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Senior Strategist - Capacity Building - Flexible Location

The Sunrise Project
  • Location: Location within Australia flexible for the right candidate
  • Reports to: Program Director, Australian Gas
  • Salary: $100,300 to $121,499 + 12.5% superannuation
  • Applications Close: Sunday 15 Aug 11:59pm AEST

About Us

Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project is a team of experienced change-makers, researchers and communications professionals with a mission to scale social movements to propel the global transition beyond fossil fuels. We have programs and staff in Australia, and affiliated programs and staff in Europe and the US. Our unique model of grant-making and campaigning supports networks of organisations to drive powerful change towards our mission. We have a dynamic and nimble organisational culture and we’re serious about supporting our people to thrive.

Over the past decade Australia’s LNG exports have boomed, with Australia now the world’s equal largest exporter of LNG. The gas industry is responsible for 10% of Australia’s domestic emissions, and emissions from burning the gas we export are greater still. To prevent catastrophic climate change, along with rapidly phasing out coal, we must prevent the expansion of Australia’s gas sector and accelerate its decline.

We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We strongly encourage First Nations people, people of colour, people living outside of cities, and people with a disability to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone. You can read our commitment to this work here.

About You

Your Head

You may not be an expert on gas or climate change but you are willing to learn. You think movement building is a critical ingredient to social change impact. You have both a passion for strategy and a keen eye for detail. You have a knack for building strong relationships, facilitating and networking and have a proven track record of intentionally bringing people together to succeed. You bring a strong power analysis and justice lens to your work.

Your Heart

You have a deep commitment to climate justice and a hunger to see more people taking action on this. You are passionate about protecting people and the environment from the worsening impacts of the climate crisis by preventing the expansion and beginning the phase-out of Australian gas exports. You are committed to empowering others to learn, grow and act to prevent climate change.

Your Hands

You have strong people skills and can facilitate complex meetings and make it seem simple and easy. You enjoy problem-solving and making things happen. You are confident and skilled at mentoring and supporting others to lead. You are committed to working in teams - both within Sunrise and importantly with our many community partners. You are a good listener and have the ability and drive to support our partner groups to do their best work.

About The Role (Your Mission)

You will work closely with the Australian Gas team and partner organisations to build and develop winning strategies to prevent the expansion of gas mining and exports and to accelerate their phase out.

You will help partner organisations across the movement to build and strengthen their campaigning, leadership and movement building capacity. This will include providing support on strategy, guidance on organisational development and capacity building support for their staff and volunteers. This includes direct on-site support which means occasional travel to rural and regional areas as well as major cities several times a year.

You will work closely with the Program Director to build relationships across the movement, facilitate meetings and support grant making from Sunrise to movement partners.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support and strengthen community campaigning, strategy and organising efforts within the Australian anti-gas movement
  • Identify and help support learning needs and opportunities for movement partner organisations and community activists
  • Work with the Program Director on granting making, proposal writing and reporting
  • Travel when necessary, including to rural and remote areas, to support movement partner organisations and communities

The role is full time (we will consider 4 days a week for the right level of seniority).

Required skills and experience:

  • At least seven years’ experience in senior roles, including experience in areas such as social justice or campaigning or similar
  • Demonstrated experience in campaigning or organising that has achieved real-world change, including in strategy development in environment or social justice campaigns
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and visual communications skills
  • Demonstrated skills in relationship management in complex environments
  • Demonstrated strength in group work and facilitation
  • A passion for action on climate change and a commitment to social justice
  • You must have full working rights for Australia

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. We value and recognise experience that has been unpaid, from the grassroots or is lived experience (for example in communications, grant making, legal/ policy or political work).

For a successful more junior candidate, salary and job title will adjust accordingly for example - a Strategist sits at Level 5 with $79,300 - $100,299.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in gas, coal or other climate campaigns

How Sunrise supports our 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:

  1. Superannuation contribution of 12.5%
  2. Four weeks annual leave with leave loading of 17.5%
  3. Long service leave
  4. Birthday leave (if it’s your birthday, you get a day off)
  5. Cultural and Community Service leave
  6. 12 weeks parental leave after 12 months of service
  7. Commitment to supporting your professional development
  8. Access to our Employee Assistance Program
  9. Coaching and management support with regular 1:1 meetings
  10. Performance reviews and feedback to support you and the team to reflect and grow
  11. A co-developed initial 3-month work plan to help you hit the ground running and have clarity on your role and responsibilities.
  12. Flexible work policy.

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