WorkForClimate is a new digital platform to provide inspiration, content and community for employees of major corporations who want to make their organisations a more powerful and positive force in the critical fight against climate change. We are looking for an experienced, passionate and creative leader with an entrepreneurial spirit to develop and scale this platform in order to accelerate corporate climate action globally.
Around the world, there are a growing number of climate-concerned professionals who want to make a positive impact in their workplace and who believe business can be a force for good! These individuals are highly skilled and influential in their companies, want to work “within the system” to create change - but need inspiration tools and support to do this. WorkForClimate aims to fulfil this need. If successful, we aim to scale this program from the ASX100 in Australia to the Global 2000.
Bryan J. Rollins, the Founder of WorkForClimate, was a General Manager at Atlassian and helped build the company into a global technology leader. He saw first-hand how individual employees and teams who wanted to make a positive difference could transform the business for better – economically and socially. WorkForClimate has a small team of technologists, marketers and generalists spread across geographies working to build a platform that will be fit-for-purpose for these alarming and urgent times.
WorkForClimate is supported by The Sunrise Project, a not-for-profit headquartered in Sydney, Australia, whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. It provides grants as well as strategy, analysis and networking support for NGOs and cross-sector partners to work together for greater impact. For more information see: www.sunriseproject.org.au
First and foremost, you’re a self-driven leader who is deeply passionate about solving the climate crisis and understands the role that business can play in this. You are looking for a way to have deep personal impact on the biggest problem facing humanity, and are willing to work behind-the-scenes or lead from the front as required.
You understand the corporate world, and how change can happen inside a traditional corporate environment, and you believe in the power of organisations to do great things - if pointed in the right direction. You have personally been a part of important change in your organisation and have seen how new products get launched, how cost-cutting initiatives are driven, how HR and governance policies get adopted. You are a realist but not a cynic – you believe that corporations have a critical role to play in driving climate action.
You speak the language of corporates and understand what the target audience will require to make change within a corporate setting.
You can build long-term relationships with cross-sector stakeholders at various levels.
You are an experienced leader and a systems thinker. You know how to get the best out of a team and thrive in a start-up environment. You are technology savvy and understand how to drive outcomes in an online world. You understand how people, process, and technology can be used to scale things faster and further.
This role owns the creation and evolution of a hybrid online and offline platform to enlist knowledge workers inside of corporations to join the fight against climate change, by enabling those employees to make change that will have meaningful impact. This platform will involve the use of digital marketing, online communities, best practice playbooks and content development for climate-concerned professionals, as well as collaboration with NGO campaigns that are trying to shift corporate behaviour.
Develop the strategies and tactics to engage and support employees to drive real change on climate policy and action within Global 2000 companies;
Stakeholder mapping and collaborative engagement with relevant business organisations, policy makers and climate initiatives;
Oversee the marketing and communications strategy and planning for the digital platform;
Develop the business model;
Where relevant, work closely with leaders of NGO campaigns to identify and pursue opportunities to engage corporate staff in support of wider movement efforts;
Develop the budget and programs required to achieve the required outcomes;
Iteratively develop capabilities and platforms that enable scalable engagement of staff across thousands of companies across multiple geographies;
Manage contractors, service providers and potentially additional staff members;
Design and manage implementation of campaign activities and events as required.
The ideal candidate has these specific skills and experience:
A demonstrated track record of achieving change within large organisations, or understanding of how to do so;
Excellent digital skills, understanding of product development and digital marketing;
Excellent communication and writing skills;
Excellent leadership, interpersonal skills and the ability to bring out the best in a team;
A collaborative mindset and a track record of working effectively in alliance with diverse stakeholders;
High level of initiative and the ability to work independently and solve problems;
Existing network of contacts in the international business community and climate sector;
A sophisticated understanding of power, including the drivers of, and barriers to, change within large companies;
A passion for action on climate change.
Employment Conditions and Renumeration
This is a full-time position and working hours are flexible.
The expected salary for this role is AUD$119,000, but this be negotiated depending on experience.
We envisage this role will be based in Australia, however, exceptional candidates in other countries will be considered.
Some travel may be required as well as out of hours meetings across various time zones.
WorkForClimate and The Sunrise Project value and celebrate diversity among our employees and in our partnerships. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer — all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, colour, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or family/marital status.
There is no due date for this application and we’ll be interviewing qualified candidates as we receive applications.