Associate Director of Legislative and Administrative Advocacy, Forest and Public Lands

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Sierra Club

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Washington, DC, United States

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1 day ago

Job Title: Associate Director of Legislative and Administrative Advocacy, Forests and Public Lands
Department: Program
Location: Washington, DC. This position requires the ability to travel.
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. The overlap between ecology, race, gender and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or 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 Associate Director of Legislative & Administrative Advocacy, Forests and Public Lands, collaborates with the Sr. Washington DC Director and volunteers and staff who work on the Our Wild America team, and concentrates on: protecting forests, public lands, and habitats, under the jurisdiction of the National Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, from threats such as climate change, oil and gas leasing, mining and commercial logging; protect iconic National Forests such as the Tongass and others in the Pacific Northwest, from logging and development; and lobbying for the passage of Roadless Conservation Act and protecting at least 30 percent of the United States forested lands by 2030 via the designation of new conservation areas in our National Forests or other designations.

The Associate Director manages the overall advocacy effort, develops priorities and timetables, plans and develops strategies, and evaluates advocacy campaign effectiveness in coordination with the Our Wild America campaign, Federal Policy team, and allied groups. Represents the Sierra Club with government officials at the highest levels and acts as a senior spokesperson and policy expert with the media and other organizations. Builds and maintains strong relationships with top-level Congressional and Administration officials and leverages those relationships to


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Lobbies for Congress to pass legislation that would: protect forests and public lands and habitats from threats such as climate change and commercial logging; end commercial logging on federal lands; help protect at least 30 percent of the United States forested lands by 2030 such as the Roadless Conservation Act; and other policies that are consistent with the Sierra Club’s priorities. Lobbies against legislation threatening iconic forests such as the Tongass in Alaska.
  • Works with Federal registered Tribes to help them manage forests and habitats under their jurisdiction.
  • Lobbies the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to adopt policies to protect old-growth and mature trees and forests from logging, development, and climate change, and advocates for the creation of a national Forest Carbon Reserve. Promotes new National Forests, National Monuments, and other protected areas on Forest Service or forested BLM lands. Work with the Forest Service and other agencies to promote urban forests and reforestation, and forest policies that benefit underserved communities.
  • Works with Our Wild America Campaign staff and capacities to create and execute conservation campaigns focused on protecting 30% of our lands and waters by 2030 and providing more equitable access to nature and its benefits.
  • Develops educational and campaign materials and training as needed for 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, Our Wild American leadership and delivery teams, and coalition partners.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Commitment to and knowledge of the environmental movement and federal politics, or a closely related field
  • Prior experience in the environmental field that includes legislative experience or lobbying, research and campaign organizing, press relations, and public speaking. Prior experience and knowledge of the national legislative process
  • Good written and oral communication skills. Prior experience and ability in writing training information and materials
  • Strong leadership skills and a willingness to take on responsibility for a campaign or issue
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers
  • 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.

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

  • Public speaking skills
  • Work or volunteer experience on environmental issues
  • Understanding of Jemez Principles

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $75,000-86,000.

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 4 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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