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Senior Campaigner – Australian Coal Mining & Exports

The Sunrise Project is searching for an experienced campaigner who can develop and implement strategies to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

About us

Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project is a team of experienced change-makers, researchers and communications professionals with a mission to scale social movements to drive the global transition beyond fossil fuels. With programs and staff in Australia, Europe, and the US, we have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organisations to drive powerful change towards our mission.

We have a dynamic and nimble organisational culture and we’re serious about supporting our people to thrive. We’re committed to building justice and equity into our organisation as well as through our work in the world. We move fast and are growing rapidly as we lean into the urgency of the climate challenge.

At Sunrise, we are committed to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion: we believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives, reflecting the diversity of all people impacted most by climate change will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We strongly encourage First Nations people, people of colour, people living outside of cities, and people with all kinds of bodies and talents to apply. If you meet some but not all of skills and responsibilities in this position description, or if you are unsure but keen on the role, please get in touch to discuss.

About the role

Coal mining is Australia’s largest contribution to the global climate crisis. The climate pollution from burning the coal Australia exports is around 1 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent every year, or about double Australia’s total annual domestic emissions from every source. The evidence of a climate emergency is now undeniable and requires a rapid replacement of coal-burning electricity, a halt to new coal mines, and retiring current coal mines.

There are 94 operating coal mines in Australia and around 60 proposed new coal mines and expansions needing an estimated $80 billion dollars in investment. If planned coal expansions went ahead, Australian coal would account for 12% of global emissions by 2030.

The role of the Senior Campaigner is to collaborate with key organisational partners in the development and implementation of campaign strategies and tactics to protect Australia’s environment from the expansion of coal mining and exports, and seek strategies to phase it out.

Key responsibilities

  • Co-develop compelling campaign plans that support achieving our campaign goals and objectives;
  • Conduct policy and corporate research and analysis to inform the development of campaign plans;
  • Build relationships with key organisational partners who are critical to the delivery of campaign goals and support collaboration between them;
  • Provide campaign advice to partners, advocates and community groups to help them run high impact campaigns to support program goals; and
  • Other tasks as required.

About you

You’re a creative and big picture thinker with a passion for climate justice.

You understand Australia’s economic and political systems and can identify points of intervention quickly for campaign plans that can lead to real world change.

You’ve got a track record of guiding and implementing effective campaigns or projects and you are passionate about protecting people and the environment from the worsening impacts of the climate crisis, through preventing the expansion and beginning the phase out of coal mining in Australia.

You’re a generalist with an ability to quickly understand and stay across a wide range of issues, while also building detailed knowledge when you need to. You’re comfortable with a wide variety of approaches to achieving change including political, legal, scientific, financial and public communications strategies. You enjoy problem solving and making things happen.

You’re confident and are skilled at mentoring and supporting others to lead.

If you’re a lone wolf, this role is not for you. Our collaborative approach means you need to be a great team player with good facilitation skills and the ability to build strong relationships with a wide range of different players – from grassroots community members to corporate leaders and financial analysts.

Required skills and experience

  • At least seven years’ experience in delivering campaigns or programs that have achieved real world change;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and visual communications skills;
  • Strong group work and facilitation skills;
  • A strong eye for detail that would enable you to examine the technical details of coal projects and their environmental impacts;
  • Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of shifting policy and regulatory environments;
  • A deep passion for and demonstrated commitment to action on climate change.


  • Two year contract with potential for extension if successful in the role;
  • Depending on experience and capacity to take on responsibility, the salary range is $98,800 – $108,800 p.a. plus 12.5% superannuation.


Must be based in Australia and have a right to work, prefer someone in New South Wales or Queensland, including people living in coal regions.


Please apply via the following link by 9am, Thursday 29th October :

If you have any questions regarding this role, please email