Organizing Manager

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21 days ago

Title: Organizing Manager
Department: Programs
Unit: Grassroots Power Building
Location: Flexible - Northeast preferred
Reports to: Regional Organizing Director
Supervises: Organizers

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: The Organizing Manager is responsible for supporting organizers to achieve organizing objectives and to grow as individuals within the Sierra Club. The manager supports, coaches, and develops each staff organizer in planning and focusing their work to achieve concrete campaign successes while building long term power centered in equity and justice. The manager works with organizing staff and team members to identify, respectfully enter and map communities in which we seek to organize. Works with organizers, campaign team members and community members to establish objectives that give life to a community vision, build power and movement, accomplish campaign goals and create structural and cultural change. Works with organizing staff and volunteer leaders to determine and implement strategies to build the base of supporters in the community and develop key partnerships with community leaders, government officials, donors and volunteer leadership. The manager works with other managers and team members within our matrix management system to ensure strong team collaboration and effective team work. The manager works with Chapter staff and leaders to ensure effective collaboration within a state or region. When appropriate, acts as a Sierra Club liaison with leaders of organizations within the communities. Ensures that programmatic commitments and objectives are met, that financial, operational and legal compliance standards are met regarding all activities in relevant campaigns or programs.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Skill Development and Organizer Support:

  • Effectively manages, guides and coaches staff to maximize skills, abilities and effectiveness, supports individual professional development. Works with organizers to establish performance objectives and to evaluate accomplishments and effectiveness. Takes appropriate disciplinary action when needed, makes hiring and termination recommendations.
  • Works with organizer, campaign and community teams to establish organizing priorities; coaches organizers in developing strategic organizing plans to achieve campaign objectives, builds grassroots power and creates structural and cultural change. Coaches and supports organizers in centering equity, justice and inclusion in their work.
  • Supports and coaches organizers in building power through engaging community volunteers, supporting leadership development and building partner relationships. Ensures organizers are properly trained and using VAN and other data systems effectively to capture, evaluate and adjust power building efforts.

Effective Coordination and Collaboration:

  • Supports organizers in working with campaign team members and together utilizing our communication, digital, and legal capacities to build transformative power and achieve campaign goals; supports communications and digital staff in the development and execution of media and public outreach communications and strategies; supports organizers, legal and campaign staff to utilize organizing effectively with our legal efforts.
  • Supports campaign teams and ensures clarity and accountability for roles and responsibilities among team members. Supports teams in developing strong collaborative planning and work.
  • Ensures good communication with local chapters and groups and engagement of Chapter and Group volunteers in organizing activities, where possible. Provides guidance and support to volunteer leaders and chapter staff in building the strength and influence of the Sierra Club within the communities. Supports the alignment between national program and chapter priorities.
  • Supports the Advancement Department in the development of effective relationships with donors and foundations within or with an interest in the assigned communities, and in the development of organizing objectives and strategies as part of grant projects and proposals.
  • In support of the National Political Program, identifies opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s conservation priorities through relationships with elected officials and via electoral campaigns. Assists the National Political Program in allocating resources for targeted campaigns and in developing organizing strategies to reach political program objectives. Assures compliance with election laws and regulations.

Project Management:

  • Responsible for good fiscal management, fiscal controls and administrative practices in all aspects of assigned operations. Ensures compliance with Sierra Club financial, employment and operations policies and with external regulations in all aspects of assigned operations.
  • Works within organizing department teams to support and further develop organizing work across the department.
  • Manages a high level of confidential information about Sierra Club business, budget, personnel, and partners. A background check will be required upon job acceptance.
  • Performs administrative and miscellaneous duties as assigned.
  • Extensive travel and flexible work schedule required.

Depending on location and responsibilities, valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance is required. A background check will be required upon acceptance of the position.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • In-depth knowledge of the craft of grassroots organizing with experience leading organizing campaigns. Experience developing strategies to create policy change as well as to create structural and ideological change.
  • Strong experience and/or demonstrated ability in managing teams and supervising, developing, training, and coaching people.
  • Experience using data tools to inform organizing strategy, measure progress and increase effectiveness. Understanding of media use in campaign and organizing strategy.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and effective written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively across diverse identities, communities and audiences.
  • 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:

  • Skillful at managing individuals and leading teams with a diversity of identities and skill sets to contribute at their highest level. Proficient at proactively surfacing and navigating conflict in a generative, equitable way.
  • Working knowledge of business operations, budget management, project management, restricted and grant funding.
  • Working knowledge in the development of grant proposals and individual donor relationships.
  • Understanding of environmental, climate, and social justice issues and how they relate to each other. Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that operate at the intersections of the environment and marginalized communities (e.g. race, gender, and class). Experience cultivating and maintaining just, accountable partnerships, especially with organizations led by those most impacted by the crises we seek to remedy.
  • An emotionally intelligent, values and results-driven leader who can inspire staff and volunteers at all levels, collaborate within and across departments, and provide feedback and coaching to support the achievement of our complex goals. Understanding of how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. Personal commitment to transformational learning and practicing Sierra Club’s equity values and principles.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $80,000-$89,000 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 4 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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