Director of Chapter Outings

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11 days ago

Job Title: Director of Chapter Outings
Department: Program
Location: United States or Puerto Rico. This position requires an ability to travel.
Reports To: National Director of Outdoor Engagement
Supervises: 2-6 direct reports

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 director will lead the Sierra Club Chapter Outings community to collaboratively develop strategic plans at the national, regional and chapter levels, with clear strategies and associated resources tied to the organization’s 2030 Strategic vision. They will ensure necessary resources and communication structures are in place for the chapter outings community to best execute on its priorities and measure success. Growth will mean not only increasing the number of people connected to nature and to the Sierra Club, but growth in chapter capacity (e.g., deep culture of collaboration based on just relationships and shared decision-making, a maturation in program evaluation, innovations in program governance and support infrastructures). The director will strengthen and standardize the internal functions that support outings staff and volunteers at the national, chapter, group and section levels and strive for consistent, effective communication with stakeholders.

Job activities include but are not limited to:
Directs Chapter Outings Program strategy.

  • Co-creating and co-leading a Chapter Outings Program leadership community to collaboratively develop program goals, communications, strategy, tactics and fundraising proposals; naming priorities and timetables that achieve Sierra Club goals and live into organizational values of balance, collaboration, transformation, antiracism and justice.
  • Overseeing investments to build and strengthen the Sierra Club base through a national network of leaders, who build transformative power grounded in equity and justice. Ensures pathways of engagement are developed.
  • Support and mentor Chapter staff and volunteers to develop systems, structures and practices that can provide localized support and infrastructure to deepen relationships, engagement, skills, and build lasting power through outings.

Strengthen and standardize the internal functions that support outings staff and chapter, group and section outings programs. Working with staff and volunteers, they will develop and execute an equity-centered, proactive and holistic approach to engaging the Sierra Club Outings community.

  • Strategic planning. Proactive planning to map goals and priorities to projects and outcomes.
  • Internal communications and engagement. Lead messaging and content for internal communications (i.e. emails, newsletters, Internal web properties, virtual and in-person community gatherings etc.) and engagement with our digital resources, tools, and best practices.
  • Identify digital and operational needs. Identifies business needs and works with technical staff to implement technologies supporting outings (i.e. smart help tools, event calendaring, reporting, marketing and leader management systems) and operational requirements (i.e. administrative “paperwork” to enhance outings administration and leader skills). Works with Outings stakeholders to identify and solve system issues. Collaborates with appropriate staff to propose system enhancements, improve business practices, and end-user experience, skills and results. Supports staff and volunteers on use of products.

Supervises program employees.

  • Provide exceptional leadership for outings staff from diverse identities and backgrounds. This includes supporting staff development, overseeing project and work plan implementation, conducting performance evaluations, hiring, and training.
  • In supporting the team, the director will create the conditions for individuals and teams to collaborate within and across the organization.

Manages program fundraising and oversees budgets.

  • This includes developing grant funding proposals, cultivating and maintaining funder relationships, and updating funders on recent activities, in coordination with outings staff and volunteers and the Advancement team.
  • Manages an operational budget and tracks expenses in coordination with Outings staff and the Operations team.

Safety and risk.

  • Working with volunteers and staff, defines and implements policies, procedures, and volunteer training to increase program quality while developing practices that identify and address barriers that often prevent people from accessing nature and becoming outdoor leaders.
  • Working with Chapter Leadership, oversees outings development, approval and compliance with policies and practices.
  • Stays current of industry risk management trends and emerging risk management issues.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills in working with staff and volunteers. Experience working with staff and volunteers from diverse identities and facilitating collaborative working teams across distributed units. Experience working as a part of a team, building trust and developing positive group dynamics. Understands the volunteer experience and the myriad of reasons someone spends their time volunteering, especially volunteering in a highly decentralized organization structure where volunteers feel immense ownership and autonomy.
  • Program management and staff management. Experience managing people and managing programs. Examples may include experience in managing outdoor, community, social justice or racial equity programs. Experience giving detailed attention and coaching to staff, program strategy and administration. You are committed to building equity within the outdoor and environmental movement
  • Managing communications and data strategies that support impactful and meaningful engagement. Experience creating or managing electronic resources and tools that enhance and support outdoor programs and outdoor leaders. Experience delivering consistent, effective communication across multiple delivery methods and audiences.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in a wide variety of safety and risk management protocols and practices. This includes an understanding of industry standards and best practices with a critique that all standards do not fit all programs. Understands how to develop, manage and evaluate outdoors programs centering practices that support organizational values, risk management, and equitable access to nature.
  • Operationalizing Equity. You model effective equity analysis and practice and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of how group dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work. Your decision-making is consistent, intentional, and committed to creating equitable outcomes at all levels. You have led high-performing and leaderful teams across group identities. You intervene when challenging group dynamics play out, in ways that build understanding, trust, and deeper self-awareness of team members.

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

  • Experience and expertise planning and hosting small, medium, and large group meetings to facilitate engagement and shared understanding
  • Extensive experience chairing committees and managing team and task force project management.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $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 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 until December 6th.

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