PAC Director

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Sierra Club

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: PAC Director
Department: Programs
Location: Washington D.C. This position requires an ability to travel.
Reports To: National Political Director
Supervises: Senior Political Strategist


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: The PAC Director will be responsible for leadership and strategic planning of the national coordinated program. The position will drive the federal candidate endorsement process with the political volunteer committee, authorize and monitor federal candidate contributions (both cash and in-kinds), oversee and drive the staff deployment program, provide political trainings for both staff and volunteers and map institutional priorities as well as evaluate campaign and program effectiveness for those assigned program components. The position will network and build relationships with political operatives at campaign committees and candidate and senior campaign staff, attend candidate and other political events and provide those opportunities to the lobby team and other stakeholders. The PAC Director will represent the Sierra Club at the coordinated partner tables. Responsibilities include developing and managing campaign activities, working with fundraising staff to raise additional funds for the political program and federal PAC and creating and overseeing the coordinated political program budget.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Develops and maintains relationships with elected public officials and their campaign staff. Acts as a senior representative of the Sierra Club to campaigns, electeds, political committees, partners and the general public.
  • Implements the coordinated side of the national political program. Conducts federal candidate interviews, drives and processes federal endorsements, authorizes direct and in-kind candidate contributions, attends events, trains staff and volunteers, designs and manages staff deployment to candidate campaigns.
  • Prepares and maintains campaign and race analysis. Conducts research and provides in-depth analysis of races, candidates, campaigns, districts and issues to inform political priorities. May include writing, editing and distribution of political and voter education materials.
  • Aligns work with the Legislative Director and lobby team. In partnership with the lobby and policy team, ensure alignment of endorsement decisions and other work where priorities overlap. Facilitates relationship building with endorsed candidates and members of Congress.
  • Manage and monitor coordinated political budget and spending. Monitor direct contributions and in-kind expenditures to ensure compliance with FEC and state regulations.
  • Direct media outreach activities, in collaboration with Communications staff. Serve as a Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets as necessary, promote volunteer media expose, and other media outreach activities related to assigned program components.
  • Ensure volunteers assume meaningful roles in the Sierra Club Political Committee and the national political program.
  • Organize and manage political training events.
  • Work with the Advancement (Fundraising) Team to raise funds for the Sierra Club Political Committee (Federal PAC).
  • Plan and execute political events.
  • Introduce creative ideas and approaches for consideration.
  • Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.
  • Seasonal Activities: heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of the electoral calendar, project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies or during peak activity periods. Occasional weekend and/or evening work sometimes required.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Prior experience as a political operative. Political campaign or Hill experience, with knowledge of coordinated political programs and expert knowledge of electoral politics.
  • Political strategic planning experience. Experience in the planning and direction of political and electoral campaigns and programs and a strong grasp of federal campaign finance regulations.
  • Experience in budget management. Knowledge of fundraising and understanding of PAC development and management. Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and ability to forecast revenues and manage experiences to maintain a balanced budget.
  • Project management. Manage several high priority projects simultaneously and meet all deadlines. Provide regular reports on projects. Ability to respond quickly to changing situations and ability to lead in decision making.
  • Collaborative and flexible. Strong interpersonal and consensus building skills. Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers. Comfortable in environments with varied and complex relationships. Maintain confidentiality.
  • 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:

  • Experience working with a PAC Committee or other sub-committees of a National Board.
  • B.A. or B.S. degree in political science, environmental studies or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with organizational principals or government officials.
  • At a minimum, 2-3 cycles of field, fundraising or other campaign experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, google docs/G-Suite, VAN preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $90,000-$110,000 based on region location.

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 non-represented, managerial 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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