Clean Energy & Climate Organizer - Rochester / SE MN

Sierra Club
Organization Summary

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.

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The salary range for this position is $62,000 - $65,000.

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.


Full time

Primary Duties

The Sierra Club is hiring an organizer in Rochester / southeast Minnesota to join us in fighting for a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet! The Minnesota North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club is seeking a strategic and passionate community organizer to join our Minnesota team.

The Organizing Representative works in close collaboration with volunteer leaders and staff colleagues to build grassroots and political power in Rochester, Minnesota and the surrounding region to advance climate justice and a 100% clean, equitable energy future.

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Apply here:

Scope: The Organizing Representative builds grassroots power by recruiting, engaging, and motivating people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals; developing volunteer leadership; and builds alliances and networks.

This position will work in Rochester, Minnesota and the surrounding region to advance climate justice and a 100% clean, equitable energy future. Heavier seasonal workloads may occur during peak activity periods. Frequent weekend and/or evening work required.

Job Activities:

  1. Develops organizing strategy, marshals resources, organizes staff and volunteer efforts. Monitors and tracks expenses, as appropriate.
  2. Coordinates actions and ensures the effective implementation of the organizing plan to identify and recruit volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around campaign or program. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s equity, inclusion and justice initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies.
  3. Plans and coordinates strategy and activities to obtain media coverage in local and regional media outlets. Participates in the development of media campaigns; may represent the Sierra Club in the media; promotes volunteer media exposure.
  4. Develops grasstops networks and cultivates relationships with public officials. May lobby public officials on behalf of the Club and develop relationships with their staff.
  5. Ensures information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaigns and priority issues are provided.
  6. May represent Sierra Club in coalitions, at events and to the general public.
  7. Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of committee or team leaders to build the chapter’s grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
  8. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

The Successful candidate must have the following skills and experiences:

  • Substantial experience in grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to train, motivate, and work effectively with volunteers.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice - awareness of their group identities and how they have shaped their life and experiences at work; possess an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture; bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

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

  • Knowledge and background in a specific issue area of the environmental field related to assigned programs and campaigns.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of either the legislative process or administrative process.
How to Apply

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