Campaigner (Coal Mining)

The Sunrise Project

  • Team: Coal Mining & Exports
  • Grade: Grade 5
  • Salary: AUD$85,000 - $100,000 dependent on skills, knowledge, experience.
  • Location: Preference for New South Wales and Queensland, incl mining locations.
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 14th Nov 2022 AEDT

Job Description

Hours: Full-time = 35 hpw

Contract Type: Ongoing

Reports to: Program Director

About Us

Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project is a team of experienced change-makers with a mission to scale social movements to drive the global transition beyond fossil fuels. With affiliated programs and staff in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia, we have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organisations to drive powerful change towards our mission.

We have a dynamic and nimble organisational culture. We’re serious about supporting our people to thrive as we tackle the urgent climate challenge. We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We take the broadest possible view of diversity and encourage First Nations people, people of colour, people living outside of cities, people living with disabilities, neurodiverse, and LGBTQIA+ people to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone.

About the role

The role works primarily within the Australian Coal Mining & Exports team and key partners to design, develop, and implement movement campaigns to protect Australia’s environment from fossil fuel extraction and to achieve climate justice. With a focus on addressing anthropogenic methane emissions, the role additionally intersects with the Australian Gas team, aiming to support the development of movement campaigns to to reduce fugitive emissions from coal and gas mining, and prevent fossil fuel expansion. In this role, you will develop campaign strategies to increase focus on methane emissions from fossil fuels, build community and decision-maker understanding of the urgency of reducing methane emissions and phasing out fossil fuels, create powerful movement stories, and pitch compelling opportunities to the media. 

About You 

You’re an experienced campaigner who understands how social movements build power and change the world. You’re focused on identifying goals and building campaign tactics to achieve outcomes with a variety of movement organisations. You’re a confident writer and communicator with experience working with media. You are a skilled facilitator and project manager, who enjoys bringing people together to solve complex problems. You’re passionate about solving the climate crisis, and excited to be part of a dedicated team working to challenge Australian fossil fuel extraction and emissions, and build movements for climate justice.

Key responsibilities

  • Collaboratively develops compelling campaign plans and actions that achieve the programs goals and objectives

  • Provides campaign advice to partners, advocates, and community groups to run high impact campaigns that achieve results

  • Provides communications advice and support (media, digital, etc) to enable community groups to maximise their impact

  • Contributes to the development of outreach strategies that enable campaigners to reach, activate and grow the movement

  • Facilitates relevant research, analysis, and horizon scanning to inform campaigns.

  • Aligns programmatic work to Sunrises missions, values and OKR’s.

Required Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Demonstrated experience in campaigning, ideally with a focus on climate change or other related social justice issues.

  • Proven ability to develop and articulate strategies that support campaign goals and objectives, and evaluate outcomes and impact.

  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communications skills with a strong ability to build engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders and audiences.

  • Well developed interpersonal, collaboration, facilitation, influencing and relationship building skills 

  • Ability to stay abreast of a rapidly shifting policy, technology, and the corporate environment and leverage campaign opportunities

  • Demonstrated ability to work across teams/partners on cross cutting issues to identify and support opportunities and synergies to optimise collective action

  • A deep passion for and demonstrated commitment to ambitious action on climate change.


  • A working knowledge of methane emissions relating to agriculture and the energy sector including coal, oil, natural gas and biofuels.

Job requirements

We value and recognise experience that has been unpaid, from the grassroots or is lived experience. 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 

  • You must have full working rights for Australia.  The Sunrise Project is unable to sponsor applicants for employment visas.

  • Employment background checks may be required

  • Intermittent travel with advanced notice may be required

How Sunrise supports its staff

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, noting pro rata will apply for part time staff:

  • Superannuation 12.5%

  • Birthday leave (if it’s your birthday, you get a day off)

  • Solidarity and community leave 1 week p.a

  • Cultural leave (floating public holidays)

  • Gifted Leave - End of Year shutdown

  • Paid parental leave (subject to eligibility conditions)

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Flexible Work

  • Coaching and management support with regular 1:1 meetings

  • Performance reviews and feedback to support you and the team to reflect and grow

  • A co-developed initial 6 month work plan to support your onboarding

  • $2000 p.a. learning & development budget

How to apply for this job

We recognise that racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, classism and other forms of discrimination creates structural barriers that impact opportunities to formal education and experience. When assessing candidates we look at more than the jobs you've been paid to do but the range of ways you've picked up skills and knowledge throughout your life. This is why we assess candidates on how well they respond to application questions. We don't require a cover letter.

Closing date: 14 November 2022

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications are not yet open


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications are not yet open