Federal Climate Campaign Director

About IEC

The Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund (IECEF), and its affiliate the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), promote sound environmental laws and policies, provide a forum for environmentalists and facilitate a statewide activist network. IECEF engages in legislative monitoring and analysis; outreach, organizing and coalition building; and communication and education. IEC performs legislative advocacy and builds power for people and the environment.

About the Position

The Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund (IECEF) is looking to build the organizing and outreach capacity of environmental organizations within Illinois.

Previous experience with coalitions, campaigns, outreach, and organizing is required.  Climate expertise is preferred.

This position may be located in Chicago or Springfield, IL. The position is full-time and may include evening and weekend work, regular travel within the Chicagoland area, and occasional travel to Springfield, Illinois. The position will be based in Illinois with the opportunity to work remotely within the state.

About You

We’re looking for a self-motivated individual who is excited by the challenge of addressing the biggest challenges facing Illinois by bringing together diverse stakeholders. You should be a stellar communicator who enjoys connecting people.

We are a small, dynamic team that rely on each other to produce high quality work.

You want to lead and build new work at IEC. You’re excited about the potential of federal climate work and understand the importance of Illinois’ congressional delegation to move forward progressive, equitable climate legislation that will benefit Illinois for decades to come.

We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. Each new hire provides us an opportunity to bring in a different perspective, and we are always eager to further diversify our organization. IEC/IECEF is committed to building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do the best and most rewarding work of your career.


  • Follow federal climate legislation closely and evaluate its potential impact on Illinois with an emphasis on impacts to frontline, low income, and BIPOC communities.
  • Partner with IEC member organizations and stakeholders to create and implement a campaign to ensure Illinois’ Congressional delegation supports and champions federal climate legislation.
  • Provide support to junior level staff at IEC and affiliated organizations.
  • Contribute to IEC’s public messaging and serve as the main spokesperson with respect to our federal climate work.
  • Coordinate with partner organizations to develop strategies and implement tactics, such as congressional meetings, letters to the editor, action alerts, and other grassroots organizing opportunities.
  • Seek out additional funding for climate and organizing work for partner organizations.


  • A minimum of five years experience.  This is a senior position at IEC/IECEF
  • Previous campaign experience, including political or organizing campaigns
  • Expertise working with federal elected officials
  • Knowledge of climate issues and policy, preferred
  • Excellent public speaking and media skills
  • Experience working in and with frontline and/or environmental justice organizations
  • A minimum of three years experience in staff management
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft and Google software suites
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and people
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and work independently
  • Interest in environmental issues and policies

About Our Pay and Benefits

The Organizing Director is a full-time position located in Illinois. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, and vacation. Salary range is $60,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience. Cover letter MUST include salary requirements.  Candidates with salary requirements above the listed salary range will not be considered.

If you want to join Jen, Matt, Colleen, Lindsay, Eliot, Jeff, Iyana, Tucker, Crystal, Ariel, Paloma, and Ben in serving our affiliates and making Illinois a better place to live, work and recreate, please apply!

How to Apply

Introduce yourself to us as a colleague. Show us your future here! We value great writers, so be yourself, be creative, and take your time with the application. There’s no prize for being the first to submit! Stock cover letters won’t do. Tell us why you want this job.

Applications must be received by March 1, 2021.

To apply please send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to

Matt Steffen, Chief of Staff

By e-mail to: msteffen@ilenviro.org

Please direct all questions to Matt Steffen via e-mail.

IEC/IECEF is an equal opportunity employer. 

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