Program Coordinator

(Temporary Position)

We're now accepting applications for Program Coordinator (Temporary Position)

Elected Officials to Protect America seeks a talented nonprofit professional who is skilled in program management, policymaker organizing, and grant writing and is excited to fundraise and organize hundreds of state and local elected officials across the U.S. on the climate emergency, environmental justice, and land and water protection.

If you are an excellent writer and communicator, diligent and proactive project manager, talented at enrolling people to support a mission, and available on a temporary basis from Winter to Fall 2022, this might be the perfect job for you.

Elected Officials to Protect America is committed to centering, connecting, and supporting the 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.


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.


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

Talented and skilled in project management, developing and following standard processes, and achieving results

  • Project Planning: ability to plan complex projects, work backwards from the desired end state to define all specific steps that must be completed, specify and coordinate who does what by when, and manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Results- and process-oriented: relentless focus on overcoming challenges and ensuring practices are in place to achieve the results
  • 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
  • Dependable: consistently reliable, delivers results that are on time and high quality, follows guidance, proactively supports the strategic mission, holds self accountable to high standards.
  • Coachable: open to guidance, seeks and accepts input and feedback for continuous improvement, demonstrates continual learning and professional development.

Proactive and effective communicator talented at inspiring people to support a mission

  • Mission-driven: passionate about the purpose, mission, core principles, and values of the organization and enrolling people to help realize them.
  • Written communication: talented in writing, editing, and proofreading; consistently produces clear, concise, and compelling copy with attention to clarity, grammar, punctuation, spelling, readability, relevance, and style.
  • Proactive communicator: communicates proactively; ensures timely flow of relevant information; ensures team members and stakeholders have situational awareness; seeks input.
  • Thorough: thinks through problems and potential solutions carefully, seeks advice and input, ensures high quality work, meticulous attention to detail.

Desirable qualifications, but not required:

  • Organizing: Highly effective at building relationships with people, bringing people together to work in effective teams, inspiring people to lead and take collective action to accomplish a goal
  • Digital advocacy: experience with online advocacy and campaigns, skilled at large-scale outreach to inspire action to move people up a ladder of engagement 
  • Grant writing: prolific and skilled grant writer; talented in digesting new information quickly and thinking critically about what information is needed to craft compelling cases for nonprofit support. 
  • Major gift and foundation fundraising: experienced and knowledgeable in nonprofit development with a track record of effectiveness and success, particularly major gift and foundation fundraising; strong prospect identification, qualification, and trust-building skills.
  • Communications: experience organizing press conferences, working with the media, and coordinating messaging with external partners


The mission of the Program Coordinator is to support the successful execution of EOPA’s national and state programs and fundraising.

Strategic outcomes of the role are successful execution of EOPA’s state and national climate emergency, land and water protection, and environmental justice programs; hundreds of state and local elected officials take part in our regional, state, and national programs; members of the fundraising team including the President, Executive Director, and finance committee are supported for success in development and fundraising endeavors; and information technology systems to support these functions are implemented and managed. 

Specific accountabilities and outcomes of the role:


  • Funder & Donor Engagement: Powerful relationships with funders and major donors are cultivated; fundraising meetings are excellently prepared with agendas and preparation materials shared in advance with all participants, with notes taken and added to a database and timely follow-ups sent
  • Foundations, Businesses, Government, Partners: Excellent, relevant, compelling, and timely funder proposals and reports are submitted and status tracked

National and State Programs

  • Leadership Councils: National Leadership Council and priority state Leadership Councils of elected officials representing a diversity of geographies, level of office, expertise, and demographics are recruited, cultivated, and supported to lead
  • National Letter: Hundreds of elected officials from all 50 states and territories join call for a national climate emergency declaration and Federal Climate Emergency Plan to phase out fossil fuels
  • California Oil and Gas Letter: Hundreds of elected officials from 58 counties sign letter to Gov. Newsom to show the growing momentum and political will to end new permits, enact setbacks, and achieve 100% clean energy
  • Additional Programs: Additional national and state programs are executed with excellence

Operations and Communications

  • Fundraising Data: Fundraising outreach, contact, proposal, report, and funding status data is managed in a central database with excellence
  • Organizing Data: Standard operating procedures for peer-to-peer elected organizing are developed and guide EOPA programs, driving us to achieve outstanding results and continuous improvement
  • Communications: Supports communications, media engagement, and rapid response to media opportunities


  • Temporary position from Winter to Fall 2022
  • Starting compensation $2,900 to $4,250 per month, 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


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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.

Our hiring process is thorough. In addition to a screening interview and competency interview, we will conduct a chronological career history interview in which we ask about your entire career and professional development. Finalists are asked to arrange reference calls with some of your former managers, supervisors, and others.