Elected Official Fellowship

We're now accepting applications for Elected Official Fellowship

Elected Officials to Protect America seeks public servants at every level of office who are talented organizers and policy advocates to organize elected officials across the country to become our democracy’s champions on the climate emergency, environmental justice, and land and water protection.

EOPA is led by representatives from frontline communities and lawmakers who are veterans. Our national goal is the enactment of a federal Climate Emergency Plan to create a rapid, just transition away from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy. We work to advance federal, state, and local policy to restore a safe climate, ensure environmental justice, and protect our land and water.

The ideal candidate is an elected official with a talent in peer-to-peer organizing, and has a track record of leading effective campaigns or policy change initiatives, communications savvy, and a passion for climate and environmental justice.

Elected Officials to Protect America is committed to centering, connecting, and supporting leadership of public servants who represent frontline and historically marginalized communities. Indigenous people, people of color, women and LGBTQ+ people, and people from immigrant and working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

ABOUT ELECTED OFFICIALS TO PROTECT AMERICA

Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) is a network of current and former elected officials who care deeply about protecting our planet and people. EOPA is committed to solving the climate crisis, ensuring environmental justice, and protecting our lands and waters. We educate through value-based storytelling, training lawmakers, and connecting elected officials to inspire strong environmental leadership. 

Led by representatives from frontline communities and lawmakers who are veterans, EOPA has a consistent track record of successfully organizing elected officials to promote bold climate action. In New York, our network of more than a thousand lawmakers played a key role in banning fracking statewide and divesting the state from fossil fuels. In California, we organized more than 430 elected officials who helped prompt Governor Newsom to propose 3,200-foot safety setbacks from new oil and gas wells, and announce the end of fracking by 2024. At our nation’s capital, we organized veterans who are lawmakers from 50 states to secure permanent funding for the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund. We organized hundreds of elected officials to advance the Green New Deal and phase out fossil fuels.

Extraordinary times require extraordinary leadership. With the accelerating climate emergency, environmental injustices, and ecological crises, the window of opportunity to protect our planet and people is shrinking. With President Biden elevating climate as a key national security priority, we are expanding our work to inspire public officials to leverage our collective power to protect our communities and nation.

Our work has been covered in hundreds of news outlets including the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Politico, CNN, ABC News, and BBC News. Our video production arm, Code Blue, has exposed Saudi Arabia buying up American water, which was later covered in The Guardian.

Now, we are organizing thousands of state and local lawmakers to mobilize our nation to enact a federal Climate Emergency Plan that will create a rapid, just transition away from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy, and take imperative action at state and local levels to protect our public health, communities, and ensure environmental justice.

Our Core Principles:

  • Public Stewardship. Elected officials are publicly entrusted to steward our communities, democracy, and future. We believe it is the responsibility of our elected officials, who take a constitutional oath of office to protect the general welfare, to represent and act to secure the common, long-term interests of all who they represent, including marginalized peoples, children, future generations, and all life.
     
  • Courageous Leadership. Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary leadership. When a problem threatens our public welfare, it is the responsibility of our elected officials to step up and lead the solution. The consequences of failing to address the climate and ecological emergencies are so severe that it threatens our survival as a nation.

  • Collective Power. We have the power to join together and collectively lead, no matter the challenge. When a problem crosses jurisdictional boundaries, our elected officials must come together to provide collective leadership to solve the problem. We must provide the collective leadership necessary to protect our people and communities and restore our environment and democracy.

ABOUT YOU

If you are a public servant with a track record of leading successful organizing, advocacy, political campaigns or policy change initiatives and are excited to help organize thousands of state and local elected officials to protect our planet and people, led by representatives from frontline communities and lawmakers who are veterans, this may just be the perfect opportunity for you.

The ideal candidate is an elected official with a talent in peer-to-peer organizing, and has a track record of leading effective campaigns or policy change initiatives, communications savvy, and a passion for climate and environmental justice.

