Clock icon

Chesapeake Climate Action Network seeks a passionate community organizer dedicated to
uplifting community leaders in the Hampton Roads area to take on the climate crisis.

The Hampton Roads Organizer will recruit, train, and mobilize CCAN supporters to fight the
climate crisis through advocacy, community education, and local events. Working in coalition
with our regional partners, the Organizer will lead the field tactics in our campaign to stop the
buildout of fossil fuel infrastructure, empower communities to mitigate the local effects of
climate change and advocate for clean energy.

About Us
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of
Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots
movement to fight climate change. We envision an equitable energy future where fossil fuels
are phased out and truly clean power sources — efficiency, solar, and wind — sustain every
aspect of our lives.

In Virginia, we are working on bold campaigns that would result in energy policies matching the
scale of the climate crisis. Our work has never been more critical as we face stalls and threats
of rollbacks at the state and national levels. For over a decade, we have been pushing the
envelope of what’s “politically possible” in Virginia, using every tool inside and outside the box -
from organizing to lobbying to the law. We are weakening one of the nation’s most powerful
polluters, standing in the way of two fracked gas pipelines, and we led the charge toward the
first 100% clean electricity mandate in the south.

About the Position
The Hampton Roads Organizer will have the skills, passion, and commitment to tackle the
biggest problems facing our planet in a region particularly vulnerable to its impacts. We seek a
resilient, creative, and strategic problem-solver to join our team. The ideal candidate will see
opportunities to build relationships, inspire mobilization, and urge faster and more equitable
change to address the climate crisis. They are energized by empowering others and look to put
their creativity to work.

This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt from overtime.

What You Will Do

Build, strengthen, and mobilize CCAN’s base of grassroots supporters and members
Build relationships with new and existing supporters and inspire them to take action.
  • Recruit, train, and support volunteers to build their leadership skills and form active

volunteer teams.


  • Identify new activists through outreach and community events.

Build and Deepen Partnerships and Coalitions
Work closely with existing supporters, community partners, and coalition leaders

throughout Hampton Roads and Southern Virginia.
  • Facilitate or participate in field coalitions, ensuring effective communication and

coordination with local partners.

Manage and execute campaign strategy and actions in the region
Engage CCAN supporters in creative, attention-grabbing events to mobilize our base and

influence Virginia’s decision-makers.
  • Coordinate with our policy and communication teams to ensure our events are

on-message and effective.

Commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and promoting environmental

  • Demonstrated experience living or working in BIPOC communities and organizing across
differences in identities and experiences.
  • At least one year of paid or volunteer organizing experience.
  • Self-driven and able to work effectively with a team.
  • Able to manage multiple projects and prioritize measurable results.
  • Track record of successfully recruiting people to an event, cause, or effort.
  • Experience setting measurable goals and tracking progress.
  • Problem-solver: someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Willing to travel within the region as needed.

The Details
This position is based in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and involves frequent travel within
the state and periodic travel within the region. Candidates should live in or be willing to relocate
to Norfolk, Virginia Beach, or Newport News. CCAN provides dedicated office space for the
Hampton Roads Organizer in Norfolk.

The salary is commensurate with experience, between $50,000 to $55,000 per year. We provide
a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental and vision coverage, four
weeks’ paid vacation, and a retirement plan with a 4% employer matching contribution after
one year on staff.

How to Apply:
Please complete the Google form application, where you will answer a series of short questions
and submit a resume. We will accept applications until the position is filled, with priority given


to applications received by February 25, 2024.

The interview process will consist of a phone interview, a panel interview over Zoom, and a skills
test. We hope to make a job offer by March 25, 2024.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are
less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to
building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace; therefore, if you’re excited about this role
but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we
encourage you to apply! You might be the perfect candidate for this or another role at CCAN.

Equal Employment Opportunity CCAN provides equal employment opportunities to all
employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any
type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics,
protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring,
placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation,
and training.