Chapter Organizer

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Sierra Club

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Boise, ID, United States

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13 days ago

Job Title: Chapter Organizer
Department: Idaho Chapter Sierra Club
Location: Idaho Chapter office in downtown Boise. This position requires an ability to travel.
Reports To: Idaho Chapter Director

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 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 Chapter Organizer will help lead Idaho Sierra Club's efforts to build a grassroots movement for 100% Clean Energy for All 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 (including youth/student teams), particularly in the Boise, Moscow, and Blaine County areas. 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 (~3-6/month) and weekends (~1-2/quarter) 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 (~2-4/year) and attend national conferences (~1/year).

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Volunteer recruitment & leadership development. Help grow and nurture Idaho Sierra Club’s local activist teams and create welcoming, empowering team 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 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 & mobilization. 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 mass emails, social media posts, 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 webinars, rallies, socials, outings, and turnout for public hearings.
  • Meeting planning & facilitation. Plan and facilitate several virtual and in-person meetings each week with volunteers, staff, and partners. Draft agendas, maintain meeting notes and team documents. 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 & teamwork. You have experience working with peers and/or community members toward a shared goal, particularly applying pressure on a decision-maker through an escalation of advocacy tactics. You excel at working collaboratively with others using democratic decision-making. You are able to manage a fast-moving/changing campaign plan with multiple stakeholders, partners, volunteers, and decision-maker targets.
  • Public speaking & facilitation. You are comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups and leading group discussions. You are able to clearly convey information and help everyone share their ideas while moving a group through an intentional agenda. You are able to motivate a group of people to take action for a cause.
  • Communication. You exhibit strong written and oral communication skills. You take proactive steps to communicate clearly with your supervisor and 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
  • Municipal government engagement experience
  • Knowledge of energy systems/utilities & clean energy resources
  • Knowledge of salmon recovery issues
  • Graphic design & video-editing skills
  • 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 6 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 April 15.

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