Campaign Representative, Beyond Coal Campaign - Virginia

  • Sierra Club
  • Norfolk, VA, United States
  • Nov 12, 2016
Full time Administrative/Environmental Support Advocacy Climate Change/GHG Environmental Education/Communication Energy

Job Description

Context: Plans, directs, implements, and manages all aspects of the Beyond Coal Campaign in Virginia

Location: Richmond, Arlington, or Norfolk, VA

Scope: Develops and manages campaigns in Virginia to move from coal to clean energy, in collaboration with the Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter. Serves as project manager for the Beyond Coal Campaign in Virginia, working with the Club’s internal departments and programs, partner organizations, and volunteer leadership to ensure execution of a strategic coordinated state-based campaign. Manages daily operation of this campaign.  Ensures strategic alignment with regional and national goals and objectives. Communicates national priorities, benchmarks, and updates to VA team. Creates state-based campaign work plans based on input from volunteer leadership and staff, and revises plans as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.  Identifies resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.  Prepares and submits weekly progress reports to campaign leadership. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and to the public.

Campaign: The Beyond Coal Campaign is a nationwide effort to eliminate coal and gas from the electric sector no later than 2030 and replace the existing fossil fuel infrastructure with a clean energy economy fueled by wind, solar, and geothermal. The Beyond Coal Campaign is working to stop the construction of new coal-fired power plants, retire and replace the existing fleet of coal plants with clean energy, and keep the U.S. coal reserves underground and out of world markets. The Beyond Coal campaign is experiencing significant growth and is seeking passionate and highly skilled advocates to join our team. To learn more about our campaign visit:

Job Activities:
Leads Beyond Coal Campaign efforts in Virginia to move from coal to clean energy, including blocking new investments in natural gas. Develops and implements strategic campaign working in collaboration with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Organizing Department, Virginia Chapter, Communications Department, Digital Strategies, Sierra Club’s other capacities and programs, and volunteer leadership.
In collaboration with state-based team, engages key players in the utility industry, state elected and appointed decision-makers, and clean tech to assure advancement of Sierra Club’s priorities. 
Supports and provides professional expertise to staff and volunteers.  Provides conservation training and motivation to staff and volunteers.
Works to develop and ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the campaign.
Directs media outreach activities related to the Beyond Coal Campaign, in collaboration with the Virginia Chapter and the Sierra Club’s Communications Department.  Serves as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promotes volunteer media exposure as needed.
Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
Represents the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies.
Introduces creative ideas and approaches; fosters creativity among team members.
Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:
B.A./B.S. degree in an environmental, political, legal, or related field. 
At least 3-5 years of experience in the planning and implementation of campaigns, which includes experience:
planning and managing a state or regional level legislative campaign;
working with attorneys and utilizing legal advocacy;
media relations and strategic communications;
working with senior level political and business leaders;
experience working with organized labor is a plus;

Excellent knowledge of the electric sector, including coal-fired generation, natural gas-fired generation, and renewable energy.
Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.  Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
 This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local.
The Sierra Club offers 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 position.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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Nonprofit- NGO


Competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits

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