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Environmental Justice Organizer

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Dec 20, 2022

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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 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 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 volunteer leaders and 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 Environmental Justice Organizer works closely with staff and volunteers to build grassroots power, by assisting with the design and development of organizing campaigns that advance our climate and environmental justice priorities and goals in Delaware. The organizer works closely with partner organizations, volunteer leadership, and Sierra Club Delaware chapter staff, Executive Committee members and national staff to provide opportunities for advocates to engage on the chapter’s climate and environmental justice strategies and priorities. The organizer supports engagement efforts through multiple communication outlets. Heavier seasonal workloads may occur during peak activity periods. Frequent weekend and/or evening work may be required.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. With support from and collaboration with Delaware staff and volunteer leaders, help in designing and implementing organizing strategies for advancing climate and environmental justice goals.
  2. Seek opportunities to advance the Sierra Club's equity, inclusion and justice commitments through new partnerships and public engagement strategies. Guided by the Jemez principles for democratic organizing, develop alliances and solidarity with communities most impacted by climate change.
  3. Represent Sierra Club in coalitions that foster strong relationships to advance shared climate and equity goals and build power. Develop positive working relationships with existing coalitions; work to build and sustain coalitions.
  4. Help plan and recruit for engagement and base-building activities including public events, door-to-door outreach. Maintain lists and databases of campaign activists and supporters.
  5. Cultivate relationships with local public officials. Communicate Sierra Club positions to elected officials and administrative agencies.
  6. With support from staff and volunteer team, coordinate communications to advance campaign goals including action alerts, social media, and obtaining media coverage in local and regional media outlets.
  7. Work with the Chapter Director and Executive Committee to monitor, develop, and implement funding sources for assigned projects.
  8. Valid driver's license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

The Successful candidate must have the following skills and experiences:

  • Community organizing: You have some experience working with community members toward a shared advocacy goal through public mobilization tactics.
  • Teamwork: Proven track record of working collaboratively with others using democratic decision-making. Ability to work in small groups with colleagues, volunteers, community members and representatives from other organizations, especially across different identities and roles.
  • Communication: Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Comfortable leading group discussions, motivating people to take action, and establishing shared understanding and expectations.
  • Motivator: Demonstrated ability to 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.

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

  • Understanding, developed through either lived, academic or professional experience, of policy approaches related to environmental and climate justice, energy systems, local utilities or related issues.
  • Experience working with legislators and other policy makers to advocate for positive legislative or regulatory outcomes.
  • Relationships with Delaware organizations working on climate, clean energy or other progressive issues. Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, while setting clear boundaries to avoid burnout
  • Self-motivated: ability to work independently but also cooperatively and effectively with partners, staff colleagues, and volunteers.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $56,500-$60,000.

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.

This is a category 6 non-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.

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.

We are accepting applications until December 31st.

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