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Are you an experienced leader wanting to make a difference in the most defining issue of our time? The Clean State climate initiative is searching for a talented director and advocate with a track record of success in strategic communications and movement building to lead its drive for transformative action on climate change in Western Australia. 


The Clean State Director position requires a driven, strategic, and dynamic leader, ready to take this highly successful climate change initiative to the next level. Their central mission will be to lead the organisation to drive broad-based mainstream support for government and business action on climate change in one of the world’s most energy intensive economies.


  • Hours: Full time including requirement to work outside of normal work hours at times
  • Salary guide: $130,000 p/a depending on skills and experience
  • Contract period: The term of this role is three years, subject to successful performance reviews, with a view to continue beyond that period subject to funding.
  • Location: The position is based in Perth, Western Australia. We would be pleased to aid the right candidate with relocation if necessary.
  • Reporting: This position reports directly to an independent advisory board.


  • Develop and lead a high impact program of strategic communications, stakeholder relationships, community engagement and government relations that delivers broad-based, mainstream support for action on climate change in Western Australia.
  • Lead the development of campaign and communications strategy which successfully influences public policy in securing swift and substantial climate action.
  • Grow and manage a high impact, committed, and results driven team of staff and volunteers.
  • Be an effective and trusted public spokesperson for the Clean State initiative, and to demonstrate commitment to its strategy and aims in all internal and public activities and communications.
  • To initiate, lead, and manage delivery of strategies and tactics including strategic communications, stakeholder relationships, lobbying and political engagement, community organising, research and policy development.
  • Develop relationships and undertake high-level lobbying and engagement with ministers and other decision makers.
  • Lead a program of activities that build further capacity for the initiative, including cultivating relationships with existing and new funding partners, initiating retail fundraising efforts, grant applications, sponsorships, in-kind partnerships and other strategies.
  • Provide reports to an Independent Advisory Board, Executive and funding partners on progress.


Essential criteria

  • Demonstrated track record of success in leading strategic communications and advocacy campaigns including success at leading campaign strategy and delivery.
  • Personal drive to make change and achieve results, with demonstrated innovation and flexibility, ability to work under pressure, and manage complex stakeholder interests.
  • Demonstrated success in developing strategic partnerships and relationships with the business community, and other stakeholder groups that are traditionally seen as a barriers to action on climate change.
  • Proven ability to influence stakeholders from community, business and government at a senior level.
  • Demonstrated experience at recruiting and managing high performing teams, and reporting at the Executive level.

Desirable criteria

  • A depth of understanding of climate change policy, economics and politics, especially at the State level here in Western Australia.
  • An understanding of governance, legislation and compliance requirements of non-government organisations, particularly Registered Environmental Organisations (REO).
  • Experience in leading on-ground community engagement and organising efforts on strategic issues that unite communities across traditional political and cultural divides.
  • An understanding of grassroots community and NGO advocacy and activism on climate change and related issues.
  • Experience in engaging and developing relationships with grantmakers, funding partners to grow capacity and resources.
  • Experience working alongside farmers, workers, regional communities, and Aboriginal people in Western Australia

Clean State believes that a diversity of experiences and perspectives, reflecting the diversity and experiences of people impacted most by climate change, will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We strongly encourage First Nations people, people of colour, people living outside of cities, and people with disabilities and all talents to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone.

For more information on Clean State and our available positions, head to https://www.cleanstate.org.au/work_with_us

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