Job Title: Chapter Coordinator
Department: Santa Lucia Chapter
Location: Santa Lucia Chapter Office at 1411 Marsh St., Suite 204, in San Luis Obispo, and remote. This position requires the ability to travel.
Reports To: Mila Vujovich-LaBarre, Santa Lucia Chapter Chair
Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of interdependence. 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 injustice, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our future. 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 has close to 800 staff across the country and a network of 64 local chapters that are led and fueled by thousands of volunteers. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with three labor unions representing more than half of our employees.
Scope: The Santa Lucia Chapter Coordinator provides essential office and administrative functions, as well as volunteer organizing and communications support for the Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter's advocacy campaigns, fundraising, and membership programs. The Santa Lucia Chapter is led by a seven-member, all-volunteer Executive Committee, which directs the conservation and organizational efforts of the Chapter. The Chapter engages in grassroots activism that supports the objectives of the Sierra Club.
The Coordinator assists the Executive Committee and volunteer committees in carrying out assigned areas of chapter programs and operations. These assigned areas include but are not limited to: conservation issue organizing, political and legislative programming, fundraising, budgeting and financial management, staff supervision, volunteer development, and media relations.
The Coordinator assists volunteer members in representing the Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter before other outside organizations and the public. The Coordinator may represent the chapter as well. Evening and weekend work will be required. A valid driver’s license and personal vehicle are required for occasional travel throughout San Luis Obispo County to advocacy events, team meetings, and other meetings as needed/requested.
Job Activities include but are not limited to:
- Oversee office operations. Purchase and maintain office supplies and equipment and ensure office space is functional and usable. Maintain an inventory of all equipment and materials for insurance purposes and tax filings. Develop and implement office procedures with the assistance of the executive committee. Serve as the contact with National facilities staff to ensure office procedures are followed and up to date. Serve as the point of contact for the landlord; manage the lease and maintain service contracts,
- Serve as the point of contact with Sierra Club members and the public. Monitor and manage the Chapter’s general email inbox and telephone line. Respond to inquiries from the general public, members, and volunteers and/or direct inquiries to the appropriate volunteers for their response. Update the Sierra Club database (Salesforce) as needed.
- Support Chapter Communications. Work with the volunteer Chapter Newsletter Editorial Committee and serve as an editor of the every-other-month Chapter newsletter, the Santa Lucian. Solicit content from volunteer leaders and community leaders. Manage timeline and content delivery from guest writers and volunteer leaders. Participate with the volunteer Chapter Communications Team to schedule, prepare, and send email alerts and announcements. Monitor and post on the Chapter’s social media sites and website. Establish and maintain positive relations with the local media. Represent the point of view of the Chapter to media, environmental coalitions, external and internal partners, and the general public through local media.
- Support Chapter fundraising. Work with the National Sierra Club Fundraising Team and the volunteer Chapter Fundraising Team to coordinate the production and distribution of fundraising letters - currently three times a year. Support fundraising events as needed.
- Support Volunteers. Serve as the primary staff contact for volunteers. Participate in screening and onboarding potential volunteers. Assist in connecting volunteers to committees, campaigns, or programs based on their interests. Maintain a directory of volunteer leaders. Assist the Chapter Chair and volunteer leaders in coordinating meetings and preparing agendas. Help train volunteers on office and communications systems.
- Support and report to the Chapter Executive Committee. Communicate effectively with the Chapter Executive Committee and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Executive Committee to function properly and to make informed decisions. Support the development of the agenda, attend monthly Chapter Executive Committee meetings, and provide a written synopsis of the Coordinator report for the minutes.
- Engage on local conservation issues. Assist the Chapter Conservation Chair in the planning and implementation of the core conservation efforts and programs. Attend monthly Conservation Committee Meetings.
- Collaborate with and support local environmental campaigns. Support volunteers with building strong and active relationships with elected officials, governmental agencies, state and regional community leaders, coalitions, and other allied organizations. Support volunteers in representing the chapter to elected and appointed officials, community agencies, and private organizations in support of campaigns and strategies adopted by the Executive Committee. Attend meetings in the community on related Chapter issues and maintain communications with other organizations.
- Engage with Sierra Club California and the national Sierra Club. Coordinate with Sierra Club California on legislative and conservation issues. Ensure compliance with Sierra Club policies and all federal, state, and local legal requirements pertaining to Chapter operations. Coordinate with the national Sierra Club to ensure cohesion between the chapter and the national organization. Ensure that Chapter strategies comply with national policies and requirements.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills, experience, and competencies:
- General knowledge of environmental issues and a commitment to environmental activism.
- Strong written and oral communication skills with attention to detail. Experience drafting and editing digital and paper newsletter communications.
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks with attention to detail, including general office administration.
- Building Relationships. Ability to interact effectively with volunteers, members, staff, press, and the general public. Ability to work comfortably and collaboratively in a small team.
- Proficiency with computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, HTML, and database management.
- Experience with monitoring and posting on social media, such as Facebook, X, Instagram, and YouTube.
- Committed to evolution. Committed to continuously deepening and evolving your understanding of systems of oppression through study, openness, and humility. Easily recognize your own relationship to privilege and power, examining and shifting your behaviors as appropriate.
- Uplifting and additive. See mistakes as opportunities for growth; problems as catalysts for solutions, and inspire others along the journey. Carry a constructive approach ,a can-do attitude, a sense of humor, and authentic kindness wherever you go.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills, and competencies:
- Knowledge of the environmental issues of San Luis Obispo County
- Some grassroots organizing experience
- Experience project management in small teams
- Experience training or working with volunteers
- Salesforce, Marketing Cloud, Google Drive, Zoom, and/or Drupal experience a plus.
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $65,000 - $75,000.
This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between the 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 6 non-exempt represented position.
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 People Department 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 belonging.
The Sierra Club provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all staff members. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, lived experience and skills. The Sierra Club does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, ancestry, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, prior conviction, arrest history, traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The Sierra Club values applicants who are people that identify as Black, Indigenous, and other minoritized groups; women; queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people.
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