Partnerships Manager/Senior Partnerships Manager, Climate War Room

  • Reports to: Senior Political Director, Climate War Room
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Climate War Room
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Climate War Room has an immediate opening for a Partnerships Manager or Senior Partnerships Manager to work with the Senior Political Director to cultivate new relationships and implement the Climate War Room’s political strategy. The 2020 presidential election will be a defining moment in the nation’s ability to address the climate crisis. It is critical that the next president and Congress emerge from the election emboldened to act on climate change.

The Climate War Room will engage in the presidential election using research, earned media, and digital content to spur a national conversation on climate. The team will elevate the threat of climate change and shape the conversation on solutions; put the Trump administration on the defensive for its extreme positions; and rebut attacks from the fossil fuel industry and their allies. It will also ensure that nominees lean into this issue and lay the groundwork for legislative success in 2021 and beyond.

The Climate War Room is an independent project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and Sierra Club—three organizations committed to making the urgency of climate change and the Trump administration’s opposition to action critical to the 2020 political conversation. These are limited-term positions that are funded through December 1, 2020.


  • Develop relationships with key allies in the independent and coordinated electoral landscape, including but not limited to elected officials, candidates at all levels of the ballot, national organizations, PACs, campaign committees, and labor groups. This in some cases will mean cultivating new relationships.
  • Follow the local, state, and national political and policy conversation regarding energy and climate change and make strategic recommendations for the Climate War Room’s engagement.
  • Represent and effectively communicate the Climate War Room’s political and electoral priorities to external audiences and allies. Work as needed to prepare executive leaders and the Climate War Room’s Senior Political Director or other key staff members to do so as well.
  • Represent the Climate in coalition meetings and on conference calls.
  • Cultivate relationships with partner organizations and individuals at the national and state levels who support climate action, with a particular focus on advancing the team’s existing partnerships with environmental justice organizations.
  • Manage the team’s political relationships through stakeholder outreach and use of CRM software.
  • Identify opportunities for surrogates to appear at events, speak to press, and produce digital media content.
  • Work with the Climate War Room’s Senior Political Director and other organizational teams to advance the organization’s mission and issue priorities, including environmental justice.
  • Travel to key states to work with local partner organizations and meet with the grassroots community, labor groups, nonprofit, and political leaders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least four years of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Prior experience in candidate or issue-advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with energy or environmental issues.
  • Strong commitment to environmental justice principles, equity, and inclusion.
  • At least one cycle of electoral or independent campaign experience is preferred.
  • Experience with CRM software or voter databases is a plus.
  • Some on-the-record experience is preferred.
  • Some experience with grant reporting is preferred.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and seeks direction as needed.
  • Experience operating in high-stakes environments that require producing high-quality, accurate products under tight deadlines.
  • Superb research and writing ability and ability to plan ahead and set priorities.
  • the Climate War mission and goals.

These positions are part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The salary for the Partnerships Manager position starts at $56,000; the salary for Senior Partnerships Manager position starts at $62,000.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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