Lead Organizer - Lands, Water and Wildlife Campaign

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15 days ago

Job Title: Lead Organizer, Lands Water and Wildlife Campaign
Department: Program Department
Unit: Grassroots Power Building
Location: Flexible/Remote
Reports To: Organizing Manager

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 staffed across the country and has 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 Lead Organizer for the Lands Water Wildlife Campaign will be responsible for the coordination of organizing campaign work that is rooted in equity and justice at the local, state, and national level. This position will work with both our national organizers and chapter organizers to ensure effective grassroots organizing strategy that is aligned with our campaign goals and values and that we practice the Jemez Principles and center organizational Equity Values within the organizing work.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • National Organizer Team Lead. Convene and coordinate national organizers within the LWW team. Host regular coordination meetings to develop a unified organizing narrative for our grassroots, power-building organizing work, to share best practices and foster connections.
  • Chapter Organizer Mentor. Mentor Chapter Organizers within the LWW funding program in the development of strategic organizing plans. Provide support and coaching in the craft of organizing that is rooted in equity and justice and builds the grassroots power of the Club. Leads works with organizers and community volunteers to develop and cultivate relationships with grasstops leaders including key governmental officials and political leaders
  • LWW Leadership Team Member. Represent the Organizing Dept on the LWW Leadership Team which is a venue for overall coordination related to the Lands, Water, Wildlife campaign to ensure that we are aligned across capacities. Helps in establishing an overall campaign narrative; allocating funds internally and externally; and ensuring the LWW campaign reflects its values.
  • Equity Academy Lead. Lead a national volunteer training program called the Equity Academy to continue the development of a strong cohort of volunteer leaders who root their work in equity and justice. Work with a team of Equity Academy graduates and develop their leadership within the program.
  • Builds just, caring relationships. Works to build just, respectful relationships within the organization and with external individuals and entities around our collective work.. Supports a community of care within the organizing team, with colleagues and collaborators; recognizes the need for self care in order to sustain ourselves and our work.
  • Provides leadership in using qualitative and quantitative data to inform the work. Uses data to plan, record and evaluate the power building work (base building, leadership development, partnerships) with a focus on learning and innovation. Works with the organizing team to utilize the current movement technology tools determined by the organizing department.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Organizing Experience. Grassroots organizer with experience working on issue campaigns and engaging volunteers, supporting leadership development and building strong partnerships that grow and deploy power to change policies, structures and culture. Prior experience and/or demonstrated ability in developing, training and coaching staff or volunteers.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Communication Skills. Strong communication skills and the ability to serve as a liaison and communicate across diverse identities, communities, audiences and mediums.
  • Data and Technology. Experience using quantitative and qualitative data to inform and evaluate organizing work, for example, familiarity with the Voter Activation Network (VAN), to inform and evaluate organizing work. Along with experience using a variety of in person and online/virtual tools, for example tools such as Zoom, peer to peer texting and Mobilize, and venues for volunteer outreach and engagement.

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

  • Substantial experience developing organizing strategy to achieve short term and long term goals.
  • Substantial experience working within a team where there is mutual accountability for shared objectives.
  • Understanding of environmental, climate, and social justice issues and how they relate to each other.
  • Excellent knowledge and background in a specific issue area of the environmental field related to assigned programs and campaigns.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative process and/or administrative policy-making process.
  • Knowledge, background and positive existing relationships within specific communities or related to assigned Sierra Club programs and campaigns.
  • Working knowledge of budget management of restricted and grant funding.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $64,500-$73,295 non-negotiable depending upon location/region.

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 3 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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