CIEL Program Director, Climate & Energy - Washington, D.C.

Opportunity Type: Job

CIEL’s Climate and Energy program uses innovative legal strategies to protect human rights from both the drivers of and the responses to climate change; to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels by highlighting the risks of fossil fuel investments and holding State and corporate actors accountable for their role in the climate crisis; and to address the plastic crisis at its source: the fossil fuel industry.

CIEL seeks a dynamic, strategic, and experienced legal advocate to lead a strong and growing team of lawyers and campaigners in this effort. The Climate & Energy Program Director is a key leadership position within CIEL, and a key contributor to the broader climate movement. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience designing and leading breakthrough legal and advocacy strategies in the climate context; proven ability to manage a diverse staff of experienced professionals; a track record of exceptional legal research and writing; proven experience as a communicator and spokesperson; demonstrated fundraising experience; and a commitment to the bold approaches to climate action, human rights, and international law that define CIEL’s work.

The position serves as CIEL’s institutional lead on climate policy and programs and bears primary responsibility for the strategic development, day-to-day management, and administrative oversight for the program. In consultation with the President and other relevant staff, the Program Director will work with team members to define program objectives consistent with CIEL’s mission and strategic plan, secure program funding from foundations and donors, implement campaigns consistent with objectives and available resources, and oversee administrative matters relating to the program. The position reports to the President, is based in Washington, DC, and requires frequent international travel.