Pennsylvania Chapter Director

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Sierra Club

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Harrisburg, PA, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Chapter Director
Chapter/Department: Pennsylvania Chapter
Location: Location in Harrisburg. (A remote PA office is negotiable.) Chapter Director must be in Harrisburg frequently for meetings with staff, allies, and legislators.
Reports To: Chapter Chair/ Chapter EXCOM
Supervises: Chapter Admin; Conservation Program Manager; Clean Energy Program Director; Legislative and Political Director; Online Organizer; Outdoors for All Organizer; Senior Program Coordinator for Philadelphia Climate Works


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.

The Pennsylvania Chapter was organized in the early 1970s and officially opened its office doors in Harrisburg in 1983. Our 25,000 members (and 80,000 total supporters) are led by an all-volunteer executive committee who drive the conservational, political, and organizational development of the Chapter as it seeks to reach the objectives of the Sierra Club mission. Sierra Club National organization, founded in 1892, has approximately one million members and is the overarching organizational and policy structure of the Sierra Club. The Chapter Director is accountable to both the National Sierra Club and the PA Chapter Executive Committee ("EXCOM") of the Sierra Club.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club has a vibrant and experienced volunteer base. The Chapter comprises 10 regional Groups and is a prominent environmental voice in Pennsylvania and in the country.

The PA Chapter currently has a staff of 7, with the ability to grow. Current roles include: Chapter Admin, Conservation Program Manager, Clean Energy Program Director, Legislative and Political Director, Online Organizer, Outdoors For All Organizer, and Senior Program Coordinator for Philadelphia Climate Works. All PA Chapter Staff report to the Chapter Director. There are several Sierra Club national staff placed within PA, including campaign organizers for Beyond Coal and Beyond Dirty Fuels.

Additionally, volunteer teams are organized around conservation issues that motivate volunteers to address statewide opportunities to improve environmental quality and a sustainable future. Conservation teams work to expand the capacities of the Chapter staff.

The Chapter Director needs to be aware of the various expertise of all of these Sierra Club entities and shall advise and coordinate to maximize efficiency and avoid conflicting efforts.


Scope: The Chapter Director carries out the policies, priorities, and objectives adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee for the areas of chapter programs and operations assigned by the PA Executive Committee (hereinafter "assigned") such as: conservation and legislative programs, fundraising, volunteer development, member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations. The Director is responsible for managing staff and financial resources for these assigned areas. The Director is responsible for coordinating Chapter work with National Sierra Club campaigns and staff active in the Commonwealth, fostering collaboration and cohesion. The Director fosters relationships with partners, allies, media, legislators, government officials and potential supporters. The Director is an effective organizational manager.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the Executive Committee and Chapter Committees to develop the Chapter's short and long term strategic, programmatic and financial goals and objectives. The Director ensures that Chapter staff is informed of and accountable for those goals and objectives. In collaboration and coordination with the Chapter Executive Committee and relevant Chapter Committees, the Director conducts planning activities, develops an annual plan and budget and evaluates Chapter staff performance.
  • Assisting the Chapter Conservation Chair in the planning and implementation of the core conservation efforts and programs, when this is an assigned program area.
  • Engaging in outreach and coalition building. Ensuring the Chapter and its leaders participate in meetings, task forces and events. Attending and effectively facilitating meetings, task forces, and events. Building strong relationships with Sierra Club Chapter Groups, elected officials, governmental agencies, state and regional community leaders, coalitions, other allied organizations, etc. Traveling to Group meetings and across the Commonwealth to accomplish these objectives. Representing the Chapter when appropriate.
  • Coordinating efforts with the National Sierra Club staff and ensuring that the Pennsylvania Chapter strategies are in compliance with National policies. Planning and tracking campaigns, implementing Chapter and National goals and priorities. Coordinating with National staff on employment and organizational practices.
  • Overseeing all Chapter staff and Chapter operations in assigned operational or program areas. Hiring and managing staff in compliance with Sierra Club's employment policies and practices. Recruiting and hiring staff as needed, in consultation with the Executive Committee. Writing and conducting performance appraisals and taking personnel actions as appropriate.
  • Working with appropriate staff and volunteers to design and implement effective legislative programs and initiatives that reflect the Chapter's goals and priorities, and lobbying government entities and political leaders (or coordinating with the Chapter Legislative & Political Director) and representing the Chapter to elected officials, when this is an assigned program area.
  • Overseeing the planning and implementation of an effective media and public relations campaign, and developing contacts with the media to establish and maintain positive relations to maximize the Chapter's credibility and position on issues, when this is an assigned program area. Ensuring the Chapter's messaging strategy, using various digital platforms, is effective.
  • Working closely with the Chapter's Treasurer and Finance Committee to ensure good management of Chapter financial resources, and ensuring timely and accurate financial reporting to the Chapter Executive Committee and National Sierra Club.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with current foundations and donors. Fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support our work.
  • Overseeing the use of information systems to monitor the effectiveness of programs, as well as the status of the budget. Responsible for reporting outcomes to the Chapter Executive Committee.
  • Helping to access training for volunteers to enhance their effectiveness and involvement in lobbying, outings, and leading or contributing to National, Chapter or Group campaigns.
  • Reviewing staff time reports and ensuring that the reporting of this information, on Workday or the current approved time system, is accurate and timely in accordance with Sierra Club policies.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Willingness, ability and effectiveness in working with volunteers in a respectful manner.
  • Management experience with demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff utilizing solid organizational abilities, such as planning, program development and task facilitation.
  • High level strategic thinking, planning, and communicating: can envision, convey, and effectively communicate the organization's strategic future and mission to the staff, volunteers, donors and the public, through demonstrated public speaking ability and strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Expert or deep knowledge and background in some specific issue areas of the environmental field related to assigned programs and campaigns (such as sustainable energy, fossil fuel issues, fracking, pipelines, Environmental Justice communities, air quality, water quality, etc.), plus knowledge of the legislative process.
  • Leading on Equity: You model effective equity analysis and practice and have a track record of operationalizing equity, and have embedded justice and equity throughout team/department policies, structures, culture, and programs.

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

  • Minimum B.A./B.S. degree, or significant equivalent experience.
  • Experience in grassroots organizing, training, motivating volunteers, coalition building and lobbying.
  • Non-profit management or Board experience.
  • Experience working with BIPOC and intersectional communities.
  • Prior Legislative process experience.
  • Budget experience. Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community. Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies, and volunteers. A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • Organizational conflict resolution experience and committed communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement plans, communicate changes effectively, build consensus, monitor transitions, and evaluate results.
  • A working knowledge of social media and other technology.
    • Information platforms include: Salesforce, Marketing Cloud, Google Suite of Tools, Workday, Drupal Web, Facebook, YouTube.
  • Involvement or membership in Sierra Club or other environmental advocacy group.
  • Exceptional curiosity, critical thinking, and clarity.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is between $90,000 and $110,000 and is commensurate with experience.

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 4 exempt, non-represented, supervisory 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 the position is filled. We are looking for someone to start ideally in December 2022.


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