Full-Time Petrochemical Campaign Coordinator (Corpus Christi, Austin, or Houston)
This is a hybrid position located in Texas. Please read the full job description for more details.
About Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund (TCE Fund) & TCE
TCE Fund’s mission is to engage people and communities through face-to-face public education, grassroots organizing and action-oriented research for a cleaner and healthier Texas. TCE 501(c)(4) acts as a hub for climate justice work in Texas and beyond, directly influencing public policy through community-based advocacy. Both organizations lead local, statewide and national issue campaigns to fight pollution, especially fossil fuel and petrochemical facilities that harm communities and worsen climate and other pollution impacts.
TCE Fund and its sister-organization TCE are part of an international movement to stop a tidal wave of proposed petrochemical and fossil fuel exports facilities along the Gulf Coast. These facilities, if built, would have dire consequences on local air pollution and climate change and would largely benefit major energy corporation shareholders and executives.
About the role
The Petrochemical Campaign Coordinator is responsible for building power through community organizing and advocacy campaigns aimed at stopping the proposed petrochemical buildout in Texas. Massive oil and gas companies are doubling down on turning their feedstocks into petrochemicals including single-use plastics to maximize their profits. TCE Fund is part of an international movement to stop these projects from being built or expanded.
Specific job responsibilities for the Petrochemical Campaign Coordinator will include collaborating with TCE Fund regional staff and allies throughout the Gulf Coast, the United States, and internationally with Break Free from Plastic to build effective organizing strategies to stop the new and expanding petrochemical plants and related infrastructure; support research on petrochemical expansions and battles; work with TCE staff and communications allies and consultants to shape our campaign messaging and communications; support frontline communities and advocates to elevate their voices and campaigns against petrochemical companies. The Petrochemical Campaign Coordinator will regularly collaborate on messaging, campaign strategy, and organizational best practices.
Must be based in Corpus Christi, Austin, or Houston metro areas and willing to commute to regional offices in these locations. This is a hybrid role that will include work from home, in-office (in regions where a TCE office is located) and in-person activities and expectations. Frequent travel will be expected within the state of Texas, mostly along the Gulf Coast and Greater Houston area, and potentially some travel outside of Texas.
Major functions and responsibilities:
- Campaign Support – Work with TCE Fund staff and coalition allies to support the development and execution of petrochemical campaign messaging, strategy, and management. Responsible for developing our organizing strategy that will include frontline activists and community leaders, TCE Fund staff organizers, and allies like local businesses, faith groups, nonprofits, and others.
- Staff Engagement – Responsible for working with organizing staff to implement campaign strategies and support their engagement in the campaign. Identify leadership capacity of TCE Fund organizers and train them for additional organizing skills and responsibilities. Direct supervision of staff may be expected in the future.
- Organizing and Community Engagement – Engage supporters to participate in volunteer efforts such as reaching out to others in the community, participating in public meetings or demonstrations. Work with local activists and supporters to develop leadership, public speaking, advocacy and organizing training for area residents.
- Corporate Campaigning – Working in coalition with local, national and global activists fighting plastic pollution and environmental injustice, plug in to campaign efforts targeting corporate and governmental decision-makers, including financial institutions that fund petrochemical expansion.
- Government Relations – Organize activists to educate public officials on the impacts of the petrochemical build out on public health and the environment. Prepare people to participate in public hearings and give testimony.
- Coalition Building – Collaborate with allies and volunteers to build coalitions on shared campaign objectives. Actively engage in meetings by way of facilitation, agenda setting, and volunteering to initiate and complete projects and tasks. Maintain active relationships with external partners to help leverage more power with decision makers.
- External Communications – Collaborate with allies and TCE Fund staff to execute traditional and social media strategies to build power and shape the public narrative on our campaigns.
Qualifications and core competencies:
- Three to seven years of proven experience in grassroots community organizing, with a preference for environmental and/or social justice work.
- Experience in staff and volunteer management.
- Experience in issue campaign development and execution.
- Understanding of advocacy and relational organizing skills.
- Outstanding verbal, public speaking, and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated competency working with diverse audiences, including but not limited to elected officials, community leaders, coalition partners, and the general public.
- Proficiency with MS Office and Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) Other proficiencies such as constituent relations management software, digital advocacy tools, project management platforms, graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite and Canva), and/or voter databases are preferred but not required.
- Ability to quickly analyze and synthesize complex information.
- A keen eye for good design and presentation of public-facing campaign materials.
- Available to travel throughout the state with some less frequent trips out of state.
- Additional experience in canvassing, online organizing, political campaigns, and/or direct action would also be welcome.
- Spanish speaking and writing skills are a plus.
- Lived experience with impacts of pollution a plus.
- A commitment to advancing the overarching goal of environmental and social justice.
- An energetic person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities; a self-starter and finisher.
- A team player who inspires collaboration and operates decisively; is flexible and well-organized.
- Strong critical thinker and planner.
- Emotionally mature and self-confident.
- Experience in Texas and/or Louisiana is strongly preferred.
- TCE will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination of anyone who is to be hired for this position. Reasonable accommodations for documented exemptions may be considered.
Annual salary range $50,000-65,000+, commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes insurance coverage (medical/dental/vision, including an HSA account with employer contribution), paid time off and flex/comp time, paid holidays, retirement plan with employer matching contribution, and transportation benefit.
Submit your application through our online portal. We recognize that great candidates may not meet every qualification outlined in this job description and we welcome any applicants who believe they would excel in this role.
TCE Fund is more than an equal opportunity employer. We are actively seeking to build a diverse and inclusive team with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to support the incredible diversity of grassroots organizing across Texas.