Climate and Clean Energy Program Director- Washington Environmental Council


Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that drives positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For 50 years, we have been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment. From bedrock laws like the State Environmental Policy Act, to free electronic waste recycling, to finding solutions that reduce our climate emissions and build our clean energy economy. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.

We share office space and staff with our sister organization Washington Conservation Voters (WCV). By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington state. While both organizations are independent, we work very closely together. Combined, we have a staff of 30 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference.

Washington Environmental Council’s Climate and Clean Energy Program engages to move the dial on state policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting scientifically based, effective, and equitable limits and pricing global warming pollution. We do this to transition off fossil fuel and toward a clean energy economy. To achieve our goals we use legislation, policymaking, ballot measures, and legal action. This work is aimed at getting us to long-term outcomes that include:

  • Washington meeting or exceeding its 2020 emission reduction commitments, with a path to meeting limits for 2035 and 2050.

  • Achieving an economy-wide cap on carbon that drives emissions reductions through state actions and regional partnerships.

  • Garnering broad support for limiting carbon emissions and investing in the transition to clean, efficient energy as economically beneficial.

We are honored and excited to be partnering with organizations championing Environmental Justice, specifically those communities of color who are already dealing with the impacts of climate change. We are working to remove barriers to participation in order to build a just and sustainable climate movement. We are looking for a coalition-minded director with campaign and policy experience to move this program forward.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $63,000 to $68,000 depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and a resume online here. No phone calls or mailed applications please.  We are hoping to fill this position as soon as possible and will be reviewing applications on a rolling deadline.

Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.


Leadership and Program Management

  • Work with staff, board and core partners to lead the Climate and Clean Energy program, including developing component policies and campaign plans.

  • Identify and leverage emerging program, project, and campaign opportunities.

  • Build and sustain strategic partnerships within and beyond the environmental community that further program goals.

  • Work with other WEC program directors to align and maximize the connections with WEC’s Evergreen Forests, Fossil Fuel Infrastructure, and Puget Sound programs.

  • Work to bring the four lenses of WEC’s strategic plan into Climate and Clean Energy Program work: fostering innovation; pursuing racial and environmental justice; driving transformation through partnerships; and partnering with Washington Conservation Voters.

  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of the program and revise strategy and implementation as needed.

  • Supervise and direct the program’s Associate.

  • Collaborate with communications and field staff as they work to support the Climate and Clean Energy program and campaigns.

Policy Development & Advocacy

  • Manage policy direction of program with input from staff, board members, and strategic partners.

  • Lead on strategy development, policy development and analysis.

  • Build and maintain coalitions with a broad group of partners.

  • Oversee WEC’s participation in climate related litigation.

  • Advocate WEC’s policy positions in administrative, legislative, and other decision-making bodies.

  • Support and guide lobbying efforts by our legislative team to implement our climate and clean energy campaigns in the legislature.

Outreach, Communications & Fundraising

  • Develop relationships with businesses to promote our efforts, with an emphasis on opportunities for partnership.

  • Represent WEC in various partnerships and coalitions.

  • Serve as one of the WEC spokespeople for the media on climate and clean energy issues.

  • Work with communications staff to develop content such as opinion pieces, newsletter, e-news and website content as needed.

  • Collaborate with organizing staff to generate action alerts, presentations, and other outreach materials.

  • Collaborate with the development team on the production of grant proposals and reports and fundraising appeals; participate in donor and foundation meetings; assist with fundraising events as needed.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Washington Environmental Council, environmental protection, and principles of racial, social, and economic justice.

  • At least five years of demonstrated success in leading policy advocacy campaigns.

  • Experience with climate, clean energy, and/or energy efficiency laws and policy advocacy; related experience may be considered.

  • Desire and demonstrated ability to provide visible leadership for a program that addresses a timely environmental and economic challenge.

  • Demonstrated staff management ability.

  • Ability to lead a coalition of multiple and diverse interests in pursuit of a complex set of goals.

  • Flexible, creative, and able to work in a changing and unpredictable policy environment.

  • Strong writing, verbal, and analytic skills.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Good at navigating complex working environments and building relationships with integrity.

  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and with a team, in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.



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