Senior Campaign Representative

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Sierra Club

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Senior Campaign Representative
Department: Program Department
Location: Remote; Preference for Southern states
Reports to: Healthy Communities Director

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: Sierra Club's Healthy Communities campaign works with local and national partners in justice movements to ensure that public policies aimed at addressing climate and environmental injustice benefit people who are overburdened by pollution. Healthy Communities work in a racial justice framework to reduce the energy burden for Black and other POC communities and ensure equity in climate adaptation and resilience away from extractive economies for workers and communities. Sierra Club seeks a strategic, collaborative, and equity-focused Senior Campaign Representative to advance initiatives to increase energy policy literacy and reduce the energy burden in frontline communities. In this position, the Senior Campaign Representative will join a team that is working to address the climate crisis by building solidarity with EJ communities. The Senior Campaign Representative identifies best practices, plans and implements strategies in collaboration with internal departments and programs, as well as external partners. They develop state-based and regional campaign plans, drive execution, communicate priorities and benchmarks, provide leadership, promote participation, and report on campaign effectiveness. They represent Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and the public.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading development of an overarching strategic plan for Sierra Club's energy burden work. Ensuring that our efforts are rooted in equity and justice, and coordinated with other national energy campaign priorities.
  • Tracking local and state policy and regulatory proceedings that are relevant to energy burden and identifying opportunities for engagement and intervention.
  • In collaboration with state teams, engages key players in reducing energy burden. Supporting and working with partners in frontline communities, labor, and elected and appointed decision-makers to address energy burden and ensure that solutions serve the most vulnerable communities.
  • Working with the national campaign team, the Communications Department, and Chapters on communications strategy, messaging, and advocacy materials to achieve local and state objectives. Supporting media outreach related to energy burden, including building a diverse bench of spokespeople to engage with the press.
  • Applying equity, inclusion, and justice values to all campaign activities. Operationalizing the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing and Organizational Equity Values in all partnership and collaborative activity.
  • Introducing creative ideas and approaches; fostering creativity among team members.

Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods. Weekend and/or evening work may be required. Valid driver's license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Advanced Campaign Expertise: Substantial experience in the planning and implementation of campaigns, which includes how to leverage legislative/regulatory policy, organizing, communications, digital and legal strategies. Demonstrated understanding of and experience in how organized movements create change and accomplish policy objectives at local, state, and/or federal level. Track record of planning, implementing and evaluating advocacy campaigns, including the following:
    • Strategic planning, managing a local or state policy or issue campaign
    • Policy development and analysis
    • Working with attorneys and utilizing legal advocacy
    • Lobbying decision-makers and staff
    • Media relations and strategic communications
    • Working with senior-level organizational, business, and political leaders
  • Coalition Building Experience: Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse coalition partners. Experience and relationships with environmental justice, climate, labor, community-based organizations, health, housing rights, economic justice, and/or clean energy partners.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills, with a focus on communicating effectively across different groups of stakeholders, internally and externally as well as comfort with public speaking and media presentation ability.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice: Demonstrated understanding of equity, justice, and inclusion, and ability to effectively work and collaborate across differences. 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. Familiarity with and commitment to incorporating principles of equity, inclusion, and justice into campaign processes and outcomes. Understanding of how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, and team levels.

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

  • Knowledge of environmental and energy issues, and either expertise or an ability to develop expertise in energy policy and issues
  • Knowledge of the political, policy, and regulatory landscape
  • Experience working closely with organizers, as an organizer, or working with volunteers
  • Experience effectively navigating complex organizational systems, structures, and dynamics

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $64,500 to 73,295 depending on Region/Location.

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.

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.

We are accepting applications until the position is filled.

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