Deputy National Program Director

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Job Title: Deputy National Program Director
Department: Program
Location: Remote
Reports to: Chief Program Officer
Supervises: 1-4 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 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: Working in concert with the National Program Director and Program Department Leadership team (PDLT), the Deputy National Program Director ensures that the national programmatic strategy is planned and executed successfully towards the delivery of our Strategic Framework and organizational priorities. Directs units and campaigns by guiding the management and goal setting of parts of the Department and evaluating program effectiveness. Provides leadership and guidance in managing up to six staff and ensures collaboration, unity of purpose, and integration with the other thematically grouped work areas of the department. Works with executive leadership of the Club to develop strategic programs to attract and retain donors. Works with staff and volunteers to demonstrate equity, inclusion and justice in all of our programmatic work. Leads special projects to advance departmental or organizational objectives as needed.

Job Activities include but not limited to:

  • Creates the conditions of success for our campaign, grassroots power building, policy, advocacy and legal work while ensuring there is effective collaboration and integration across units and other Departments.
  • Works with the Program Department Leadership to plan, execute and evaluate strategies for the Sierra Club. Reviews departmental or unit reports. Supports Chief Program Officer in designated areas of running the department. Develops and maintains strong relationships with colleagues throughout Sierra Club to build a base for cross-organization collaboration.
  • Serves as the lead staff liaison for various Club functions and represents the Program Department to other departments by providing briefings, perspectives and strategic advice.
  • Leads collaboration across assigned units - which include budgeting, fundraising, strategic planning, equity and justice and staffing.
  • Support strong management of Senior staff by providing guidance and direction, conducting performance evaluations and ongoing feedback, effectively recommending equitable hiring, termination, salary and promotion decisions and providing training and development for their units. Assigns work, establishes priorities and ensures that work meets individual objectives and program goals. Encourages professional development through training activities, seminars, management support and accountability.
  • Ability to travel for work is necessary, specific percentage can be negotiated.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

The successful candidates must have the following skills and experiences:

  • 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.
  • Leadership and Strategy: Significant experience as an executive director, senior manager, or comparable position, which includes substantial experience developing strategy, oversight of organizational operations, planning and managing grassroots programs and campaigns, organizing at the grassroots level, lobbying, managing program and staff, planning and managing budget, above average skills and/or lived experience with issues of equity, justice and inclusion, and working with political leaders. A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
  • Team Leadership and Management: Demonstrated track record of collaboration across differences, and leading teams to foster effective collaboration and realize shared goals. Experience managing multiple projects and ability to oversee a cadre of staff, consultants, and volunteers. Prior experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers. Emotionally intelligent leader who is skillful at surfacing and navigating conflict 1:1 and in groups.
  • Fundraising and Donor Cultivation: Experience in fundraising that includes foundation relations, individual solicitation of major gifts, and grant-funded project development and management.
  • Strategic Planning and Assessment: Experience in using data to measure goals and inform strategy (targeting, mapping, modeling, dashboards, key performance indicators). Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Google, and NGP VAN.
  • Effective Communicator: You are an effective storyteller and communicator across a variety of constituencies– internally within Sierra Club and externally in the world. You have strong writing, editing and public speaking skills.

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

  • Managing in a unionized organization: Experience and understanding of how to lead and manage in a unionized organization.
  • Strong Movement Organization Partnerships: Experience and trusted relationships across movement organizations– climate, environmental, social justice, and political arenas. Skillful at building and maintaining trusting relationships across a wide range of organizations.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $170,00-$190,000, non-negotiable based on region/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 1 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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