Full-Time Chapter Director
Title: Washington Chapter Director
Department: Washington Chapter
Location: The Washington Chapter office is located in Seattle, Washington. This role will be hybrid in person & remote. Travel will be required.
Reports To: Senior Manager, Office of Chapter Support – Western Region
Supervises: Development Associate, Organizers, Polling & Research Director, Communications Associate
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: The Chapter Director is responsible for the development of plans, priorities, and strategies to further the goals of the Sierra Club in WA in conjunction with the Executive Committee, including goals for conservation, political and legislative programs, assuring equity and inclusion, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, administration, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.
The director manages other Chapter staff. The director represents the Washington Chapter and the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business, community and Tribal partners, donors, allies, other organizations, and the public. Evening and weekend work is required.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Facilitates and contributes to development of the Chapter’s short- and long-term strategic, programmatic and financial goals, in coordination with the Executive Committee, relevant Chapter Committees and staff. Ensures that the Chapter’s work reflects Sierra Club national priorities. Regularly reports to the Executive Committee on progress toward annual goals and budget.
- Responsible for Chapter legislative lobbying program, including coordination with allies and frontline communities, and chapter staff and volunteer leaders, regarding Sierra Club positions on legislation. Serves as the lead spokesperson on active legislation or delegates that responsibility as appropriate. Consults with the Legislative Committee and Contract Lobbyist throughout the legislative session to address and adapt policy positions.
- Responsible for Chapter fundraising including grants, fund appeals, cultivation of major donors and other fundraising activities. Responsible for overseeing the development of an annual fundraising plan and meeting fundraising goals in coordination with development staff and volunteer leaders.
- Responsible for the Chapter’s public communications in coordination with relevant staff and volunteer leaders. This includes regular contacts with the media to maximize the Chapter’s public visibility and credibility. Ensures that an adequate number of knowledgeable and representative spokespersons are available to address the public and the media. Ensures that the Chapter’s digital communications strategy is effective.
- Supports the Executive Committee in recruiting, onboarding and developing volunteer leadership with diversity of age, race, gender and geography.
- Builds strong relationships for ongoing work together with key leaders statewide. This includes Chapter and group leadership, key statewide public officials and their staff, candidates for office, and a diverse range of organizational and frontline community leaders. Represents the Chapter with public officials and community leaders when appropriate.
- Manages Chapter staff. Leads staff in assigned operational or program areas. Writes, conducts, and reviews staff performance appraisals using solicited input from the Executive Committee, Chapter Chair, and/or others as appropriate. Reviews staff time reports and ensures that these reports are completed in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with Sierra Club policies.
- Oversees Chapter compliance. Ensures compliance with Sierra Club policies, with legal requirements for use of Sierra Club resources among staff, and with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices. Supports volunteer leaders in ensuring compliance in the broader Sierra Club program. Ensures compliance with all applicable laws (local, state, and national) pertaining to Chapter operations.
- Regularly attends Chapter Executive Committee meetings. Attends other Chapter and/or Group meetings based on priorities. Is available as needed on weekends and after hours to participate in key meetings with staff, volunteers or others.
- Occasional national travel required. Occasional regional/local travel throughout Washington State for advocacy events, team/group meetings, and other events required. Successful candidates must have the ability to transport themselves to events, using lawful transportation, such as with a valid driver’s license and private vehicle, or public transportation, or alternative transportation.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships for collaborative goal-focused political work together with other leaders, such as state and federal elected officials, coalition and community leaders, and specifically with volunteer leaders.
- Leading on Equity. Models 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.
- Budget experience. Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
- Staff management experience including interpersonal and/or organizational conflict resolution.
- Demonstrated ability to implement plans, communicate changes effectively, build consensus, monitor transitions, and evaluate results.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:
- Non-profit management or Board experience.
- Expertise in the practice of cultural competency and sensitivity to the social, economic, and other barriers impacting historically under-represented populations in the state, at the moment of prioritizing and developing short and long term campaign plans/goals.
- Experience in energy, climate, public lands protection, and/or other environmental policy in WA State.
- Experience with non-profit fundraising processes and relationships, including with funders, partner agencies, high-networth individuals, donors, and/or volunteers.
- Experience and knowledge of state and federal legislative processes; relationships with media, elected officials, lobbyists in WA State.
- Excellent computer skills and familiarity with online communications and office productivity tools.
- Exceptional curiosity, critical thinking, and clarity.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position is $98,000, 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, 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.
How 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.
We are accepting applications until March 20, 2023.
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