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Position Description

Active - Chapter Director
Location Raleigh, NC
Job Code 424-20CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Chapter Director

Chapter: North Carolina Chapter

Reports To: Chapter Chair or Designated Volunteer Leader

Location: Raleigh, NC

Context: The Chapter Director implements policies and programs adopted by the volunteer NC Chapter Executive Committee. Manages the staff budget and operations of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative program, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations. Coordinates with National Sierra Club campaigns and staff active in the state, fostering collaboration and cohesion.

Scope: Carries out the policies, priorities and objectives of the Executive Committee and Sierra Club for chapter programs and operations. Responsible for managing staff and financial resources of the chapter. Responsible for coordinating Chapter work with national programs.

Job Activities:

  1. Works with the volunteer leadership including the Chapter Chair, Executive Committee and Chapter Committees in developing and implementing the Chapter's short and long term strategic, programmatic and financial goals and objectives.
  2. Responsible for overseeing management of chapter conservation programs and works closely with the Chapter and Group volunteer leadership to ensure that programs reflect Chapter priorities and that the staff is respectful of and responsive to Sierra Club volunteer leadership.
  3. Responsible for Chapter fundraising efforts, maintaining existing donor relationships, identifying and securing new donors to support the annual budget, and writing and administering foundation grants if needed.
  4. Responsible for volunteers and staff to design and implement effective legislative programs and initiatives that reflect the chapter’s goals and priorities, and lobbies and represents the Chapter to elected officials.
  5. Responsible for an effective communications program, develops contacts with the media to establish and maintain positive relations to maximize the Chapter's credibility and position on issues.
  6. Responsible for a political program that works with volunteer leaders to endorse and support candidates for public office including raising Chapter PAC funds.
  7. Responsible for timely reports to ensure that the Executive Committee and other leaders are informed of major programmatic developments and outcomes including financial updates.
  8. Responsible for coordinating NC Chapter work with NC based national program work.
  9. Helps to recruit and motivate volunteers and enables their role in the effectiveness of the Chapter and groups.  Provides leadership and holds staff and volunteers accountable.
  10. Supports efforts to implement National and Chapter equity and inclusion goals and Multi-Year Equity Plan outcomes across staff and volunteer leaders, and works to build a more diverse, equitable, just and inclusive Sierra Club.
  11. Attends and facilitates meetings, task forces, and events. Builds strong relationships with other groups and partners, elected officials, governmental agencies, conservation, social justice organizations and other constituencies working on a wide range of environmental and environmental justice issues.  Represents the Chapter when appropriate.
  12. Coordinates efforts with national staff and ensures that the chapter strategies are in compliance with national requirements and policies. Works in partnership and alignment with national staff on strategy development and implementation of national campaigns in North Carolina.
  13. Recruits and hires staff in conjunction with the Chapter Personnel Committee and manages the staff to carry out the objectives of the Chapter. Writes and conducts performance appraisals and takes personnel actions as appropriate. Ensures Chapter complies with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices.
  14. Supports and enriches staff, acting as a leader who can articulate vision while balancing staff personal needs, professional skills/training/goals, and relationships with volunteers.
  15. Responsible for timely and accurate staff time reports.
  16. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. degree.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working collaboratively with volunteers.
  • At least 5 years combined experience in grassroots organizing, training, and motivating volunteers, coalition building, or lobbying.
  • At least 3+ years of experience managing staff and budgets in a non-profit organization that employs and respects staff expertise with varying priorities and responsibilities. Ability to develop cohesion and collaboration among staff and volunteer leaders.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, personnel management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of equity, inclusion and justice.
  • At least 2 years’ involvement in fundraising for a non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated understanding of environmental justice issues.
  • Strong delegation skills essential to managing multiple conservation campaigns and administrative tasks associated with directing a non-profit organization.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking ability.
  • Proven track record helping to lead collaborative efforts across diverse communities.
  • Knowledge and background in a broad array of environmental issues. Familiarity with North Carolina issues a plus.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative process and electoral politics a plus.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the importance of the “Explore, Enjoy” part of the Sierra Club’s mission.
  • Commitment to the Sierra Club’s NC Chapter’s Equity, Inclusion and Justice conversations and transformative work (see background statement below).

Context of Chapter’s Racism Work

In North Carolina, our chapter leadership is predominantly white and older volunteers, while the national staff in the state is younger and includes staff of color. We have been going through trainings on dismantling racism yet we are on the beginning of the journey to understand how the issues we work on, our partners, and our base can become more anti-racist. We are looking for someone who can work across lines of difference and who has worked on environmental justice issues. However, we want to be forthright that our volunteer leadership does not yet reflect much engagement from communities of color and still has an uphill climb to live into our commitment to racial justice. Building trust and a sense of inclusion for all Sierra Club teams within NC will take continued effort to incorporate open and honest examinations of racism into the Chapter's ongoing functions.

The salary range for this position is $65,000 - $80,000.

Individuals who complete the profile by Friday, January 15th will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

The Sierra Club offers a 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, non-represented, managerial and/or supervisory 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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