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Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project is a team of experienced change-makers, researchers and communications professionals with a mission to scale social movements to drive the global transition beyond fossil fuels. With programs and staff in Australia, and affiliated programs and staff in Europe, and the US, we have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organisations to drive powerful change towards our mission.
We have a dynamic and nimble organisational culture and we’re serious about supporting our people to thrive.
We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives 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 a disability to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone. You can read our commitment to this work here.
You have a deep commitment to climate justice. You are passionate about protecting people and the environment from the worsening impacts of the climate crisis by preventing the expansion and beginning the phase out of Australian gas exports. You may not have experience in gas or climate roles, but your past work has required you to engage with some level of technical detail, and to turn it into compelling, strategic stories that cut through a crowded media landscape.
You’re a creative and big picture thinker, and an experienced communications professional. You understand Australia’s economic and political systems and can quickly identify points of intervention for impactful communication strategies. You enjoy problem solving and making things happen.
You are confident and skilled at mentoring and supporting others to lead. You are committed to empowering others to learn, grow and act for the common good.
Our collaborative approach means you are committed to working in teams - both within Sunrise and importantly with our many community partners. You have strong facilitation skills and the ability to build relationships with a wide range of different players – from grassroots community members to corporate actors and financial analysts. You are a good listener and have the ability and drive to support our partner groups to do their best work.
The role of the Senior Communications Strategist is to co-develop and implement communication strategies to prevent the expansion of gas mining and exports and to accelerate its phase out.
Over the past decade Australia’s LNG exports have boomed, with Australia now the world’s largest exporter of LNG. The gas industry is responsible for 10% of Australia’s domestic emissions, and emissions from burning the gas we export are greater still. To prevent catastrophic climate change, along with rapidly phasing out coal, we must prevent the expansion of Australia’s gas sector and accelerate its decline.
Changing the story around gas is vital. A lack of strong public opposition to gas - and much of its support from investors - - rests on the false premise that gas is clean, or at least benign, and necessary to Australia’s economy and workforce. Raising understanding among investors, journalists and the broader public that gas is dirty, damaging and a doomed global industry is a priority for this role..
If you meet some but not all of the criteria for this position, are unsure, but you’re keen on the role - please get in touch. We value and recognise experience that has been unpaid, from the grassroots or is lived experience.
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