Campaign Representative - Our Wild America (Eastern Conservation)

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11 days ago

Job Title: Campaign Representative - Our Wild America (Eastern Conservation)
Department: Program
Location: Eastern US
Reports To: Director Lands, Water, Wildlife Campaign

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.

The Lands, Water, Wildlife Campaign envisions a world where all people have access to nature, clean air and clean water, where humans respect their interconnectedness to the living environment and treat each other, the earth and all species with humility, care and respect. In this world, an active, powerful grassroots movement thrives, holding decision-makers accountable to consistently protecting communities, biodiversity and the environment. This movement values and respects Indigenous rights, including Indigenous perspectives regarding the fundamental rights of nature, knowledge and sovereignty and believes that social justice is environmental justice. Working hand in hand with Indigenous and front-line communities, we have helped secure lasting protections for public lands, waters and wildlife and promote the rights of nature. We have helped address the climate and biodiversity crises by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and by better managing forests, deserts and soils to naturally absorb more carbon. We have helped protect at least 30 percent of lands and waters by the year 2030, salvaging enough habitat to forestall the extinction crisis and helping to combat the climate crisis. Through our work, we will help reconnect people to the power of nature for healing and empowerment, and ensure that these benefits are accessible to all- particularly those who have historically been excluded from the conservation movement. Our communities benefit from time outside and better connections to nature and to our neighbors, fostering healthier individuals and a healthier and more just society overall.

Scope: The Campaign Representative (EasternForest) is responsible for the planning, coordination, and implementation, as well as securing financial resources for, for the Lands, Water, Wildlife campaign in the eastern US., Forests. Collaborates with and coordinates the campaign's activities with the Sierra Club chapter volunteers, partner organizations, national capacities and appropriate staffing resources. Helps our team connect local and state conservation efforts to build a powerful national campaign focused on protecting 30% of our lands and waters by 2030, works to ensure lands conservation is part of the climate solution, and all people have equitable access to the outdoors.old growth forests and conservation of forests as a climate solution. Under the direction of the Director – Lands, Water, Wildlife, develops funding proposals, campaign strategies, priorities and benchmarks. The Campaign Representative implements such strategies by working with Chapters and coordinating across capacity units such as Organizing, Legal, Federal Policy, Communications, Outdoor Activities, and Digital strategies. Position provides leadership, promotes participation, and reports on campaign effectiveness to assigned National staff. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and the public. This work is focused on building a diverse movement of people throughout the United States to defend our wild places, building deep partnerships with grassroots and frontline partner organizations, advancing outdoor access for all and long-term protections for special places.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Applies Equity, Inclusion and Justice (Equity) and anti-oppression values to all initiative activities, including ensuring all staff and lead volunteers in the campaign are supporting Sierra Club's Multi-Year Equity Plan, including operationalizing the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing throughout campaign activities. Ensures team members are working to actively pivot away from white supremacist culture and behavior and towards racial equity at the individual and interpersonal levels. Ensures that external campaign outcomes demonstrate a commitment to justice and equity.
  • Acts as the lead staff member responsible for coordination, planning and implementation of the national campaign for lands, water, and wildlife conservation in the eastern United States. Develops a strategic campaign plan, goals, and objectives in collaboration with Chapter staff and leaders. Facilitates close coordination with Sierra Club's Environmental Law Program, Chapters, Communications Department, Organizing Department, Digital Strategies, Political Team, Dirty Fuels Team, and other Sierra Club's programs including but not limited to Environmental Justice, Labor, Partnerships, and volunteer leadership.
  • Develops and advances national and regional campaign strategies and narratives to achieve goal of protecting 30% of our lands and waters by 2030, builds campaign connections between lands, water, and forest conservation and the fight against climate change, and to block harmful threats to public lands, such as logging, mining, fossil fuel extraction and other inappropriate development, the sell-off of public lands, and more.
  • In coordination with the Director of Lands, Water, Wildlife, co-leads the development, coordination and implementation of the conservation agenda in the eastern United States.
  • Develops and fosters just and equitable partnerships with Indigenous-led organizations at the front lines of the fight to defend public lands. Serves as primary organizational liaison with these organizations and leaders.
  • Develops and advances Sierra Club policy positions related to land, water and wildlife conservation. Ensures the Sierra Club is regarded as a significant leader by the media, key decision makers and donors. Ensures that such policies are accurately advanced by volunteers and organizing, lobbying and legal staff in various decision-making fora.
  • Represents the Sierra Club and advances planning within the broader coalition. This will require consistently being part of coalition planning meetings and ongoing calls.
  • Identifies new grasstops and organizational partners to bring in to the fight to defend lands, water, and wildlife.
  • Closely coordinates with the Advancement Department to achieve associated campaign fundraising targets, including donor cultivation, proposal writing and internal updates.
  • Represents the Sierra Club Lands, Water, Wildlife Campaign within the public eye where strategic, including within traditional and social media, through presentations, etc.
  • Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
  • Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • 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.
  • People Management: ability to manage, coach, inspire, and hold accountable staff and volunteers, including outside of a direct management chain. Support teams in developing work plans.
  • Project Management/Results Orientation: ability to manage multiple projects, develop and communicate clear and strategic campaign and project work expectations across the campaign team, matrix-managed staff, partners and volunteers; develop and implement systems and processes to ensure effective planning, communication and reporting.
  • Critical Thinker/Thought Leader: provide thought leadership, regularly generating ideas that will advance the vision and goals of the campaign; ability to navigate an ever-changing landscape and effectively problem-solve while keeping the big picture in mind.
  • Initiative: demonstrated initiative; proactively creates and pursues opportunities to advance campaign goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills: high emotional intelligence and resilience, ability to engage in courageous conversations, ability to tend to impact; ability to engage, inspire, activate and maintain strong transformational partnerships around shared values, purpose, and goals.

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

  • Knowledge of the conservation movement
  • Experience working with coalitions
  • Work ethics and dependability
  • Policy advocacy expertise
  • Persuasive communicator
  • Fundraising experience

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $60,000-$68,500 based on region/location.

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.

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, 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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