Community Organizer and Communications Coordinator
Jackson, Wyoming (or nearby community)
Type of Job
Feb 27, 2023
About the job
Scope: Sierra Club Wyoming has been a leader in our state since 1975 working to protect our environment, and today represents 3,500 Sierra Club members and supporters across the state. Our small Wyoming-based staff of four (growing to five with this new position) works cooperatively and in a fully integrated manner with our volunteer activists and grassroots supporters across the state, with a diverse array of partners, and with other regional and national Sierra Club staff. Our top conservation priorities are to slow climate change and minimize its most harmful impacts by ending fossil fuel production on public land; protect our remaining undeveloped wild landscapes; protect healthy and free-ranging wildlife; and maintain high-quality, connected wildlife habitats. All aspects of this position will be grounded in principles of equity, justice, and inclusion.
As Wyoming Chapter Organizer, this position will help lead and execute assigned components of Sierra Club Wyoming’s land, wildlife, and energy campaign work, with primary focus on projects in northern and western Wyoming. The Organizer will work with Sierra Club staff, volunteer leadership, and partner organizations to implement strategic coordinated campaigns; help educate and engage Sierra Club members, supporters, partners, and the general public on our priority issues; and support networks of engaged volunteer activists across the state. As Communications Coordinator, this position will work with staff and volunteer leaders to help ensure a clear, consistent, and effective chapter voice and message across electronic and print outreach pieces that advance Sierra Club Wyoming’s goals and priorities. This position requires occasional evening and weekend work for volunteer meetings and public events; requires an ability to travel within the state with a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record; and may require occasional out-of-state travel to regional or national meetings.
- Conservation campaign design and implementation. Working with other staff and volunteer leaders, develop and implement strategic campaign plans on assigned projects, including goals, outcomes, strategies, and specific tactics. Analyze agency plans and proposals, help develop Sierra Club positions, help write Sierra Club comments, and develop strategies and materials for public engagement that educate and engage large numbers of people in support of campaign goals. Hold community engagement events, including webinars, rallies, socials, and outings. Regularly track and report metrics.
- Partnership-building and coordination. Regularly communicate and coordinate with Sierra Club Wyoming’s existing partner organizations, including conservation and social justice groups, and help identify opportunities to expand our partner network to include more traditionally marginalized communities. Strengthen relationships to build power and advance goals based on shared values. Coordinate shared actions with partner groups to further chapter priorities.
- Wyoming Chapter communication coordination. Help review, edit, and publish electronic and print communications from staff and volunteer leaders, to ensure that chapter messaging is clear, consistent, and effective. Work with staff and volunteers to develop and implement communication strategies and plans.
- Media and outreach. Develop media contacts, pitch stories, and help connect staff and volunteers with journalists. Help write newsletters, action alerts, press releases, editorials, and other materials across multiple media including social. Provide communications training and coaching for staff and volunteers.
- Organizational power building. Working with other staff and volunteer leaders, help achieve Sierra Club Wyoming’s plan to build our movement across the state.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience, and capacities:
- Community organizing & teamwork. You have experience working with groups using democratic decision-making. You have worked with partners to achieve shared goals by building pressure on a decision-maker through an escalation of advocacy tactics. You are able to manage a fast-moving, dynamic campaign plan with multiple stakeholders, partners, volunteers, and decision-makers.
- Public speaking & facilitation. You are comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups and leading group discussions. You are able to clearly convey information and help everyone share their ideas while moving through an intentional agenda. You are able to motivate groups of people to take action for a cause.
- Communication. You demonstrate excellent written, editorial, and oral communication skills. You know how to edit other people’s writing for clarity, accuracy, coherent style, and organization. You understand the components of a comprehensive communication strategy to support an advocacy campaign, and have some experience working with journalists and media outlets. You have written outreach pieces such as newsletters, action alerts, press releases, etc.
- Environmental and social justice analysis & practice. You understand how climate change, environmental degradation, and limited access to nature disproportionately impact communities of color, low-income communities, and other marginalized groups of people. You are interested in or have experience developing inclusive campaigns at the intersection of environmental action and social justice.
- Equity analysis & practice. You are aware of your personal 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, positions, and roles.
- Strong work ethic. You are effective and efficient working independently on your own as well as cooperatively with others to accomplish complex work projects, and can point to specific examples of your experience with each.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position is $65,000 for salary region 1 (Jackson).
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’s competitive salary package includes excellent benefits with medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.