West Michigan Clean Energy Organizer

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Sierra Club

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Muskegon, MI, United States

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14 days ago

Job Title: West Michigan Clean Energy Organizer
Department: Michigan Chapter
Location: West Michigan (Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland, or Grand Rapids areas). This is a work-from-home position but requires an ability to travel.
Reports To: 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: Under the direction of the Michigan Chapter and “Beyond Coal” Campaign, the West Michigan Clean Energy Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further our “Building West Michigan Power” campaign objectives:

  • Retire West Michigan’s remaining coal plants and ensure they are replaced through a just transition to clean energy;
  • Challenge fossil fuels, mitigate energy burden for Consumers Energy’s most impacted customers, and make clean electricity more affordable and accessible;
  • Grow and strengthen the movement for clean energy in the region.

The West Michigan Clean Energy Organizer works with national and chapter program staff to develop strategies and priorities and travels to relevant communities and locations to implement campaign plans. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations that can influence decision-makers. The West Michigan Clean Energy Organizer coordinates a broad, volunteer-based citizen education effort on energy issues throughout the region.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Works independently or with staff and volunteers to develop/support strong committees, coalitions, and presence in target communities for the campaign. Continue developing relationships and supporting grasstops leaders in the municipalities we’re targeting for climate action as part of our Building West Michigan Power campaign. Identifies and develops volunteers with the goal of empowering leaders to help build our grassroots power and networks Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them on how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
  • Ensures that campaign actions center around anti-racism and equity, and also aim to mitigate injustices for the most disproportionately impacted communities. Develops organizing strategies guided by Jemez principles for democratic organizing to build collaborative partnerships with communities most impacted by climate change and high energy burden. Forms and strengthens partnerships with individuals and organizations that reflect Sierra Club’s equity values. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s equity, inclusion and justice initiatives.
  • Help execute public advocacy campaigns targeting Consumers Energy and targeted West Michigan communities. Generate public comments, drive social media, facilitate meetings/events, help secure earned media, educate the public as well as impacted communities/groups, and coordinate with coalition partners to get the utility to continue its path toward no fossil fuels.
  • Build relationships with decision-makers. In collaboration with Sierra Club staff, identifies and is responsible for developing strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders and public officials to influence positive campaign outcomes. Assists in representing the Sierra Club’s views to government agencies (state and local), administrative officials, clean energy businesses, news media, and the general public by giving testimony, participating in meetings, public speaking events and by establishing and maintaining personal contacts, by attending both virtually and in public, as appropriate. Supports and provides professional expertise to staff, volunteers, elected officials and the general public.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in organizing and campaign strategy and has demonstrated the ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Track record of developing just relationships. Demonstrated track record of developing relationships across all levels- staff and volunteers - and identities, and in particular, with disproportionately impacted community members. Exhibits a high level of emotional intelligence and cultivates trusting and collaborative relationships with individuals, affinity groups, and coalitions. Demonstrates a commitment to self-transformation including skill and comfort with regularly giving and receiving feedback and advancing a balanced and holistic perspective and approach.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, and reach consensus on shared projects. Excellent judgment and transparency on setting expectations on finished projects. Experience setting deadlines and meeting them. Ability to help achieve consensus within teams on project roles and outcomes.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

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

  • Knowledge or expertise in energy, climate, and environmental justice, the primary issue areas for the Club’s Building West Michigan Power campaign.
  • Experience planning and managing a state or municipal level policy advocacy campaign.
  • Experience in all aspects of earned media, including writing press releases, making pitch calls to news outlets, and designing effective media actions.
  • Experience with facilitation, media relations, and working with business and labor organizations.
  • Experience researching and communicating complex information succinctly and understandably to organizational leaders and the public.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software, such as Google Suite, Salesforce, Zoom, Canva, and various social media platforms.
  • Experience as a public policy advocate or comparable position which includes experience planning/managing grassroots conservation campaigns, including strategy, grassroots organizing, lobbying, media, working with volunteers, and political leaders.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $60,000.

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 Region 2, category 5 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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