Managing Director, Campaigns & Strategies Team

Climate Nexus
May 30, 2018
Job Type


Chaloner has partnered with Climate Nexus on their search for a strategic leader with the ambition and vision to lead their Campaigns & Strategies team, a messaging, communications and research unit that plays a unique and influential role in identifying emerging opportunities in the climate and energy arena, and crafting and executing strategies to exploit them.

Climate Nexus is a strategic communications group dedicated to highlighting the wide-ranging impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. Since its founding in 2011, Climate Nexus has drawn upon established and emerging science to personalize and localize the climate and energy story through work with the media, relevant NGOs and other thought leaders.


The Managing Director of the Campaigns & Strategies (“C&S”) team reports to the Executive Director of Climate Nexus and is a member of the senior leadership team.

This role oversees all functions of the team with the primary goal being the early detection of significant changes in the competitive landscape and developing communications, media, campaign and/or stakeholder strategies that exploit emerging opportunities and/or mitigate potential vulnerabilities via effective preemptive action.

The Managing Director integrates the C&S team’s work with the broader Climate Nexus team, and collaborates with the larger community working on climate and energy, in particular senior leaders and business partners in allied organizations, and funders.

The Managing Director creates systems and processes for identifying emerging signals of strategic opportunities and vulnerabilities, assessing and assimilating facts on complex issues, synthesizing and creating compelling cases for shared strategic direction, and promoting a culture of shared ownership across strategic partners. The team includes a research, polling and communications staff of 7.

The Managing Director serves a demanding, time-sensitive role in the effort to make progress on climate action and on the clean energy transition. This role also leads and will serve as the proverbial cutting edge/point of the spear for one of the central cultural and political fights of our time. The Managing Director ensures action and accountability for responses to opportunities and threats.

The position will manage sensitive strategies and issues frequently in short deadline-driven situations involving multiple stakeholders from different organizations across the climate and clean energy advocacy community.


  • Develop and lead systems, processes and procedures that provide the early identification of emerging issues that, if not addressed immediately and effectively, will result in missed offensive opportunities to advance strategic goals or weaken the opposition, or result in missed opportunities to mitigate potential damage from emerging threats or attacks from the opposition.
  • Develop an issues management approach that incorporates a holistic view of the two issue verticals (Climate/Clean Energy and Fossil Fuels), from issues that pertain to grasstop and grassroot stakeholders and audiences.
  • Develop and lead best-in-class teams of media strategists and issues analysts.
  • Integrate the team’s preemptively oriented capabilities and develop and integrate with Climate Nexus’ effective proactive/reactive communications capabilities, as well as those of partner organizations.
  • Develop and convene “practitioner councils” comprised of senior communications and campaign experts from partner organizations to develop, coordinate and execute communications strategies.
  • Provide strategic counsel to senior leaders and teams from partner organizations.
  • Build productive relationships with senior leaders and experts from partner organizations to ensure a high-level of trust, reciprocity and sharing of crucial insight into each organization’s goals.
  • Address and resolve differences in strategic aims and alignment among partner organizations in a variety of contexts, including on the “practitioner councils.”


  • Strong systems-oriented thinker who is able to assimilate facts quickly and draw connections between complex issues. Requires sharp analytical skills, a detail-oriented mindset, and the ability to capture data and ideas quickly and accurately. Keen judgment and the ability to create a compelling case for direction on issues and crises in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrates strong pro-active leadership. Searches for and identifies opportunities and challenges, and inspires others to do the same. Has an uncompromising work ethic.
  • Exhibits unflagging calm under pressure and against aggressive, shifting deadlines. Works effectively and comfortably with senior- and junior-level staff alike on sensitive topics with high visibility.
  • Manages effectively through influence and possesses strong stakeholder management skills. Demonstrates the ability to achieve consensus and work effectively within a complex, consensus-driven environment with matrixed relationships. Promotes cooperation and teamwork while working to achieve collective outcomes and is inclusive of peers and/or key stakeholders when making decisions.
  • Possesses exceptional communications skills: is articulate, poised, authentic, believable and persuasive. Demonstrates political savvy and maturity. Must be able to think on one’s feet and have strong interpersonal skills and group facilitation skills.
  • Is well connected with, and respected by, the media at a national level. Understands news-gathering techniques, story development, placement and representation.
  • As a manager, solicits feedback and ideas from staff, holds others accountable and is fair. Delegates appropriately and provides opportunities for team members to cross-train and further develop their skills. Exhibits technical soundness and strong accountability for work quality.
  • Has a reputation as passionate and credible, is unflappable and well grounded, and does not take himself or herself too seriously. A sense of humor is essential.


  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 15 years of experience in communications, public relations, media relations, journalism, politics or campaigns in complex environments at a management level. Experience in climate and clean energy issues is required.
  • Must understand the context of the climate and clean energy fight – comprising policy issues, political landscape, and historical and cultural environment. Must possess deep knowledge of legislation and regulatory bodies that influence policies.
  • Preference for senior professionals who have prior experience in issues, brand and/or crisis management.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan and manage inter-disciplinary teams and complex communications programs and strategies.
  • Consistently applies a holistic, integrative, boundary-free view to organizations, strategies, activities and issues. Attends to the longer-term implications of decisions/actions and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the interdependencies of the climate and clean energy advocacy community’s strategies. Enjoys working hard; is action-oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; is not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.
  • Delivers high-quality results on time; strives to improve performance and results.
  • Can marshal resources to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Facilitates collaboration and cooperation among diverse groups, people and organizations; gains cooperation and supports others.


  • Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits package, including paid personal and sick leave; standard health, dental and vision packages; employer contributions to 401k retirement account; parental leave; commuter transit benefit

Climate Nexus is a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an equal opportunity employer. Climate Nexus is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Amy Segelin (

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