Outreach Coordinator

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Sierra Club

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Indianapolis, IN, United States

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24 days ago

Job Title: Outreach Coordinator
Department: Hoosier Chapter
Location: Hoosier Chapter office and/or remote. This position requires an ability to travel.
Reports To: Hoosier Chapter Director
Supervises: n/a


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: This position will collaborate with Chapter staff and volunteers on the development and implementation of campaigns and initiatives focused on climate change, agriculture, energy, forest, and water issues for Sierra Club in Indiana. Under direction of the Director(s), this position helps achieve and coordinates Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter’s approved conservation and equity programmatic objectives. This position also makes strategic recommendations to achieve conservation objectives and engages in outreach to diverse communities and allies.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Builds volunteer capacity in Indiana in key regions, in support of Sierra Club’s clean energy and conservation priorities in issue campaign efforts.
  • Supports volunteer leaders with recruitment, training, and coaching to increase participation and depth of engagement.
  • Supports volunteers in developing strong racial justice and equity competencies.
  • Builds relationships with new and existing community and coalition partners working on climate, social, and environmental justice.
  • Works with key staff and volunteers to develop materials, including petitions, slide decks, and training resources, to support organizing program.
  • Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies (both on-line and face-to-face) to develop networks to support Sierra Club goals.
  • Sets outcome and process goals and establishes indicators to evaluate progress and impact of organizing program.
  • Represents Sierra Club in regional coalitions, at regional events, and to the general public.
  • Devotes vast majority (>90%) of work time to specific grant-funded (c3) initiatives including energy, clean water, wildlife, and conservation campaigns.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in grassroots organizing: You have demonstrated experience with successfully mobilizing a group of people to address common issues and concerns and enabling them to take action. Your efforts focus on collective action; the power derived from the synchronized actions of people in unity, as opposed to separate individuals.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills: Excellent writing and editing skills. Demonstrated skill in writing and producing written materials, such as letters to the editor, blog posts and newsletter articles, or advocacy materials. Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas and easily strike up conversation with diverse groups of people.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently & cooperatively: Works effectively with public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work remotely in an action-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers: You model best practices when it comes to volunteer recruitment, engagement, and retention. You know how to motivate volunteers and understand the importance of regular feedback. You recruit volunteers that reflect the diversity of the community and adhere to a community-driven approach in your activities.
  • 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.

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

  • Understanding of environmental, climate, and social justice issues and how they relate to each other.
  • Excellent knowledge and background in a specific issue area of the environmental field related to assigned programs and campaigns.
  • Knowledge, background and positive existing relationships within specific communities or related to assigned Sierra Club programs and campaigns.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $50,500.

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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