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Associate Regional Campaign Director - North Central Region
Associate Regional Campaign Director - North Central Region
Location: IA, IL, MO, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI
Reports To: Regional Campaign Director - Central
Supervises: Campaign Representative(s) and/or Senior Campaign Representative(s) in assigned region(s).
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.
Scope: The Deputy Director oversees planning and implementation of campaigns that produce just and equitable solutions that advance Sierra Club’s climate and clean energy priorities in the North Central Region states of IA, IL, MO, MN, NE, ND, SD and WI, as assigned, including Beyond Coal, Building Electrification, Clean Transportation for All, and other energy-related campaigns as assigned.
This role will provide leadership and collaborate with other managers to support and maintain high functioning, leaderful teams. The Deputy Director develops strategies, creates state work plans, establishes priorities and benchmarks, evaluates campaign effectiveness and manages budgets. They ensure the successful day-to-day operational aspects of regional and statewide campaigns. They represent the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and the public. They support organizational fundraising by developing fundraising proposals and participating in fundraising activities and donor stewardship.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Manages Energy Campaign staff in assigned regions. Management includes recruiting and hiring for equity, diversity, and excellence, establishing priorities and assisting in work planning, preparing and conducting performance reviews, and providing mentoring and on-going professional development opportunities. Supports and provides senior level professional expertise to staff. Works with the campaign team to write, edit, and review educational and advocacy materials.
- Creates and implements a highly strategic regional campaign plan to advance the objective of moving from fossil fuels to clean energy in the region’s electric sector. Ensures strategy development and implementation occurs in consultation and collaboration with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Chapters, Communications, Organizing and Digital Strategies Capacities, Political Team, Sierra Club’s programs, and volunteer leadership. Partners with other national Sierra Club campaigns to successfully deliver on organizational goals at the state and regional level. Introduces creative ideas and approaches for consideration.
- Supports Sierra Club’s power-building goals by ensuring campaign strategies and activities are designed to build a base of leaders and grow strategic partnerships. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring Sierra Club participates in strategically aligned coalitions. Works to ensure that local, regional, and national volunteers assume meaningful roles in the campaign. Supports analysis and development of goals alongside Grassroots Power Building team members. Liaises with Chapters in the region, connecting the dots between the localized chapter efforts and regional strategies.
- Models and implements Sierra Club best practices regarding the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, justice, equity, and inclusion. Supports, motivates and encourages broad grassroots campaigns by encouraging engagement of and providing guidance, training, and information to strategic allies and Sierra Club volunteer leaders. Manages themselves and team with clear expectations while stewarding a culture of collaboration, accountability, learning, and distributed leadership that works in the best interests of the Sierra Club as a whole.
- Supports fundraising and budget management. Works in collaboration with Advancement to plan and execute fundraising plans. Collaborates on creating grant proposals, donor solicitations and building donor relationships. Evaluates and reports on progress toward campaign goals and objectives; establishes metrics for campaign progress. Manages and monitors regional campaign resources and expenses. Provides analysis and support of budget and quarterly re-forecasts.
- Supports and provides senior level professional expertise to the general public, media, decision makers, and strategic allies. Engages key state/regional stakeholders, state/regional elected and appointed decision makers, and executives in related industries to assure advancement of Sierra Club’s priorities. Writes, edits and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- Extensive Campaign Manager Skills and Experience: Experience in the planning and implementation of regional, state or national level campaigns or a similar strategic initiative centered in equity and justice. This includes developing policy positions and related materials, planning and managing that involves cultivating and sustaining high performing teams, working with volunteers and strategic partners, developing strategy, assessing a power analysis, moving decision makers towards goals, and demonstrating effectiveness working in diverse groups and leading inclusive, collaborative processes. Candidates new to climate justice and environmental advocacy but holding strong campaign management experience in other fields outside environmental and climate justice are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Compassionate Staff Manager Skills and Experience: Experience managing and supporting staff to succeed in their work and develop professionally. Demonstrated ability giving and receiving feedback and mentoring individuals. Direct communication and the ability to balance professional skill development with compassionate forms of accountability. Highly developed resiliency and self-care skills. Awareness of your personal self-care needs and a track record of actively attending to them to ensure resilience and endurance are important for long term success. Track record of developing just relationships with direct reports and peers.
- 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.
- Highly developed written and oral communication skills, with a focus on communicating effectively across different groups of diverse stakeholders. Demonstrated ease communicating complex policies to diverse groups including staff, volunteers, funders, decision makers and external partners. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability. Experience and skills managing meetings, developing clear agendas and moving a group towards equitable and time bound decisions. Ability to proactively communicate to resolve tensions within a team. Demonstrated track record of communication in a timely, respectful manner during times of conflict and stress.
- Experience effectively navigating complex organizational systems, structures and dynamics and proactively problem solving in a campaign-oriented environment. Demonstrated track record of strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively with ambiguity and change. Is a consensus builder when possible and strives for transparent and equitable, timebound processes that arrive at strategic decisions. Demonstrated ability to work under their own initiative, handle multiple assignments simultaneously, and manage projects to completion. Ability to navigate complex and layered organizational/volunteer structures and matrix management. Ability to identify and address root causes and to work within and improve opaque systems and processes. Ability to use logic, reasoning and empathy to identify alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:
- Climate and decarbonization policy knowledge. Familiarity with climate policies and strategies to equitably decarbonize the electric, transportation and building sectors is very helpful but experience in other areas like labor, immigration, racial justice, reproductive rights, housing or others are welcomed provided the candidate is passionate about climate justice and can demonstrate their ability to learn policy quickly and apply in a campaign environment.
- Experience at organizations or companies with unionized workforces.
- Experience fundraising and reporting of deliverables to donors.
- Experience working closely with organizers, as an organizer, or working with volunteers.
- Approaches growth and learning with humility.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $95,000 dependent on region/location.
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 3 exempt non-represented, supervisory 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.
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.
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