Chapter Organizer

  • Sierra Club
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Apr 29, 2019
Full time Advocacy and Policy Business Development Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Protection

Job Description

Context: Builds public support to accomplish various campaign and program goals. Increases the number of volunteer supporters and leaders for issues related to climate change, water, public lands, fossil fuel resistance, clean energy, and equity. Recruits and trains volunteer leaders, and develops relationships with community leaders, other organizations and officials that can influence change on these issues. 

Scope: The Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign and program goals.  Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team and organizational leaders to build grassroots power. 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, partner organizations, and the public. Travels to relevant communities and locations to implement campaign plans. 

Job Activities:

  1. Works with Chapter staff and volunteers to devise and recommend a plan and strategy for a conservation campaigns and programs.
  2. 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 equity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.

    a. 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. 

    b. Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face to develop networks to support Sierra Club goals.

    c. Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values. 

  3. Works with appropriate chapter 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Identifies and develops volunteers, interns and fellows 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.
  6. Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaign or program and priority issues.
  7. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
  8. Performs administrative and clerical duties as assigned by supervisor.
  9. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed. 

Seasonal Activities:

Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods.  Frequent weekend and/or evening work required. 

Knowledge & Skills:

  • 1 year experience working with volunteers in the environmental movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns.
  • Has a strong knowledge base of climate and equity issues. 
  • Has current contacts or has the ability to develop contacts with environmental coalition partners.
  • 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. 

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 exempt 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 does not sponsor H1B visas.

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

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