Full-Time Campaign Representative – Our Wild America (Eastern Conservation)
Location: Remote (Eastern US)
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 position, you will identify and lead our efforts to defend public lands, water and wildlife east of the Rocky Mountains through coordination with our Chapters and engagement of Sierra Club’s communications, digital, and federal policy expertise. The Campaign Representative is responsible for campaign planning, coordination, and implementation, working closely with our Chapters, as well as coordinating with coalitions of partner organizations. The position will be responsible for building relationships and supporting conservation work carried out by our state chapters. The work in the eastern US is focused on building a diverse movement of people to protect our lands, water, and wildlife, 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.
- Acts as the lead staff member responsible for coordination, planning and implementation of the national campaign for lands, water, and wildlife conservation in the eastern United States. Develops a strategic campaign plan, goals, and objectives in collaboration with Chapter staff and leaders. Facilitates close coordination with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Chapters, Communications Department, Organizing Department, Digital Strategies, Political Team, Dirty Fuels Team, and other Sierra Club’s programs including but not limited to Environmental Justice, Labor, Partnerships, and volunteer leadership.
- Develops and advances national and regional campaign strategies and narratives to achieve goal of protecting 30% of our lands and waters by 2030, builds campaign connections between lands, water, and forest conservation and the fight against climate change, and to block harmful threats to public lands, such as logging, mining, fossil fuel extraction and other inappropriate development, the sell-off of public lands, and more.
- In coordination with the Director of Lands, Water, Wildlife, co-leads the development, coordination and implementation of the conservation agenda in the eastern United States.
- Develops and fosters just and equitable partnerships with Indigenous-led organizations at the front lines of the fight to defend public lands. Serves as primary organizational liaison with these organizations and leaders.
- Develops and advances Sierra Club policy positions related to land, water and wildlife conservation. Ensures the Sierra Club is regarded as a significant leader by the media, key decision makers and donors. Ensures that such policies are accurately advanced by volunteers and organizing, lobbying and legal staff in various decision-making fora.
- Represents the Sierra Club and advances planning within the broader coalition. This will require consistently being part of coalition planning meetings and ongoing calls.
- Identifies new grasstops and organizational partners to bring in to the fight to defend lands, water, and wildlife.
- Closely coordinates with the Advancement Department to achieve associated campaign fundraising targets, including donor cultivation, proposal writing and internal updates.
- Represents the Sierra Club Lands, Water, Wildlife Campaign within the public eye where strategic, including within traditional and social media, through presentations, etc.
- Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
- Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.
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
- Work ethics and dependability
- Policy advocacy expertise
- Persuasive communicator
- Fundraising experience