Job Advertisement: Global Finance Program Director

The Sunrise Project is looking for an experienced Program Director to expand our senior leadership team and help accelerate the shift of global capital out of fossil fuels.

About us

The Sunrise Project is a small organization with an oversized impact. Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, we are a team of experienced campaigners, analysts and communication professionals with a mission to scale social movements to drive the transition beyond fossil fuels. With programs spanning the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, we are focused on stopping major new fossil fuel projects, shifting the global finance sector out of fossil fuels, and accelerating the transition to 100% renewable energy in Australia.

Through our grants program we provide partner groups with the capacity they need, while our staff team provides strategy, analysis and networking support for partners to work together for greater impact. Our Finance Program aims to drive a rapid shift of capital out of fossil fuels in order to hasten the transition to clean energy. For more information about how we work, see

About the role

The Finance Program Co-Director is a new senior role within The Sunrise Project leadership team that is responsible for managing the inception, design and delivery of major program strategies to shift the global finance system on climate change, and proactively contributes to the overall strategic direction and vibrant organisational culture of the Sunrise Project. This role is one of two program directors who manage senior staff across multiple program areas within our overall finance program.

About you

First and foremost, you’re deeply passionate about solving the climate crisis. You’re an experienced campaign manager with a track record of designing and implementing high impact campaigns that win real world outcomes. You understand corporate power and have a knack for developing and articulating big picture strategies to drive change in complex systems. You’re skilled at leading high performing teams and are passionate about supporting others to do their best work. You have exceptional interpersonal communication skills and are a natural collaborator, with the ability to build strong relationships with a wide range of different players – from grassroots climate activists through to corporate leaders and financiers.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage a team of senior campaign staff to develop and implement high impact program strategies to shift finance out of fossil fuels;
  • Manage budgets and grant-making within relevant program areas;
  • Proactively manage and support program staff including supporting professional development;
  • Actively nurture a creative, dynamic and supportive culture within your program team;
  • Lead evaluation of relevant programs and contribute to a culture of continual learning and experimentation across the organisation;
  • Work collaboratively with other parts of the Sunrise team and identify and support opportunities for synergy across program areas to ensure we have the biggest collective impact possible;
  • Build and maintain high level relationships with civil society and business leaders and represent the organization in public fora as required;
  • Proactively contribute to the overall strategic direction of The Sunrise Project including development and incubation of new strategies;

Skills required

  • A demonstrated passion for climate justice. If you’re not hungry to change the world this role isn’t for you;
  • A minimum of seven years experience running high impact campaigns that win real world outcomes including significant experience running campaigns to shift corporate behaviour;
  • Excellent people management skills including experience leading high performing teams;
  • A collaborative mindset and a track record of working effectively in alliance with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and group process skills;
  • A sophisticated understanding of corporate power in relation to climate change action (and inaction);
  • The ability to develop and clearly articulate effective strategies to drive change in complex systems;
  • A detailed understanding of the key drivers of financial markets and institutional investors would be highly beneficial but is not a strict requirement of the role.

Location and travel

The location for this position is flexible for the right candidate. There will be some advantage in being located in a major financial centre in Europe or in the Bay Area of the US west coast, however this is not required. Some international travel will be required.


This is a full-time role. We offer a competitive salary package that aims to be above the benchmarked average for comparable NGOs depending on the geographical location of the successful candidate.

To apply

Please send a single pdf file including a one page cover letter and short CV to before COB on Monday 17th February with the subject “Finance Program Co-Director Application”.