Climate Finance Campaigner

Location: Oakland, CA (negotiable for the right candidate)
Application Deadline: May 24, 2021, 9 am PDT

About us

Amazon Watch is a growing non-profit organization working to protect the rainforest, advance and amplify the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, and halt further advancement of the climate crisis. We work in partnership and solidarity with Indigenous peoples, who are the best stewards of the forest, but are increasingly under assault by industrial development, the expansion of extractive industries including oil and mining, the onslaught of far-right regimes, and climate change related catastrophes. We also work closely with partners in the environmental and climate justice movement in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological stability, which is now dangerously close to reaching a tipping point.

Amazon Watch is a woman-of-color-led organization committed to racial, social and climate justice. Amazon Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, or class. We strive to build an organization that is inclusive and representative of our partners and the larger world. As such, we strongly encourage self-identified people of color, people with disabilities, Indigenous, queer, and transgender people to apply. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

About the role

This is an exciting new role to which you can bring your skills and expertise to help Amazon Watch grow our work to end private financial flows to the industries destroying the rainforest, abusing Indigenous rights, and driving the climate crisis.

The Climate Finance Campaigner will join our Finance Team, which works in close partnership with campaigns like BlackRock's Big Problem, coalitions like Stop The Money Pipeline, and ally organizations like Stand.earth to mobilize grassroots action, pressure and/or engage with companies, advocate for government policy change, and shape the media narrative around accountability for financial firms – especially banks and asset managers – that are currently investing in the industries driving the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the climate.

The Finance Campaigner's work will likely include:

  • mobilizing grassroots actions and protests
  • representing Amazon Watch and our organizational goals in coalitions
  • conducting research and writing reports, policy memos, and other communication products
  • networking and relationship-building with allies
  • designing and leading campaign strategies
  • participating in and supporting Indigenous leaders from the Amazon in dialogue with executives at financial institutions
  • coordinating with Amazon Watch's field teams in the Amazon

About you

You're a passionate changemaker with a track record of leading campaigns that achieve real-world change. You may or may not be an expert in financial institutions, but you do have significant experience with corporate or government campaigning.

You're a systems thinker, have a collaborative mindset, and know what it takes to bring together networks to drive real world change. You are committed to racial, economic, and climate justice.

Required skills and experience

  • Experience designing and implementing strategic campaigns to pressure a corporate or government target to change policy and/or behavior toward environmental, climate justice and/or human rights goals
  • A sophisticated understanding of power and campaign strategy, and the ability to articulate strategies in a clear and compelling way
  • A collaborative mindset and a track record of working effectively in alliance with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to stay on top of multiple projects, plan backwards, and anticipate obstacles and opportunities
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication and self-awareness

Desirable skills and experience

  • Previous experience with corporate, especially finance, campaigning
  • General understanding of the oil, mining, and/or agribusiness industries
  • Financial research skills and experience
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples and/or other frontline communities
  • Translation and/or interpretation experience
  • Experience working on issues related to the Amazon, land rights, and/or Indigenous rights
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese (in addition to English)
  • If you meet some but not all of the criteria for this position, but you're keen on the role – please get in touch. We value and recognize experience that has been unpaid, from the grassroots, or lived experience.

Salary and benefits

Commensurate with experience. Salary range: $55,000 – $60,000. Full benefits include family health care (including vision and dental), vacation, sabbatical and employer-matched retirement plan.

To apply

Please, no calls. Send résumé, three references, and cover letter explaining why you would like to join our team and why you are the best candidate for the job to applications@amazonwatch.org. Please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: "Ana_Martinez_Cover_Letter.doc" and "Ana_Martinez_Resume.doc." Thank you.

Amazon Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. People of color and Indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

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