Climate Advocacy Coordinator

Amy Rawe | October 30, 2023 | Jobs and Internships

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) seeks a full-time Climate Advocacy Coordinator to help develop, grow, and maintain our clean energy efforts in Tennessee and across the Southeast region.


The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is a regional, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization that promotes responsible and equitable energy choices to ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. As a leading voice for energy policy in our region, SACE is focused on transforming the way we produce and consume energy in the Southeast.


The Climate Advocacy Coordinator will work to address critical issues and drive meaningful climate and clean energy policy changes, with a focus on the Nashville area and the state of Tennessee. Responsibilities include:

  • 1-on-1 relationship building: consistent one-on-one phone calls and meetings with SACE supporters to get to know them and their priorities and learn about the best ways we can include them in our work and support them in work they are already doing, plus regular follow up meetings to keep members engaged (up to several hours per day of one-on-one phone calls and meetings).
  • New member recruitment: bring new people into SACE’s network of supporters of climate action through phone calls/virtual meetings, online and in-person activities.
  • Coalition building: Identify opportunities to collaborate with other advocacy groups, coalitions, and like-minded organizations to amplify our impact and achieve common goals.
  • Cultivating volunteer engagement in activities such as petitions, social media advocacy, participating in public comment periods, contacting elected officials, attending events, and voting.
  • Leadership development: Identify and work with volunteers to help them grow into leaders who mobilize their networks and communities for climate action and civic engagement opportunities and build volunteer-led teams.
  • Training volunteers: as volunteers take more responsibility for organizing advocacy, you will need to provide support and training to develop the skills of your emerging leaders, such as helping develop their ability to speak publicly and advocate, including through written public comments, testimony at public meetings, and earned media and press events, as well as hosting their own events
  • Organizing advocacy and civic engagement actions: organizing regular visits with key decision-makers, letter writing events, attendance at public meetings, voter registration, and other advocacy actions.
  • Developing educational materials: working closely with the SACE Advocacy Team to develop materials to support your organizing work, like house party guides, trainings on recruitment, informational presentations, flyers, etc.
  • Serving as SACE spokesperson: representing SACE at events, in coordination with partner organizations, and in local media.
  • Reporting: regular reporting on activity to help inform our strategy and guide the work.
  • Regular learning / teaching to strengthen advocacy work: we expect regular reflection and debriefs to explore what worked well and what didn’t so we can replicate best practices and make changes where necessary to become more effective.

This position will have a focus on organizing work in Nashville and Middle Tennessee as well as the state of Tennessee and the Southeast U.S. region. SACE does not have an office in Nashville, so this position will be remote, though it will require regular on-the-ground work in Nashville and around Middle Tennessee, so local residence is a location requirement. Regular attendance at events in Nashville and some travel in Middle Tennessee should be expected. Work done outside of Middle Tennessee is anticipated to be mostly able to be done remotely, although some periodic travel out of state may be required.

The majority of the Climate Advocacy Coordinator’s work will be nonpartisan but some activities, conducted through SACE’s political arm (SACE Action Fund), may include express advocacy for some candidates for elected office that have a proven track record in addressing climate change and promoting clean energy.

The Climate Advocacy Coordinator will work under the supervision of and with the help of SACE’s Climate Advocacy Director.


  • Solutions-focused and adaptable: When faced with challenges, the team member works to find potential solutions and how to adapt.
  • Collaborative and independent: The team member takes initiative, operates well independently, and as part of a team.
  • Goal oriented: The team member operates with both long- and short-term goals in mind and is motivated to help meet them.
  • Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion: Our constituency is politically, racially, generationally, and economically diverse. The team member is committed to advancing diversity, and racial and social equity and inclusion through their work with SACE.
  •  Credible: The team member is committed to accuracy and relationship follow-through.


  • Experience in community organizing, campaigns, volunteer recruitment, or strong evidence of the ability to develop talent and leadership in other people.
  • Comfortable working virtually.
  • Comfortable making lots of phone calls and having conversations with people you don’t know.
  • Enjoy getting to know new people!
  • Ability to work quickly under pressure and juggle several projects at one time.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly.
  • Commitment to advancing clean energy policy and civic engagement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • ‘Experience with EveryAction and/or VAN or similar CRM like Action Network, Mobilize, Nation Builder, etc. is preferred but not required.
  • Familiarity with environmental issues, clean energy, or policy advocacy is preferred but not required.
  • Availability in Middle Tennessee.


The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy recognizes that its continued success requires a staff of hardworking, intelligent people from diverse backgrounds. SACE is an equal opportunity employer and considers candidates for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, veteran, marital status, or sexual orientation. We encourage applications from women and persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.


Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications to [email protected] with the subject line “Climate Advocacy Coordinator.” References will be required of candidates during the interview process, and a background check may be performed. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to personally respond to all applicants. Please be assured that every application is reviewed and considered by our HR Director as well as a senior member of our staff.

This is a full-time position based in or near Nashville, Tennessee.

SACE offers a full benefits package including flexible time off, health insurance, 401k matching, paid vacation, paid sick leave, parental leave, sabbatical and generous holiday time off. Additionally, SACE will provide support for training to deepen skillset when appropriate.

Amy Rawe
Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, Amy is SACE’s Communications Director. She joined SACE in May 2020 and coordinates with the communications, policy, and program teams to most effectively convey SACE’s mission…
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