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Position Description

Deputy Director, Maryland Chapter
Location Maryland Chapter, College Park, MD
Job Code 313-19CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Chapter Deputy Director

Chapter: Maryland Chapter

Reports To: Chapter Director

Context:  The Maryland Sierra Club plays a vital role in the environmental movement by mobilizing our 72,000 members and supporters in grassroots activism, lobbying, and involvement with local elections.  We believe that all Marylanders are entitled to drink clean water, breathe clean air, access the outdoors and clean, reliable transportation, and live in healthy, sustainable communities. Through education and activism, we mobilize thousands of volunteers to organize at the local and state level to win improvements in these areas.

Scope:  The Deputy Director manages chapter staff and chapter staff-related activities as delegated by the Chapter Director and serves as acting director in the absence of the Director. The Deputy Director will support the development of the Chapter’s conservation and organizational goals, coach and develop conservation staff to achieve these goals; build effective volunteer leadership and strong community allies; and be part of a teams charged with winning conservation campaign victories.


Job Activities:


  1. Manages staff in assigned operational or program areas. Writes and conducts performance appraisals and takes personnel actions as appropriate. Ensures Chapter is in compliance with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices.
  2. Supervises, directs, develops and provides general and technical guidance to staff which includes assigning work and establishing standards and work priorities; meeting individual goals; resolving business and technical issues; guiding and coaching staff for individual professional development; establishing performance objectives and expectations and providing ongoing performance feedback, preparing and conducting formal performance planning and evaluation; effectively recommending salary, hiring and promotion decisions. Takes appropriate disciplinary action when needed.
  3. Works with Chapter Director to recruit, hire, and manage paid staff to carry out the objectives of the Chapter.

Conservation Goals: Planning and Tracking

  1. Work with volunteer leadership to ensure Chapter has SMART annual and multi-year goals and strategic plans.
  1. Responsible for coordinating Chapter staff, national counterparts and Chapter volunteer leaders in development of annual plans and annual goals and will serve as a member of the Chapter’s Annual Planning and Budget team.
  2. Captures and tracks the Chapter's priorities, policies, objectives, and goals. Communicates the goals and progress to volunteers and staff.
  3. Designs and develops information systems to monitor the effectiveness of programs, as well as the status of the budget, and reporting to staff and volunteer leaders.


  1. Provides leadership and direction in the development of key partnerships within each campaign.
  2. As needed, this staff person will support campaign organizing efforts related to the Chapter’s conservation work.
  3. Works with staff and lead volunteers to plan, develop and implement chapter conservation campaigns and to design and oversee grassroots recruitment and involvement in conservation programs.
  4. Ensures that the message of the Club is accurately represented by the media by working closely with staff and volunteer leaders.
  5. Works on task forces, committees, etc. representing the Club’s mission, positions and objectives.
  6. Attends and facilitates meetings, task forces, and events. Builds strong relationships with other groups, elected officials, governmental agencies, etc. Represents the Chapter as appropriate.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field.
  • 3 or more years experience working within the fields of advocacy, organizing or politics, with experience with managing staff and campaigns.
  • Substantial experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Skills running strategic planning with diversity of voices and perspectives.
  • Strong analytical skills. Proficient computer skills.
  • Personable and patient.
  • Able to participate in evening meetings and 3-5 weekend meetings each year.
  • Able to travel about 15% of the time.

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.

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.

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