Chapter Organizer and Communications Coordinator
Cheyenne, WY, United States
30 days ago
Job Title: Chapter Organizer and Communications Coordinator
Department: Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter
Location: Flexible within northwestern Wyoming, within Teton County or northern Lincoln, Sublette, or Fremont counties
Reports To: Wyoming 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 includes staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.
Scope: Sierra Club Wyoming has been a leader in our state since 1975 working to protect our environment, and today represents 3,500 Sierra Club members and supporters across the state. Our small Wyoming-based staff of four (growing to five with this new position) works cooperatively and in a fully integrated manner with our volunteer activists and grassroots supporters across the state, with a diverse array of partners, and with other regional and national Sierra Club staff. Our top conservation priorities are to slow climate change and minimize its most harmful impacts by ending fossil fuel production on public land; protect our remaining undeveloped wild landscapes; protect healthy and free-ranging wildlife; and maintain high-quality, connected wildlife habitats. All aspects of this position will be grounded in principles of equity, justice, and inclusion.
As Wyoming Chapter Organizer, this position will help lead and execute assigned components of Sierra Club Wyoming's land, wildlife, and energy campaign work, with primary focus on projects in northern and western Wyoming. The Organizer will work with Sierra Club staff, volunteer leadership, and partner organizations to implement strategic coordinated campaigns; help educate and engage Sierra Club members, supporters, partners, and the general public on our priority issues; and support networks of engaged volunteer activists across the state. As Communications Coordinator, this position will work with staff and volunteer leaders to help ensure a clear, consistent, and effective chapter voice and message across electronic and print outreach pieces that advance Sierra Club Wyoming's goals and priorities. This position requires occasional evening and weekend work for volunteer meetings and public events; requires an ability to travel within the state with a valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record; and may require occasional out-of-state travel to regional or national meetings.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Conservation campaign design and implementation. Working with other staff and volunteer leaders, develop and implement strategic campaign plans on assigned projects, including goals, outcomes, strategies, and specific tactics. Analyze agency plans and proposals, help develop Sierra Club positions, help write Sierra Club comments, and develop strategies and materials for public engagement that educate and engage large numbers of people in support of campaign goals. Hold community engagement events, including webinars, rallies, socials, and outings. Regularly track and report metrics.
- Partnership-building and coordination. Regularly communicate and coordinate with Sierra Club Wyoming's existing partner organizations, including conservation and social justice groups, and help identify opportunities to expand our partner network to include more traditionally marginalized communities. Strengthen relationships to build power and advance goals based on shared values. Coordinate shared actions with partner groups to further chapter priorities.
- External representation and advocacy. Represent Sierra Club Wyoming to the public and in the media, and support volunteer engagement with the media. Help develop and implement media strategies, including press releases, earned media, and social media.
- Grasstops cultivation. Develop relationships with influential local people and elected leaders at local, state, and national levels, as appropriate.
- Organizational power building. Working with other staff and volunteer leaders, help achieve Sierra Club Wyoming's shared power building plan to increase membership, recruit and engage volunteers, develop volunteer leaders, strengthen existing partnerships, and develop new partnerships.
Communications Coordinator (~30%)
- Wyoming Chapter communication coordination. Develop and lead a streamlined, efficient process to review, edit, and help publish electronic and print communications from staff and volunteer leaders, to ensure that chapter messaging and presentation are clear, consistent, and effective. Work with staff and volunteers to develop and implement communication strategies and plans.
- Media and outreach. Develop media contacts, pitch stories, and help connect staff and volunteers with journalists. Help write newsletters, action alerts, press releases, editorials, and other materials across multiple media including social. Provide communications training and coaching for staff and volunteers.
Other job activities (~10%)
- Internal organizational support. Participate in and support Wyoming Chapter Board and committee meetings, regional Sierra Club meetings, and national Sierra Club meetings as assigned. Accomplish administrative tasks by assigned deadlines.
- Meeting planning & facilitation. Plan and facilitate regular virtual and in-person meetings with volunteers, staff, and partners. Prepare agendas, maintain meeting notes, and organize and maintain team documents. Foster healthy and inclusive meeting spaces with clear outcomes.
- Other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience, and capacities:
- Community organizing & teamwork. You have experience working with groups using democratic decision-making. You have worked with partners to achieve shared goals by building pressure on a decision-maker through an escalation of advocacy tactics. You are able to manage a fast-moving, dynamic campaign plan with multiple stakeholders, partners, volunteers, and decision-makers.
- 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 through an intentional agenda. You are able to motivate groups of people to take action for a cause.
- Communication. You demonstrate excellent written, editorial, and oral communication skills. You know how to edit other people's writing for clarity, accuracy, coherent style, and organization. You understand the components of a comprehensive communication strategy to support an advocacy campaign, and have some experience working with journalists and media outlets. You have written outreach pieces such as newsletters, action alerts, press releases, etc.
- Environmental and social justice analysis & practice. You understand how climate change, environmental degradation, and limited access to nature disproportionately impact communities of color, low-income communities, and other marginalized groups of people. You are interested in or have experience developing inclusive campaigns at the intersection of environmental action and social justice.
- Equity analysis & practice. You are aware of your personal 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, positions, and roles.
- Strong work ethic. You are effective and efficient working independently on your own as well as cooperatively with others to accomplish complex work projects, and can point to specific examples of your experience with each.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate some or all of the following experience, skills and competencies:
- Working knowledge of database tools such as Salesforce, NPG VAN, Hustle
- Working knowledge of social media platforms
- Working knowledge of website design (Drupal or other platforms)
- Experience with local, state, or federal advocacy
- Familiarity with wildlife, public land management, and/or energy issues
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position is $65,000 for region 1 (for example, Jackson, WY), 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's competitive salary package includes excellent benefits with 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.
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 March 20, 2023.
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