Campaign Organizer (Temporary)
At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of interdependence. 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 injustice, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our future. 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 has close to 800 staff across the country and a network of 64 local chapters that are led and fueled by thousands of volunteers. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with three labor unions representing more than half of our employees.
$32 - $32 an hour
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position is $32.00 per hour.
This is a category 99 non-exempt, non-represented, temporary position.
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 People Department 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 belonging.
Duration: 20 hours / week, 4-6 months
The Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign goals. Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Volunteer Coordination. Identifies, recruits and organizes volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around assigned campaign or program.
- Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power.
- Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face to support Sierra Club goals.
- Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values.
- External Communications. Works with appropriate staff and volunteer entities to plan and implement visibility, media and community outreach events to generate public support with decision makers and in the media.
- Leadership Development. Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them on how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
- Program Coordination. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
- Seasonal Activities. Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods. Intermittent evening and occasional weekend work will be required.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills, experience and competencies:
- Excellent verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas and easily strike up conversation with diverse groups of people.
- Persuasive. Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm for persuasive communication with individuals on a daily basis, including door-to-door, phone, and text contacts
- Problem Solving. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work effectively in action-oriented office.
- Ability to work independently. Works cooperatively and effectively with public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust and working relationships.
- Able to travel as needed. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
- Proficient computer skills. Proficient in Google suite, database software, and other relevant tools.
- Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
- Committed to evolution. You are committed to continuously deepening and evolving your own understanding of systems of oppression through study, openness, and humility. And you easily recognize your own relationship to privilege and power, examining and shifting your behaviors as appropriate.
- Uplifting and additive. You see mistakes as opportunities for growth; problems as catalysts for solutions, and inspire others along the journey. You carry a constructive approach, can-do attitude, a sense of humor, and authentic kindness wherever you go.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following skills, experience and competencies:
- 1 year of experience working with volunteers in the environmental movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to implement grassroots campaigns.
The Sierra Club provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all staff members. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, lived experience and skills. The Sierra Club does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, ancestry, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, prior conviction, arrest history, traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The Sierra Club values applicants who are people that identify as Black, Indigenous, and other minoritized groups; women; queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people.
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