Job Title: Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Department: Michigan Chapter
Location: Detroit, MI or Lansing, MI
Reports To: Chapter Director
Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of interdependence. 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 injustice, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our future. 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 has close to 800 staff across the country and a network of 64 local chapters that are led and fueled by thousands of volunteers. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with three labor unions representing more than half of our employees.
Scope: As Michigan Chapter volunteer engagement coordinator, you will contribute to the strength and success of the Chapter by developing and maintaining a strong volunteer program to support the various campaigns, committees and groups. This position reports to the Chapter Director and works closely with the Chapter Chair. This position requires 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:
- Volunteer Recruitment and Retention. Create a pipeline of engagement and retention that moves new volunteers to volunteer leadership. Collaborate and empower Chapter groups to successfully recruit, engage, and onboard volunteers. Maintain good data practices to track volunteer engagement and other core metrics.
- Leadership Development. Provide coaching, training, and support to help volunteers deepen their skills and advance Sierra Club priorities. Collaborate with Sierra Club staff and volunteer leaders to develop training materials, execute trainings as necessary and center equity in volunteer recruitment and engagement. Serves as the primary contact for the outings program.
- Collaboration. Works with staff and volunteer leaders to mobilize volunteers to support organizational campaigns, programs and priorities. Collaborates with Chapter leadership to ensure long-term power building and engages key stakeholders as needed. Fosters healthy, mutually accountable relationships that promote trust, communication and respect while driving positive outcomes.
- Fundraising. Support volunteer-led fundraisers as assigned in partnership with the Chapter Director and other relevant stakeholders. Assist with grant applications, donor engagement and reports to funders as necessary.
- Communications. Effectively and regularly communicate with volunteers through listservs, bimonthly email updates, the Chapter newsletter and social media. Develops recruitment, onboarding and informational documents as assigned. Serves as the first point of contact for new and existing volunteers.
- Outreach. Represents the Sierra Club at community and statewide events. Hosts and coordinates meetings for members in collaboration with volunteer leadership and staff. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through intentional outreach strategies.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills, experience and competencies:
- Excellent interpersonal relationship skills and communication skills. You communicate effectively with volunteers, staff and the general public. You have the ability to work across lines of difference to contribute to a pleasant, professional and inclusive team culture.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge with volunteer-led organizations, excellent volunteer management skills, and grassroots organizing experience. Sierra Club is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the country and volunteers are meaningfully integrated into all aspects of the organization’s structure. You are eager to work alongside volunteer leaders and can skillfully balance volunteer enthusiasm with organizational priorities.
- Demonstrated skill in techniques for outreach and engagement, including use of social media. You understand how to leverage outreach strategies to drive volunteer engagement outcomes. You have experience engaging with large crowds, tabling and utilizing social media to support a thriving volunteer base.
- Committed to evolution. You are committed to continuously deepening and evolving your own understanding of systems of oppression through study, openness, and humility. And you easily recognize your own relationship to privilege and power, examining and shifting your behaviors as appropriate.
- Uplifting and additive. You see mistakes as opportunities for growth; problems as catalysts for solutions, and inspire others along the journey. You carry a constructive approach, can-do attitude, a sense of humor, and authentic kindness wherever you go.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following skills, experience and competencies:
- Experience managing a successful volunteer program in a grassroots organization
- Demonstrated leadership experience working within a team structure. Able to create rapport, inspire trust, and create mutual responsibility with team members. Open to feedback and the ability to learn new skills.
- A strong commitment to Sierra Club’s mission and values.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $59,000 - $62,000.
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 05 exempt, PWU-Chapter represented, professional position.
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 People Department 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 belonging.
The Sierra Club provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all staff members. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, lived experience and skills. The Sierra Club does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, ancestry, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, prior conviction, arrest history, traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The Sierra Club values applicants who are people that identify as Black, Indigenous, and other minoritized groups; women; queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people.
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