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24 Jan 2022

Full-Time Program Associate

Climate Action Campaign – Posted by CAC Anywhere

Job Description

Program Associate

Who We Are

The Climate Action Campaign (CAC) is a vibrant coalition of 13 national environmental, environmental justice and public health organizations working together to drive ambitious, durable federal action to cut carbon pollution, address the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to clean energy with equitable, fair and just policies centered on justice, jobs, and health. CAC supports more than 60 partners and allies, nationally and in key states, working together to rally public support and motivate decisionmakers to tackle the climate crisis.

The Program Associate is a member of the Operations Team who reports to the Campaign Director directly. The Climate Action Campaign is based in Washington D.C., not San Diego, California. Visit us online at:


The Climate Action Campaign is looking for a multitasking, detail-oriented, self-driven, Program Associate with 3-5 years of experience to support our Campaign Director and the Senior Leadership Team. This dynamic position requires the ability to anticipate needs, think critically, and offer solutions to problems with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

With support from the Sr. Director of Operations, the Program Associate will serve as a professional assistant to the Campaign Director and have these responsibilities:

  • Complete a broad variety of administrative tasks that facilitate the Campaign Director’s ability to effectively lead the organization, including: assisting with special projects; designing and producing complex documents, reports, and presentations; collecting and preparing information for meetings with staff and outside parties; composing and preparing correspondence; meeting participation note taking and tracking follow-ups and due outs; making travel arrangements; and completing expense and mileage reports.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Campaign Director including those of a highly confidential or critical nature, prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response, exercising judgement to reflect Campaign Director’s style and organization policy.
  • Provide sophisticated calendar management for the Campaign Director. Prioritize inquiries and requests while troubleshooting conflicts; make judgements and recommendations to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements.
  • Work closely with the Campaign Manager to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
  • Act as a “barometer,” having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the Campaign Manager updated.
  • Anticipate Campaign Manager’s needs in advance of meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Provide “gatekeeper” and “gateway” role, providing a bridge for smooth communication between the Campaign Manager and staff, demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust, and support with the Executive Team. Complete projects by assigning work to appropriate staff, including the Executive Team, on behalf of the Campaign Manager.
  • Engage in strategic projects in service of the Campaign Director and the Senior Leadership Team, as requested.
  • Track progress for both internal and external assignments.
  • Drive and manage cross-functional initiatives.
  • Provide sophisticated calendar and scheduling management.
  • Maintain organizational operations
  • Work with the Operations team to provide additional administrative support including office management, onboarding and offboarding, expense reconciliation, materials development, etc.
  • Schedule, support, and staff routine meetings and briefings for both the Campaign Director and Senior Leadership Team.

Who You Are

A successful candidate for this position is a mission-driven, hardworking, creative thinker with a desire to have input into and help shape our strategies going forward taking full advantage of working with the Campaign Manager who has/is:

  • 3-5 years providing support to an executive or an executive team
  • Professional and highly organized with quick problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • Takes a proactive approach to project management and also has the ability to multi- task and triage incoming requests
  • Confidence managing up internally and externally
  • Excellent judgement with a strong intuition for exercising discretion
  • Able to rapidly shift between multiple projects and priorities
  • Excellent communication skills including writing, editing and interpersonal diplomacy
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to maintain records and manage office needs
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and with others in a cooperative, enthusiastic and friendly manner
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work in a dynamic and complex environment to meet deadlines and daily requirements with impeccable attention to detail
  • Ability to identify and act upon opportunities to enhance results and manage problems without needing to be asked
  • Ability to react with appropriate levels of urgency to situations and events that require quick response or turnaround
  • Ability to complete a high volume of tasks and projects with little guidance
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in an evolving role
  • Familiarity with environmental issues is a plus but not required

The Fine Print

CAC staff are currently fully remote. However, once it is safe to do so, CAC staff will continue to work remotely and will be asked to come to our DC office for at least 1-2 in-person meetings per quarter depending on department. Staff will work East Coast hours regardless of their location.

The target salary for this position is $55,000 depending on experience. We offer an excellent benefits package which includes 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous paid time off, and a 401k plan.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to economic and social justice and do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

lease submit your cover letter and resume via
In your cover letter, please list each question and provide the response directly below that question.
  1. Why is it important for you to work for an organization committed to winning the climate crisis?
  2. How have you demonstrated your commitment to fighting climate change?
  3. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to social and environmental justice?
  4. Tell us about a time when you built rapport with someone under difficult conditions and what did you do to overcome those conditions?
  5. What would you like to learn here that would help you in the future?

Application Process:
  • Successful applicants will receive a phone screen conducted by the staff of The Griffin Partnership and be asked to complete a Questionnaire regarding their experience. The next round of interviews will involve a virtual interview (over Zoom) with members of the Climate Action Campaign Hiring Team. After that interview, finalists will be asked to complete a skills-based exercise. There will be another interview with other team members of the Climate Action Campaign before a successful applicant is chosen. Reference checks will be conducted prior to presenting an offer to the successful candidate.
  • This hiring process is on a fast track and applications may only be accepted for a limited period of time. We hope to have someone start the beginning of March or sooner.
  • If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability so that you may participate in the selection process, please email Sybil Griffin at  or call Sybil at (313) 549-5925.

Job Categories: Climate Change. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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