Deputy Legislative Director - Living Economy Program

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Sierra Club

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Washington, DC, United States

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15 days ago

Job Title: Deputy Legislative Director - Living Economy Program
Department: Program
Location: Washington D.C. Office
Reports To: Senior Director, Federal Lobbying and Advocacy
Supervises: N/A


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 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 Deputy Legislative Director for the Living Economy Program works within the Federal Policy Team-a cadre of a dozen staff who serve as lobbyists, advocates, and policy experts to deliver the federal legislative and administrative policy priorities of the various Sierra Club campaigns and programs. Working specifically with Sierra Club’s Living Economy program, the Deputy Legislative Director works alongside partners across movements to advance Green New Deal-like and industrial policies that tackle climate change and toxic pollution, create family-sustaining jobs, and foster racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice. A particular focus in the near term will hone in on Industrial policies, including “Buy Clean,” climate-friendly trade policies, clean manufacturing investments, regenerative agriculture, and institutional reform, which are a critical piece of the Green New Deal transformation that we seek. The Deputy Legislative Director for A Living Economy provides experienced leadership and strategic planning for federal and state legislative and administrative advocacy for the Sierra Club’s Living Economy initiatives. They manage the program’s overall federal advocacy effort and support key Chapter’s efforts to develop legislative and administrative priorities and timelines, execute strategies, and evaluate advocacy campaign effectiveness in coordination with the Living Economy program, Federal Policy team, State Lobbying and Advocacy team, and allied groups. The DLD represents the Sierra Club with government officials at the highest levels, acts as a 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 advance just and environmentally-friendly economic policies. Supports the LE Director and Advancement to provide donor stewardship and cultivation.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Directs and conducts all aspects of a federal legislative and administrative advocacy program for assigned elements of the Sierra Club’s Living Economy initiatives. Works with national program, capacity and campaign staff; volunteer leadership; and allied groups to oversee the development and implementation of the legislative and administrative advocacy efforts to support overarching program plans.
  • Lobbies members of Congress and other state/federal officials on behalf of Sierra Club on issues relevant to investment, procurement, climate-friendly trade, and industrial policies. Develops relationships with elected public officials and their staffs at the highest level. Develops and conducts lobby campaigns associated with the Living Economy program targeting these decision makers.
  • Develops and cultivates relationships with administration officials and their senior staff, from key agencies and offices including the Office of Domestic Climate Policy, Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Treasury, Domestic Policy Council, and National Economic Council. Develops/directs administrative lobby campaigns associated with Living Economy initiatives.
  • Provides strategic policy guidance and collaborates on the development of policy analysis and educational information related to investment, procurement, climate-friendly trade, and industrial policies. This may include the writing, editing and distribution of legislative analysis, briefing papers, fact sheets, alerts and take actions, and political and educational materials. It also may include the writing, editing and reviewing of articles, blogs and social media content.
  • Conducts media outreach activities related to the program, including developing strategic media outreach plans, in coordination with Living Economy and Communications staff. Serves as spokesperson for the Sierra Club on investment, procurement, climate-friendly trade, and industrial policies for both reactive response and proactive pitching to media outlets. Promotes volunteer media exposure.
  • Provides senior level professional and policy expertise to staff, volunteers, and allied groups. Works to ensure that volunteer leadership is effectively engaged in the legislative and administrative advocacy efforts. Provides legislative/administrative advocacy training to volunteers.
  • Serves as high-level surrogate. Represents the Sierra Club to the general public, media, allied groups and other outside officials.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience as a Washington D.C. representative, or in a comparable position which includes substantial experience planning and managing a national-level legislative campaign, including strategy, organizing, lobbying, media, and work with senior level political leaders.
  • Expert lobbying ability.
  • Substantial experience in detailed policy analysis and writing.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
  • Substantial experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers, coalitions of allied groups, and complex organizational structures.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.

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

  • Expert knowledge in investment, procurement, trade, industrial, and related economic policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, take responsibility for a project, and work successfully in teams.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to perform multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines in an action-oriented office.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $100,000-$105,000.

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 3 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.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

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