Redwood Chapter Director

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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24 days ago

Job Title: Redwood Chapter Director
Department: Redwood Chapter
Location: Northwestern California, some travel required
Reports To: Chapter Chair
Supervises: 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 volunteer leaders and 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: Redwood Chapter was organized in 1958; it consists of all or part of nine counties in northwestern California (Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Trinity, Humboldt, Del Norte and western Siskiyou). Our 11,000 members (and 60,000 total supporters) consists of six county-based local Groups and are led by a volunteer executive committee who drive the conservational, political, and organizational development of the Chapter. All meetings and some public outreach events are held virtually. The Chapter Director is accountable to both the National Sierra Club and the Redwood Chapter Executive Committee.

The Chapter Director carries out the policies, priorities and objectives of the Chapter Executive Committee for the assigned areas of chapter programs and operations. Responsible for managing staff and financial resources for the assigned areas; designs and implements a strategic framework for fundraising, volunteer development and member services as needed.

Although almost all duties can be carried out remotely, the Director would be expected to meet with volunteer leadership and attend member social events two or three times annually. Residence within Chapter boundaries would be an advantage.

Job Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists the Executive Committee, and Chapter Committees to develop the Chapter's short and long term strategic, programmatic, and financial goals and objectives.
  • Designs and develops 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.
  • Organizes and implements major chapter conservation campaigns and programs
  • Provides strategic guidance for recruiting, activating and retaining volunteers at the chapter and group levels.
  • Identifies areas where the membership can be grown and utilized to participate in campaigns. Supports chapter and group membership coordinators who welcome and encourage new members.
  • Coordinates with the Chapter Treasurer and chapter and group volunteers in development of fundraising strategy and events. Works with communications staff to ensure integration of fundraising components to events and outreach efforts.
  • Attends and facilitates meetings, task forces, and events. Builds strong relationships with other groups, elected officials, governmental agencies, etc. Represents the Chapter when appropriate.
  • Coordinates efforts with national and Sierra Club California staff and ensures that chapter strategies are in compliance with national and state requirements.
  • Manages staff in assigned operational or program areas. Writes and conducts performance appraisals and takes personnel actions as appropriate. Ensures Chapter is in compliance with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices.
  • Reviews staff time reports and ensures the reporting of this information in WorkDay is accurate and timely in accordance with Sierra Club policies.
  • Directs and guides the grant/ proposal process to generate operating funds for the Chapter. Working with the Chapter Executive Committee, plans and implements the chapter's development strategy, to meet the funding needs of the Chapter; identifies new donor and membership markets.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned by the Chapter Chair or designee.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated skill in grassroots organizing, coalition building and managing teams.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge and background in multiple environmental (including environmental justice) issues/areas related to assigned programs and campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in digital tools and cloud-based platforms, including Google Suite, Adobe Acrobat / Reader, Microsoft Office and similar business applications and tools.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers, staff, community and other partner organizations.
  • Operationalizing Equity. You model effective equity analysis and practice and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of how group dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work. Your decision-making is consistent, intentional, and committed to creating equitable outcomes at all levels. You have led high-performing and leaderful teams across group identities. You intervene when challenging group dynamics play out, in ways that build understanding, trust, and deeper self-awareness of team members.

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

  • Nonprofit administration experience.
  • Strong understanding of the political, community and cultural aspects of Redwood Chapter communities.
  • Ability to meet with local volunteer leaders in person from time to time.
  • Experience with, and understanding of, public policy development at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Public speaking ability and experience interacting with reporters and representatives of the media.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness in recruiting and empowering volunteer leaders.
  • Familiarity with fundraising processes, such as direct mail campaigns, major donor campaigns, special events, and grant writing.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000.

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 4 exempt, non-represented, managerial 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 school names 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 February 15, 2023.

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