Campaign Coordinator - Data Center Reform

The Piedmont Environmental Council

Warrenton, Virginia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salary range of $24 to $31.25 per hour
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Supervisor: Director of Land Use

Location: Warrenton, VA

Job Classification: Full-time, non-exempt (hourly), specified employment term (expected 24-36 month)

About PECThe Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) conserves and restores the lands and waters of the Virginia Piedmont, while building stronger, more sustainable communities. Founded in 1972, PEC is a locally based, community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit and accredited land trust. At the core of PEC’s approach is a focus on educating, engaging and empowering people to effect positive change in their communities.

Your Role

The explosive growth of the data center industry represents a major challenge in Virginia. Their cumulative impacts on air, land and water, climate goal attainment and overall quality of life are likely to be substantial. In response to this challenge, The Piedmont Environmental Council is hiring a campaign coordinator to help organize and advance advocacy for better planning, siting and regulation. 

The campaign coordinator will organize outreach and engagement, build collaboration between local, regional and statewide groups (including the Virginia Data Center Reform Coalition), and further advance the data center reform campaign. 

The campaign coordinator will report to PEC’s Director of Land Use, and work closely with PEC’s Senior Energy & Climate Policy Analyst, Director of Communications, and local field representatives. This is a 40-hour per week campaign-focused position based in PEC’s Warrenton office. The position will run for the length of the campaign which we anticipate to last between 24 - 36 months.

Areas of Responsibility:

The campaign coordinator will be responsible for developing communication and outreach pieces, monitoring news and progress of local community campaigns, organizing meetings of the Virginia Data Center Reform Coalition, facilitating the sharing of information between partners and within PEC, and more. Examples of work activities include:

  • Monitoring and reviewing current news and related meetings related to data center development and energy infrastructure deployment. This may include industry publications, webinars, regional transmission organization (PJM) meetings and press releases, and utility/transmission line developer meetings and press releases. 
  • Distilling and distributing information from news, meetings, webinars and other forums internally and externally with coalition partners. 
  • Working with PEC staff and key stakeholders to draft and implement a winning legislative platform and communications strategy, including messaging, bill language, and identification of bill patrons and supporters.
  • Developing and updating communication and outreach materials, advocacy petitions, web content, and information tools with land use and communication staff to increase public awareness and understanding of the issue.
  • Responding to requests for information and assistance from residents, partners, press, and public officials. 
  • Organizing the Virginia Data Center Reform Coalition meetings and providing follow-up summaries and facilitating and improving communication between partners. 
  • Mobilizing campaign support through outreach events, fundraising, canvassing, phonebanking, volunteer recruitment, district outreach and local media relations.
  • Testifying in Richmond occasionally in support of legislative priorities related to the data center reform campaign during General Assembly sessions.    
  • Drafting internal reports and memos on progress for management, staff, and our PEC Board of Directors. 

In this position, the employee may work in PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA, or in a hybrid manner to be decided jointly with their supervisor. This position requires frequent travel to locations within Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, and Fauquier counties with occasional travel to Richmond.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum three years of outreach, communication, political organizing, and/or environment, climate, or energy policy-related experience;
  • Demonstrated communication and storytelling skills, both written and oral, including the ability to write, edit and proofread materials;
  • Comfort with a public-facing and public-speaking role;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and G Suite (Google Apps);
  • Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines;
  • Excellent networking, relationship-building and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work well with a diverse constituency, including elected officials, nonprofit representatives, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives;
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings;
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment with minimal supervision;
  • Reliable transportation, as this position requires travel to locations and events throughout PEC’s nine-county region and occasionally in Richmond.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental studies, energy or climate policy, public policy, community advocacy, communication, or other relevant field;
  • Five years or more of outreach, communication, and/or policy-related experience;
  • Working knowledge of environmental and/or climate policy in Virginia 
  • Experience in creating content for social media advocacy campaigns; 
  • Experience building and spearheading a coalition or campaign on environmental, community, and/or climate advocacy with diverse stakeholders.  
  • Experience lobbying or advocating in the Virginia General Assembly
  • Experience working in press relations 

Compensation and Benefits

This position is a non-exempt / hourly position with benefits. Salary range of $24 to $31.25 per hour (equivalent to $50,000 – $65,000 annually), commensurate with experience.

PEC offers an outstanding and robust benefits package including:

  • Two health plans offered, a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan or a high-deductible Health Savings Account (HSA) plan 
  • Dental and Vision insurance plans
  • Short & Long Term Disability*
  • Group Term Life*
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity insurances*
  • HSA account (with employer match up to $750 per year)
  • FSA accounts (health & dependent)
  • 403(b) pension plan with employer contribution after 1 year of service with 100% vesting from day one
  • 12 paid holidays
  • PTO leave – 24 days per year, accrued each pay period
  • 1 day per year of paid leave to volunteer at another non-profit or charitable cause
  • Salary Continuation Leave for employee or family illness (including maternity and paternity) – from 2 to 8 weeks fully paid leave eligibility every 24 months, depending on length of service
  • Paid Bereavement, Jury Duty and Military Service Training leave
  • Travel Expense Reimbursement (including mileage)
  • Hybrid work environment and Flexible Work Schedules
  • Professional Development support
  • Payment for relevant licenses & professional membership fees.

*Indicates that this insurance premium is 100% paid by PEC for employee coverage.


Application Process

Interested applicants should fill out our job application form. Candidates must submit a cover letter and resumé. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Piedmont Environmental Council strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all aspects of achieving our mission. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Read more about our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) commitments.

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reasonable accommodations during the application or interview process may be requested.

Our organization has conducted a pay equity analysis of staff compensation to look at differences in compensation in regard to race, ethnicity, and gender, to collect and analyze relevant data, and take corrective actions to remediate pay disparities.

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