Job Title: Montana Chapter Director
Department: Montana Chapter
Location: Flexible within Montana
Reports To: Volunteer Manager and Chair
Supervises: Montana Chapter Organizer
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 Montana Chapter Director provides vision, direction, and coordination between Montana-based Sierra Club staff and volunteer leaders while helping to engage our thousands of chapter members in our work to advance climate solutions; protect lands, water, wildlife; increase access to the outdoors; and act for justice. This person also carries out the policies, priorities and objectives of the Executive Committee (Board) for the assigned areas of chapter programs and operations. They are responsible for managing staff and financial resources for the assigned areas. The director helps to establish and maintain functioning committee and team structures, like the political, legislative, and executive committees, and will help establish a new statewide climate justice team & Chapter-based lands/ water/ wildlife team. The director will also take lead on fundraising, building relationships with partner organizations, and setting objectives and strategy for the Chapter
Job activities include but are not limited to:
Chapter Director (approximately 70% of employee's time)
- Works with the Chair, Executive Committee, and Chapter Committees to develop the Chapter's short- and long-term strategic, programmatic, and financial goals and objectives.
- Identifies areas or policies where the Executive Committee needs to implement changes or take official action. Recommends policies or guidelines for the review of the Executive Committee.
- Communicates the Chapter's priorities, policies objectives, and goals to volunteers, staff, and members of the public as needed.
- Prepares and presents reports to ensure that the Executive Committee and other leaders are informed of major programmatic decisions and the status of finances and programs. Develops and maintains procedures to monitor the effectiveness of programs, as well as the status of the budget.
- Plans and implements an effective public communications program, develops contacts with the media to establish and maintain positive relations, to maximize the chapter's credibility and position on issues.
- Recruits and motivates volunteers and enables their roles in the effectiveness of the chapter.
- Attends and facilitates chapter meetings, task forces, and events. Builds strong relationships with other groups, elected officials, governmental agencies, etc. Represents the Chapter as appropriate.
- Coordinates efforts with the national headquarters staff and National Campaign Staff, and ensures that the chapter strategies and policy positions are in compliance with national requirements. Participates in relevant calls/meetings of Our Wild America and Beyond Coal national staff/programs in the region to ensure coordination and cohesion between the MT chapter and national Sierra Club.
- Directs and guides the grant/ proposal process to generate operating funds for the Chapter. Working with the Chapter Executive Committee, plans and implements the chapter's development strategy, to meet the funding needs of the Chapter.
- Identifies new donor and membership markets.
- May conduct routine research on specific issues related to Sierra Club positions and advocacy work.
Administrative Support (approximately 30% of employee's time)
- Provides clerical and administrative support to the Chapter Executive Committee and volunteer leaders.
- Working with the Chapter Treasurer, assists with selected bookkeeping duties, including voucher processing and records maintenance.
- Maintains files and databases, including mailing lists, activist lists, membership, volunteers and contributors.
- Responds to routine inquiries concerning membership and outings events from the general public, members, and volunteers. Routes other calls as appropriate.
- Coordinates chapter meetings, preparation of agenda and takes minutes as needed. Maintains Chapter calendar.
- Reviews and routes incoming mail. Responds to inquiries as appropriate by sending membership information, environmental issues, chapter schedules and events.
- May assist the newsletter editor with clerical and administrative tasks.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- Demonstrated experience, appropriate to the position, in more than two of the following: campaign planning, grassroots organizing, training and motivating volunteers, managing teams, coalition building.
- Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills and proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and other office productivity software.
- Knowledge and background in multiple environmental (including environmental justice) issues/areas related to assigned programs and campaigns.
- Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working collaboratively with volunteers, staff, community and other partner organizations.
- 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.
- Nimble and strategic thinking. Demonstrated ability to assess a team's capacity and resources, set realistic goals, and lead the implementation of plans to achieve those goals.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:
- An understanding of Montana-specific issues and the Montana state electoral and legislative process.
- Public speaking ability and experience interacting with reporters and representatives of the media.
- Demonstrated ability and effectiveness in recruiting and empowering volunteer leaders.
- Familiarity with fundraising processes, such as direct mail campaigns, major donor campaigns, special events, and/or grant writing.
- Management experience, including supervising staff, creating and managing budgets.
- Proficiency in managing online databases, personnel management software, and tools such as Salesforce, Workday and others.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000.
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 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.
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.
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