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Active - Deputy Director
Location Chicago, Springfield, or Alton, IL
Job Code 364-21CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Deputy Director

Department: Illinois Chapter

Location: Chicago, Springfield, or Alton, IL office. (Work may start remotely. Sierra Club offices are opening on a voluntary basis, at 50% capacity, for the remainder of 2021). This position requires an ability to travel.

Reports To: Illinois Chapter Director

Supervises: 3-5 staff, including Organizing Director, Communications Coordinator, Digital Organizing Coordinator

Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of state chapters and local groups 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 Illinois Chapter Deputy Director carries out the policies, priorities and objectives of the Chapter for the assigned areas of chapter programs and operations, conservation and legislative program, fundraising, organizing and powerbuilding, budgeting and financial management, and media relations. Responsible for managing staff and financial resources for the assigned areas, and representing the Chapter to external partners and the public.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Assists in development and execution of the Chapter's short and long term strategic goals. Assists the Chapter Director, Chapter Chair, and Chapter Conservation Chair in the planning and implementation of the core conservation efforts and programs. Assists in strategic powerbuilding to implement chapter goals and lead to wins for the environment. Designs and develops information systems to monitor the effectiveness of Sierra Club’s work.
  2. Manages Chapter staff in assigned operational or program areas. Conducts regular check-ins with staff to ensure they are supported and quality work is being performed. Assists with hiring new staff, writes and conducts performance appraisals. Ensures Chapter is in compliance with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices, and staff have opportunities for professional development.
  3. Manages Sierra Club Chapter Political Program. Works with the Chapter Political Committee to oversee dozens of candidate endorsement processes, design electoral plans and budgets to advance the chapter's goals and priorities, and work with volunteer leaders to build a grassroots program to elect environmental champions. Develops and maintains professional relationships with candidates, elected officials, and partner organizations. Collaborates with the National Sierra Club Political Program on Federal races and resources. Manages Sierra Club Illinois Chapter PAC budget and compliance filings.
  4. Support organizational management, fundraising, and budgeting for the organization. In coordination with the Chapter Director, Finance Committee and staff, establish fundraising goals and plans. Approve staff expense reports and time coding, ensuring compliance with budget allocations. Work closely with the Chapter Director on cultivating donor relationships, identifying grant proposals and coordinating the submission process, and balancing fundraising needs for c3, c4 and political funds.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated and progressive experience leading in grassroots organizing, training, building campaign plans, building coalitions and/or lobbying. Sierra Club is proud to be a people-powered organization and we are looking for a leader who has experience crafting and implementing grassroots campaigns and making progress on advocacy campaigns.
  • Strong demonstrated oral communication skills. Communicating with staff, volunteers, legislators, the media, and the public is a critical component of this position. We are looking for a strong and purpose-driven leader who can motivate others to action.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative and political process. You have worked on political and/or legislative campaigns before, in a leadership role. You have the background skills and knowledge to be able to craft a legislative campaign strategy, including inside and outside tactics.
  • Leading on Equity. You model effective equity analysis and practice and have a track record of operationalizing equity, and have embedded justice and equity throughout team/department policies, structures, culture, and programs.

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

  • Ability to work well under pressure and show flexibility and resourcefulness in problem-solving
  • Some knowledge and background in environmental issues
  • You’ve successfully worked to facilitate and foster a supportive workplace culture. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success. You are self-aware and perceptive. You nurture relationships and can work and communicate well.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $90,000

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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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 anonymous 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 December 1, 2021.

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