Oil Change International
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Regional Programs Director - Virtual/Remote

Virtual/Remote

Full-Time

$110,000.00 - $120,000.00 annual salary

Oil Change International (OCI) is seeking a Regional Programs Director to support our regional teams (currently United States, Asia, and Africa) in creating and implementing effective strategies to stop fossil fuel expansion. This position will assist our regional leads in achieving regional objectives, facilitate cross-region collaboration, and ensure strategic collaboration with our global policy and finance strategies to move governments, institutions, and financing away from fossil fuels. This position will work in partnership with the Global Campaigns Director.


Oil Change is currently focusing our region-specific work in the United States, Asia, and Africa as hotspots of production and finance and places where we have a depth of existing experience and connections. Our regional work supports movements and campaigns against fossil fuel infrastructure as well as interacting with our global policy and finance strategies to challenge the fossil fuel industry most effectively in each region. Oil Change International’s global policy and finance work targets international institutions, governments, the finance sector, and the industry itself to stop the expansion of the oil and gas industry and plan for a just and equitable phase-out of fossil fuel production in line with climate goals and climate justice.


The ideal candidate for this position will be a strong people manager with experience building campaign teams, supporting staff development, driving strategic visioning, and fostering a healthy, equitable, and sustainable team culture. This role will be internally focused, helping to make other staff on the team shine and encouraging others to take on public-facing leadership roles, rather than being a primary external representative for our regional campaigns.


The Regional Programs Director is responsible for supporting Oil Change International’s regional teams in delivering meaningful and significant advances in challenging the fossil fuel industry in those regions. The Regional Programs Director will initially support three regional teams in developing strategies to fight infrastructure projects, develop policy and finance focused campaigns, challenge the industry’s social license in each respective area and support movements. The Regional Programs Director will manage our U.S. and Asia program managers and work in close partnership with our Africa director. The position will also be a member of the organization’s senior leadership team.

Title: Regional Programs Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Application deadline: Aug 16, 2021; position will be open until filled.

Oil Change International is a nonprofit organization that campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitate the ongoing transition towards clean energy. We wage hard-hitting campaigns, grounded in solid and credible research, to confront the fossil fuel industry and its responsibility for the climate crisis and to push for policy change towards a socially just and environmentally sustainable future. We work together with a broad network of allies, in the United States and globally, to overcome the political barriers to a clean energy transition and advance a rapid and just transition off of fossil fuels.


Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now has a creative, passionate, and dedicated staff of 20 across seven countries and a supporter base of hundreds of thousands. Known both for our credible, insightful research on the fossil fuel industry and our hard-hitting campaigns, Oil Change is a talented group that continues to punch above its weight


At Oil Change International, we know that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We strongly encourage Indigenous people, People of Color, and people with disabilities to apply. While we are a US-based organization, we have staff spread across four continents and strongly encourage applicants from outside the US and particularly applicants from the Global South to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone.

Personnel Management - 30%
  • Support regional program managers and 1 or more regional staff in developing and implementing regional strategies and building regional teams, working together toward OCI’s shared mission.
  • Empower team members across our regional teams by ensuring they have the resources, tools, and organizational support to develop and pursue campaign efforts in a sustainable way, contribute to the goals of the broader organization, and pursue their own professional development. Provide support and mentorship to direct reports, ensuring all staff members have the resources they need to succeed and thrive.
  • Support staff in prioritizing, setting realistic and achievable targets and deadlines, and delivering on schedule in a way that reflects the organization’s mission and values.
  • Identify and retain top talent, and encourage and support staff to grow.
Management and Facilitation of Regional Work and Cross-Regional Approaches - 30%
  • Co-create and support the implementation of regional strategies that interrelate with one another as well as connect with our global policy and finance strategies, ensuring the organization’s overall strategic direction moves toward achieving OCI’s mission.
  • With regional program managers, collectively establish regional priorities with regular planning, clear workplans, and measurable objectives. Align team resources with organizational priorities while ensuring a sustainable workload for both individuals and the team as a whole. Support regional program managers in evaluating and communicating outputs and outcomes.
  • Coordinate quarterly and annual planning processes and support tracking of accomplishments across our regional teams, supporting ongoing learning, evaluation, and prioritization.
Organizational Leadership and Culture - 20%
  • Collaborate with Executive Leadership (Executive Director and Chief of Staff) and other members of the Senior Leadership Team in setting and driving organizational vision and strategy.
  • Take on organizational leadership responsibilities, including developing and implementing processes, helping to set organizational priorities, and other activities as agreed to support the organization’s staff and the development and implementation of the organization’s strategy.
  • As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, set an example for effective management and leadership, demonstrating good judgment, decision-making, and problem-solving skills; proactively working to resolve conflicts and issues as they arise; demonstrating strong interpersonal communication skills; and fostering collaboration, equity, and inclusion as part of your work.
  • Collaborate with executive leadership and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure a healthy, inclusive and empowering organizational culture and structure that moves us closer to living out our organizational values and commitment to racial justice and equity, including through direct feedback, transparent practices, and collaborative workspaces.
Fundraising, Communications, and Alliance-Building - 10%
  • Actively engage in fundraising efforts, including outreach and relationship building with foundations, online fundraising execution or support, outreach to donors or potential donors, and development of grant proposals and reports.
  • Actively engage and implement strategic communications efforts, working closely with the communications team to develop and advance regional and organizational communications goals.
  • Actively work to develop and maintain healthy and respectful relationships with allied groups and movements in priority regions and globally.
Administrative and Operations - 10%
  • Actively participate in staff and administrative meetings.
  • Help maintain our shared calendar of upcoming projects and deadlines
  • Respond to administrative requests in a timely and courteous manner, including submitting timesheets and expense reports by established deadlines
Experience Requirements and Education

Required Skills and Experience
  • 10 or more years of experience with advocacy efforts addressing social justice, progressive causes, or direct energy and climate change experience
  • 5 or more years of experience in personnel management
  • Excellent people skills and experience working in and collaborating across small teams
  • Experience managing and growing small teams in a way that supports shared leadership and staff development
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice, a passion for advocacy and campaigning, and a collaborative, team-oriented work style
  • Background and experience in the global social justice movement ecosystem
  • A strong network in the climate justice, environmental justice, and/or general progressive movement spaces
  • Sensitivity to issues of privilege, class, and race, and dedication to incorporating principles of justice into organizational and campaign work and alignment with OCI’s values
Desired Skills and Experience
  • Familiarity/experience with the climate and energy movements, fossil fuel industry, global policy, and/or public finance for fossil fuels
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Fundraising experience
  • Budgeting experience
Attributes of a Successful Candidate
  • Collaborative manager
  • Creative problem-solver who is strategic
  • Able to empower your team to focus and prioritize
  • Person who values equity, integrity, and transparent communication
  • Emotional intelligence and ability to foster strong team health and culture of anti oppression, diversity and inclusion.

  • Significant experience with advocacy efforts addressing social justice, progressive causes, or direct energy and climate change experience
  • Experience managing senior level employees
  • Experience managing and growing small teams in a way that supports shared leadership and staff developments
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice, a passion for advocacy and campaigning, and a collaborative, team-oriented work style
  • Background and experience in the global social justice movement ecosystem
  • A strong network in the climate justice, environmental justice, and/or general progressive movement spaces
  • Sensitivity to issues of privilege, class, and race, and dedication to incorporating principles of justice into both internal organizational and external campaign work and alignment with OCI’s values
Oil Change International provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.