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Position Description

Active - Deputy Director -National Policies, Clean Transportation for All
Location California or Washington, DC preferred
Job Code 49-20
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Deputy Director –National Policies, Clean Transportation for All

Department: Program/Clean Transportation for All Campaign

Location: California or Washington, DC preferred

Supervises: Campaign Representative staff

Reports To: Director, Clean Transportation for All Campaign

Context: Plans, directs, and manages the campaign work related to national policies for the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All Campaign. The Deputy Director –National Policies, Clean Transportation for All will develop and carry out federal advocacy campaign initiatives on issues including clean vehicle standards, vehicle industry accountability, public transit, vehicle electrification, and other clean transportation solutions.

Scope: The Deputy Director –National Policies, Clean Transportation for All provides experienced leadership and strategic planning for federal grassroots, legislative, and administrative advocacy for the Sierra Club Clean Transportation for All Campaign. Manages campaign staff. Manages the overall advocacy effort for the Sierra Club on national transportation work, including: clean vehicle standards, state LEV/ZEV standards in their overlap with federal standards, vehicle electrification, public transit, and other clean transportation policy solutions. Represents Sierra Club with coalition allies, develops priorities and timetables, plans and develops strategies, and evaluates advocacy campaign effectiveness. Coordinates national clean transportation campaign efforts, including among staff and volunteers in Sierra Club’s legal, organizing, communications, federal policy, and digital strategies departments. Prioritizes equity and anti-racism in campaign goals, strategies, and collaboration. Represents the Sierra Club with government and corporate officials at the highest levels, acts as a senior spokesperson and policy expert with the media and other organizations. Leverages relationships to advance transportation solutions, cleaner air and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Acts as a senior advisor to staff colleagues and volunteers.  Works with Advancement to provide senior level donor stewardship and cultivation.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Working in consultation with the Clean Transportation for All Director and in coordination with other Clean Transportation for All staff and volunteer leaders, directs and conducts national clean transportation campaign work. Specifically,
  2. Works with national campaign, capacity and program staff and volunteer leadership.  Oversees the development and implementation of the national advocacy efforts to support overarching transportation campaign plans.  
  3. Manages Sierra Clubs national campaign work to defend and strengthen aggressive federal standards for clean cars and trucks, including rapid electrification of all vehicle types and including state LEV/ZEV standards that overlap with federal standards.  Manages Sierra Club’s national policy campaign work for all clean transportation solutions, including public transit.
  4. Develops the strategic plans and oversees implementation for the federal aspects of the campaign. This includes coordinating with our chapters and coordinating the work of our capacities, including Communications, Federal Policy, Digital Strategies, Legal, and Organizing staff on the campaign. Works with team to provide Sierra Club’s vast grassroots membership opportunities to make their voices heard. Works as both a leader and a strong team player.
  5. Represents the campaign to donors, in collaboration with the Advancement department. 
  6. Works in particularly close collaboration with Sierra Club California and other Sierra Club and allied teams in California, given the state’s strong intersection with federal clean transportation policies.
  7. Effectively manages, guides and coaches staff to maximize skills, abilities and effectiveness, supports individual professional development. Works with campaign representatives to establish performance objectives and to evaluate accomplishments and effectiveness. Takes appropriate disciplinary action when needed, makes hiring and termination recommendations.
  8. Centers equity, justice, and anti-racism in the work, including in determination of goals, strategies, and partnerships.
  9. Lobbies, negotiates, and communicates with corporate and government leaders on issues pertaining to federal transportation policy.
  10. Conducts media outreach activities related to the campaign/program, including developing strategic media outreach plans and materials in coordination with the Communications department. Serves as spokesperson for the Sierra Club on transportation issues for both reactive response and proactive pitching to media outlets. Promotes volunteer and staff media exposure.
  11. Represents Sierra Club and serves as a leading voice in the Clean Cars Coalition in coordination with our allies. 
  12. Tracks and determines new campaign opportunities on emerging issues.
  13. Supports and provides senior level professional expertise to staff and volunteers as well as to executive staff and volunteer leaders.  Works to ensure that volunteer leadership is effectively engaged in vehicles & fuels campaign advocacy efforts. Provides conservation and advocacy training to volunteers. Introduces creative ideas and approaches for consideration.
  14. Serves as high-level surrogate, represents the Sierra Club to the general public, media, allied groups and other outside officials.

We will be looking for the ideal candidate with the right mix of the following skills, qualities and competencies:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science, or a closely related field or commensurate education and experience.
  • At least 5-7 years’ experience as a senior campaign representative, campaign coordinator, or in a comparable position in another organization which includes substantial experience planning and managing a state-wide or national level advocacy campaign, including strategy, grassroots organizing, lobbying , media, fundraising, program  management, budget planning and management, and work with senior level decision-makers.
  • Substantial experience in the strategic planning and direction of advocacy campaigns and programs.
  • Expertise in transportation policy.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.  Demonstrated public speaking, fundraising, and media presentation ability.
  • Substantial experience, demonstrated skill and ability, in national media relations. 
  • Substantial experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers and grassroots campaigning.
  • Strong experience and/or demonstrated ability in managing teams and supervising, developing, training, and coaching people.
  • Has a passion for the work and a good sense of humor.

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 3 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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