Senior Strategist

The Sunrise Project
  • Location
    Remote, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 10

Position description

The Senior Strategist will develop strategies to shift US banks away from funding fossil fuels. If you're an experienced campaigner with a passion for climate justice and holding power to account, this is the role for you!

Location: Work from anywhere in the US, ideally on Eastern timezone

About Us

Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project U.S. 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 affiliated programs and staff in Australia and Europe, we have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organizations to drive powerful change towards our mission. 

We have a dynamic and nimble organizational culture and we’re serious about supporting our people to thrive. We move fast and lean 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 color, people living outside of cities, and people with disability and talents to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone. 

About You

You’re a natural campaigner, creative thinker with a strong track record of making change happen. You have a strong strategic sense and an understanding of how power works in the world and want to shift the role of financial institutions and hold corporate power to account. 

You understand how big banks operate either through your experience as a campaigner, in the government, or through your work in the financial sector. You can develop strategy, build a team, manage multiple concurrent projects, across time zones and continents and also feel comfortable working effectively in collaborative teams.

You’ve got exceptional networking and interpersonal communication skills and are just as comfortable working with senior finance industry professionals as you are with grassroots climate activists. 

About the Role

This role will lead the development and execution of banks strategy, aimed at shifting the biggest banks in the US away from funding fossil fuels.

This role will sits within the Global banks team and will help contribute to the global strategy. We support networks of organizations to work together to achieve outcomes that would not be possible by individual organizations acting alone. This role will actively support the capacity building of these networks and partner organizations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop campaign strategy plans;

  • Actively drive campaign strategy to ensure victory;

  • Jointly manage a multi-million-dollar campaign budget and partner grants;

  • Engage with the existing network of organizations working on private finance and fossil fuels in the US

  • Bring new members and proactively fill the gaps in strategy and tactics as needed

  • Ensure that campaign demands to banks are consistent with the Global Banks work and that big banks are held accountable to the same standards in the US as outside it

  • Work closely with the Central Banks/Fed and Financial regulation team 

  • Reactive campaign work to take advantage of emerging opportunities 


Required Skills and Experience    

  • At least 5-7 years of experience as a campaigner working on global climate, finance, and/or corporate accountability campaigns;

  • Demonstrated experience managing campaign implementation at a global level;

  • Demonstrated ability to manage campaign alliances and external partnerships;

  • Ability to learn subjects quickly, and/or understanding of the finance sector and the drivers and dynamics of capital markets;

  • An innate grasp of campaign strategy, system thinking and the ability to articulate strategies in a clear and compelling way; 

  • Ability to thrive in a high-paced environment.

Application instructions

In our commitment to inclusive hiring of the best candidates, we use the Be Applied hiring system to process applications. The Be Applied system reduces the opportunity for unconscious bias in allowing for anonymized reviews of responses to work sample questions. This means we assess candidates anonymously based on how well you demonstrate the required skills, knowledge, values and strategic thinking in response to specific job-related questions. When you click on the link you will be taken to a site to start your application. You may upload a CV or resume and will be asked several questions that will be related to the role you are applying for. There is no requirement to submit a cover letter. Apply at