San Gorgonio Chapter Director

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Sierra Club

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San Bernardino, CA, United States

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18 days ago

Job Title: Chapter Director
Department: San Gorgonio Chapter
Location: Flexible within Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. This position requires some ability to travel
Reports To: Chapter Chair
Supervises: Chapter Digital and Communications Associate


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: The San Gorgonio Chapter of the Sierra Club is responsible for exploring, enjoying, and protecting the environment in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Chapter counts more than 7,500 members, has a vibrant and experienced volunteer base, but only employs one part-time staff currently. In total, it comprises 7 regional groups, with several active Chapter and regional committees.

The Chapter Director leads the implementation of policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee, manages the staff budget, and oversees staff support for the following operational areas: conservation campaigns and legislative programs, fundraising, volunteer development, member services, budgeting and financial management and media relations.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Develops the Chapter’s short- and long-term strategic, programmatic and financial goals. All planning activity takes place in coordination with the Executive Committee and relevant Chapter Committees. Develops an annual plan and budget and evaluates Chapter performance.
  • Directs Chapter fundraising activities including pursuing grants, writing fund appeals, cultivation of major donors and other fundraising activities. Responsible for meeting certain fundraising goals, as agreed with the Fundraising Committee.
  • Plans and tracks campaigns. Helps develop, track, and manage campaign plans and goals. Ensures that Sierra Club national priorities are reflected in the Chapter’s work.
  • Coordinates media and public relations efforts. Plans and implements an effective public relations program and develops positive, regular contacts with the media to maximize the Chapter’s credibility. Ensures that an adequate number of knowledgeable spokespersons are available to address the public and the media. Ensures that the Chapter’s digital strategy is effective.
  • Supports the Executive Committee in recruiting and motivating volunteers.
  • Engages in outreach and coalition-building. Ensures the Chapter and its leaders participate in meetings, task forces, and events. Builds strong relationships with the Chapter’s Groups, state and regional community leaders, coalitions, other organizations, elected officials, governmental agencies, etc. Represents the Chapter when appropriate.
  • Manages Chapter staff. Leads staff in assigned operational or program areas. Writes, conducts, and reviews staff performance appraisals using solicited input from the Executive Committee, Chapter Chair, and/or others as appropriate. Reviews staff time reports and ensures that these reports are completed in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with Sierra Club policies.
  • Oversees Chapter compliance. Ensures compliance with Sierra Club policies, with legal requirements for use of Sierra Club resources among staff, and with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices. Supports volunteer leaders in ensuring compliance in the broader Sierra Club program. Ensures compliance with all applicable laws (local, state, and national) pertaining to
  • Attends Chapter meetings. Attends monthly Executive Committee and Conservation Committee meetings. Is available as needed on weekends and after hours, to participate in key meetings with staff, volunteers or others. Occasional local, state and national travel required.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned by Chapter Chair

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated success with major donor and grant fundraising.
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, including maintaining the participation and effectiveness of the San Gorgonio Chapter volunteer leadership structure and promoting the positive participation of volunteer activists.
  • Leading on Equity. You model effective equity analysis and practice and have a track record of operationalizing equity, and have embedded justice and equity throughout team/department policies, structures, culture, and programs.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge and background in multiple environmental policy issues/areas related to assigned programs and campaigns.
  • Ability to plan and carry out environmental campaigns and programs.

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

  • An understanding of regional issues related to environmental justice as well as conservation and climate change activism
  • Public speaking ability and experience interacting with reporters and representatives of the media.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness in recruiting and empowering volunteer leaders
  • Management experience, including supervising staff, creating and managing budgets.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $75,000-85,000 commensurate with experience and ability.

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, managerial and/or 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.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.