Position Description

Active -National Distributed Organizing Representative
Location Flexible
Job Code 19-2021
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: National Distributed Organizing Representative

Department: Program Department

Unit: Grassroots Power Building

Location: Flexible/Remote

Reports To: Distributed Organizing Associate Director


Overview of the Sierra Club/Context: The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world. Our work focuses on championing solutions to the climate crisis; working for clean air, safe water, land protection and a vibrant natural world; fighting for environmental and social justice; and getting people outside to enjoy the outdoors. We have 800 employees located in offices and working remotely across the country. 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.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer - with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

Scope: The Sierra Club’s Financial Advocacy Campaign builds on the organization's years of work to push Wall Street firms and the financial sector to align their policies and practices with a safe climate future and respect for human rights. In partnership with many local, national and international organizations we are creating a movement to take on Wall Street’s role in the climate crisis. This campaign is an important component of the Sierra Club’s work to secure a safe future for us all by hastening an equitable transition off of all fossil fuels, including coal, oil and gas. This campaign is situated within Sierra Club’s work to build grassroots power that helps move us toward a just, equitable and sustainable future built on a foundation of racial and cultural, economic, gender, physical and neurological diversity - where all people benefit from a healthy thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. Therefore this position will be part of a team working to build grassroots power, achieve concrete victories and create structural and cultural change.

The National Distributed Organizing Representative will work with the campaign team and partners to build out the distributed organizing work. They will partner with team mates to build a distributed network of public support for the campaign across the country. The National Distributed Organizing Representative is responsible for the coordination and effective implementation of the distributed organizing goals within the campaign. They will create an organizing plan and strategies that develop volunteer leaders, contribute to campaign wins and build the collective power of our volunteers and the Sierra Club. The work is focused on building a diverse movement of people throughout the country to hold Wall Street firms accountable to their climate commitments, stopping the financial sector’s investments in fossil fuels, and building deep partnerships with Indigenous communities and coalition groups at the local, national, and international level.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Develops distributed organizing strategy, marshals resources, organizes volunteer efforts, monitors and tracks expenses on the campaign. Works with volunteers to develop strategy and tactics that will build grassroots power through base and community building, leadership development, partnership building and achieving local victories.
  2. Coordinates distributed organizing activities and ensures the effective implementation of the organizing plan to identify, recruit and train volunteers in Sierra Club, and other groups as appropriate, around the campaign.
  3. Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level. Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
  4. Serves as an internal expert on Distributed Organizing, coaching organizers and represents Sierra Club in regional coalitions, at regional events and to the general public while developing volunteer leaders to do the same. Maintains and develops new partnerships with other organizations that are using distributed and decentralized organizing models.
  5. Works to build just, respectful relationships within the organization and with external individuals and entities around our collective work. Supports a community of care with colleagues and collaborators and recognizes the need for self care in order to sustain ourselves and our work. 
  6. Works with volunteer leaders to represent the Sierra Club to the media, in public forums and venues and in public education opportunities.
  7.  Uses qualitative and quantitative data to plan, record and evaluate the power building work (base building, leadership development, partnerships)  with a focus on learning and innovation.  Utilizes the current movement technology tools determined by the organizing department..

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • At least 3 years experience in distributed organizing - engaging volunteers, supporting leadership development and building strong partnerships that grow and deploy power to change policies, structures and culture.
  • Experience with the integration of online and on the ground organizing.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence and ability to be values and results-driven. Understands how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.
  • Understanding of environmental, climate, and social justice issues and how they relate to each other. Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that operate at the intersections of the environment and marginalized communities (e.g. race, gender, and class). Experience cultivating and maintaining just, accountable partnerships, especially with organizations led by those most impacted by the crises we seek to remedy.
  • This position is part of a matrix team that requires strong collaboration and effective team work

Nice-to-have skills and experience - The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Experience with finance campaigning is a plus, but not required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking ability in a training setting, both online and in person.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in movement building and intersectional campaigning.
  • Experience using quantitative and qualitative data to inform and evaluate organizing work.
  • Experience using a variety of in person and online/virtual tools and venues for volunteer outreach and engagement.

Seasonal Activities:

Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods.  Frequent travel as well as weekend and/or evening work required.


Compensation and Benefits

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 

The salary for this position is $65,500 for Salary Region 1.

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, represented position.

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 school’s 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.

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