Europe Coordinator, Finance Action Organisers Network

The Sunrise Project

  • Team: Sunrise Organizing Lab (SOL)
  • Grade: 5
  • Salary: The salary range is Europe €57,000 - €68,000; UK £50,000 - £59,000
  • Location: Remote in Europe (preferably United Kingdom, Germany, or Switzerland). If not in those countries, able to travel to those locations. An eligible candidate must have full eligibility to work in the country in which they are applying to work from.
  • Closing: 12:00am, 31st Mar 2023 BST

Job Description

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 programs and staff in Australia, and affiliated programs and staff in Europe, and the US, 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. You can read our commitment to this work here

About The Role

The Finance Action Organisers Network (“Finance Action”) is a global network of independent hubs in key finance locations made up of NGOs, grassroots groups, individuals and activists. Together in their local communities, and across the world, Finance Action is uniting for climate justice by building grassroots power to shift major financial institutions away from funding fossil fuels. The Sunrise Project builds the capabilities of Finance Action, supports hubs with funding and technology, and provides guidance on strategies and actions. 

The Coordinator will uplift the work of those they are supporting to connect local communities to the global network to grow a social movement that aims to end fossil fuel funding to address climate change. The Europe Coordinator will work with local finance hubs to deliver key elements of work and actions, as well as collaborating on the collective work within Finance Action by: supporting capacity building; connecting mobilisations to sustained powerbuilding; running strategy sessions and planning workshops; connecting trainers to organisers to support local needs; managing funding/grants; and leveraging the exchange of knowledge and skills. 

On a day-to-day basis, the role undertakes a variety of organising activity from: working with local organisers to share and amplify calls to action; providing training and support on organising, campaigning and storytelling; supporting and coordinating events and actions; and capturing and sharing lessons learned with the broader global community.  

We support networks of organisations to work together to achieve outcomes that would not be possible by individual organisations acting alone. We expect all roles at Sunrise to actively support the capacity building of these networks and partner organisations. 

About You

First and foremost you are a passionate organiser, with hands-on experience helping activists and groups mobilise and organise. You’re an intersectional relationship builder, who engages deeply with others and can bring diverse groups of people along the campaign journey. You believe in horizontal leadership and have a knack for enabling future leaders and empowering activists to take their next step.  

You’re articulate and comfortable presenting and training small to large groups of people, either virtually or face-to-face. You understand the political and economic drivers of social campaigns and can lead, motivate and engage with people across a large network spanning many cities and regions. 

You’re adaptive and responsive to those you are supporting. You understand that organising from the bottom up ensures local voices and needs are listened to and are reflected in campaigns to help shift people from achieving small wins to gaining wins at scale . You’re an engaging and inclusive storyteller, who believes in the power of sharing local struggles to support global powerbuilding.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Strengthening and growing organising hubs in key financial centres by working with organisations and networks on campaign strategies, plans, timelines, and tactics.

  • Identifying local organising needs and taking action to build their capabilities by delivering training, running workshops, connecting trainers and organisers to each other, directing funding support, and collaborating with hubs in other locations.

  • Convening local network meetings and facilitating calls designed to build greater connections and achieve growth in the movement.

  • Collaborating with partners and organisers to build, expand, and maintain networks and high level relationships with NGOs, potential partners, grassroots groups, social movements and civil society in key areas.

  • Utilising online and offline tools to share the experiences and learnings, including writing website copy, curating and publishing stories, developing toolkits and trainings.

  • Managing budgets for networks in Europe.

  • Collaborating with the broader Sunrise Project team to identify and support opportunities for synergy across program areas and campaigns to ensure we have the biggest collective impact possible.

  • Aligning work plans with Sunrise’s mission, values and and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs).

Required skills and experience    

  • Significant experience developing and implementing long term organising and/or campaign strategies in Europe.

  • Demonstrated experience in building capabilities and/or supporting groups, networks or coalitions in organising and running campaigns via training, workshopping, running meetings, coaching new leaders, developing toolkits and sharing learning resources.

  • Well-developed cross cultural verbal communication skills including, presentation, training, facilitation, conflict resolution, and influencing skills.

  • Strong skills and experience in using digital campaigning and digital tools to mobilise, organise, build momentum and bring about social change.   

  • An ability to write engaging content e.g. storytelling skills.

  • Flexibility with the ability to pivot and leverage different types of organising strategies and tactics.

  • A collaborative mindset and a proven ability to work effectively in alliance with diverse stakeholders.

  • A passion for action on climate change and a commitment to social justice.

Job requirements

  • You must have full working rights for the country in which you will be working.  The Sunrise Project is unable to sponsor applicants for employment visas.

  • Employment background checks may be/are required.

  • Attend local in person partner actions.

  • Intermittent travel with advanced notice may be required.

  • COVID-19 vaccinations may apply in accordance with local legislation and/or Sunrise policy

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 that benefits listed may vary in accordance with the Professional Employment Office (PEO) we engage with for this role.

  • Statutory benefits and entitlements of the country in which you are employed.

  • Sunrise may provide additional benefits, where in-country entitlements are less than our standard package, where applicable including:

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

    • Solidarity and community leave up to 1 week p.a.

    • Floating public holidays (cultural leave)

    • Gifted leave (over Christmas and New Year)

    • Flexible work policy

    • Employee Assistance Program

Additionally, our offering includes:

  • A commitment to your professional development (up to $2000 per annum)

  • 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 3 month work plan to set goals and provide clarity on your role and responsibilities

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

Start your de-biased application


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

Start your de-biased application