Senior Strategist, Auto Supply Chain

The Sunrise Project, a Project of Windward Fund

  • Closing: 11:59pm, 19th Jun 2022 EDT

Job Description

Location: Flexible with preference North America or at least partial timezone overlap with US Eastern Time. This is a global role working with team-members and partners in multiple countries across multiple timezones. Eligible candidates must be legally authorized to work in the location from which they plan to work. The Sunrise Project will not sponsor applicants for employment visas.

Remuneration: Depending on experience (including unpaid and other experiences) and capacity to take on responsibility, the salary range is $104,000 - $114,000  if the candidate is located in the U.S. If the successful candidate is outside of the U.S. the salary will be adjusted based on local market equivalencies. .

Hours: Full-time

Overtime Status: Exempt

Start date: Aug / Sep, 2022


About Us

Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project U.S. 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 and Europe, we have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organizations 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 You

You are impact-focused and can work through complexity to identify what is needed to make change happen, and want to roll up your sleeves to make it happen.  

You have a track record leading effective campaigns that win real world outcomes, leveraging your strong grasp of politics, policy and strategy, analysis, facilitation, and campaign skills.

You bring a global orientation and well-developed JEDI perspective to the work, to partnerships, and to collaboration. 

You are a collaborative leader and facilitator, and effective listener and communicator that can thoughtfully work towards outcomes with a group.  

You build strong relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders, internally and externally, and can have honest and sensitive conversations. 

You are structured and organized and can be responsive when circumstances necessitate quick change.

You are excited to build and grow something new to drive automakers and their supply chain out of fossil fuels.


About The Role

The auto sector is a major source of emissions and as the EV transition accelerates, life-cycle emissions will shift from the tailpipe to the carbon-intensive supply chain, in particular: steel, aluminum, and battery minerals. The Auto Program works on both—the EV transition and the supply chain—and this new role will focus on the latter: ending fossil fuels and inequities in the auto supply chain. 

This role will shape the auto supply chain campaign’s strategy and direction, near- and long-term planning, target prioritization, and execution in close collaboration with partner organizations. It will involve regular listening, facilitation, support, and activation with campaign partners—from activists to researchers, existing and new—in order to create real world change towards shared goals. This role will work in collaboration with the Auto Program Director and colleagues on closely related EV transition priorities, wider Auto program planning, and funder conversations as needed; as well as explore and pursue strategic cross-program opportunities in collaboration with other Sunrise program teams.

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

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead auto supply chain campaign strategy development, execution, and evolution over time, bringing a global and strategic orientation, and integrated JEDI perspective to the work and partner collaboration;

  • Coordinate and facilitate partner organizations—and engage new partners as the campaign progresses—including hosting group calls and direct partner engagement, building and maintaining collaborative relationships, and grantmaking;

  • Proactively support partners in the campaign’s development and execution, and bring partners together in important activation moments;

  • Coordinate with communications partner (team member or contractor / consultant) on campaign content scoping, planning, and execution, including digital, press, and OOH;

  • Work in close partnership with the Auto Program Director and Auto Program colleagues on campaign direction and evolution, OKR tracking, coalition engagement, cross-campaign opportunities (e.g. EV transition priorities), budget and grantmaking, and periodic funder engagement;

  • Work in close partnership with Sunrise colleagues on cross-program opportunities, including Finance team priorities and other program areas;

  • Contribute to a high performing, collaborative, and sustainable team environment, living and fostering Sunrise’s culture and values.

Required skills and experience    

  • At least 7 years’ experience in a similar or related role including unpaid, grassroots or lived experience;

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

  • Ability to learn and work through complexity quickly, and a well-developed understanding of corporate power in relation to climate change action (and inaction);

  • Demonstrated experience developing and clearly articulating effective strategies to drive change in complex systems;

  • Demonstrated experience managing campaign strategy and implementation, preferably at a global level;

  • Collaborative mindset and a demonstrated ability to work effectively in alliance with diverse stakeholders;

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and group facilitation skills;

  • Strong organization and coordination skills and attention to detail;

Desirable Skills and Experience   

  • Auto and/or auto supply chain knowledge / experience;

  • Climate campaigning experience;

  • Corporate pressure campaign experience.

Job requirements

We value and recognize 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 legal work authorization for the country in which you plan to work. The Sunrise Project will not sponsor applicants for employment visas.  

  • Some travel domestically and internationally  usually with advance notice.

  • Employment background checks 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:

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

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

  • Five weeks of vacation leave

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

  • Cultural & solidarity leave

  • Gifted leave (we close for two weeks at the end of each year)

  • Parental leave 

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Flexible work policy, including hybrid remote home/office

  • Laptop (Mac) and accessories

  • Commitment to supporting to your professional development

  • 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 ensure you have clarity on your role and responsibilities

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Mon 20th Jun 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 closed Mon 20th Jun 2022