers, in media interviews, and at public events to contribute to campaign objectives.
  • Coordinate with Communications Department to develop materials that advance campaign goals, including fact sheets, press releases, webinars, videos, and other informational materials.
  • Assist in information flow within the program, and other CIEL programs.
  • Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned by Campaign Manager, Deputy Director, and the Program Director.

Management and Administration:

  • Maintain timesheets and submit them on time.
  • Meet periodically as requested, with supervisor and other team members.
  • Participate in weekly staff and team meetings and other organizational activities, including an annual staff performance evaluation.
  • Meet target dates, prioritize tasks, and ensure high-quality work product.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • At least 5 years of professional experience, with at least 1 of those in developing and delivering successful and effective movement-based advocacy campaigns at the international, national, or regional level. A bachelor's degree may be substituted for 4 years of experience.
    • Comfort working with a wide range of constituencies, including community organizations and/or environmental justice groups.
    • Aptitude and willingness to work in rapid response circumstances where urgency is a necessity.
    • Personal and/or professional connections to environmental justice movements and community groups in Louisiana.
    • Familiarity with the drivers and impacts of climate change, particularly the fossil fuel industry, and their environmental justice implications.
    • Demonstrated ability to distill key messages from detailed legal arguments, research, and proposals, and translate them to different audiences.
    • Able to oversee and deliver multiple priorities by target dates and perform a wide variety of tasks over the course of the workday.
    • Able to work both separately and collaboratively, in close coordination across teams.
    • As this is an external-facing position representing CIEL, a commitment to understanding and communicating our work accurately is essential.
    • Comfort admitting what you don’t know and recognizing that seeking and receiving feedback is part of the learning process.
    • Awareness of how your words and actions affect others, openness to and respect for others’ perspectives.
    • Able to travel and for extended periods (public safety guidelines permitting).
    • Have permanent residence in Louisiana with authorization to work in the United States.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Experience with international coalitions and environmental or human rights policy campaigns.

    This is a full-time, exempt position based remotely in Louisiana, USA. CIEL offers a strong benefits package including employer-subsidized health, dental, and vision; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; a 5% contribution of gross annual salary into a 403(b) retirement account; a relocation stipend; and paid sabbatical leave after 7 years. CIEL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and full-time employees qualify for the US Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  

    Application instructions: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; the first application review will take place on August 2, 2022, and the position will close on August 12, 2022. Desired start date: As soon as able. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please. Note that CIEL does not sponsor visas of any kind. You must have prior authorization to work in the United States in order to be considered for this position.

    Anonymous Demographic Survey: Please complete this anonymous demographic survey as part of your application to CIEL. The survey will only be used to help us evaluate our efforts to recruit a diverse pool of candidates. Your answers will not in any way be linked to your application, and the answers to the survey will not be handled by anyone on the hiring committee for the role.

    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with CIEL’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, CIEL requires US candidates to furnish proof of full COVID vaccination status in order to be hired for this position.

    About CIEL: For 30 years, CIEL has used the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL’s dynamic team of international attorneys and experts work together in a collaborative and supportive work environment to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing people and the planet. 

    We are an equal opportunity employer, actively committed to the principles of multiculturalism and building an organization that is as diverse as the communities we serve around the world. We know that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, and we actively encourage qualified applicants with various backgrounds, identities, perspectives, and (dis)abilities to apply. If you need an accommodation or support with this application, please contact Human Resources at jobs[at]ciel.org.

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    • Location
      Any City, Louisiana
    • Department
      Climate & Energy
    • Employment Type
    • Minimum Experience
    • Compensation
      $48,000 - $70,000 (depending on qualifications)