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Position Description

Active - Director of Sierra Club California
Location Sacramento, CA
Job Code 318-21CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Director of Sierra Club California

Department: Sierra Club California

Location: Sierra Club California, Sacramento California.  Will start work remotely consistent with Sierra Club COVID-19 related precautions. Once conditions permit this position will require work in the Sacramento office, in the State Capitol, and before state agencies. This position also requires an ability to travel.

Reports To: Sierra Club California Personnel Chair

Supervises: All staff of Sierra Club California, currently consisting of four Policy Advocates, two Chapter Conservation Organizers, and one Operations Coordinator

Context: The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. Our work focuses on championing solutions to the climate crisis; working for clean air, safe water, land protection and a vibrant natural world; and fighting for environmental and social justice. Sierra Club’s employees are changemakers whose work is rooted in our Equity, Inclusion, and Justice values. We are guided by the Jemez Principles to build just relationships with our community partners to co-create a clean energy future. We are also proud to be a unionized employer. This position will play a key role in ensuring that these values are echoed in the Human Resources structures and systems that support our staff and the organization.

The Director of Sierra Club California develops and implements programs and initiatives for Sierra Club California, with primary emphasis on advocacy in the California Legislature and before state administrative agencies. The Director performs long range planning, makes appropriate recommendations to the Sierra Club California committees regarding short- and long-term priorities and strategies to develop and strengthen the effectiveness of the organization.

Scope: Evaluates and prepares recommendations for the Sierra Club California committees on Sierra Club California management and priorities, including fund raising and development strategies to meet financial and program goals, and positions on state legislation and issues before state administrative agencies. Manages all Sierra Club California staff and operations including fundraising, budgeting, reporting, lobbying, legislative programs, and media relations. Develops working relationships with external organizations, officials, and the media.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Works with the Sierra Club California Chair and Executive Committee to develop the Sierra Club California’s short and long term strategic, programmatic, and financial goals and objectives. Prepares and presents reports to ensure that the Executive Committee and other leaders are informed of major programmatic decisions, program, and financial status. Designs and develops information systems to monitor the effectiveness of programs, as well as the status of the budget.
  2. Designs and implements an effective legislative and administrative advocacy program that reflects Sierra Club California’s goals and priorities. Works with the California Legislative Committee to determine Sierra Club positions on bills before the California Legislature and with the California Conservation Committee to determine strategies and positions involving advocacy before state agencies.
  3. Advises the Sierra Club California Political Committee and California Legislative Committee about Sierra Club action with respect to candidates for state Legislature, state constitutional offices, and state ballot measures.
  4. Plans, designs, and implements Sierra Club California’s development strategy to meet the funding needs of Sierra Club California. Identifies new donor and membership markets. Directs and guides the grant proposal process as an opportunity to generate operating funds for Sierra Club California.
  5. Models effective equity analysis and practice. Embeds justice and equity throughout Sierra Club California policies, structures, culture, and programs.
  6.  Recruits, hires, and manages paid staff and consultants to carry out the objectives of Sierra Club California. Writes and conducts performance appraisals and takes personnel actions as appropriate. Reviews staff time reports and ensures the reporting of this information is accurate and timely in accordance with Sierra Club policies. Ensures compliance with Sierra Club's employment policies and practices, including encouraging workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  7. Plans and implements an effective public communications program, develops contacts with the media to establish and maintain positive relations to maximize Sierra Club California’s credibility and position of issues.
  8. Works with Sierra Club California's volunteer leadership and supports the roles of Sierra Club California committees, California chapters, and volunteer activists in the development and implementation of the objectives of Sierra Club California. Communicates Sierra Club California priorities, policies objectives, and goals to Sierra Club California volunteers and staff and the staff and volunteer leadership of Sierra Club chapters in California.
  9. Attends and facilitates meetings, task forces, and events. Builds strong relationships with other groups, including environmental and non-traditional allies, elected officials, and governmental agencies. Represents Sierra Club California as appropriate.
  10. Coordinates efforts with the national headquarters and regional staff and ensures that the Sierra Club California strategies comply with national requirements.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Expert lobbying ability.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Commitment and capability to lead and engage in successful fundraising.
  • Ability to plan and carry out environmental campaigns and programs.
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, including maintaining the participation and effectiveness of the Sierra Club California volunteer leadership structure and promoting the positive participation of volunteer activists.
  • Models effective equity analysis and practice, operationalizing and leading on equity, developing, or leading organizational or movement and justice change strategies.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills, and competencies:

  • Substantial experience planning and managing grassroots conservation campaigns, lobbying, media relations, and working with political leaders.
  • Substantial experience lobbying on environmental issues.
  • Substantial experience in the strategic planning and direction of campaigns and programs.
  • Prior experience in fundraising that includes donor relations, and grant-funded project development and oversight.
  • Substantial experience, demonstrated skill, and ability in local and regional media relations. Includes effective television and radio presence, knowledge of media technologies including video, radio, and print production processes, and effective use of social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff.
  • Expert knowledge within the environmental field, which includes in-depth knowledge and background in specific issue areas of the environmental field applicable to the community, state, or ecoregion.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $68,500.00 - 128,000.00 per year.

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 3 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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To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This “blind hiring” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

We are accepting applications until April 9, 2021.

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