California Chapter Associate Director

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Sacramento, CA, United States

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9 days ago

Job Title: California Chapter Associate Director
Department: Sierra Club California
Location: Sacramento, CA
Reports to: Director, Sierra Club California
Supervises: 1-3 Policy Staff


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 by 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 Sierra Club California Associate Director is responsible for the management, planning, coordination, and implementation of Sierra Club California’s renewable energy, transportation, industrial decarbonization and forestry campaigns. This position will oversee planning and implementation of state legislative and regulatory campaigns that produce just and equitable solutions and advance Sierra Club California’s goals in the California legislature and state regulatory agencies. They are responsible for the direction of all staff activities to accomplish the goals and objectives, including the supervision and management of necessary staff.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Applies Equity, Inclusion, Justice and anti-oppression values to all initiative activities, including ensuring all staff and lead volunteers in the campaign are supporting Sierra Club's Multi-Year Equity Plan, including operationalizing the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing throughout campaign activities. Ensures team members are working to actively pivot away from white supremacist culture and behavior and towards racial equity at the individual and interpersonal levels. Ensures that external campaign outcomes demonstrate a commitment to justice and equity.
  • Leads, along with appropriate chapter staff and volunteers, the development of priority campaigns focused on meeting Sierra Club California’s goals and objectives regarding renewable energy, transportation, industrial decarbonization and forestry.
  • Serves as supervisor by providing and ensuring general and technical guidance; preparing and conducting performance reviews; making salary, hiring and promotion recommendations; assigning work and establishing priorities, ensuring staff training, development and enhancement of employee skills.
  • Tracks, monitors, analyzes, and evaluates regulations, laws, initiatives and new developments on a range of environmental issues. Evaluates proposed legislation and regulations to determine possible effects to the environment and makes recommendations for strategic lobbying and legislative efforts.
  • Advocates the Sierra Club position on proposed legislation and regulations; informs and communicates with elected officials, business leaders, governmental agencies, and other non-profit organizations. Confers with legislators and officials to influence the passage of bills or measures favorable to Sierra Club’s interests. Confers with regulatory agencies to influence administrative rules and regulations and other actions that are non-legislative in nature. Conducts research needed to achieve objectives of legislative and regulatory campaigns.
  • Builds strong relationships with partner organizations at the state level –with a focus on supporting the leadership of communities most impacted by environmental threats, and building a diverse, broad-based movement to transition to renewable energy resources, clean transportation, industrial decarbonization, and sustainable forestry. Engages in outreach to diverse allies and communities to help develop a stronger base of support for Sierra Club California positions. Leads key coalitions on behalf of Sierra Club California and in furtherance of Sierra Club’s goals. Ensures alignment on issue areas across Sierra Club California, local chapters, and national staff.
  • Plans and develops projects for grant funding, handles personal contacts, and ongoing relationships with specific foundations involved with the projects.
  • Assists Director in effectively managing the Sierra Club California campaign program budget in relevant areas. Manages and monitors campaign revenue and expenses. Consults with the Director to reallocate across campaign budgets. Regularly update Sierra Club Foundation proposal budgets.
  • Makes presentations to community, political, and governmental bodies regarding state environmental legislation and regulation.
  • Contributes to press releases, newsletters, flyers, social media, etc. to keep Sierra Club membership and the general public informed.
  • Works closely with the Director, Communications Associate, and other staff to ensure that the message of Sierra Club is accurately and favorably represented to the media, including in Spanish-language press.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • 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.
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills. Demonstrated ability to engage, inspire, and maintain strong transformational partnerships around shared values, purpose, and goals. Emotional intelligence and resilience, ability to engage in courageous conversations, particularly across identities, and tend to impact. Thrives in a feedback environment, both giving and receiving feedback.
  • Compassionate Staff Manager. Experience managing, supporting, and mentoring staff to succeed in their work and develop professionally. Demonstrated ability giving and receiving feedback and mentoring individuals. Track record of developing just relationships with direct reports and peers.
  • Project Management & Collaboration. Extensive experience with project management, from conception through implementation. Ability to plan and facilitate meetings and to navigate group dynamics and conflict. Highly collaborative and motivated by team work, with the ability to work independently and generate unique contributions to collective work. Flexible to meet the needs of an ever-changing landscape.
  • Policy Advocacy and lobbying. Commitment to and knowledge of environmental policy at the state level, government relations, and experience advocating on state legislative and administrative issues, research and campaign organizing, press relations and public speaking. Experience and knowledge of the legislative and administrative process.
  • Critical Thinker with Initiative. Provide thought leadership, regularly generating ideas that will advance the vision and goals of the campaign; ability to navigate an ever-changing landscape and effectively problem-solve while keeping the big picture in mind, while demonstrating initiative, proactively creating and pursuing opportunities to advance campaign goals.

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

  • Knowledge of renewable energy, clean transportation, forestry, and industrial policy.
  • Experience working with coalitions.
  • Policy advocacy expertise.
  • Persuasive communicator.
  • Work ethics and dependability.
  • Fundraising experience.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $96,000.

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/managerial 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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