Full-Time Associate Campaign Director, Lands, Water, Wildlife Campaign
Location: Washington, DC, or Oakland, CA preferred
Come join the Sierra Club’s growing team working to protect 30% of our lands and waters by 2030, as a critical part of solving the ongoing climate and extinction crises and advancing equity in the outdoors. In this role, you’ll work with the Campaign Director to plan, direct, and manage all aspects for national initiatives and campaigns of the Sierra Club’s Lands, Water, Wildlife Campaign. This includes implementing national strategies, meeting the established campaign goals, and evaluating campaign effectiveness at the national level. You’ll be part of a dynamic team, working closely with staff across our organizing, digital strategies, communications, federal policy, legal department, and chapters to help build a diverse movement of people to conserve nature, ensure that all people have access to nature, and advance environmental justice.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Applies Equity, Inclusion and Justice (Equity) and anti-oppression values to all initiative activities, including ensuring all staff and lead volunteers in the campaign are supporting Sierra Club’s Multi-Year Equity Plan, including operationalizing the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing throughout campaign activities. Ensures team members are working to actively pivot away from white supremacist culture and behavior and towards racial equity at the individual and interpersonal levels. Ensures that external campaign outcomes demonstrate a commitment to justice and equity.
- Leads, along with appropriate campaign staff and volunteers, the development of priority campaigns focused on protecting 30% of US lands by 2030, prioritizing lands critical to climate solutions and that provide connected wild lands and waters where wildlife, plants, and people thrive.
- Ensures full and effective coordination of all national level campaign work with the organizing department, communications, partnerships, digital strategies, federal policy, environmental law program, volunteer activist networks, chapters and volunteers.
- Analyzes issues of national importance and collaborates with other campaign staff and volunteer leaders in formulating and implementing campaign strategies.
- Provides coordination, oversight and tracks progress towards outcomes for various components of the Lands, Water, Wildlife campaign.
- Plans and develops projects for grant funding, handles personal contacts, solicitation and on-going relationships with specific foundations involved with the projects. In cooperation with the major gift fundraising staff, participates in major donor personal solicitation and cultivation, and foundation solicitation and relations.
- Works to develop and ensure that the chapters and volunteers assume meaningful roles in the campaign.
- Serves as supervisor by providing and ensuring general and technical guidance; preparing and conducting performance reviews; making salary, hiring and promotion recommendations; assigning work and establishing priorities, ensuring staff training, development and enhancement of employee skills.
- Supports and provides senior level professional expertise to staff and volunteers.
- Introduces creative ideas and approaches for consideration.
- Supports and assists the Director in leading the campaign’s internal communications plan, informing and engaging Sierra Club staff, boards, and volunteers.
- Provides guidance and oversight to direct reports:
- Assigns work, establishes clear performance standards and work priorities;
- Ensures staff receive the necessary professional training and support to successfully carry out their jobs;
- Provides ongoing performance feedback, prepares and conducts formal performance planning and evaluation;
- Makes recommendations regarding salary, hiring, and promotion decisions.
- Oversees campaign reporting and ensures opportunities for elevating the campaign across the Sierra Club are highlighted.
- Assist Director in effectively managing the overall program budget. Manages and monitors campaign revenue and expenses. Consults with the Director to reallocate across campaign budgets. Regularly update Sierra Club Foundation proposal budgets.
- Advances special projects and miscellaneous duties.
- Travels as needed (when safe to do so).
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- 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.
- People Management: ability to manage, coach, inspire, and hold accountable staff and volunteers, including outside of a direct management chain. Support teams in developing work plans.
- Project Management/Results Orientation: ability to manage multiple projects, develop and communicate clear and strategic campaign and project work expectations across the campaign team, matrix-managed staff, partners and volunteers; develop and implement systems and processes to ensure effective planning, communication and reporting.
- Critical Thinker/Thought Leader: provide thought leadership, regularly generating ideas that will advance the vision and goals of the campaign; ability to navigate an ever-changing landscape and effectively problem-solve while keeping the big picture in mind.
- Initiative: demonstrated initiative; proactively creates and pursues opportunities to advance campaign goals.
- Interpersonal Skills: high emotional intelligence and resilience, ability to engage in courageous conversations, ability to tend to impact; ability to engage, inspire, activate and maintain strong transformational partnerships around shared values, purpose, and goals.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:
- Knowledge of the conservation movement.
- Experience working with coalitions.
- Policy advocacy expertise.
- Persuasive communicator.
- Work ethics and dependability.
- Fundraising experience.