Florida Chapter Director
Type of Job
Jan 12, 2021
About the job
The Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club seeks a chapter director to provide organizational leadership and to work in conjunction with its volunteer leaders to carry out the Chapter's policies, programs and operations. The Chapter encompasses the State of Florida (67 counties). The Florida Chapter has about 36,000 members, each of whom belongs to one of 16 groups. The Chapter Director plays a critical role in ensuring the successful implementation of all programs, policies and initiatives for the Chapter. This is done under the direction of the Chapter’s Executive Committee and by developing strong partnerships with Chapter staff and Sierra’s national campaigns. The person in this role must lead the organization through a lens strongly centered on equity, inclusion and justice, believe in coaching and developing the Chapter team of volunteers and staff, and value feedback as a way to reach common goals while being flexible, adaptable, and empathetic.
The Chapter Director is responsible for strengthening the Sierra Club’s base and nurturing a network of leaders grounded in equity and justice through planning, coordination and implementation of the Chapter’s priority campaign activities. The scope of work includes (1) developing recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding short and long term priorities and strategies to strengthen the effectiveness of the Chapter, and (2) collaborating with the Sierra Club’s national staff and programs, and with Florida Chapter volunteers and staff. The Director is expected to communicate campaign priorities and benchmarks, provide leadership, promote participation and report on campaign effectiveness. The Director must manage the Chapter’s staff and operations in the following areas: conservation and legislative programs, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations. The Director represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, donors, allies and other organizations, and the public.
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Fundraising & Budget
- Strengthen existing donor relationships and build the Chapter’s fundraising capacities.
- Manage key donor communications, cultivation and solicitation with support from the Chapter executive committee, fundraising volunteers and national advancement staff, as appropriate.
- Plan and implement effective fundraising strategies that reflect Chapter’s needs and priorities, working with the Finance Committee to:
- Establish fundraising goals and design, including the implementation of annual and multi-year fundraising plans;
- Reach out to member donors and Chapter groups for their support; and
- Cultivate existing and new high net-worth donor relationships.
- Ensure good management of the Chapter’s fiscal resources and timely reporting to the Executive Committee and national Sierra Club.
- Develop an annual budget with input from Chapter Treasurer, committees, and others.
- Work with the Chapter Treasurer to balance fundraising needs for c(3) (tax-deductible) and c(4) (non tax-deductible) funds.
- Guide the Chapter on budget, staffing, contracting and other resource needs to advance its conservation and other goals.
Leadership & Mentoring
- Supervise, lead, and manage the Chapter office and staff, including:
- Providing appropriate organizational structure and accountability for all staff, reflecting campaign needs and individual staff capacities.
- Recruiting, hiring, and approving staffing decisions as needed with appropriate consultation with both the Executive Committee and Chapter staff.
- Creating managerial positions (as authorized by the Executive Committee) that report to the Director.
- Communicating effectively with staff
- Coordinating with staff to carry out the objectives and delegating as appropriate.
- Conducting performance appraisals and personnel actions as appropriate.
- Reviewing staff time reports and ensuring that the reporting of this information is accurate and timely in accordance with Sierra Club policies.
- Ensuring the Chapter’s compliance with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices, including justice, equity, and inclusion principles.
- Provide professional expertise, guide and support staff and volunteers. Provide training and motivation to staff and volunteers.
- Work to develop volunteers and leaders, and ensure that they assume meaningful roles in the program/campaign.
- Navigate the demands of an increasing organizational hierarchy and a transition of national staff to the Chapter.
- Advocate for the Sierra Club’s position in alignment with Chapter and national policy
- Work with Communication Committee and staff to present communications planning that encompasses media, membership, and general public.
- Coordinate with Chapter committees and staff to ensure communication of the Chapter's objectives to volunteers.
- Develop and maintain working relationships with external organizations, officials, and the media and represent the Chapter, as appropriate, in publications and interviews.
