Deputy National Political Director

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Sierra Club

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Remote

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27 days ago

Job Title: Deputy National Political Director
Department: Political Program
Location: Flexible/Washington D.C. This position requires an ability to travel.
Reports To: National Political Director
Supervises: Acting Associate Director, Political Program


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: Assists the Political Director in overseeing all aspects of the national political program, including strategic campaign planning, political communications, budgeting, fundraising, program implementation and coordination with partners. Plans, directs and manages specific federal, state and local campaigns as determined by the Political Director. Provides strategic advice to Sierra Club programs, including lobbying, voter education and civic engagement activities. The Deputy Political Director has experience managing programs, has previously played a major role in campaign communications, is familiar with online communication and online organizing, and will provide experience leadership and strategic planning for the national political program. The Deputy Political Director plans and develops campaign strategies with an eye for developing power for the organization and environmental movement, manages and monitors expenses, assigns priorities and timelines and evaluates campaign and program effectiveness. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, candidates, vendors, partners and the media.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Provides national coordination and oversight. Experience developing campaign plans, overseeing implementation of plans and program budgets and expenses. Works in collaboration with national and chapter staff and volunteers and provides strategic assistance to staff and volunteers in the implementation of chapter political programs and campaign plans.
  • Political strategy and advice. Provides strategic advice to other Sierra Club programs and campaigns, including organizing efforts, lobbying, voter education and civic engagement activities.
  • Rapid-response communication. Works with the communications department to direct political “rapid-response” efforts to counter anti-environmental statements and actions by elected officials and candidates at the local, state and national levels.
  • Plan and implement political online presence. Work with communications, digital strategies and other Sierra Club staff to plan and implement the program’s political presence online. This includes but is not limited to: online voter guide, online fundraising, communication via social media, political activist list building and political member communication.
  • Work with the national Political Director to manage the targeting and production of direct mail, television and radio advertising, phone scripts and other forms of public communications related to the Sierra Club’s political programs.
  • Direct the development and preparation of campaign issue information. This may include writing, edicting and distribution of fact sheets, newsletters, fundraising materials, political voter education materials and reports. It may also include writing, editing and reviewing articles for conservation- related publications.
  • Represent the Sierra Club to the general public, and, along with the Political Director, act as a spokesperson for the Sierra Club’s political program.
  • Effectively manage, guide and coach staff. Ensure individual professional development, evaluate accomplishments and effectiveness. Take appropriate disciplinary action when needed, make hiring and termination recommendations.
  • Ensure volunteers assume meaningful roles in political programs and campaigns. This includes providing political skills trainings to volunteers in person and online.
  • Assume the duties of the Political Director in their absence.
  • Handle miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

Seasonal Activities: heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of the electoral calendar, project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies or during peak activity periods. Occasional weekend and/or evening work and travel sometimes required.


The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Political campaign experience at the strategic level for multiple cycles. Proven success developing campaign strategy, implementing campaign plans, staff supervision and implementing voter contact programs.
  • Experience with direct voter contact programs. Including reading and analyzing polling data, designing state-of-the-art voter contact programs, and evaluating results. Experience running test and adjust or experiment-informed voter contact programs.
  • Budget management experience. At least one cycle of experience in reconciling program and cash flow budgets.
  • Expert political knowledge. Expert knowledge of electoral politics and working knowledge of the federal legislative process.
  • Communication skills. Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
  • 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:

  • At least one year of grassroots organizing experience.
  • Experience developing and/or implementing new media campaigns.
  • Substantial experience and demonstrated ability working with volunteers.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite, G-Suite, VAN and other tools

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $110,000-$120,000 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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