Kentucky Chapter Director

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Sierra Club

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Louisville, KY, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Kentucky Chapter Director
Department: Chapter
Location: Remote within Kentucky, preferably in the Lexington area
Reports To: Chapter Chair
Supervises: Chapter Coordinator


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: The Director carries out the policies, priorities, and objectives of the Executive Committee for the assigned areas of chapter programs and operations. These assigned areas include more than one of the following: conservation and legislative programs, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations. Manages other staff (currently one). Represents Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, donors, allies, other organizations, and the public.

Evening and weekend work required along with a valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of insurance.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy
    • Develops and implements campaign strategies for conservation programs and projects per Chapter policy and priorities.
    • Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
    • Engages in administrative and legislative lobbying and initiatives that reflect Chapter goals and priorities. Represents the Chapter to elected and government officials when this is an assigned program area.
  • General Management
    • Assists the Executive Committee and Chapter committees to develop their shortand long-term strategic, programmatic, and financial goals.
    • Uses information systems to monitor the effectiveness of programs and the status of the budget. Reports outcomes to Chapter supervisors.
    • Coordinates efforts with national staff and ensures that Chapter strategies comply with national requirements.
    • Manages staff in assigned operational or program areas. Writes and conducts performance appraisals and takes personnel actions as appropriate. Ensures Chapter follows Sierra Club employment policies and practices.
    • Reviews staff time reports and ensures they are accurate and timely per Sierra Club policies.
  • Financial Management
    • Develops an annual budget with input from Chapter treasurer and committees. Ensures good management of Chapter resources and timely reporting to the Executive Committee and national Sierra Club.
    • Plans and implements fundraising strategies that reflect Chapter needs and priorities. Writes grant applications to secure funding to advance Chapter priorities.
  • Relationship Building
    • Plans and implements a public relations program. Develops contacts with the media to establish and maintain positive relations to maximize Chapter credibility when this is an assigned program area.
    • Recruits and motivates volunteers and enables their role in making the Chapter more effective.
    • Collaborates with key interest groups and builds coalitions. Attends and facilitates relevant meetings, task forces, and events. Builds relationships with other groups, elected officials, government agencies, etc. Represents the Chapter when appropriate.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent knowledge and background in specific environmental issues related to assigned programs and campaigns.
  • Significant advocacy experience: grassroots organizing, training and motivating volunteers, coalition building, lobbying.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated outreach skills. Able to optimize public relations, social media, and other digital platforms.
  • 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:

  • Good public speaking ability.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • Familiarity with the state legislative process.
  • Experience with recruiting and supervising interns.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $75,000.

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 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 August 12th.

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