- Oversee and monitor implementation of communications plan by the Political and Communications Directors which
- Develops contacts with the media to establish and maintain positive relations to maximize the Chapter's credibility and convey positions on issues,
- Strengthens lines of communication with the membership and general public,
- Expands electronic outreach of the Chapter, and
- Enhances Chapter fundraising efforts.
- Ensure that events are organized around the state to grow and strengthen the Chapter’s membership, contributing to networking and enhancing membership giving.
- Coordinate media outreach activities related to campaigns/programs; write, edit, and review educational and advocacy materials as needed.
- Serve as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promote media exposure for volunteers.
Teamwork & Collaboration
- Develop and enhance partnerships with social justice organizations that align with Sierra Club values for both conservation and political outcomes.
- Collaborate with the Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Communications Department, Organizing and Digital Organizing Capacities, Political Team, Sierra Student Coalition, other Sierra Club Chapters and Sierra Club programs—including but not limited to Environmental Justice, Labor, Partnerships—and chapter volunteer leadership.
- Monitor the Chapter’s Legislative and Political Affairs staff in designing and implementing effective legislative programs that reflect the Chapter’s conservation and other policy goals.
- Prepare regular reports to the Executive Committee of work activity, major decisions, outreach, and campaign progress.
- Manage implementation of recommendations approved by the Executive Committee.
- Consult with the Executive Committee as necessary to take official action on administrative, legal, conservation/policy, or other issues.
- Work with the Chapter Chair, Executive Committee, and other Chapter committees and staff to develop the Chapter's short and long term strategic and programmatic goals and objectives and ensure that Chapter staff is informed of goals and objectives.
- In conjunction with the Executive Committee, update the Chapter’s Strategic Plan to reach those goals.
- Implement the state-level aspects of the Chapter’s priority campaigns
- Work with staff, lead volunteers, and committees to track and update campaign plans.
Partnerships & Outreach
- Prioritize equity and justice within the overall work of the Chapter and
- Improve and maintain relationships with Sierra Club groups across Florida.
- Represent the Chapter at meetings and events when appropriate. Build strong relationships with partner organizations, elected officials, governmental agencies, and other groups in consultation and coordination with appropriate staff and volunteers.
- As directed, participate on task forces, committees, and in coalitions representing the Club's objectives or missions.
- Acts as Chapter liaison with national staff and ensures that the Chapter actions are in compliance with national requirements.
Knowledge & Skills
- B.A./B.S. degree in a policy, environmental, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated understanding of Sierra’s organizational mission.
- Demonstrated cultural competence and a commitment to incorporating principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion (e.g., Jemez Principles), working effectively with diverse personalities, both on an individual level and in a committee setting.
- Ability to operate at the intersection of the environment and marginalized communities, and a commitment to personal growth regarding equity and inclusion.
- Prior experience in fundraising that includes donor relations with major funders, and membership programs to build a broader donor base.
- Ability to appropriately frame and leverage the Chapter’s political strength in various contexts, including coalitions.
- Knowledge of the unique cultural and political environment of Florida, including environmental justice and more than one of the following: water policy, public lands policy, energy, public health, growth management, wildlife, or coastal resources.
- At least 5 years of relevant experience including development, financial management, planning and managing grassroots policy/advocacy/legislative campaigns, outreach to elected officials and state agencies, media relations, and working with volunteers.
- At least 5 years of management experience, including direct supervision of multiple employees as well as coordination and oversight of multiple layers of project and organizational management.
- Proven leadership and organizational trouble-shooting abilities, encouraging and developing the capabilities of staff and providing guidance to a volunteer board.
- Demonstrated communication skills, including written material, public speaking and media presentation ability, effective television and radio presence, knowledge of media technologies.
- Demonstrated emotional intelligence and an ability to build trust and work effectively with staff and volunteers.
- Ability to problem-solve and work under deadlines.
- Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
- Proficiency in Spanish is desirable, but not required.
A detailed resumé with email address and telephone number shall be submitted electronically (Word .doc or .pdf file) to the following email addresses:
Please place “Sierra Club Florida Chapter Director Committee” in the email subject line.
Letters of recommendation may be attached, but are not required.
The Sierra Club offers 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 4 exempt 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.