Associate Director of Legislative & Administrative Advocacy, People and Nature

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Sierra Club

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Associate Director of Legislative & Administrative Advocacy, People and Nature
Department: Program/Federal Policy; Our Wild America
Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Senior Washington DC Director & Team Leader


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: Carries out the strategies and activities for assigned legislative and administrative campaigns and activities with the Lands Team of the Sierra Club Federal Policy Team. In conjunction with the Outdoors for All campaign, the Associate Director of Legislative & Administrative Advocacy will develop and carry out the federal policy strategies and priorities regarding closing the nature equity gap and ensuring all people can exercise their human right to connect with the outdoors.

The Associate Director of Legislative & Administrative Advocacy collaborates with the Senior Washington DC Director, volunteers, staff, and coalition partners who work on and with the Outdoors for All team, and concentrates on passing policies and ensuring federal funding for programs that reduce disparities in nature access for communities historically excluded from public lands; expands federal investments in urban parks and tree equity and clean transit to trails; protects and expands policies and federal programs that connect children and youth with nature; advances initiatives within federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior, US Forest Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, that improve nature access for veterans; removes and replaces racist and derogatory place names, monuments and markers on public lands.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Represents the Sierra Club to legislatures, government officials, other environmental groups, news media, and the public by participating in meetings, public speaking, and establishing and maintaining contacts.
  • As part of the initiative, lobbies to reduce the nature equity gap by expanding federal programs that ensure communities with historically marginalized identities are able to fully participate on public lands.
  • Advocates for an expansion of the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program, to expand urban park equity, and for the establishment of a federal Transit to Trails grant program.
  • Advocates for annual appropriations for the Every Kid Outdoors program, and other programs across agencies that support park equity and youth engagement on public lands. Coordinates with the Outdoors Alliance for Kids and other partners to ensure federal agencies continue to expand programming that supports equitable access to public lands for children and youth. Opposes any efforts to cut funding for youth outdoor programs.
  • Advocates for a new national program to connect military veterans with the outdoors. Coordinates with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ emerging task force to develop a strong nationwide plan to support the mental health of our veterans with outdoor experiences. Coordinates with the Veterans and Military Outdoors Coalition to lobby for federal funding to support the task force’s recommendations, expanding programming for veterans on public lands.
  • Advocates for the removal and replacement of racist and derogatory place names, markers, and monuments on public lands.
  • Develops educational and campaign materials and training to coalition partners and volunteer leaders. This may include writing and/or editing alerts, fact sheets, letters to policymakers, blogs, and other grassroots outreach and media documents as needed.
  • Supports, motivates, and encourages grassroots conservation campaign activities by providing guidance and information to activists and volunteers, fellow Sierra Club staff, Outdoors for All leadership and strategy teams, and coalition partners.
  • Seeks out and develops contacts in Congress, federal land management, and veterans affairs agencies, organizations, and the media to further Club objectives.
  • Applies Equity, Inclusion, Justice and anti-oppression values to all activities. Advances Sierra Club’s Multi-Year Equity Plan and works to share power with partner organizations representing communities historically excluded from public lands conservation and outdoor recreation. Helps ensure access to decision-makers for and with these partners.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.


The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Lobbying and campaign organizing.
  • Good written and oral communication skills, ability to work with traditional and social media, and prior experience and ability in writing training information and materials. Able to distill complex political information for staff, volunteers and grassroots activists.
  • Strong leadership skills and a willingness to take on responsibility for a campaign or issue
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative spirit, thrives working as part of a team.
  • 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.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $75,000 non-negotiable.

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 5 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.

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