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Position Description

Project Director
Location Sacramento, CA
Job Code 331-23CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Project Director
Department: Mother Lode Chapter
Location: Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter and Remote. This position requires an ability to travel. 
Reports To: Chapter Director
Supervises: Community Engagement Coordinators, Policy Analyst

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 volunteer leaders and 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:  Under the general direction of the Mother Lode Chapter Director and Executive and Conservation Chairs, the Project Director plans, supervises, and manages the activities of the Program, and coordinates the Program with other Sierra Club and Tobacco Control Project (TCP) activities, and performs related work as required. This position is responsible for the Stop Tobacco Toxic Waste in Environmental Justice communities state grant year 4 and 5 scope of work, managing assigned staff, and keeping the team accountable for the reporting periods. This position is currently expected to run through 2025, in line with the state grant, with the possibility of extension should additional funding be secured.  

Job activities include but are not limited to:    

  1. Consults with the Chapter Director, relative to planning, policy and program direction.
  2. Manages the implementation of activities of currently funded program(s) to achieve contract compliance.
  3. Develops functional program plans; recommends objectives and priorities.
  4. Develops and oversees reports, correspondence, promotional and statistical materials for state grant.
  5. Works on maintaining grant accounting and balancing the budget.
  6. Performs ongoing process and outcome evaluations and recommends modifications.
  7. Initiates and monitors program expenditures to accomplish compliance with budget(s) and funding source directives.
  8. Recruits, trains, supervises, guides and evaluates assigned personnel to ensure necessary competency in the implementation of project activities.
  9. Represents the Sierra Club in meetings with committees, community agencies, care providers, and related entities and facilitates inter-agency linkages, communication or collaboration.
  10. Initiates contact and coordinates with other statewide, regional, and county-specific programs and activities related to the funded program to maximize effectiveness and minimize duplication.
  11. Prepares and coordinates testimony at appropriate public hearings.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills, experience, and competencies:

  • Two years of administrative-level experience in developing and managing a health or human services program
  • Expertise or experience in solid waste control, community organizing, or other relevant areas
  • Experience in Public Health, Public Health Administration, or related sectors
  • Competency in monitoring, studying, and researching proposed legislation to determine possible effects on Campaign goals
  • Experience with developing proposals, applications, and/or requests for new or continued funding
  • A valid California Driver’s License and proof of insurance are required. This position will also include: Ability to travel and, if necessary, attend out-of-town meetings or conferences, which could require overnight travel.

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

  • Previous experience managing staff
  • OTIS state grant reporting experience
  • Previous tobacco control experience
  • Accounting and budget balancing experience

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $68,500 - $75,000, non-negotiable.

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: confidential, managerial, and 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.

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.

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