While no candidate will bring all of the following skills, experiences, and characteristics, ideal candidates will bring most:

Excellent organizing and relationship-building skills

  • Organizing: highly effective at building relationships with people, ability to build effective teams to accomplish goals
  • Emotional intelligence: uses empathy and shared values to build powerful relationships and trust with people, including team members, elected officials, partners, advisors, and funders.
  • Enthusiasm: exhibits passion and excitement for work. Has a can-do attitude.  Connects with and enrolls people to take action.
  • Inclusive: A commitment to diversity and inclusion, demonstrated by inviting, including, valuing, and supporting diverse perspectives, voices, and ideas.

Strong professional experience and ability to work peer to peer with policymakers

  • Environmental policy: Knowledge of climate, environmental justice, or land and water protection public policy, advocacy, and political change.
  • Professionalism: represents the organization’s message and values with integrity
  • Creativity. Generates innovative ideas, media content, and approaches.
  • Self-management: Robust work ethic, and effective time management and organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects. Commitment to continual learning and professional development.
  • Coachable: open to guidance, seeks and accepts input and feedback for continuous improvement. Demonstrates continual learning and professional development.

Desirable qualifications, but not required:

  • Policymaker advocacy: experience working with elected officials or decision-makers for local, state, or national level policy change
  • Communications: experience organizing press conferences, working with the media, and coordinating messaging with external partners
  • Networking: strong relationships with elected officials in state and local government, and with climate and environmental organizations

ABOUT THE ROLE

The mission of Elected Officials Fellows is to inspire and organize elected officials to become our democracy’s champions on the climate emergency, environmental justice, and land and water protection.

Strategic outcomes of the role are successfully building political support for climate emergency and environmental justice policy; organized peer-to-peer and leveraged networks to enroll elected officials as signatories and Leadership Council members, engaged with the media, and built the base of support for EOPA’s climate emergency, environmental justice, and land and water protection programs with a focus on rapidly and justly phasing out fossil fuels; supported EOPA in communicating in the media and responding to media opportunities.

The primary focus of the role is building a base of political support for the enactment of a federal climate emergency plan and state and local policy to phase out fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy.

Specific accountabilities and outcomes of the role:

Organizing

  • Signatories: elected officials join EOPA sign-on letters supporting a federal climate emergency plan, phasing out fossil fuels, or related work, starting with officials in your region and state
  • Leadership Council: Leadership Council members recruited for EOPA’s state or national Leadership Councils

Communications

  • Op-eds: op-eds or letters to the editor published on the issue of the climate emergency and phasing out fossil fuels
  • Press conference: press conference organized with 4-5 elected officials speakers on federal climate emergency plan, phasing out fossil fuels, or related work
  • Video clips: video clips of 30-45 seconds shared on social media of elected officials calling for a federal climate emergency plan or supporting policies
  • Membership Engagement: Provide administrative support to organized  EOPA Leadership Council events; support and promote the movement of elected officials up the ladder of engagement for EOPA programs

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • $1776 for 4 month period, commensurate with qualifications, experience, and location
  • Paid graduate education and premium training via University of San Francisco Certificate in Public Leadership ($10,000 tuition value) 
  • Location flexible: remote position
  • Flexible schedule
  • Opportunities for job advancement, pay increase, and significant responsibility in a growing start-up national organization
  • Contribute to a strategic, high-leverage initiatives with direct state, national, and international policy impact
  • Exclusive networking with elected officials, government leaders, members of the media, national organizations, and funders across the country

HOW TO APPLY

Apply online here: https://forms.gle/tjpmWTxFW33AsLqg6

Please note: a Google account is required to fill out the application form.

If the form is not accessible or for troubleshooting questions, please email:talent@protectingamerica.net

In your cover letter, tell us what’s motivating you to apply, and what talents, skills, and expertise you have that will be most important in this role.