National Distributed Organizing Representative (Temporary)

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26 days ago

Job Title: National Distributed Organizing Representative (Temporary)
Department: Programs
Unit: Grassroots Power Building
Location: Flexible/Remote. This position requires an ability to travel (note that Sierra Club is currently in a multi-phased re-opening process).
Duration: End date Dec 9, 2022
Reports To: Distributed 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 comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement.

Scope: This position is situated within Sierra Club’s work to build and support permanently organized, resilient and powerful communities and the organizing infrastructure to anchor a long term vision and strategy that stops the bad, builds the new and shifts power to communities.This position will work to build grassroots power, achieve concrete electoral campaign victories as well as create permanent structural and cultural change in our country. One focus of this position will be recruiting, coaching and training volunteer leaders who in turn help recruit and train thousands of other volunteer leaders who will engage in the Sierra Club’s Political Program and make Sierra Club their permanent organizing home. Some programmatic activities may include organizing large scale phone, canvass, text and event organizing.

The person in this role will build a distributed network of public support across the country and may focus on specific geographic locations and targets as needed and based on Sierra Club’s programmatic priorities.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates distributed organizing tactics/activities and ensures the effective implementation of the organizing plan to train and coach volunteers, and other groups as appropriate. Coordinates connections and networks within and among regional communities, field organizers, Chapters and Sierra Club Political Program staff and volunteers to bring their collective pressure to bear at the local, regional and federal levels. Creates organizing materials, develops understandable, inspiring and repeatable volunteer activities, develops systems to maintain daily trackers and progress toward the Sierra Club’s Political Program goals.
  • Believes in people power and the necessity of volunteer leadership. Recruiting, coaching and training volunteer leaders who in turn help recruit and train thousands of other volunteer leaders who will engage in the Sierra Club’s electoral effort and make Sierra Club their permanent organizing home is essential. Therefore, this position will encourage volunteers to participate in existing Sierra Club Chapter, group and political field programs and/or create local distributed groups of volunteers and/or develop a national network of distributed volunteers. This position and the volunteer leaders will build power at the community, state, and national level; identify and develop volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build grassroots power and networks. Help leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and develop networks of networks.
  • Works to build just, respectful relationships within the organization and with external individuals and entities around our collective work. Practices the Jemez Principles and creates inclusive, equitable spaces and relationships; centers equity, justice and inclusion throughout the organizing work. Supports a community of care with colleagues and collaborators and recognizes the need for self care, healing and self transformation in order to sustain ourselves and our work.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in distributed organizing and/or working in an organizing program at scale by recruiting and training volunteer leaders who in turn help recruit and train thousands of other volunteers and develop volunteer teams - engaging volunteers, supporting leadership development, creating "networks of networks" and building strong partnerships that grow and deploy power to change policies, structures and cultures. Ability to leverage and dovetail organizing strategies at the distributed, digital, chapter, field and place based levels in service of power building for our communities and achieving concrete campaign wins that improve people’s lives. Willingness to support on the ground leadership.
  • Equity analysis and practice. Awareness of your group identities and how they have shaped both life and experiences at work. Have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and cultures. Bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Understanding of politics and/or electoral campaign experience. Experience working on or volunteering for advocacy or political campaigns. Desire and interest to connect change making at the federal, regional, state and local levels.
  • Comfort working in fast-paced environments, ability to navigate complex and nuanced situations with emotional intelligence and ability to be values and results-driven while participating in and supporting teamwork with a flexible approach.
  • Strong collaboration, effective teamwork.

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

  • Coaching and training experience, both online and in person.
  • Electoral field organizing experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in movement building.
  • Quantitative and qualitative data experience to inform and evaluate organizing and power building work (base building, leadership development, partnerships) with a focus on learning and innovation. Comfort with current movement technology tools determined by the organizing department.
  • Comfort using a variety of in person and online/virtual tools and venues for volunteer outreach and engagement.
  • Ability to navigate change and complexity with flexibility, compassion and a sense of humor.

Seasonal Activities: Heavier seasonal workloads will occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods. Ability to travel required. Frequent weekend and/or evening work required.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $66,000-$75,350 based on region/location.

This position does not qualify for Sierra Club's benefits package. In order to better align with current staff in a similar role, this position is being compensated differently to account for lack of benefits offered.

This is a category 99 exempt non-represented, temporary 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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