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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, 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 move fast and leaning into the urgency of the climate challenge.
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 all kinds of bodies and talents to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone. You can read our commitment to this work here.
You’re a creative and big picture thinker who can identify points of intervention quickly for campaign plans, and a track record of guiding and implementing effective campaigns or projects and you are passionate about protecting people and the environment from the worsening impacts of the climate crisis.
You’re a generalist with an ability to quickly understand and stay across a wide range of issues, while also building detailed knowledge when you need to. You’re comfortable with a wide variety of approaches to achieving change including political, legal, scientific, financial and public communications strategies. You enjoy problem solving and making things happen. You’re confident and skilled at mentoring and supporting others to lead.
Coal mining is Australia’s largest contribution to the global climate crisis. The climate pollution from burning the coal Australia exports is around 1 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent every year, or about double Australia’s total annual domestic emissions from every source. The evidence of a climate emergency is now undeniable and requires a rapid replacement of coal-burning electricity, a halt to new coal mines, and retiring current coal mines.
There are 94 operating coal mines in Australia and around 60 proposed new coal mines and expansions needing an estimated $80 billion dollars in investment. If planned coal expansions went ahead, Australian coal would account for 12% of global emissions by 2030.
The role of the Senior Campaigner is to collaborate with key organisational partners in the development and implementation of campaign strategies and tactics to protect Australia’s environment from the expansion of coal mining and exports, and seek strategies to phase it out.
We support networks of organisations to work together to achieve outcomes that would not be possible by individual organisations acting alone. We expect all roles at Sunrise to actively support the capacity building of these networks and partner organisations.
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.
The Sunrise Project is committed to creating a workplace that supports our staff to do their best work and develop professionally. We have the following in place to help us achieve that:
If you would like to apply using other methods - eg. via a video recording etc - please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: Senior Strategist - Coal Mining and Exports Team enquiry via EthicalJobs and we can arrange it.