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30 Nov 2021

Full-Time Campaign Representative

Sierra Club – Posted by monicaembrey Los Angeles, California, United States

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Job Description

Job Title: Campaign Representative, Clean Energy – MyGeneration Campaign, California
Department: Program Department
Unit: Campaigns
Location: California (Los Angeles preferred)
Reports To: Senior Associate Director, National Energy Campaigns
Salary: $68,500

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.

The Sierra Club is seeking a strategic, collaborative, equity-driven leader who is committed to modeling the Jemez Principles and centering organizational Equity Values to lead this work.

Scope: The Campaign Representative is responsible for the planning, coordination, and implementation of the electric power sector campaign in California with the Sierra Club’s national staff team. This position collaborates with and coordinates the campaign’s activities with the state and local Chapter staff, volunteers, partner organizations, and other capacities and national staff.

Much of the work in California is expected to encompass efforts to phase out gas fired power plants and support clean energy, with a focus on health, climate, environmental and economic impacts. The Campaign Representative will coordinate with staff, volunteers and partners in California, which will include work on clean energy and gas infrastructure, local and state regulatory and legislative initiatives, and other ancillary issues. Furthermore, the work will include close coordination and collaboration with partners from California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) as part of the Regenerate California Campaign.

Secondary role: The Campaign Representative is responsible for coordinating with national volunteers and with statewide and local Chapter conservation issue teams. Will assist teams with executing these plans where they overlap. Provides training, opportunities and resources to elevate the volunteers to carry out the clean energy and gas campaign activities in concert with national capacities and resources.

Campaign: The Sierra Club’s My Generation Campaign is fighting for an equitable transition to a fully electrified economy powered by 100% clean, renewable energy. Volunteer leaders, especially young people, drive our community mobilization across the state. We demand local clean energy solutions that improve air quality, create good jobs, and prepare communities to thrive despite climate change. Replacing fossil fuels with 100% clean energy provides an opportunity to build a stronger and more equitable California, where 100% clean, renewable energy means that all communities benefit from a fair economy, can breathe healthy air and live in a clean, healthy environment.

The My Generation Campaign advocates for solutions to phase out gas in California. As we work to electrify sources of pollution like trucks and buildings, we must ensure the electricity replacing fossil fuels is clean and healthy. Standing in our way are more than one hundred proposed or existing gas-fired power plants. We are working to retire gas plants and replace them with clean and renewable energy. We seek to increase local clean energy through Community Choice Energy programs, and accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy. Environmental justice values focus our work targeting the gas industry, and guide our support for a new generation of volunteer activists whose voices we seek to amplify.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Carries out and plans activities for the campaign to retire gas-fired power plants and advance clean energy and storage in California with a focus on frontline communities. Develop strategies in consultation with other campaigns to move California towards 100% clean energy solutions in the power sector and other affected areas and industries. Leads the development of a strategic campaign plan, including goals, strategies, and tactical timeline. Coordinates the campaign and appropriate national staff (including communications, digital, organizing, legal, advancement, federal policy, and other staff), regional and Chapter staff, allies and volunteer entities to plan and implement campaigns to achieve results. Reports on progress toward established goals and the effectiveness of campaign strategies.
  2. Implements Sierra Club best practices regarding the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing and justice, equity, and inclusion practices and goals. Designs and implements campaign strategies rooted in an equitable transition to clean energy.
  3. Supports Sierra Club’s power building goals by ensuring campaign strategies and activities are designed to build a base of volunteer leaders and increase and deepen strategic partnerships. Works to ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the campaign work.
  4. In collaboration with the team and external partners, develops policy positions and advocates before decision-makers. Cultivates productive relationships and represents the Sierra Club with key decision-makers and coalitions.
  5. Acts as a subject matter expert, providing technical, policy, and strategic vision and guidance to staff, volunteers, and partner organizations. (Subject matter training is provided.)
  6. In coordination with the Communications Department, serves as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promotes media exposure for front-line communities and volunteers. Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials. Represents the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies.
  7. Engages in donor and foundation solicitation and cultivation, including meeting with funders and preparation of funder presentations, proposals, and reports.

Seasonal Activities:

Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods. Weekend and/or evening work may be required.

Successful candidates must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience working within a team structure. Ability to build vision, trust, and mutual accountability with team members. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteers and partners.
  • Track record of planning and implementing advocacy campaigns, strategic initiatives, or similar efforts with clearly defined goals, which includes strategy, organizing, media relations and contacts with political and business leaders.
  • Proficient knowledge of the electrical power sector, its impacts on air, climate and communities, and the associated regulatory framework. Experience in the climate movement is a plus. Experience with racial justice and / or labor movement is a plus.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills, with a focus on communicating effectively across different groups of stakeholders. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
  • Demonstrated understanding of equity, justice, and inclusion, and ability to effectively work and collaborate across differences. Familiarity with and commitment to incorporating principles of equity, inclusion, and justice into campaign processes and outcomes. Understanding of how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, and team levels.
  • Approaches growth and learning with humility.

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

  • Experience and knowledge in energy, grid or environmental policy.
  • Experience working closely with organizers, as an organizer, or working with volunteers.
  • Experience effectively navigating complex organizational systems, structures, and dynamics.
  • Experience building relationships and influencing decision makers through lobbying or similar advocacy.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting salary for this position is $68,500.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union.

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, 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.

How to Apply

  • Please click this link to apply online
  • 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.

Job Categories: Climate Change. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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