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Deputy Campaign Director - Building Electrification

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Washington, DC Preferred


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Salary Range is $80,000 for Washington, DC

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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: Deputy Campaign Director - Building Electrification
Department: Program 
Reports to: Campaign Director - Building Electrification
Location: Washington D.C. strongly preferred
Supervises: N/A

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 Sierra Club is seeking a strategic, collaborative, equity-driven Deputy Campaign Director to lead federal regulatory and legislative opportunities to support the Sierra Club’s national campaign work to end fossil fuel use in our homes and buildings.  The Deputy will be responsible for connecting the Sierra Club’s successful state-based electrification campaign model and its state-based staff and volunteers with a bold federal agenda.  The Deputy Director will be responsible for developing and implementing campaign goals, and working in collaboration and partnership with Sierra Club’s federal policy, legal, organizing, digital, and communications teams, to achieve federal policies that will accelerate the equitable electrification of homes and buildings.  The Deputy will work to ensure these federal policies support a clean energy transition that is rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice. The Deputy Director will develop and support state and federal strategies that engage Sierra Club’s members and supporters, and build powerful partnerships that are oriented toward a shared vision of climate and environmental justice.

Job Activities:
Specifically, the Deputy Campaign Director will:

  1. Lead a federal Buildings Campaign strategy:  lead the evaluation and prioritization of federal policy opportunities in the buildings sector that will meet the climate crisis and that are rooted in equity, justice, and inclusion.  Build a campaign strategy that will achieve Sierra Club’s goal of 100% clean buildings by 2045, including opportunities to increase federal funding for electric appliances, and to reduce the pollution impact of the buildings sector more broadly.  Leverage the Sierra Club’s state and national infrastructure and key capacities including organizing, communications, digital engagement, policy, and legal.
  2. Provide support to those implementing the national buildings strategy. Engage in strategic planning at the state and national level, join team calls and strategy sessions with internal stakeholders.  Build strong relationships across groups of stakeholders to ensure goal alignment, support for staff engaged in the Buildings Campaign, and compelling narratives to advance outcomes.
  3. Serve as the public spokesperson and advocate for the campaign’s federal priorities with the White House, federal agencies, Congress, and the media;
  4. Support strong coalitions and external partnerships:  Work collaboratively to build a larger electrification coalition inclusive of environmental justice and affordable housing groups. Engage with key stakeholders who may not currently participate in climate coalition environments, like labor and manufacturers to align federal priorities and opportunities;
  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. Perform miscellaneous duties as directed.

Skills, qualities and competencies:
The ideal candidate has the following skills, qualities and competencies:

  • Track record of successful campaign leadership.  Demonstrated ability to build, implement, and win strategic campaigns or initiatives. Demonstrated ability to achieve goals in an operating environment that requires working with and building alignment among a range of constituents inside and outside an organization or business. 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.
  • Experience with administrative policy, including but not limited to elements of rulemaking, policy design, and implementation.
  • Understanding of environmental, climate, and social and economic 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 15% of the time.

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

  • Experience with federal legislative and administrative venues and agencies most involved in implementing building electrification priorities.
  • Experience in the housing and buildings sector, potentially including building electrification, affordable housing, or working with builders and manufacturers.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, across geographies, and with different types of volunteer and staff structures, building buy-in across a complex organization, exercising effective judgment in challenging situations and remaining calm under pressure.

Compensation and Benefits

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.

The salary range for this position is $80,000 for Washington, DC.

This is a category 3 exempt, represented 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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To Apply:

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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