Deputy Director - Clean Transportation for All

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Deputy Director - Clean Transportation for All
Department: Program
Location: Remote/Flexible
Reports To: Director, Clean Transportation for All Campaign
Supervises: 1-2 core campaign staff

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 Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All Campaign works at the local, state, and national levels – using a lens of equity and justice – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air pollution from the transportation sector, while focusing on making clean transportation solutions affordable, accessible, and convenient.

The Deputy Director is responsible for managing and implementing strategic state-based campaigns to address harmful air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which is the largest source of climate pollution in the United States. The Deputy Director develops and carries out the campaign’s national activities, and communicates priorities and benchmarks, provides leadership, and represents the Sierra Club to media, community leaders, coalitions, allies, and the public. The Deputy Director ensures that the campaign engages Sierra Club’s members and supporters, and builds powerful partnerships that are oriented toward a shared vision of climate and environmental justice.

The Deputy Director will collaborate closely with staff across Sierra Club’s energy campaigns to advance the goal of 100% clean energy.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Guides and directs the work of a multi-disciplinary staff and volunteer team and facilitates the development and implementation of a strategic campaign plan to reduce harmful pollution from cars, buses, and trucks. Inspires and facilitates shared vision with team members and collaborators. Effectively engages broad skill sets across Sierra Club staff and volunteers, and fosters a team culture rooted in inclusion and aligned with the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.
  • Provides leadership to those implementing the national and state transportation sector strategy. Resource and provide guidance to the team of campaigners, organizers, communication leads, lobbyists, lawyers, digital strategists and others that collaborate on the campaign strategy. Build strong relationships across groups of stakeholders to ensure goal alignment, support for staff engaged in transportation sector work, and compelling narratives to advance outcomes.
  • Implements Sierra Club best practices regarding the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing and justice, equity, and inclusion practices and goals. Designs and implements campaign strategies rooted in an equitable transition to clean transportation and clean energy that serve front-line and directly impacted communities.
  • Engages in donor and foundation solicitation and cultivation, including meeting with funders and preparation of funder presentations, proposals, and reports.
  • Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

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

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Team Leadership: Strong experience and/or demonstrated ability in managing teams and supervising, developing, training, and coaching staff and volunteers.
  • Advocacy Campaign Management: Experience in strategic planning and direction of advocacy campaigns and programs.
  • Effective Communication: Highly developed written and oral communication skills, with a focus on communicating effectively across different groups of stakeholders, internally and externally.
  • 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.

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

  • Experience in transportation, energy, or environmental policy.
  • Experience effectively navigating complex organizational systems, structures, and dynamics.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, across geographies, and with different types of volunteer and staff structures.
  • Experience building relationships and influencing decision makers through advocacy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how organized movements create change.
  • Approaches growth and learning with humility

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $94,724 non-negotiable.

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, supervisory 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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