Senior Fossil-Free Finance Analyst
Type of Job
Apr 22, 2022
About the job
Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.
Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.
Scope: The Sierra Club’s Fossil-Free Finance Campaign builds on the Sierra Club’s years of advocacy to push Wall Street firms and the financial sector to align their policies and practices with a safe climate future and respect for human rights. By continuing to direct money into fossil fuels, underwrite dangerous projects, and misuse shareholder power, financial institutions are exacerbating the crisis, delaying the transition to a clean energy economy, and hurting the Indigenous peoples and local communities that are often on the frontlines of polluting, extractive industries. Without major intervention from a movement of activists, customers, investors, business leaders, policymakers and regulators, the financial industry will continue with business-as-usual, fueling the fossil fuel industry’s expansion and pushing the climate toward calamitous tipping points. The Sierra Club -- in partnership with many local, national and international organizations -- is working to build that movement to take on Wall Street’s role in the climate crisis.
The goal of the Sierra Club’s Fossil-Free Finance Campaign is to stop investments in fossil fuels by pressuring banks, insurers, and asset managers to withdraw financing from this sector. This campaign is an important component of the Sierra Club’s work to combat the climate crisis, the goal of which is to secure a safe future for us all by hastening an equitable transition off of all fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and gas.
The Senior Financial Analyst is an integral part of a team working to transform the finance sector to drastically reduce its climate impact and support for dirty energy. They will be responsible for providing strategic research and analysis primarily to strengthen our advocacy for fossil-free finance. They will work with the Analyst team and Campaign counterparts to track campaign performance towards goals and disseminate research and analysis findings both internally and externally. They will develop research to determine vulnerabilities in fossil fuel finance and advise on advocacy strategies. This work will be done in alignment with Sierra Club’s values and requires highly advanced emotional, relational, and equity skills and practice.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Provide technical expertise and analytical support for climate advocacy in the financial sector. The Senior Fossil-Free Finance Analyst will design and carry out research and analysis to assess strategic priorities for our advocacy; provide technical expertise on draft regulations and regulatory opportunities; represent the Campaign in coalition meetings; support campaign leadership with review of industry trends, news and studies. The Senior Fossil-Free Finance Analyst will make recommendations to campaign teams on opportunities and mechanisms of engagement with financial institutions, analysts, and observers.
- Provide research and analysis on finances of fossil fuel infrastructure, proposals, and companies. Assess financial backers and funding streams of fossil fuel proposals (e.g., LNG terminals); determine connections to domestic financing and our international work; support campaign leadership with review of industry trends, news and studies; provide insights on how this can inform our strategy.
- Support campaign fundraising efforts. In cooperation with fundraising staff, assist in the development of fundraising proposals and participate in grant making, solicitation efforts, and reports to donors.
- Collaborate with the Analyst Team to foster data-informed campaigns. Support Director and analyst team members with workshops and presentations to facilitate content knowledge of financial sector and campaign outcomes; work with Analyst Team to provide original research and other analysis in support of campaign decarbonization efforts.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- Financial expertise. Position requires interest in and aptitude for understanding the financial sector, project-level and corporate finance, the role of financial institutions in financing fossil fuel infrastructure, and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates.
- Proficiency with data and analysis. Requires strong quantitative and analytical skills; proficiency with excel and/or other modeling and data analysis tools and attention to detail. Effective with data visualization - creating charts, maps, and slides to convey information.
- Quantitative and qualitative research skills. Ability to distill analysis into key results for broad consumption. A desire to grow expertise of self and others through research and analysis. Skilled at analyzing reports and datasets to solve specific research objectives.
- Effective written and oral communication skills. Comfort with public speaking. Skill at packaging and explaining complex concepts to a wide range of audiences through clear written materials.
- Ability to work independently and with teams. Entrepreneurial and driven to make change; eager to collaborate within your team and promote learning at all levels of the organization; responsive and deadline driven.
- Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems, and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:
- Experience working on financial advocacy with regulatory or non-governmental public interest entities
- Content knowledge of fossil fuel industry and financial sector
- Experience working with financial data, financial modeling, and finance specific datasets (i.e. Bloomberg, S&P, etc.)
- Background in environmental work
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $82,000-$91,000 based on region/location.
This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union or Sierra Employee Alliance, depending on location.
The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.
This is a category 4 exempt, represented position.
Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your school’s from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.
This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision making process.
Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.
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