Position Description

Active - Community Engagement Coordinator
Location Richmond or Norfolk, Virginia (location flexible)
Job Code 358-21CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Community Engagement Coordinator

Department: Virginia Chapter

Location: Richmond or Norfolk, Virginia (location flexible)

Reports To: Conservation Program Manager

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 volunteer 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 Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of people to be involved and contribute to the development and implementation of a campaign to achieve the Sierra Club’s vision for climate justice through the work of the Virginia Chapter. Rooting the campaign in the interdependence of social and economic justice and the environment, the Community Engagement Coordinator leads a team focused on protecting public health and the environment by advocating for building and home electrification to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Advancing justice for communities impacted by pollution and climate change is critical to this work. The Community Engagement Coordinator engages Sierra Club’s members and supporters, and builds powerful partnerships that are oriented toward a shared vision of climate and environmental justice.

Job activities include:

  1. Recruits, identifies, and develops volunteers to build a team to work on campaign strategy. Plans and implements outreach strategies. Identifies and builds alliances with impacted community members, organizations, and other institutions which can influence decision-makers. Inspires and facilitates a shared vision for the team. Brings a goal-oriented mindset and the ability to engage the broad skill sets of the team to design and implement strategies and tactics to execute the campaign plan.
  2. Participates in campaign strategy and policy development. Aids in the development of a strategic campaign plan to electrify homes and buildings and move the electric sector to 100% clean energy. Works with the conservation program manager to track policy developments and incorporate community perspectives/needs into campaign strategy and policy goals. Monitors, analyzes, and evaluates laws, initiatives and new developments affecting specific conservation issues at the community, state and national levels. Advocates on policy decisions before decision-makers, including regulatory and legislative bodies, and represents the Sierra Club with key decision-makers and coalitions.
  3. Engages in public education on campaign. Synthesizes information and gathers perspective to inform strategy and to educate staff, media, volunteers, and partner organizations. Utilizes social media and coalition relationships to reach wide audiences. Makes presentations to community, political, and governmental bodies regarding chapter conservation efforts. Writes press releases, newsletters, flyers, etc. to keep the Club membership and the general public informed.
  4. Supports the Sierra Club’s power-building goals. Power-building is the building, taking, and exercising of people power to achieve specific short term goals and a long term organizational vision. In collaboration with staff and volunteers, establishes an enduring base of internal and external leaders, cultivates and maintains productive relationships, and increases and deepens strategic partnerships to attain campaign and organizational objectives. Ensures all campaign activities are designed to build a just and durable public will to act.
  5. Effective, Equity-Centered Collaboration. Implements Sierra Club best practices regarding the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing and justice, equity, and inclusion practices and goals. Designs and implements campaign strategies rooted in an equitable transition to clean energy that serve front-line and directly impacted communities.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Team Building: Demonstrated leadership experience working within a team structure. Ability to build vision, trust, and mutual accountability with team members. Experience working closely with volunteers.
  • Effective Communication: Highly developed communication skills, with a focus on communicating effectively across different groups of stakeholders, internally and externally.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice: Awareness of group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. Awareness of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. Experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how organized movements create change.
  • Approaches growth and learning with humility.
  • Proficient with Word processing and Spreadsheet applications
  • Able to travel as needed. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

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

  • Experience in energy or environmental policy.
  • An understanding of energy burden and electrification
  • Knowledge or familiarity with schools, school systems, educational institutions
  • Knowledge or familiarity with communities in Virginia
  • Experience effectively navigating complex organizational systems, structures, and dynamics.
  • Experience building relationships and influencing decision makers through advocacy.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or comparable data management systems

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $59,500- $60,000.

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 6 non-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.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your school’s name 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.

We are accepting applications until August 27, 2021.

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