Federal Deputy Director - Energy Campaigns
Washington, DC, United States
19 days ago
Job Title: Federal Deputy Director - Energy Campaigns
Location: Washington, D.C. The position may require travel.
Reports To: Federal Director - Energy Campaigns
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, the Sierra Club fights for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing these destinies are inextricably linked, 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 Sierra Club is seeking a strategic, collaborative, equity-driven Federal Deputy Campaign Director for its Energy Campaigns to help lead federal regulatory and legislative opportunities that support the organization’s goal of transitioning from a fossil fuel-based economy to a clean energy economy rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice. Specifically, the Federal Deputy Director will play a lead role in developing and implementing campaign strategies, collaborating and partnering with Sierra Club’s federal policy, legal, organizing, digital, and communications teams to achieve federal rules, regulations, and legislation that will accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels to equitable clean energy. The Deputy will also utilize the Sierra Club’s extensive network of state-based staff and volunteers to secure federal policy objectives which also support local, regional and state outcomes, such as retiring coal-fired power plants or deploying new clean energy resources on the grid.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Identify and evaluate federal policy opportunities across Sierra Club’s Energy Campaigns (Beyond Coal, Beyond Dirty Fuels, Building Electrification, Fossil Free Finance, and Clean Transportation for All), and set and align priorities that are consistent with the organization’s vision to meet the climate crisis, and which are rooted in equity, justice, and inclusion.
- Build powerful federal campaign strategies that result in the adoption of powerful federal rules and regulations, and the enactment of legislation, transitioning the economy away from fossil fuels.
- Guide the execution of federal campaign strategies by coordinating the Sierra Club’s digital strategies, communications, environmental law, analyst, federal policy, and organizing teams; and utilize the organization’s grassroots power and state-based campaign model to secure the Energy Campaigns’ goals.
- Provide expert policy advice on federal climate and energy-related rules and regulations, as well as legislation, in close coordination with the Federal Policy Team; serve as an advocate for the Energy Campaign’s federal priorities with the White House, federal agencies, Congress, and before the media.
- Work collaboratively with external stakeholders to align goals, priorities and opportunities.Perform miscellaneous duties as directed.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- Track record of successful campaign leadership. Demonstrated ability to build, implement, and win strategic campaigns or initiatives, including operating in environments that require building alignment among a range of internal and external constituencies. Can identify a theory of change, leverage resources, set tangible outcomes, maintain priorities, and create a team culture that supports success.
- Experience with administrative and legislative policy making, including but not limited to elements of rulemaking and legislation.
- Understanding of environmental, climate, and social and economic justice issues and how they relate to each other. Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that operate at the intersections of the environment and race, gender, and class. Experience cultivating and maintaining just, accountable partnerships, especially with organizations led by those most impacted by the crises we seek to remedy.
- 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
- Highly developed communication and writing skills, and the ability to represent the organization in media and in venues with key decision makers (including elected officials at all levels, their senior staffers, movement leaders and tribal partners and C-suite executives).
Strong candidates will bring the following characteristics and/or experience:
- Experience with federal administrative and legislative venues, including the agencies most involved in implementing climate and energy-related priorities, as well as conceiving of or advancing protective rules and laws, and familiarity with environmental litigation.
- Experience in the clean power, buildings and transportation sectors, including renewable energy, building electrification, or EVs.
- Experience working in a fast-paced environment, across geographies, and with different types of volunteer and staff structures, building buy-in across a complex organization, exercising effective judgment in challenging situations and remaining calm under pressure.
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $95,000.
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 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.
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.
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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