Plastics Campaign Director

Date: November 2, 2022

Pacific Environment seeks to protect communities and wildlife of the Pacific Rim. We support community leaders to fight climate change, protect the oceans, build just societies, and move away from fossil fuels toward a green economy. With three decades of achievement and a team of about 30, we collaborate extensively with grassroots partners across the U.S. West Coast and Alaska, China, Vietnam, South Korea, and other Pacific Rim countries. Learn more at

Our Plastics Campaign currently focuses on plastic pollution in Vietnam, China, and beyond.


Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Plastics Campaign Director will lead our plastics campaign. The Director will be Pacific Environment’s lead in large coalition initiatives using a mix of policy advocacy, corporate campaigning, and coordination with and support for local environmental organizations. Our tools include sophisticated regranting, intensive network building and coordination, and technical assistance. The plastics campaign aims to reduce plastic pollution and petrochemical production, to end reliance on single-use plastics and throw-away norms, and to collaborate with grassroots leaders in protecting communities in Vietnam, China, and elsewhere.

The ideal candidate will have a record of leadership winning major campaigns, an understanding of foundation fundraising, a passion for combating plastic pollution and moving the world off petrochemicals, and experience working internationally and particularly within Southeast Asia and China.

Location and Travel

The position is ideally based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but we will consider strongly qualified candidates based elsewhere on the West Coast. The position will require frequent travel, including some international travel.


  • Provide campaign oversight, strategic direction, and team management: manage successful campaigns, work sensitively with grassroots organizations and local leaders, foster and work within large coalitions, manage a program budget, and supervise a dynamic and growing team of place-based staff and consultants.
  • Collaborate with grassroots partners in Vietnam, China, and elsewhere to drive the replacement of single-use plastic with reuse-refill innovations.
  • Engage actively with an international movement to end plastic pollution through collective action.
  • Share primary responsibility for growing the plastics campaign through fundraising to foundations and other supporters.
  • Serve as a plastics and petrochemical expert and thought leader.

Key Qualifications

  • 8+ years of relevant experience in strategic advocacy, policy, and campaign work; in program leadership and implementation; and in managing campaign programs and staff
  • A record of accomplishment in winning campaigns.
  • Experience and expertise in plastic pollution issues and policies; expertise in petrochemical issues is a plus
  • Demonstrated success as an effective team player and collaborator in coalition efforts; a strong plus for experience partnering with Pacific Rim grassroots organizations and experience in community organizing
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated success in foundation fundraising. Experience in major donor and individual fundraising a plus
  • Strong preference for candidates who have experience working in Southeast Asia and East Asia; a plus for language proficiency in Vietnamese, Filipino, Cantonese, or Mandarin, or other East Asian/Southeast Asian languages

Compensation and Benefits

Pacific Environment provides compensation commensurate with experience and equitable with others on our team, plus a full benefits package. The salary range for this position is $90,000 – 108,000.  The employee will enjoy a flexible working environment with a dedicated, diverse group of colleagues.

To Apply

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  • QUESTIONS: In no more than 250 words each, please answer the following:
    • What’s the end game for plastic pollution and plastic usage in society?
    • What are the 2-3 most important strategies to achieve that end game?
    • Tell us about a campaign accomplishment you are proud of.

No phone calls, please.

Pacific Environment is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and believe that creating teams in which everyone can be their authentic self is key to the change we seek. We encourage people from communities harmed by environmental degradation and from backgrounds underrepresented in the environmental movement to apply.