Communications Assistant

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Sierra Club

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Oakland, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Communications Assistant
Department: San Francisco Bay Chapter
Location: Oakland, CA
Reports To: Chapter Director


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 direction of the Chapter Director, and in close collaboration with volunteer leaders and staff, the Communications Assistant leverages the Chapter’s full range of communications platforms to inform, inspire, and engage stakeholders — including local Club members, decision makers, community partners, the media, and the general public — in order to advance Chapter campaign objectives and grow our broad-based, grassroots community of member-leaders.

Seasonal Activities: Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, special events, and during peak activity periods. Weekend and/or evening work may be required.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for managing Chapter communications platforms including email, website, print newsletter, blog, Hustle (texting), and social media. Communicates regularly with staff, volunteers, and partners to stay abreast of activities, events, and campaign updates across our four-county Chapter area. Writes, or solicits and edits, content from stakeholders for Chapter communications.
  • Helps craft and implement communications plans and messaging for Chapter campaigns.
  • Develops relationships with local and regional reporters and producers. Drafts and delivers pitches, press releases, and op-eds and provides Sierra Club viewpoints.
  • Helps draft, build and send mass emails in the Salesforce Marketing Cloud system, including monthly e-newsletters, action alerts, and fundraising appeals.
  • Oversees all aspects of content production for the chapter’s print newsletter, from soliciting and editing articles to designing layout and coordinating print production.
  • Provides education, support, and training in communications tools to volunteers.
  • Helps plan, promote, and help facilitate member and community engagement events.
  • Manages Chapter social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube). Monitors and regularly posts engaging and informative content.
  • Performs Salesforce database management, including data entry and supporting constituent data requests.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Extremely organized and efficient.
  • Passionate about the environmental movement.
  • Strong and persuasive writer and editor of content for a variety of formats, including press releases, educational newsletter articles, action alerts, and social media posts. Ability to clearly and effectively communicate complex ideas in messaging targeted to a range of stakeholders.
  • Strong computer skills. Experience or ability to quickly learn InDesign and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • 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:

  • Experience writing and delivering compelling pitches to media outlets.
  • A knack for crafting engaging and visually appealing social media content.
  • Experience in graphic design, audio, and video editing.
  • Experience with Google Suite, Salesforce, and/or Hustle.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Comfortable facilitating group meetings and engaging in one-on-one conversations, often on sensitive issues.
  • An interest in and knowledge of environmental issues.

Compensation and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position is $59,000.

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 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.

This is a category 7 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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