Full-Time Senior Program Manager, Climate and Agriculture Finance Program
Who We Are: Friends of the Earth (FOE) is a national not for profit environmental organization that strives for a healthier and more just world. We push for the reforms that are needed. It’s an approach that has worked for five decades to produce important victories that help protect our planet and its people. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of groups working in more than 70 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.
Our new Climate and Agriculture Finance Program aims to combat the climate crisis and biodiversity loss by shifting public development and private finance away from industrial livestock and commodity feed production towards more sustainable and equitable food production. The program seeks to achieve meaningful and absolute emission reductions from animal agribusiness by exposing big meat and dairy greenwashing and pressuring governments and the finance sector to develop stronger policies, including bold GHG emission reduction targets and full GHG emission disclosure requirements.
What We Look For: Are you passionate about developing and leading effective and hard-hitting, justice-centered strategies and campaigns to shift private and public development finance away from industrial livestock and chemical-intensive agriculture? Are you able to oversee and lead the strategic vision of the Climate and Agriculture Finance program? Are you skilled at raising money and cultivating donors? Can you oversee corporate finance policy, organizing, research and strategic communications that will help to expose corporate greenwashing, highlight social justice concerns, and secure meaningful corporate climate commitments?
If so, this is the position for you. We want you to succeed and we want to pay you a competitive wage that is in line with your experience. The salary range for this full-time remote role (preferably in the Washington, DC area) is $92,000-$100,000. Offers are determined based on relevant skills and experience required for the position.
Who You Are:
Transformational and Authentic Leader: Lead policy work related to climate change and agriculture finance, including policy engagement efforts with governments, private banks, asset managers, and International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like the World Bank, the IFC and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Invest. Manage and lead internal and external campaign priorities and processes, manage staff, develop campaign and communication plans and fundraising proposals. Cultivate relationships with donors and foundations.
Relationship Builder: Works well with coalition partners to develop effective international campaigns geared towards achieving meaningful corporate climate commitments and securing policies at financial institutions that exclude investments in industrial livestock companies and related activities. Work with Friends of the Earth’s International Forests program to identify and explore new opportunities and strategies for shifting private finance away from industrial livestock. Work with colleagues and coalition partners on outreach and organizing to amplify voices of groups in Latin America and other regions who are directly impacted by industrial agriculture.
Results Oriented: Produce materials (e.g. policy reports and memos, case studies, op-eds, citizen petitions and sign on letters) that challenge the dominant narrative that we need industrial agriculture to feed the world and that net zero commitments are effective for reaching global climate targets. Build the counter narrative around meaningful solutions and re-direct financing and policy support towards climate-friendly, small and mid-scale agroecological food systems. Develop and implement a fundraising plan, foundation proposals and membership materials.
Collaborative Communicator: Develop and implement effective communications and campaign strategies, including online and offline organizing, traditional and social media, press monitoring and outreach and narrative development with support from Friends of the Earth’s communications and digital membership teams.
- Seven plus years of experience and demonstrated success in policy advocacy, staff management, research, and organizing, (not necessarily environmental), preferably at a campaign-oriented organization, with at least two years of experience in policy advocacy (public policy and/or with the private sector).
- Minimum 2 years of experience managing staff and/or contractors, both in-person and remotely.
- Ability to balance and successfully complete a wide range of activities including advocacy, research, communications, public speaking, policy development, project management and fundraising.
- A demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of environmental and social justice issues, specifically sustainable agriculture, the intersection between food and climate, the connection of food justice to racial justice, and the harms of the industrial animal agriculture system.
- Expert oral and written communication skills and comfort with presenting material to a wide range of audiences, including the public, the press, businesses and government officials. The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
- Excellent decision-making skills, professional initiative, time management, prioritization and networking skills, demonstrated initiative, flexibility and creativity.
- Familiarity with ESG strategies for investors and financial institutions.
- Ability to travel to Washington DC and other locations as needed (Once Covid restrictions are lifted).
- Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel, Office and basic Microsoft programs.
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a fast-moving and results-oriented team in coordination with a diverse group of coalition partners and in a changing environment.
- All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. FoE does not sponsor any employment related visas.
- A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts and a desire to have a major impact on policy debates through hard-hitting advocacy.
- Knowledge and understanding of legislative and executive branch processes and strategic approach to both policy and politics.
- A background in international development policy, environmental issues, public health, racial justice, food systems, environmental science, and/or public policy.
- An understanding of international financial institutions and global agricultural supply chains (deforestation, regenerative agriculture, plant proteins).
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to inspire trust and respect among colleagues and external partners.
- Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, French or one or more languages spoken by our international allies preferred.
Perks & Benefits:
We are a generous employer with benefits that will take care of you. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide:
- 37.5-hour work week
- 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision coverage (80% for eligible dependents)
- Disability and Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account
- 401(k) Matching effective Day 1 (3% match)
- Generous Leave (Vacation-minimum 2 weeks to start, 12 Holidays, Sick, Parental, Sabbatical and More)
- Education Reimbursement and Employee Assistance Program
Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff.