Context: Builds public support to accomplish clean energy conservation campaign and program goals in San Antonio and surrounding area and increasing the number of volunteer supporters that turnout for events. Recruits and trains volunteer leaders, and develops relationships with community leaders, other organizations and officials that can influence change.
Scope: The Conservation Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action in the San Antonio area which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals on clean energy issues, including the development of solar, energy efficiency, demand response, storage and wind. Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers. Regularly works outside of the office and without direct supervision to communicate with officials, the media and the public. Travels to relevant communities and locations to implement campaign plans.
- Works independently or with staff to devise and recommend a plan and strategy for a conservation campaign or program in coordination with the Lone Star Chapter, allied organizations, the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club and national Beyond Coal Campaign.
- Identifies recruits and organizes volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around assigned campaign or program. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
- Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level.
- Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face to develop networks to support Sierra Club goals.
- Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values.
- Works with appropriate regional staff and volunteer entities to plan and implement visibility, media and community outreach events to generate public support with decision makers and in the media.
- Identifies and is responsible for developing strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders and public officials to influence positive campaign or program outcomes.
- Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them on how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
- Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaign or program and priority issues. Provides support to other internal departments for campaign synergy by working with:
- Communications Department in the implementation of media and public outreach communications.
- Advancement Department in the development of effective relationships with donors and foundations within or with an interest in the assigned communities.
- National Political Program to advance the Club’s conservation priorities through relationships with elected officials and via electoral campaigns.
- Identify and facilitate intergroup dialogue relating to conservation issues which includes relationship building with relevant* outside groups and public officials.
- Support chapter and national staff in achieving goals/objectives set for local group.
- Establish Young Sierrans group which includes the the expansion of group diversity, formulation of grassroots campaign and coalition activities in support of conservation issues at the local level.
- Identify and coordinate necessary trainings in support of conservation initiatives. which include organizing, campaign planning, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), and
- This job activity does not necessitate facilitation of training but rather coordinating existing resources at the chapter and national level with the need of the local group.
- Assists Chapter Chair and Volunteer leaders with meeting logistics, on-line registration, and other forms of administrative support directly related to conservation issues.
- Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
- Performs administrative and clerical duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.
Knowledge & Skills:
- 1 year experience working with volunteers in the environmental movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns.
- Basic knowledge of current environmental issues affecting the assigned region.
- Has current contacts or has the ability to develop contacts with environmental coalition partners in same key media market, or comparable background.
- Excellent writing and editing skills. Demonstrated skill in writing and producing newsletters.
- Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas and easily strike up conversation with diverse groups of people.
- Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work effectively in action-oriented office.
- Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships.
- Able to travel as needed. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
- Proficient computer skills including social networking sites, word processing, and database software.
- Spanish fluency including reading, writing, and speaking a big plus.
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 6 non-exempt position.
The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.
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