Chapter Director

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Sierra Club

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Lansing, MI, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Chapter Director
Department: Michigan Chapter
Location: Headquarters in Lansing, Michigan. Location flexible within Michigan. Requires the ability to travel.
Supervises: 10 Chapter staff


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 Michigan Chapter covers the entire state and in 2022 includes more than 20,000 members, 100,000 supporters, 10 volunteer grassroots groups or networks, 10 staff members, and an annual budget of $1 million raised from members and other individual donors, foundations and joint project funding with national Sierra Club programs.


Scope: The Chapter Director is responsible for growing the Sierra Club's effectiveness and presence in the state of Michigan by providing overall leadership and direction to the organization and oversight of its programs, operations, and finances. The Director implements policies and programs adopted by the elected Michigan Chapter Executive Committee. Internally, the Director will be an effective organizational manager, ensuring that the organization achieves successful results and further strengthening and mentoring a team of highly engaged, committed, and talented professionals. Externally, in conjunction with staff and volunteers, the Director will foster strong relationships with partners, allies, media, government officials and potential supporters. The Director will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the importance of the "Explore, Enjoy" part of the Sierra Club's mission, as well as the "Protect" part.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Chair, Executive Committee, and Chapter Committees to develop the Chapter's short and long term strategic, programmatic and financial goals and objectives and ensure that Chapter staff is informed of and accountable for those goals and objectives. Program areas overseen by the Director include policy, legislative, political, fundraising, membership development and support, grassroots engagement, communications and administrative.
  • Oversee all chapter staff and Chapter operations. Hire and manage staff in compliance with Sierra Club's employment policies and practices. Recruit and hire staff as needed in consultation with the Executive Committee, write and conduct performance appraisals and take personnel actions as appropriate. Work closely with Chapter's accountant and Chapter Treasurer to ensure good management of Chapter financial resources, and ensure timely and accurate financial reporting to the Executive Committee and national Sierra Club.
  • Work closely with the Chapter Development Committee, volunteers and designated staff to meet the funding needs of Chapter. Balance fundraising needs for 501(c)(3) (tax-deductible) and 501(c)(4) (non tax-deductible) funds. Cultivate existing and new donor relationships and oversee outreach to members, donors and Chapter groups for their support. Assist in identifying grant proposal opportunities and coordinate the submittal process.
  • Model effective equity analysis and practice, have a track record of operationalizing equity, and embed justice and equity throughout the Chapter's policies, structures, culture, and programs. Support efforts to implement national and Chapter equity and inclusion goals and Multi-Year Equity Plan outcomes across staff and volunteer leaders, and work to build a more diverse, equitable, just and inclusive Sierra Club.
  • Build strong relationships with other non-profits and partners, elected officials, governmental agencies, conservation, social justice organizations and other constituencies working on a wide range of environmental and environmental justice issues. Represent the Chapter when appropriate.
  • Coordinate efforts with national staff and ensure that the chapter strategies are in compliance with national requirements and policies. Work in partnership and alignment with national staff on strategy development and implementation of national campaigns in Michigan. Represent the Michigan Chapter interests in national Sierra Club decision-making and advisory forums. The Director acts as an advocate for the financial, organizational and programmatic priorities of the Michigan Chapter to national staff and committees.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated strong leadership, personnel management and organizational skills. Demonstrated commitment to the values of equity, inclusion and justice. Proven track record helping to lead collaborative efforts across diverse communities.
  • Significant experience working within non-profit, volunteer-led organizations, combined experience in grassroots organizing, training, and motivating volunteers, coalition building, or lobbying and experience managing staff of 6 or more people. Strong delegation skills essential to managing multiple environmental campaigns and administrative tasks associated with directing a non-profit organization.
  • Experience overseeing organizational budgets of $700,000 or more and involvement in fundraising for a non-profit organization.
  • 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:

  • An educational degree or equivalent demonstrated skill and knowledge in nonprofit management, environmental policy, political and legislative advocacy work or related areas of expertise.
  • Knowledge and background in environmental policy issues such as natural resource and biodiversity protection, protection of Great Lakes water quality and quantity, toxic contamination of drinking water and the food chain, climate change and clean energy. Demonstrated working knowledge of environmental justice issues including engagement with communities of color suffering from systemic discrimination in environmental protection measures and a commitment to protecting democracy and voting rights.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working collaboratively with volunteers. Ability to develop cohesion and collaboration among staff and volunteer leaders.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking ability.
  • Commitment to the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter's equity, inclusion and justice conversation and transformative work.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is between $70,000 and $85,000 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.

We are accepting applications until the position is filled. We are looking for someone to start in July 2022, ideally.


Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.