Communication Specialist

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Sierra Club

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Palo Alto, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Communication Specialist
Department: Loma Prieta Chapter
Location: Chapter Office in Palo Alto, but this employee may work most days remotely.
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, for a future in which 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 believe and promote that all things are fundamentally connected, and that 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: The Communications Specialist collaborates with Chapter staff to promote the goals of the Bay Alive campaign (ie, public education leading to activism “for the protection and restoration of the San Francisco Bay”) and other conservation goals of the Chapter through the development, coordination, and implementation of messaging and strategic media plans.

The Communications Specialist is responsible for working with the Chapter Director to develop, implement and coordinate communication strategy primarily for the Bay Alive campaign (75% of time), but also (25% of time) for the range of the other Chapter conservation campaigns, including public education projects, and always with attention to equity and environmental justice.


Job activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists the Chapter Director and Bay Alive Campaign Lead in developing, implementing, and coordinating media strategy for the full range of chapter conservation campaigns, including public education projects and other communication activities.
  • Assists the Chapter Director, Bay Alive Campaign Coordinator and Chapter Development Coordinator in the development and preparation of chapter publications, fact sheets and other communication materials for conservation action campaigns and public education projects.
  • Uses Salesforce-MarketingCloud to design and coordinate content and production of a twice monthly Chapter eNewsletter, as much as twice monthly Chapter action alerts, three regional groups' monthly eNewsletters and their occasional action alerts, all through Salesforce-MarketingCloud.
  • Takes responsible for the look, functionality and content maintenance and updates of Chapter-level content and related conservation campaign web pages on the Chapter website (currently in Drupal 7).
  • Coordinates chapter staff and volunteers on email and social media strategies.
  • Develops and updates media lists, and organizes and maintains media clips and photos for the Chapter.
  • Coordinates and produces content for the Chapter Annual Summary.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties when assigned by the Director in order to advance unpredicted urgent conservation priorities.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent oral, written and editing skills.
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace (formerly G-suite), facebook, twitter, instagram, and their analytical tools
  • Interest in and familiarity with conservation and environmental topics, issues, and community organizing, including environmental justice work.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as cooperatively with staff and volunteers, with patience and persistence.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and occasionally work under pressure for urgent and unexpected conservation priorities.
  • 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:

  • Demonstrable experience with environmental justice issues and frontline communities.
  • Demonstrable experience as a reporter and/or news researcher.
  • Competency in Salesforce and Marketing Cloud.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese and/or Vietnamese.

Compensation and Benefits

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.

The annual salary for this position is $65,000, non-negotiable.

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 or Sierra Employee Alliance, depending on location.

This is a category 6, 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.

We are accepting applications through November 30th, 2022

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