Climate Solutions Oregon Director (Closes

Climate Solutions Oregon Director

Posted: 8/21/2017

Location: Portland Metro

Closing Date: 9/15/2017

Industry: Environment, Management, Nonprofit

Type: Full Time

About Climate Solutions
Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. Since 1998, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated political leadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly‐shared economic prosperity can go hand‐in‐hand. 

We have recently completed our revised strategic plan. In the next four years, we will focus our efforts on swiftly transitioning the Northwest electrical grid to 100% clean energy faster than anywhere else in the nation; and to leveraging our clean grid to electrify as many energy uses for the built environment, industry, and transportation that we can. Our theory of change is grounded in our belief that powerful leadership actions in our region can spur changes far beyond the Northwest for national impact. For more information about Climate Solutions, visit


Climate Solutions is looking for an innovative leader to direct the Oregon office and lead the organization’s statewide activities. Climate Solutions is building the biggest campaigns and programs in the organization’s history, and seeks a hungry leader to accomplish ambitious objectives. The best candidate is inspirational, a strong manager, an experienced climate and clean energy advocate, and can build powerful partnerships with a diverse array of players across Oregon. The candidate has the skills to raise funds and raise our profile in the state to help grow the organization and the larger climate and clean energy movement.

This is a full-time, exempt position located in our Portland office and reports to the Director of Programs, who is based in Seattle.


Serve as the senior representative for Climate Solutions in Oregon in a variety of settings, including the leadership team for high priority campaigns including Renew Oregon.
In collaboration with the Director of Programs, develop and implement strategic plans to advance Climate Solutions vision in Oregon.
Build powerful and innovative coalitions, including collaboration with current allies and the expansion of resources, relationships, and partnerships with business, labor, communities of color, environment, public health, and more.
Oversee the operations of the Oregon office, providing strong leadership to our team based in Portland.
Work with the Executive Director and development staff to raise funds to support our Oregon operation, including major donor and foundation cultivation and helping make the annual dinner in the fall each year a success.
Serve on the Senior Management Team of the organization, helping to shape the direction of Climate Solutions.
Lead Climate Solutions’ campaigns for strong climate, clean energy, and energy efficiency policies in Oregon.
Serve as Climate Solutions’ primary spokesperson in the state, including media communications, public presentations, and providing regular content for organizational communications (e.g. email engagement, social media, and blog posts).
Collaborate with the Director of Programs and other Climate Solutions staff to integrate Oregon-based work on cross-cutting programs across the region.
Incorporate the organization’s equity goals and analysis in all aspects of our work.
Ensure that staff reporting deadlines are met for program, development, and administrative tasks.
Additional duties may be assigned commensurate with the responsibilities of this position.


Skills and Knowledge:

Understanding of advocacy campaigns, including communications, lobbying, organizing, and coalition building.
Management experience, including supervising staff, programs, or campaigns; and developing and implementing strategic plans.
Experience with equity, diversity, and inclusion with a strong commitment and demonstrated ability to integrate equity practices.
Experience crafting, advocating for and implementing policies and policy recommendations on one or more related fields: climate, clean energy, public health, labor, social and environmental justice. 
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Exceptional written and verbal skills.
Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Climate Solutions.
Ability to operate desktop computer and Microsoft Windows and Office Software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and specialized software applications in a network environment.


At least five years of management-level, professional experience in business, community organizing, policy work, or some combination.
Two years of experience supervising employees
Experience working in a very hands-on, small office or start up environment with little administrative support.


The salary range starts at $80,000 annually and is dependent on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including medical, 4 weeks of paid leave, retirement, and an exceptional team of colleagues.

Climate Solutions is committed to equal opportunity in employment and promotion for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, military or veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, pregnancy and childbirth, family responsibilities, or any other basis protected by applicable laws, regulations, or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.

Application Guidelines/Contact:

Email a résumé, cover letter and at least three professional reference contacts in PDF format to
Please put OREGON DIRECTOR and YOUR NAME as the subject line of the email and address the cover letter to Duncan Marsh, Director of Programs. 
Please label the cover letter and resume with your first and last name.
In the body of the email, please let us know how you found out about the position.
This position is open until filled, but priority review will be given to candidates who have submitted their applications by September 15th. Applications received after that date may be reviewed in a second round.

Range starts at $80,000