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Position Description

Active - Democracy Campaign Representative
Location Oakland, CA or Washington, DC
Job Code 02-2020
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Democracy  Campaign Representative

Department: Program

Location: Oakland, CA or Washington, D.C.

Reports To: Director,  Democracy Program

IMPORTANT: The screening process for this position will start in August 2020. 

Context: Develops and deploys the program’s campaign strategies, in collaboration with  Democracy Director, chapters, Sierra Club staff, and external allies in order to create a fair, representative and inclusive democracy.    The Democracy Program seeks to create a fair, representative and inclusive democracy where the people have faith in our government. The Sierra Club works to achieve this through a variety of efforts including defending and expanding voting rights, limiting the power of money in politics, and promoting fair redistricting and fair courts.

Scope: Helps drive the development and execution of the Democracy program’s plans,  tactics, and grassroots campaign strategies, in coordination with Democracy Program, Organizing, Communications, Federal Policy, and other Sierra Club staff. In coordination with Sierra Club chapters, campaigns, capacities, and committees help craft materials and tools to educate supporters, cultivate volunteer leaders, and invite increased activism. Works with the program’s director to cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships with environmental and other movement groups. Represents the program to other organizations, the public, government officials, and the media.

  1. Oversees the development and implementation of campaign strategies to build grassroots power for  Democracy policies and against voter suppression, by working with Sierra Club chapters and volunteers, soliciting and introducing creative ideas, and identifying key opportunities.
  2. Helps to manage and build broad coalitions of ally organizations dedicated to advancing a fair, representative and inclusive democracy, in coordination with Democracy staff, and co-leads the coordination of coalitions’ grassroots efforts.
  3. Cultivates, coordinates, and supports a fair, representative and inclusive democracy action among Sierra Club’s national volunteer membership and leadership.
  4. Supports and provides professional expertise, training, and motivation on a fair, representative and inclusive democracy to staff, volunteers, activists, and coalition partners.
  5. Leads the planning and facilitation of training, conventions, workshops, and other events.
  6. Drives the production of educational, advocacy, and activist material on a fair, representative and inclusive democracy, in coordination with staff.
  7. Represents the Sierra Club to the general public, the media, and to strategic allies and coalitions, in coordination with program staff.
  8. Assists with research projects, media initiatives, fundraising efforts, and miscellaneous duties as needed.
  9. Works on other issues as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • 3 years’ experience in the planning and implementation of campaigns, which includes:
    • planning and managing a state, regional, or national level campaign;
    • volunteer leadership development;
    • partnership and coalition development; and
    • creation of activist materials.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing volunteer capacity, building broad and inclusive movement coalitions, and event planning.
  • Familiarity with democracy reforms, specifically understanding of voter suppression, the influence of money in politics, redistricting, racial inequality, fair courts, and corruption.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills required. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability preferred.
  • Familiarity with   a fair, representative and inclusive democracy preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, take responsibility for a project, work successfully in teams, and work in a challenging political landscape.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to perform multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines in an action-oriented office.
  • A passion for Sierra Club’s mission to enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment, and a commitment to working collaboratively to advance equity, inclusion, and justice.


This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union or Sierra Employee Alliance depending on location.

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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