Position Description

Director - Living Economy Program
Location Washington, DC
Job Code 73-2022
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Director - Living Economy Program
Department: Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Director, Labor and Economic Justice Program
Supervises: Campaign Representative, Living Economy Program, Senior Policy Advisor, Living Economy Program


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 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 Living Economy program works alongside partners across movements to advance Green New Deal and industrial policies that tackle climate change and toxic pollution, create good jobs, and foster racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice. Industrial policies, including “Buy Clean,” climate-friendly trade policies, clean manufacturing investments, and institutional reform, are a critical piece of the Green New Deal transformation that we seek. The Director has overall program management responsibility and provides experienced leadership and strategic planning for the Living Economy Program.  Convenes the Living Economy team to collaboratively develop overall strategy, manages project priorities and timetables, supervises and supports Living Economy staff, hires and trains new staff, raises funds and updates funders on activities, oversees budget, and evaluates program effectiveness. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, coalitions, other organizations, and Sierra Club chapters and volunteers. Acts as a senior lobbyist, policy expert, media spokesperson, and senior advisor alongside the Living Economy, Federal Policy, Communications, Federal Organizing, and other Sierra Club teams.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Directs Living Economy Program strategy. This includes convening the Living Economy team to collaboratively develop the program’s goals, strategy, and tactics; naming priorities and timetables; overseeing implementation of research, advocacy, communications, and grassroots tactics; and ensuring cross-team coordination.
  2. Supervises program employees. This includes supporting staff development, overseeing workplan implementation, conducting performance evaluations, hiring, and training.
  3. Manages program fundraising. This includes developing grant funding proposals, cultivating and maintaining funder relationships, and updating funders on recent activities, in coordination with the Advancement team.
  4. Oversees program budget. This includes managing an operational budget and tracking expenses, in coordination with the Operations team.
  5. Cultivates strategic partnerships related to the program. This includes representing the Sierra Club on coalitions and helping to shape their strategic direction; working with strategic allies to craft shared strategy and policy priorities; and collaborating with partners on joint advocacy, communications, research, and organizing projects.
  6. Guides the development of program materials. This may include the writing, editing, and distribution of fact sheets, briefing papers, reports, and other educational materials. It may also include helping to develop a research strategy and managing contracts for major research and writing projects.
  7. Guides lobbying and advocacy strategies related to the program, in coordination with the Federal Policy team. This includes helping craft legislative and administrative advocacy strategy, overseeing implementation of lobby tactics, developing relationships and advocating for policy priorities with government officials and their staff, reviewing draft legislation, and developing official Sierra Club comments to shape executive actions.
  8. Guides media outreach related to the program, in coordination with the Communications team. This includes helping to develop communications strategy and tactics; helping to craft op-eds, articles, press statements, reporters’ memos, social media content, and polls; and serving as a Sierra Club spokesperson to national media outlets.
  9. Guides volunteer engagement and mobilization related to the program, in coordination with the Organizing, Digital, and other teams. This includes overseeing the design and implementation of volunteer-focused tactics, providing senior level professional expertise to chapters and volunteers, reviewing grassroots-facing materials and communications, and supporting mass mobilizations of volunteers.
  10. Handles miscellaneous duties as assigned.


The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  •  Substantial experience leading policy change campaigns or programs. This includes demonstrated leadership in devising strategy, managing projects, supervising and supporting staff, and coordinating advocacy, communications, organizing, and research tactics.
  • Demonstrated ability in fundraising and budget management. This includes experience in proposing and managing grants, cultivating relationships with funders, and overseeing budgets.
  • Track record of effective partnerships and coalition work. This includes experience working with allies across sectors or movements and bridging differences with partners to craft shared strategies, positions, and projects.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills. This includes demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability and experience writing persuasively for non-technical audiences.
  • 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. 
  • Strong knowledge of climate and environmental policies, labor and economic policies, and policies to foster racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice.

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

  • Substantial experience in national media relations, including acting as a spokesperson in print and video media.
  • Demonstrated competence in legislative lobbying and administrative advocacy.
  • Track record of effectively working with volunteers and supporting activist mobilizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, take responsibility for a project, and work successfully in teams.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to perform multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines in an action-oriented office.
  • B.A./B.S. degree in Economics, Environmental Studies, Political Science, or a related field.


Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $120,000.

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 3 exempt non-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.

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 on a rolling basis.

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