Organizing Director

Washington, DC, USA
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Job Description


Climate Defiance is seeking an Organizing Director to oversee our expanding team of activists. This pivotal role entails managing, recruiting, and retaining our cohort of paid staff, volunteers, and campus fellows. Additionally, you will lead and coordinate direct actions that publicly challenge corporate executives and elected officials regarding their climate stance.

About You:

You are a collaborative and empathetic leader, deeply invested in team building. Your adeptness in team development is bolstered by your robust communication and organizational proficiencies. Committed to social change, you champion racial, economic, and environmental justice. As a self-starter, you excel in executing, implementing, and troubleshooting without excessive oversight. Your convictions align with the principles of nonviolent confrontation, direct action, and disruption.


  • Professional Experience: Minimum of 5 years of professional engagement.
  • Team Management: At least 3 years of experience supervising teams comprising a minimum of 5 direct reports.
  • Hiring Proficiency: Demonstrated track record of extensive hiring experience.
  • Managerial Oversight: Proven capacity in managing managers.
  • Conflict Resolution: Experience in leading systematic conflict resolution.
  • Leadership Development: History of promoting individuals into leadership roles.
  • Direct Action Involvement: Active participation in and leadership of direct actions.
  • Willingness to Travel: Flexibility and readiness to engage in extensive travel for actions and site visits.


Currently, the majority of our volunteers and staff are situated in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. While we prefer candidates from these areas, we remain open to exceptional candidates regardless of location. However, this role will necessitate substantial travel for actions and site visits.

Pay & Benefits

  • Salary: $56,160 annually (Note: Our organization adheres to a flat pay scale, ensuring equitable compensation for all members.)
  • Vacation: Full-time employees are eligible for 20 days of paid vacation each year. 
  • Holiday Leave: Climate Defiance observes 8 paid holidays throughout the course of the year. Additionally, our operations are closed between Christmas Eve and New Years Day each year and the day following Thanksgiving. 
  • Additional Leave: Each full-time employee is eligible for 5 sick days and 2 personal days.
  • Student Loan Repayment Assistance: Climate Defiance is actively exploring options to provide student loan repayment assistance as part of our commitment to supporting the financial well-being of our team members. Details regarding this benefit will be communicated once finalized.
  • Group Health Care Options: We are currently in the process of researching and evaluating group health care options for our team. As part of our dedication to the health and welfare of our staff, we aim to provide comprehensive health care coverage. Further information regarding available health care benefits will be provided as decisions are made.

More Info:

Climate Defiance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are dedicated to fostering a diverse and impassioned team, with a special emphasis on encouraging applications from women, gender non-conforming individuals, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and other individuals from historically marginalized communities. We uphold a policy of non-discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or medical condition. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.