Transportation and Toxics Organizer

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Sierra Club

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Boston, MA, United States

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21 days ago

Job Title: Transportation and Toxics Organizer
Department: Massachusetts Chapter
Location: Boston, MA
Reports To: Director of Transportation
Supervises: Transportation and Toxics Volunteers


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 Transportation and Toxics Organizer is a hybrid role that will further Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter’s transportation and toxics campaigns and program goals; develop volunteer leadership; and represent the Sierra Club to coalitions, allies, and the public. The Massachusetts Sierra Club has a small staff who support a growing number of volunteers to engage and advocate for equitable policy goals to advance environmental, climate and energy justice across the Commonwealth.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

Overall - Advancing Sierra Club Climate Justice Mission

  • Actively seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice through equitable internal processes, centering equity in campaign work, and communications with members, supporters, and partners.

50% - Clean Transportation for All:

  • Plans, develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies to support clean transportation campaign priorities. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
  • Coordinates the identification, recruitment and organizing of volunteers to engage in clean transportation for all campaigns. Identifies and develops volunteers who work as part of a team to take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate. Attends various issue committees and meetings.
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with new and existing coalitions, environmental justice, and community groups who share many common goals and values. Supports monthly Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) coalition meetings and represents Sierra Club in other state transportation coalitions and meetings.
  • Represents Sierra Club to the public, engages with decision makers on priority transportation issues and works in collaboration with communications staff to develop public education and media strategy.
  • Supports campaign communications. Drafts action alerts, letter-to-the-editor, blog posts, social media posts, press releases, and informational flyers to support campaign goals.

40% - Toxics Campaign

  • Works with State Director and Toxics Policy Lead to Identify 1, 2 and 3 year goals and develop a regulatory toxics campaign plan.
  • Ensures development and maintenance of positive working relationships with new and existing coalitions, environmental justice and community groups who share many common goals and values. Represents Sierra Club in toxics coalitions and meetings. Works to ensure shared goals and alignment with allies and frontline leaders in our toxics campaign work.
  • Represents Sierra Club to the public, engages with decision makers on priority toxics issues and works in collaboration with communications staff to develop public education and media strategy.
  • Supports campaign communications. Drafts action alerts, letter-to-the-editor, blog posts, social media posts, press releases, and informational flyers to support campaign goals. Supports fundraising efforts for both campaigns.
  • Coordinates the identification, recruitment and organizing of volunteers to engage in clean transportation for all campaigns. Identifies and develops volunteers who work as part of a team to take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate. Attends various issue committees and meetings.
  • As part of the campaign plan, helps to host virtual and in-person events, trainings, and meetings.

10% - Miscellaneous

  • Performs other Chapter work as needed, including, but not limited to facilitating volunteer orientations, attending and leading presentations at chapter meetings, authoring articles for monthly or annual newsletters.
  • Participates in Chapter Fundraising events. Works with State Director and volunteer leaders to support grant reporting, major gifts and small gift appeals.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Commitment to equity, racial justice, and economic justice
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. You can communicate clearly and concisely across different groups of stakeholders, internally and externally.
  • Ability to work closely in small groups with colleagues, volunteers, community members, and representatives from other organizations. You have demonstrated the ability to work with others, especially across different identities and roles.
  • Strong research skills and an ability to understand policy. Ability to synthesize information and present it in an easy to understand and engaging format.
  • Equity Analysis and 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.
  • Experience with Google Drive, social media, and Zoom.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Experience in transportation, energy, or environmental policy.
  • Previous experience working as an organizer and with volunteers
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast paced environment
  • Self motivated; ability to work independently but also cooperatively and effectively with chapter staff and volunteers.
  • The ability to work some nights and occasional weekends
  • Science and/or engineering background or coursework a plus
  • Quantitative/data analysis is also a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $62,500 to start, non-negotiable.

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 non-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.

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