Temporary Deputy National Press Secretary

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Sierra Club

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Temporary Deputy National Press Secretary
Department: Communications
Location: DC and/or remote.
Reports To: Acting Communications Manager, Clean Transportation for All


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 Temporary Deputy National Press Secretary is responsible for implementing and coordinating media strategy, with a focus on equity-centered solutions towards the push for healthy, thriving communities through federal policies. Participates in the development, planning, and coordination of media work, demonstrating a deep understanding of the landscape of the racial justice and economic justice movements and how those movements intersect with conservation.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Provides strategic communications guidance for federal policy team priorities, including legislation and clean air, climate, and environmental regulations across the government.
  • Identifies media opportunities and implements communications plans, rapid response communications, and strategies to promote equity and conservation priorities in print, broadcast, and digital, with an emphasis on non-traditional media.
  • Collaborates with multiple stakeholders, including Federal Policy team, Environmental Law Program, Regional Press Secretaries, Communications Managers, and Digital Strategies colleagues, on carrying out timely and coordinated responses to breaking environmental news.
  • Assures preparation of thorough communications plans and effective communications materials, working with writer/editor and necessary staff.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Extensive experience in media relations; preferably working with climate, environmental, justice, political or social justice issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience working in the rapidly changing world of media, including new media platforms and technologies, with focus on the needs of journalists, bloggers and media featuring user generated content and how to get stories placed.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a complex organization, juggle competing demands and maintain good working relations with colleagues and media.
  • Able to work effectively as a team player.
  • 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:

  • Experience working in partnership as a strategic advisor and to complex, long-term Campaigns.
  • Ability to take wonky subject matter and translate it into everyday messages and language accessible to the general public.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $75,000-80,000.

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 is a category 4 exempt, non-represented, temporary 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 3/1/2022.


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