ELM Action Fund Political Director

The Environmental League of Massachusetts is a 501c3 nonprofit that has been advocating for strong environmental policy at the state level since 1898. We are committed to fighting climate change, and protecting the Commonwealth’s land, water, and public health.  

Our sister organization, the ELM Action Fund, is a 501c4 nonprofit organization that holds our elected officials accountable, and works to build the political power of the environmental community. The Action Fund plays a large role in voter education and raising environmental and climate issues in every campaign at every level of government. The organization also manages an Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee PAC (IE PAC) and a campaign PAC.  

Reporting to the ELM Action Fund Executive Director, the Political Director would be responsible for managing all aspects of the IE PAC, including strategy and implementation. They will support other Action Fund strategic priorities as well as partner on specific projects for the Policy team on federal, state, and local issues.  

Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and oversee the IE PAC’s efforts to elect environment champions to state and local government 
  • Create and maintain a yearly IE PAC budget allocating resources strategically, in collaboration with the President and Executive Director 
  • Support fundraising efforts for the IE PAC and cultivate and maintain donor relationships, in partnership with ELM’s development team  
  • Drive and implement IE PAC election activities, including digital, mail, canvassing and get out the vote activities 
  • Manage all aspects of the Green Voter Guide website; evaluate performance and work to reach a larger and broader audience 
  • Build and maintain relationships with other partner Independent Expenditure organizations  
  • Collect and interpret data to inform future decisions 
  • Collaborate with ELM Policy Team to cultivate relationships with key government officials and advise on strategic decisions  
  • Support the organization-wide work on racial justice and equity 
  • Support and drive other ELM Action Fund strategic priorities as needed

Requirements: 

  • At least years of campaign management experience, coordinating various aspects of a campaign including direct mail, digital, and organizing 
  • Commitment to the missionpurpose, and unique role that ELM, the ELM Action Fund, and the ELM Action Fund IE PAC play in advancing environmental policy in Massachusetts 
  • Self-motivated worker with ability to devise a plan, set a timeline, and independently manage execution with limited oversight 
  • Desire to build and cultivate relationships with elected officials, donors, and key community leaders  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills  

Preferred Additional Skills: 

  • Data gathering and analysis 
  • Experience working with databases such as VAN, ThruText and WordPress 
  • Social media savvy 
  • Proficiency in non-English language, particularly Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Mandarin 
  • Intern/fellow management 

Salary 

  • $65,000-$85,000 

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. The ELM Action Fund is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. We develop our strategies and programs through a justice and equity lens and work to ensure the demographics of our staff, board, and supporters reflect the full diversity of the population of the Commonwealth. This process requires determination and willingness to engage from every member of the staff. 

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund understands the connection between environmental policy, public health, and racial justice. We have embarked on a racial justice and equity curriculum as a team and assess progress on our racial justice and equity goals as a full staff each year. 

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to the ELM Action Fund’s Executive Director Clare Kelly at ckelly@elmaction.org by May 28th.

ELM Action Fund Campaign and Advocacy Fellows

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is looking for college students, high school seniors, and recent graduates to be part of our Campaign and Advocacy Fellows program. Join us to help elect environmental champions, advance strong environmental policy, and build the power of the environmental community in Massachusetts. The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund is a 501c4 organization and the state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters.

*Due to concerns for the safety of our staff and fellows, our office is closed until at least September 1, 2021 and all ELM operations, including our fellowship program, are virtual.

Campaign and Advocacy Fellowship

Our fellowship program consists of the three sessions described below. Applicants may apply for multiple sessions. A minimum 10 week commitment of 15-20 hours per week is required but exact start and end dates are flexible. Fellows that do exemplary work will have preference over new applicants if they wish to stay or return for a later session.

SESSION 1 – February through May

  • Location: 90% ELM’s Boston office, 10% campaign work across MA
  • Duties: 80% campaign research and advocacy, 10% in-office campaign work, 10% in-district campaign work (door knocking, phone banking, etc)
  • Some nights and weekends encouraged
  • 15 – 20 hours/ week, $15/ hour or academic credit

SESSION 2 – June through August

  • Location: 75% ELM’s Boston office, 25% campaign work across MA
  • Duties: 75% advocacy, data management, research, and in-office campaign work, 25% in-district campaign work (door knocking, phone banking, etc)
  • Some nights and weekends required
  • 15 – 20 hours/ week, $15/ hour

SESSION 3 – September through November

  • Location: 50% ELM’s Boston office, 50% campaign work across MA
  • Duties: 50% advocacy, data management, research, and in-office campaign work, 50% in-district campaign work (door knocking, phone banking, etc)
  • Some nights and weekends required
  • 15 – 20 hours/ week, $15/ hour or academic credit

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable talking to voters on the phone and in person
  • Strong research, data management, and notetaking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Commitment to environmental advocacy
  • Self-starter with the ability to work collaboratively
  • Commitment to understanding racial justice and equity’s vitality to addressing climate change
  • Community outreach or political campaign experience a plus
  • Customer service or similar experience a plus

HOW TO APPLY

Submit a cover letter and resume as a PDF to jobs@elmaction.org. Please address your cover letter to Katie Burnett. Indicate that you are applying for the fellowship program and which session(s) you are applying for in the subject line.

ELM is an equal-opportunity employer and we strongly encourage applications from all interested candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, heritage, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, ability, sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

We accept intern applications on a rolling basis. Here are some guidelines:

  • If you are interested in a spring internship, we recommend applying by November 1st.
  • If you are interested in a summer internship, we recommend applying by April 23rd.
  • If you are interested in a fall internship, we recommend applying by August 1st.