Fossil Free Buildings Campaign Manager

Menlo Spark
April 10, 2019
Menlo Park, CA
Job Type


Job Title: Fossil Free Buildings Campaign Manager – Full Time

Geographic Scope: Menlo Park and surrounding communities throughout Silicon Valley

We are seeking a dynamic candidate who is passionate about the environment and climate, and can help communities reduce fossil fuel use by adopting clean energy policies.

 About Menlo Spark

Menlo Spark is a nonprofit initiative joining together businesses, residents and government partners to achieve a climate-neutral Menlo Park within ten years.  We are weaving together novel energy, transportation, land use and building policies to chart a path for Menlo Park to become the first truly zero carbon city by 2025.

Position Description

 Context: The Fossil Free Buildings Campaign is focused on accelerating a phase out of fossil fuels including natural gas from all buildings in Silicon Valley, beginning with new construction. Together with Campaign partners, we aim to advocate for Fossil Free Building Policies, such as energy codes, building codes, mitigation measures, ordinances, and pilot projects in every city in Silicon Valley over the next year and potentially beyond.

 Scope: The Campaign Manager will spend approximately 75% of work time planning, convening, coordinating, and implementing strategies and activities to develop local action on fossil free building policies in Silicon Valley. Remaining time will support Menlo Spark and professional development. The position will coordinate and guide campaign partners and volunteers, ensuring robust collaboration across cities and successful implementation of campaign goals. The Campaign Coordinator (or Senior Campaign Manager) will create educational materials, presentations, and reports. The position will also testify or present at meetings, convene meetings, do research, and develop subject matter expertise. The position will represent Menlo Spark, adhering to the mission and nonprofit guidelines with government officials, the media, and other organizations. The Campaign Coordinator (or Senior Campaign Manager) will take appropriate action to ensure that program goals and objectives are met in a professional way.

 Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Work closely and in partnership with Menlo Spark staff, volunteers, Advisory Board Members, and partner groups to transition buildings off of fossil fuels in cities throughout the Peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco
  • Design highly leveraged in-person and online organizing strategies and tactics that successfully activate volunteer leadership and key stakeholders to participate in local actions within targeted communities.
  • Collaborate with campaign partners to develop campaign policy positions, and advocate with city and county decision-makers. Cultivates relationships with key policy makers, staff, and local leaders.
  • Support and provide tailored professional expertise and technical assistance to campaign partners and volunteers designed to motivate partners and volunteers and develop and solidify strong working relationships.
  • Foster an atmosphere of inclusion, respecting diversity, supporting equity, and seeking a just transition.
  • Design, write, edit, and review targeted educational and outreach materials designed to successfully create awareness, shift attitudes, and shape behavior change.
  • Perform media, community, and youth outreach as needed.
  • Provide research and analysis in support of Campaign objectives.
  • Explore creative approaches and transformational strategies to advance the Campaign.
  • Represents Menlo Spark to the general public, strategic allies, and decision-makers.
  • Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as needed to support the Menlo Spark team and mission.

 Ideal Candidate Profile:

We recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this position, lending their own flair to the project. We welcome diverse experiences and perspectives, and will be looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications and experience:

  • 3-5 years of experience as a campaigner or organizer in an environmental, health, economic justice or related advocacy campaign. Or, relevant experience in city or county planning. Experience supporting a community, city, or regional campaign or project, including developing strategy, organizing, media relations, outreach, and collaboration with allied organizations.
  • Proficiency in general office computer programs (e.g. documents, spreadsheets, presentations); experience with design tools a plus.
  • Interest in and knowledge of California, Bay Area, or local energy policies and the regulatory landscape. Knowledge of city and county planning processes a plus.
  • Interest in and knowledge of clean energy industry and technology.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Ability to tailor messaging and approach to advocacy to relevant stakeholder audiences
  • Experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers, community members, and partner organizations.
  • Commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity and inclusion into a project.
  • Ability to support or lead a project or campaign with a high level of self-motivation, strategic thinking, organizational skills, attention to detail, and reliability.


We provide a comprehensive compensation package, including competitive salary, medical and dental benefits, retirement savings, and a generous vacation and sick leave policy. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Menlo Spark is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier,a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (   

Multiplier and Menlo Spark celebrate diversity and is committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and Menlo Spark are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and Menlo Spark prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.

How To Apply

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The first screening will occur on May 15th. Send us your résumé and cover letter to with “Application for the Fossil Free Buildings Campaign Manager Position” in the subject line, explaining why you are interested in this position. Please describe your relevant experience, qualifications, and include your salary requirements. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.

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