Senior Compensation Administrator

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Sierra Club

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Oakland, CA, United States

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6 days ago

Job Title: Senior Compensation Administrator
Department: People, Culture, & Equity
Location: Oakland, Washington DC, or Remote
Reports To: Interim Deputy Human Resources 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: The Senior Compensation Administrator serves as a trusted advisor responsible for managing, assessing and implementing compensation programs and best practices to ensure alignment with Sierra Club's values and resources. This position reviews pay and job classifications to determine consistent classifications and salaries aligned with Sierra Club values and policies. The Senior Compensation Administrator will proactively research, collect, and analyze our internal data as well as external market data and recommend adjustments to pay and practices as needed. This role will lead on educating the larger Sierra Club Community on our pay philosophy and practices to provide transparency, consistency, and understanding of our compensation program, as well as the continued development of that program.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Compensation Program Development and Management: Manages the continued development of our compensation program, ensures it is aligned with Sierra Club values and policies, and implements well-researched updates to existing compensation practices, policies, categories, and scales.
  • Pay and Classification Consistency: In consultation with stakeholders, assesses and grades jobs with their respective duties to ensure pay consistency, job category consistency, and FLSA Exempt/Non Exempt status consistency that is aligned with Sierra Club's compensation program, Sierra Club values, state and federal laws, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Education for the Sierra Club Community: Serves as a proactive and trusted partner providing timely, accurate, and detailed guidance to management and staff on a full range of compensation processes. Plans and communicates equitable methods and practices for compensating, and conducts focus groups to collect employee feedback on specific issues or topics related to benefits and compensation. Engage thoughtfully in committee spaces throughout the organization, where the need for perspectives on compensation or People, Culture and Equity arise.
  • Analysis and Reporting: Analyzes Sierra Club compensation for pay equity, consistent pay practices, and potential pay gap issues. Prepares and presents reports, cost analysis, and pay equity/gap analysis to be used in employee negotiations and collective bargaining. Serves as a Workday partner, reviewing, designing and creating a variety of standard and ad hoc compensation reports.
  • Continued Research: Ensures regular market analysis of pay scales and pay practices to ensure competitive pay at Sierra Club. Collect, analyze and interpret research to better understand Sierra Club's posture to the external market which may include working with external consultants or developing relationships with similar organizations. Explore and, where feasible, implement emerging models for equitable compensation aligned with Sierra Club values and policies.
  • Compliance: Ensures compliance with federal, state and local compensation laws and regulations. Advises management on applicable state and federal employment regulations, benefits and compensation policies, human resource procedures, and collective bargaining agreements.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Equitable Compensation Commitment: Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to compensation practices that ensure pay equity.
  • Compliance Knowledge: Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations, including FLSA and statutory compliance, related to employee compensation, and extensive knowledge of human resource laws, regulations and equitable practices.
  • Innovation and Openness: Ability to innovate through continued learning and proactive research of current trends, data, and practices, and openness to emerging methods that challenge inequitable norms.
  • Data Analytics and Reporting: Strong research and data analytical skills, extensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and awareness of the methodological limitations of common practices. Ability to present data in a compelling and accessible manner to provide facts and convey action needed. Technical aptitude with the ability to segment, present, and clean data for easy consumption.
  • Training & Stakeholder Engagement Experience. Prior experience training others, building and implementing equitable stakeholder engagement processes and developing and maintaining relationships across different identities, roles and perspectives.
  • Operationalizing Equity. Experience modeling effective equity analysis and practice and demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of how group dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, and partnerships. Skill and experience with decision-making that is consistent, intentional, and committed to creating equitable outcomes at all levels. Experiencing leading high-performing and leaderful teams across group identities. Experience intervening 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:

  • Compensation Administration Experience. Experience in a compensation administration or compensation-adjacent role within a complex environment
  • Workday Skills: Ability to create and manage reports within Workday (Sierra Club’s Human Resource Information System)
  • Experience Developing a Compensation Program. Prior experience creating a compensation program through collaboration with stakeholders, and implementing the program throughout an organization.
  • Google Suite/Microsoft Fluency. Fluency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office/Excel with demonstrated ability using v-lookups, formulas and pivot tables.
  • Experience Enacting Policy Change. Proven record of enacting policy change through research, data, analysis, and advocacy
  • Experience with Leadership. Experience collaborating with and advising senior leadership on evidence- and values-based decision making.
  • Equity in Decision-Making. Ability to navigate positional power throughout the organization and ensure it does not negate equitable decision making
  • Generative Conflict/Relationships. Willingness to share new or different ideas with the goal of challenging inequity, while maintaining trust and relationships with stakeholders of varying identities and levels of authority.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $100,000 - $115,000.

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 3 exempt non-represented, confidential 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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