Latecomer Democratic Presidential candidate Tom Steyer is looking for California campaign staffers. And he’s so concerned about diversity, equity, and inclusion, he uses the acronym “(DEI)” in the advertisement.
Billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer made his fortune investing in the energy sector, through his hedge fund company, the Farallon Capital Management fund, which Steyer managed until 2012. Farrallon invested in coal mines in Australia and Indonesia, as well as in tar-sands oil, which is strip mined, processed to extract the oil-rich bitumen, which is then refined into oil. It’s an interesting career change and about-face.
Steyer founded NextGen Climate, an organization immersed in green cronyism. NextGen is a 501(c)(4) organization, and the NextGen Climate Action Committee is a political action committee fighting the Keystone Pipeline. Steyer said on the NextGen blog that while climate change had not always been on his radar, he came to believe he could no longer invest in fossil fuels – after becoming a billionaire.
Many call Steyer a “ridiculous hypocrite” who built his multi-billion dollar-fortune by buying up foreign coal. But now Steyer uses his coal and energy fortune to try and manipulate the California and national political processes.
On the blog of NextGen Climate, which Steyer founded and is President, he wrote that while climate change had not always been on his radar, he came to believe he could no longer invest in fossil fuels. But that’s not entirely accurate. Steyer did an about face and started investing in green energy following California’s passage of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.
He’s hedging his bets.
Steyer has been and continues to be a vocal Keystone Pipeline opponent, however he frames divestment as a moral issue. This depends on the definition of the word “moral;” Steyer stands to add to his billions if the Keystone Pipeline project is ever killed, which he banked on during the Obama administration. However, President Donald Trump gave the Keystone Pipeline the go-ahead.
This triggered lawsuits by environmental groups, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision recently handed Trump a victory to start construction of the northern leg of the pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska.
President Barack Obama had decided in 2015 that Keystone XL should not be built, saying it wouldn’t serve the U.S. national interest. But in one of his first acts in the White House, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing that decision and directing the State Department to issue a construction permit. The issue has been litigated ever since, Inside Climate News reported.
Meanwhile, job hunters in California should know about Steyer’s job openings.
About Tom Steyer 2020
Tom Steyer 2020 aims to run an inclusive presidential campaign. We practice the core progressive values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) via our hiring practices, and we welcome candidates of diverse backgrounds – including people of color, women, LGBTQi, differently abled, the formerly incarcerated, and those with a non-traditional education to apply. We endeavor to hire a qualified group of campaign staff that truly reflects the American electorate. Tom Steyer believes that a commitment to DEI is essential to American success.
The California Operations Director is responsible for the logistical and HR needs for the state’s campaign operation. The California Operations Director reports to the State Director. The ideal candidate is dynamic and organized, with the ability to work effectively both with the team and autonomously on various projects.
This person will:
- Identify and prioritize both long term and short term structural needs for the California office.
- Work with the CaliforniaDirector to administer the team’s budget; coordinating with different department heads to make sure they are properly maintaining their allocated budget.
- Serve as the main administrator of office culture and security. The TS campaign is driven to build an inclusive and safe work environment; the Operations Director will serve as the driving force in this mission for the California office.
- Maintain vendor relationships and assist different departments on special projects.
Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills:
- 3-5 years of experience in a campaign or start-up environment.
- Strong working knowledge of all Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Slack applications.
- Tact and professionalism in handling assignments involving work of a confidential nature.
- Detail-oriented with the ability to produce high-quality work under tight deadlines.
- Excellent organizational and multitasking skills, analytical problem solving skills.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to communicate with others effectively.
- Ability to re-prioritize and proven ability to succeed in a fast-moving environment.
- Experience in Human Resources or sensitivity training
- Experience in accounting or bookkeeping
- Experience working for a political vendor, such as a mail, polling, digital or media firm.
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