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Senior Campaigner, Offshore Oil & Gas (REPOST)

Center for International Environmental Law

Center for International Environmental Law

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023

POSITION TITLE: Senior Campaigner

CAMPAIGN FOCUS: Oceans / Offshore Oil and Gas

PROGRAM: Climate & Energy

SUPERVISOR: Climate & Energy Director


SALARY RANGE: $60,000-80,000 depending on qualifications (may vary depending on country)


The oceans are increasingly targeted for new oil and gas drilling and infrastructure, as fossil fuel companies go to ever-greater lengths to extract resources and as they face mounting resistance from frontline communities on land. Despite their geographic separation, offshore developments in different parts of the world share common obstacles and risks. These shared problems offer a unique opportunity to build movements on a regional basis, to connect people working on these issues across the world, and to equip affected communities with the expertise, analysis, and arguments needed to respond.

The Senior Campaigner will help CIEL’s efforts to end global offshore oil and gas expansion by building and strengthening the global movement against offshore oil and gas activity, as described in the responsibilities outlined below. The position requires work within international coalitions and across timezones, as well as international travel, occasionally for significant periods (health guidance permitting). The Senior Campaigner will report to the Climate & Energy Program Director.

Please note, this is a slightly modified and reposted version of this position, which was originally opened in 2022.


Coalitions and Campaigns:

  • In conjunction with Supervisor and relevant staff, shape and lead strategy and develop and implement strategic campaigns and advocacy across regions that achieve measurable progress towards CIEL’s strategic priorities and programmatic objectives, ensuring the highest quality work.
  • Build, coordinate, strengthen and/or mobilize diverse coalitions working toward shared strategic goals and objectives.
  • Organize, implement, and participate in events to assist campaign goals.
  • Develop education, outreach, and advocacy materials for a variety of audiences in coordination with the Communications Department as relevant.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of relevant policies, industry trends, and issue areas.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with relevant partner organizations and networks, including frontline/grassroots groups, as well as government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and/or other stakeholders.
  • As appropriate, represent CIEL before policymakers, in media interviews, and at public events to contribute to campaign objectives.
  • Assist in information flow within the program, and other CIEL programs.
  • Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned by Campaign Manager, Deputy Director, and the Program Director.

Management and Administration:

  • Maintain timesheets and submit them on time.
  • Meet periodically as requested, with supervisor and other team members.
  • Participate in weekly staff and team meetings and other organizational activities, including an annual staff performance evaluation.
  • Meet target dates, prioritize tasks, and ensure high-quality work product.


Minimum Qualifications:

    • At least 7 years of professional experience, with at least 2 of those in developing and delivering successful and effective movement-based advocacy campaigns at the international, transnational, and/or regional level.
  • Experience with international coalitions and environmental or human rights policy campaigns, with a strong preference for experience related to oceans and/or oil and gas issues.
  • Comfort working with and building long-term relationships with a wide range of constituencies, including community organizations and environmental justice groups. Aptitude and willingness to work in rapid response circumstances where urgency is a necessity.
  • Familiarity with the drivers and impacts of climate change, particularly the fossil fuel industry, and their environmental justice implications.
  • Experience and comfort working with diverse coalitions on corporate, finance and/or legal campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to distill and communicate key messages from technical information, for different audiences.Ability to oversee and deliver multiple priorities by target dates and perform a wide variety of tasks over the course of the workday.
  • Ease working both independently and collaboratively, in close coordination across teams.
  • Comfort admitting what you don’t know and recognizing that seeking and receiving feedback is part of the learning process.
  • Awareness of how your words and actions affect others, openness to and respect for others’ perspectives.
  • Ability and willingness to travel public safety guidelines permitting).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, in particular Spanish and/or French

Location note: This position may be eligible to work from the following locations:

  • CIEL has the capacity through OysterHR to hire employees in certain jurisdictions outside of where we are headquartered. Thus, candidates may be eligible to work remotely from the US or another country, depending on the US state or other country and provided your work schedule can align with South/North American and/or African/European time zones. You must have obtained legal authorization to work and live in the country from which you wish to work.
  • In our Washington, DC, USA office, provided you have obtained your own legal work authorization (CIEL cannot sponsor work visas).
  • In our Geneva, Switzerland office provided you have the ability to legally work in Switzerland, (i.e., a citizen of EU/EFTA member states).

This is a full-time, exempt position. CIEL offers a strong benefits package including employer-subsidized health, dental, and vision; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; a 5% contribution of gross annual salary into a 403(b) retirement account; a relocation stipend; dedicated professional development funding; and paid sabbatical leave after 7 years. CIEL is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the US, and full-time employees qualify for the US Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Application instructions: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with the first review date of February 21. Desired start date: As soon as able. Please submit a resume and cover letter. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

Anonymous Demographic Survey: Please complete this anonymous demographic survey as part of your application to CIEL. The survey will only be used to help us evaluate our efforts to recruit a diverse pool of candidates. Your answers will not in any way be linked to your application, and the answers to the survey will not be handled by anyone on the hiring committee for the role.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with CIEL’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, CIEL requires US candidates to furnish proof of full COVID vaccination status in order to be hired for this position. ​​If you are not eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or vaccination is contraindicated by a licensed medical professional, you must provide documentation verifying this ineligibility or contraindication.

About CIEL: For 30 years, CIEL has used the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL’s dynamic team of international attorneys and experts work together in a collaborative and supportive work environment to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing people and the planet.

We are an equal opportunity employer, actively committed to the principles of multiculturalism and building an organization that is as diverse as the communities we serve around the world. We know that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, and we actively encourage qualified applicants with various backgrounds, identities, perspectives, and (dis)abilities to apply. If you need an accommodation or support with this application, please contact Human Resources at jobs[at]ciel.org.