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Campaign Director - Building Electrification

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Sierra Club Headquarters in Oakland, CA; Flexible


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Nov 23, 2021

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Our homes and buildings are consuming more than a third of the fracked gas in the U.S. economy, through gas-powered appliances like furnaces, cooktops, and water heaters. These appliances contribute to indoor and outdoor air pollution, contribute to climate change, and line the pockets of oil and gas executives. A just, clean energy future requires the transformation of our homes and buildings to ditch gas, and plug into a clean energy grid.

The Sierra Club is searching for a Campaign Director and Deputy, to lead our newest campaign to electrify homes and buildings, and to ensure this transition is focused on equity from the start, from lowering utility bills, to affordable pollution-free appliances, to job training programs in an electrified economy that are designed for BIPOC communities.  Apply HERE for the Campaign Director (remote from anywhere), which will focus on building the team and overall strategy, and HERE for the Deputy (preference for DC-based), which will focus on policy and regulatory work at the federal and state level. The deadline to apply for both roles is Tuesday, November 30th.


Job Title: Campaign Director - Building Electrification

Department: Program

Reports to: Senior Director of Energy Campaigns

Supervises: 2-6 core campaign staff

Salary: $120,000 non-negotiable.


Scope: The Campaign Director for Building Electrification leads the Sierra Club’s national campaign work to end fossil fuel use in our homes and buildings, and implements just and equitable solutions in the buildings sector.  The Campaign Director works alongside a team of Directors as part of Sierra Club’s Energy Campaigns to address climate disruption, transform the energy economy and protect communities from pollution.

The Campaign Director will support a strategic vision for the Sierra Club’s work to decarbonize and end fossil fuel use in the buildings sector, will manage a team and provide guidance to staff, volunteers, and engage with partner organizations, and will act as an external spokesperson for Sierra Club.  The Campaign Director will foster collaboration across their team and across energy campaigns, working with partners across the Sierra Club’s programs and departments to build strategic campaigns.  The ideal candidate will be capable of managing internal and external opportunities and challenges.  The Campaign Director will do all of the above in a way that embodies a strategic vision for how to leverage the transition away from fossil fuels in buildings to advance justice (centered on racial justice), equity, and inclusion while building long-term power.  This includes a deep commitment to social justice, a passion for dismantling white supremacist oppression, racism, and colonialism in the fight for a more equitable planet.

Job Activities:

  1. Guide and direct a national buildings sector campaign centered in equity, justice, and inclusion that meets the challenge of the current climate crisis.  Develop a theory of change, campaign goals, and outcomes, and fundraise and oversee an annual budget, adjusting expenses based on quarterly revenue projections.  Engage across the organization and the movement to ensure the campaign is rooted in equitable outcomes.  Oversee strategic campaign planning at the national level, and support local planning in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
  2. Provide leadership to those implementing the national buildings strategy. Resource and provide guidance to a team of campaigners, organizers, communicators, lobbyists, lawyers, digital strategists, and others that implement the campaign strategy. Build strong relationships across groups of stakeholders to ensure goal alignment, support for staff engaged in buildings work, and compelling narratives to advance outcomes.
  3. Supervise and mentor 2-6 direct reports by setting performance objectives, providing regular feedback, and supporting staff to excel. Effectively manage guide and coach staff, ensure individual professional development, establish performance objectives and expectations, and evaluate accomplishments and effectiveness. Take appropriate disciplinary action when needed, make hiring and termination recommendations. Ensure campaign staff advance assigned projects by collaborating with other Sierra Club staff and volunteers as well as external partners. Establish strategic priorities and monitor progress toward annual results.
  4. Serve as a member of the Energy Campaigns team. Help shape and manage the direction of intersectional energy campaigns, and support a holistic vision for significant greenhouse gas reductions across interrelated sectors of the economy.
  5. Fundraise for the buildings campaign budget. Meet with high net-worth individuals and foundations, partnering with our Office of Advancement on proposal development, presentations, and reports.
  6. Manage a large complex budget.  Ensure we are providing donors a meaningful return on investment, achieving our stated goals,  and aligning resources with strategy on an ongoing basis.
  7. Perform miscellaneous duties as directed.

Skills, qualities and competencies:

We will be looking for the ideal candidate with the right mix of the following skills, qualities, and competencies:

  • Track record of successful campaign leadership.  Demonstrated ability to build, implement, and win strategic campaigns. Demonstrated ability to achieve goals in an operating environment that requires working with and building alignment among a range of constituents inside and outside the organization. Includes identifying a theory of change, leveraging resources both internal and external toward strategies designed to win tangible, meaningful outcomes, and building a team culture that supports success.
  • Understanding of environmental, climate, and social justice issues and how they relate to each other. Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that operate at the intersections of the environment and race, gender, and class. Experience cultivating and maintaining just, accountable partnerships, especially with organizations led by those most impacted by the crises we seek to remedy.
  • Skillful at managing individuals and leading teams with a diversity of identities and skill sets to contribute at their highest level. Proficient at proactively surfacing and navigating conflict in a generative, equitable way, and providing timely feedback. Understanding of how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. Personal commitment to learning and growth, especially around equity.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and either existing expertise or an ability to develop expertise in this area of work. In-depth understanding of privilege and how race, gender, class intersect with environmental work. Demonstrated experience coaching others in this analysis.
  • Highly developed communication skills, and the ability to represent the organization in media and in venues with key decision-makers (including elected officials at all levels, their senior staffers, movement leaders, and tribal partners, and C-suite executives).
  • Ability to raise money and manage a large budget.  Proven fundraising and donor stewardship skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.

Strong candidates will bring the following characteristics and/or experience:

  • Proven ability to integrate cutting-edge data management and digital tools to inform strategy and track progress.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing change management processes that required building buy-in and leading across a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, across geographies, and with different types of volunteer and staff structures, exercising effective judgment in challenging situations, and remaining calm under pressure.

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 2 exempt, non-represented, managerial/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.




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