Chapter Organizer

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Sierra Club

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Boise, ID, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Chapter Organizer
Department: Idaho Chapter
Location: Boise, Idaho. This position requires an ability to travel.
Reports To: Idaho Chapter Director
Supervises: N/A

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 volunteer leaders and 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 Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club represents all Sierra Club members and local residents in the gem state, with over 7,000 supporters from across Idaho on our contact lists. Our office is located in downtown Boise on Shoshone-Bannock Land. With only three staff members (Chapter Director, Communications & Advancement Assistant, and this position), our chapter has both the close-knit feel of a small grassroots nonprofit and the powerful feel of being connected to and supported by Sierra Club staff, volunteers, and resources from across the nation. Our volunteer-driven campaigns are helping move Idaho cities, utilities, and school districts toward 100% clean energy and advance regional efforts to remove the four lower Snake River dams to save Idaho's salmon and build a clean and equitable energy future in the Northwest.

The Chapter Organizer will help lead Idaho Sierra Club’s efforts to build a grassroots movement for climate justice in Idaho. The Organizer will help educate and engage Sierra Club members and supporters, partners, and government staff and officials around policy and community pillars for a just and equitable transition to clean energy and climate resilience. This position will also help lead Sierra Club’s land, water, and wildlife campaign work in Idaho, particularly supporting Indigenous-led efforts on Northwest salmon recovery. This position will leverage Sierra Club campaign resources to build a network of activists across the state, particularly in the Boise, Moscow, and Blaine County areas, and will lead our Idaho Climate Justice League high school student activist groups in Boise and Moscow. The Organizer will work in collaboration with various Sierra Club national and chapter staff, partner organizations, and volunteer leadership to support strategic coordinated campaign work. This position requires working frequent evenings and weekends for volunteer meetings and public events. This position requires an ability to travel to meet with volunteer teams in Idaho outside of the Boise area and attend national conferences.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Volunteer recruitment & leadership development. Help grow and nurture Idaho Sierra Club’s local activist networks, including our high school activist teams. Create welcoming, empowering volunteer environments where everyone feels safe, excited, respected, and supported to work together on shared passions. Conduct creative in-person and digital recruitment strategies, meet with new volunteers one-on-one, and encourage interested volunteers and student activists to grow their skills and leadership in the work by offering coaching and support as they take on new tasks, projects, and roles. Offer information- and skills-based trainings to volunteers and serve as a general resource for helping teams advance collective campaign goals.
  • Coalition-building & partner coordination. Regularly communicate and coordinate with Idaho Sierra Club’s existing network of partner organizations and their staff members, including conservation and social justice nonprofits in Idaho, and help expand that network to include more connections with groups representing BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other traditionally marginalized communities. Build and host inclusive coalitional spaces where these groups/people can build stronger relationships and successfully collaborate to build power and advance shared goals.
  • Public outreach & mobilizations. Collaborate with Communications Assistant to develop mass communication, press, and digital organizing strategies to educate and engage large numbers of people to understand, connect with, and take action for our campaign goals. Draft petitions, comment forms, and press releases. Speak with reporters and support volunteers and other community members to share their stories. Plan and run community engagement events, including rallies, webinars, socials, outings, and turnout for public hearings.
  • Meeting planning & facilitation. Plan and facilitate several virtual and in-person meetings each week with youth, volunteers, staff, and partners. Draft agendas, maintain meeting notes and team documents, and send reminder/follow-up emails. Foster healthy and inclusive meeting spaces with clear outcomes.
  • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Community organizing & social change advocacy. You have experience working with community members toward a shared goal, particularly applying pressure on a decision-maker through an escalation of advocacy tactics. You are able to develop and manage a fast-moving/changing campaign plan with multiple stakeholders, partners, volunteers, and decision-maker targets. You know how to plan and execute detailed logistics for a community event from start to finish. You can write and deliver powerful speeches that motivate people to take action for a cause. You are known for being able to inspire, attract, and welcome many new people into a community effort to create change.
  • Relationship-building & democratic leadership. You are enthusiastic about meeting and engaging with people, including youth. You are able to put people at ease, especially when there are lines of difference. You communicate well with others, including sharing context and asking questions to understand others’ perspectives. You listen closely to understand needs or concerns and take steps based on that input. You come across as genuine, say what you mean, and build authentic relationships across lines of difference. You get back to people in a timely manner. You inspire and motivate others to take action and meet goals. You hold the team and yourself accountable to commitments and acknowledge growing edges (in yourself and others).
  • Effective, equitable meeting facilitation. You are very comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups and leading group discussions, with an ability to adapt your style to effectively address audiences with varying needs, including energetic youth, colloquial co-workers, and formal elected officials. As a meeting facilitator, you draft agendas and facilitate meetings that allow all meeting participants to share their ideas, collaborate, build relationships, outline next steps, and achieve outcomes using democratic decision-making—with an ability to adapt and improvise during meetings when things don’t go exactly to plan, while still keeping meeting participants engaged and at ease.
  • Efficient, resourceful & resilient work ethic. You have, or can create, a system for keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. You are able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. You bounce back from setbacks and rejections. You hold a high bar even when things are hectic. You propose solutions to issues without much guidance (but aren't afraid to ask questions). You plan ahead, proactively ask for help, anticipate problems, and course-correct where needed. You take proactive steps to communicate clearly with your team members before, during, and after meetings and events to establish shared understanding and expectations. When a miscommunication occurs, you work to address it in a timely manner.
  • Climate Justice analysis & practice. You have an understanding of how climate change disproportionately impacts communities of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities; the climate solutions and leadership being demonstrated in those communities; and interest in and/or experience with developing inclusive campaigns at the intersection of environmental action and social justice.
  • Equity analysis & 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:

  • Youth engagement experience
  • Policy advocacy experience
  • Knowledge of climate change & clean energy resources
  • Knowledge of salmon recovery issues
  • Relationships with other progressive/community groups in Idaho
  • Fluency in Spanish

Ability to travel across the state needed. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $60,000.

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.

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 5 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.

To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools 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.

Priority deadline for applications is January 16, 2023.

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