Position Description

Active - Political and Legislative Coordinator
Location Boston, MA
Job Code 357-21CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Political and Legislative Coordinator

Chapter: Massachusetts

Reports To: Deputy Director

Location: Boston, MA

Context: The Legislative and Political Coordinator plans, organizes, and implements the Chapter’s state and local legislative priorities, government relations and political priorities.

Scope: Under the direction of the Deputy Director and in cooperation with the volunteer leadership, plans and implements the chapter’s approved legislative and political program. Recruits, organizes and supports volunteer efforts, evaluates legislation, maintains government and political contacts, makes strategic recommendations related to legislation and to political endorsements. Heavier seasonal workloads will occur as a result of annual legislative and electoral cycles.

Job Activities:

  1. Plans, coordinates and implements the Chapters legislative strategies as approved by the Chapter leadership and Issue Leads. Monitors, studies and researches proposed legislation to determine possible effects to the environment and makes appropriate recommendations.
  2. Serves as Chapter point of contact for various partners, networks, and coalitions, including Mass Power Forward and MA Renews Alliance.
  3. Lobbies and represents the Chapter to elected officials. Recruits Sierra Club members and supporters to participate in constituent meetings with elected officials to discuss legislative issues. Coordinates with Chapter leaders to prepare and present testimony on Chapter priority legislation at public hearings. Delegates lobbying responsibilities to other volunteers as appropriate.
  4. Recruits, trains, informs, and motivates volunteers to enable them to activate others in efforts to influence legislative and regulatory decisions and in the political process. Provides oversight, management, and support for volunteers on the Chapter Political Committee and Community Outreach Team.
  5. Monitors, and records voting patterns of elected officials. Informs and educates Sierra Club members/supporters and the public as to the position taken by elected officials. Develops and leads semi-regular trainings and presentations on current issues and pending legislation.
  6. Plans, coordinates, supports and implements the Chapter’s political program as approved by the chapter leadership, including candidate recruitment, endorsements, and conducting election campaign activities.
  7. Coordinates with Chapter Compliance Officer to ensure compliance with Sierra Club policy and federal and state laws related to election activities, including management and administration of the Chapter’s state Political Action Committee (PAC).
  8. Represents the Massachusetts Chapter on the Mass Alliance Board. Assists in the formulation of grassroots campaign and coalition activities in support of political campaigns at the local and state level.
  9. Works with Sierra Club staff and volunteers to develop a consistent, clear legislative and political message that is being communicated to the public. Provides updates on legislative progress through blog posts and other communications as needed. Prepares press releases and communicates with the media on Sierra Club’s view on specific legislation and political matters, including endorsements and campaign efforts.
  10. Actively seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
  11. Coordinates with Sierra Club colleagues in other New England states and on national campaigns (e.g. Beyond Coal and Ready for 100) to lobby federal representatives and participate in regional or multi-state campaigns.
  12. Performs other Chapter work as needed, including, but not limited to facilitating volunteer orientations, attending and leading presentations at chapter meetings, authoring articles for monthly or annual newsletters, and supporting fundraising activities.
  13. Serves as Chapter contact with the National Fed Policy and field team to help organize lobbying efforts to key targeted Federal representatives,
  14. Participates in Chapter Fundraising events. Works with Chapter Director and volunteer leaders to support major gifts work and PAC fundraising.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Preferred 3 years experience in grassroots organizing, lobbying, political campaigns, and/or environmental policy.
  • Significant demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
  • Experience analyzing, advocating for, and discussing clean energy, environmental, and environmental justice policies.
  • Clear understanding and knowledge of legislative and electoral processes. Awareness of the current Massachusetts political landscape is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, past experience managing media communications a plus
  • Commitment to equity, racial justice, and economic justice.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, particularly around communicating complicated climate and environmental policies to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to manage multiple important priorities and meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of effectiveness.
  • Experience with Google Drive, social media, and Zoom. Experience with Slack, Hustle and constituent database management applications such as the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and Salesforce is preferred.
  • Bilingual or Spanish competency a plus

The salary range for this position is $62,500 - $65,000.

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.

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 5 exempt, represented 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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