Campaigns Associate

  • Environmental Advocates of New York
  • NYC Preferred
  • Dec 20, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Protection

Job Description

Location: New York City preferred


Environmental Advocates of New York seeks applicants for a Campaigns Associate position.

Founded in 1969, Environmental Advocates, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is an environmental government watchdog in Albany and a leading voice for conservation, the environment and public health in New York State. Environmental Advocates works for policy change at the local, state and federal levels to support cleaner and healthier communities for all New Yorkers.


The Campaigns Associate is integral to Environmental Advocates’ engagement work, and the right candidate will analyze, advocate, and organize on a range of issues across our policy areas to activate our advocates and help build coalitions across the state. This position will lead and assist on campaigns to enhance existing relationships and inspire partnerships with a variety of organizations and individuals to foster and grow continued education and advocacy efforts. 


We seek candidates who are highly motivated to change public policy and grow the movement for clean transportation, clean water and vibrant communities, with the goal of making New York a true environmental leader.


General Duties


The Campaigns Associate is a full-time, non-exempt position (37.5 hours per week) who reports to the Director of Campaigns. The Associate works with our policy and communications teams to effectively advocate for strong policies and standards, and organizes activists to hold state leaders accountable on environmental issues. This includes, but is not limited to: advocating for implementation and enforcement of the state’s environmental policies; crafting action alerts and hosting events to engage our statewide advocates; working with colleague organizations, our advocates, the general public, and local legislators to advance our positions; and identifying prospective new partners.


Successful applicants will have a broad knowledge of environmental issues, community organizing experience in direct advocacy or grassroots lobbying, and have worked on issue-based campaigns.


Areas of Responsibility 


  • Develop, coordinate and implement strategies for conducting outreach to current activists (both on- and off-line) and for expanding Environmental Advocates’ presence in communities across the state;
  • Promote the organization and increase visibility by arranging events, identifying and staffing citizen engagement opportunities, and hosting or participating in other partner-sponsored events;
  • Work with communications and policy staff on the development of outreach materials for advocacy, digital content, planning and marketing events and creating other communications for activists, local leaders and the press;
  • Identify and implement strategies to enhance our relationships with local elected officials, activists and partners and to use those relationships to advance our policy goals; and
  • Develop and implement a strategy to build a broader base of support and engage community groups and individuals in the organization’s policy advocacy.


Educational Background 


Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy, Political Science, and/or Environmental Studies preferred


Skills/Experience Preferred


  • At least two years of experience in advocacy or community organizing for a nonprofit or labor organization, or comparable experience;
  • Passion for environmental protection and social justice and motivated to involve others in the cause;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and work as part of a distributed team;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and interest in serving as a public representative of the organization;
  • Experience implementing activist campaigns or community engagement;
  • Experience managing volunteers and organizing events; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed.




Salary is in the $40,000 to $45,000 range, commensurate with experience. We also offer health benefits, paid time off, retirement savings including an employer contribution, and a vibrant, fast-paced work environment.


How to Apply 


Please email your resume, cover letter, list of three references, and a brief writing sample to: Please reference “Campaigns Associate” in the subject line. Only email submissions will be accepted. Please do not mail application materials or call.

Environmental Advocates is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy that an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other protected characteristic as established by federal, state or local law is not and will not be considered in any decision regarding recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, layoff, termination, classification, compensation, benefits or other employment action. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Environmental Advocates works for policy change at the local, state and federal levels to support cleaner and healthier communities for all New Yorkers.


Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO


Low to mid 40's.

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