Clean Energy Conservation Organizer

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Sierra Club

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Brownsville, TX, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Clean Energy Conservation Organizer
Department: Lone Star Chapter
Location: South Texas: Brownsville, Rio Grande Valley, location flexible
Reports To: Director, Lone Star Chapter


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: Under the direction of the Chapter Director with support from the Conservation Director, the Clean Energy Organizer will be the lead advocate for Sierra Club efforts to build support for a just transition to 100% clean energy for all and clean transportation (electrification) in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and South Texas. The Organizer will work alongside Sierra Club staff to educate Sierra Club members and supporters, partners, and government staff & officials about policy pillars for a just and equitable transition to clean energy, and leverage Sierra Club campaign resources to build a self-sustaining network of clean energy activists in the region. Work will occur in specific communities throughout the region, including Brownsville and the Public Utilities Board, Magic Valley Electric Coop, and other public electric cooperatives in South Texas that make up the South Texas Electric Cooperative, CPS Energy in San Antonio, and in collaboration with various national and state internal departments and programs, partner organizations, and volunteer leadership to support strategic coordinated campaign work. The Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals. The Organizer regularly works outside of the office and without direct supervision to communicate with officials, the media and the public. The Organizer will also travel to relevant communities and locations to implement campaign plans.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Design and implement strategic campaigns: Working in collaboration with Lone Star Chapter, Dirty Fuels and Beyond Coal staff, as well as volunteer leadership, partner organizations, and the public, implements the Blueprint for Clean Energy for All framework to move South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley toward equitable clean energy programs for all;
  • Build capacity and grassroots power: Identifies, recruits and organizes volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around assigned campaigns. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new and existing partnerships. Develops organizing strategies guided by Jemez principles for democratic organizing to build collaborative partnerships with communities most impacted by climate change and high energy burden. Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Builds grassroots power at the community, state, and national level by helping those leaders succeed through training, coaching and continuing political education.
  • Build relationships with decision makers: In collaboration with Sierra Club staff, identifies and is responsible for developing strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders and public officials to influence positive campaign outcomes. Assists in representing the Sierra Club’s views to government agencies (state and local), administrative officials, clean energy businesses, news media, and the general public by giving testimony, participating in meetings, public speaking events and by establishing and maintaining personal contacts. Supports and provides professional expertise to staff, volunteers, elected officials and the general public.
  • Develop culturally-relevant messaging strategies: Works with staff and partners in content development of educational/informational materials such as newsletters, flyers, and fact sheets that use community-informed language. Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face to maximize the reach of our campaign messages. Works with appropriate regional staff and volunteer entities to plan and implement visibility, media and community outreach events to generate public support in the media.
  • Builds the local brand of the Sierra Club: Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaign or program and priority issues. Provides support to other internal departments for campaign synergy by working with:
    • Communications Department in the implementation of media and public outreach communications.
    • Advancement Department in the development of effective relationships with donors and foundations within or with an interest in the assigned communities.
    • National Political Program to advance the Club’s conservation priorities through relationships with elected officials and via electoral campaigns.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • 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.
  • Track record of developing just relationships. Demonstrated track record of developing relationships across all levels- staff and volunteers - and identities. Exhibits a high level of emotional intelligence and cultivates trusting and collaborative relationships with individuals and groups. Demonstrates a commitment to self-transformation including skill and comfort with regularly giving and receiving feedback and advancing a balanced and holistic perspective and approach.
  • Solid experience as a public policy advocate, or comparable position which includes substantial experience planning and managing grassroots conservation campaigns, including strategy, grassroots organizing, lobbying, media, working with volunteers, and work with political leaders.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, and reach consensus on shared projects. Excellent judgment and transparency on setting expectations on finished projects. Experience setting deadlines and meeting them. Ability to help achieve consensus within teams on project roles and outcomes.
  • Knowledge or experience within the renewable energy field, public policy centered in social equity, and city planning processes that integrate social equity considerations.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

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

  • Familiarity with major Lone Star Chapter issue areas (energy, water, and parks & wildlife).
  • The ability to read, write and speak Spanish.
  • Experience planning and managing a state or regional level policy advocacy campaign.
  • Experience with facilitation, media relations, and working with business and labor organizations.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software, such as Google Suite, Zoom, VAN, and Slack

Compensation and Benefits

The non-negotiable 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.

We are accepting applications until April 18th, 2022.

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