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12 Aug 2021

Full-Time Campaign Strategist

The Sunrise Project – Posted by Aisha G Anywhere

The Sunrise Project

Job Description

Job Description

This role will build a networked global campaign to shift bonds out of funding fossil fuels. If you’re a skilled campaign strategist with a passion for climate justice and holding corporate power accountable, this is the role for you!

About us

Motivated by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project 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. We have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organizations to drive powerful change towards our mission.The Sunrise Project has a dynamic and nimble organisational culture and we’re serious about supporting our people to thrive. We move fast to face the challenge of the climate crisis.

We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone.

About the role

Over recent years, the world has seen major shifts by financial institutions to distance themselves from fossil fuels, particularly coal. However, major banks, insurance companies and other investors that have put limits on fossil fuel lending, insurance or investing have, in general, not applied their policies to their bond holdings. In this context, bonds markets have become a primary source of revenue for fossil fuel companies and have long been neglected by climate campaigners.

Working with partners and allies around the world, this position will analyse fossil fuel bonds markets and support the Sunrise Project finance team and program partners to develop practical strategies to drive change. In essence, this role will help build and support a networked campaign to dry up bonds markets as a source of finance for fossil fuel companies. This will include campaigns targeting bonds for particularly egregious fossil fuel projects and efforts to leverage the pressure created by such campaigns to create systemic change across bonds markets.

About you

You’re a passionate changemaker with a track record of leading campaigns that achieve real world change. You’re a big picture systems thinker who understands power and how a wide range of different organisations and strategies can combine to achieve large scale system change.

You don’t need to be an expert in bonds or even in finance but you’ve got a high level understanding of how the finance system works and you’re quick to master new policy areas. Basically, you’ll need to quickly become an expert in bond markets and how to influence them (with help from our network of advisers).

You’ve got a practical understanding of how corporate change happens, and how civil society can drive that change – from grassroots organising and pressure campaigns to sophisticated policy analysis and corporate engagement strategies.

Because our model of changemaking is to work with networks of different organisations, you need to be a natural collaborator, a strong facilitator and have a global perspective. You need to know what it takes to build collaborations that can drive real world change.  To do that, you’ll need to be able to digest complex, technical subjects and present them in engaging language to non-specialist audiences.


This work is global with a location in Europe, Asia or Australia preferable but location is flexible for the right candidate.

Key Responsibilities

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Together with our partners and advisers in the financial sector, analyse bonds markets to identify opportunities to influence them;
  • Support a network of partner organisations to co-develop and implement strategies to shift bond markets out of fossil fuels;
  • Develop and implement interventions that disrupt the status quo of fossil fuel bond issuances in order to open space for change;
  • Advise Sunrise staff and partner organisations on how bond markets work and how to influence them;
  • Build and nurture strong collaboration between a global network of partner groups working on fossil fuel bonds;
  • Manage a small portfolio of grants and a program budget to implement the above;
  • Write compelling analysis to clearly articulate strategies and their impact; write briefing papers and develop public communication materials

Required skills and experience

You’re a great candidate for this role if you have:

  • Demonstrated passion for climate justice.
  • Experience in organising corporate or finance sector campaigns with a demonstrated track record of creating and implementing strategies that create real world change;
  • Proven ability to develop and articulate strategies to drive change in complex systems and the ability to turn high level strategies into practical interventions;
  • An eye for technical detail and a proven ability to master new policy areas quickly; and most importantly translate that information into campaignable opportunities;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to clearly articulate complex issues in a simple way to a wide variety of audiences;
  • A collaborative mindset and excellent group facilitation skills;
  • Proven ability to work well in small teams in a fast paced environment;
  • High level of initiative and the ability to solve problems;

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • An understanding of bond markets is helpful but not necessary.

If you meet some but not all of the criteria for this position, are unsure, but you’re keen on the role – please get in touch. We value and recognize unpaid and lived experiences.

Salary and benefits

We will set compensation above average levels compared to similar roles in similar organizations within that particular geography. For example, the salary range for this role is $103,300 to $121,499 AUD, depending on experience and adjusted for location of the successful candidate.

The Sunrise Project is committed to creating a workplace that supports our staff to do their best work and develop professionally. We have the following in place to help us achieve that:

  • Generous paid annual vacation leave
  • Birthday leave (if it’s your birthday, you get a day off)
  • Cultural leave
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • Commitment to supporting to your professional development
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Coaching and management support with regular 1:1 meetings
  • Performance reviews and feedback to support you and the team to reflect and grow

How to Apply

  • Please apply via this link:
  • We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives, reflecting the diversity of all people impacted most by climate change will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We strongly encourage Indigenous people, people of color, people living outside of cities, and people with all kinds of bodies and talents to apply. If you meet some but not all of these criteria, or are unsure, but you’re keen on the role – please get in touch.
  • In our commitment to inclusive hiring of the best candidates, we use the Be Applied hiring system to process applications. This system reduces the opportunity for unconscious bias by ensuring anonymized reviews of responses to work sample questions. This means we assess candidates on how well they respond to specific questions to demonstrate the relevant skills, experiences and knowledge as listed in the job description.
  • When you start your application, you can upload a CV or resume and will be asked several questions related to the role you are applying for. We won't see your name or CV until after multiple reviewers rate your responses to the application questions. There is no requirement to submit a cover letter.
  • Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please apply by 7th September 2021.

Job Categories: Environment / Climate Change. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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