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Senior Policy Advocate

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78,000 - 84,000

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Feb 2, 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 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: This position will lead the development and implementation of campaigns and initiatives focused on climate change, energy, oil & gas, electricity, and plastics/recycling issues for Sierra Club in California at the legislature and state regulatory agencies.

Under direction of the Director, helps achieve and coordinates Sierra Club California’s approved conservation programmatic objectives. Participates in planning policy efforts, develops and maintains government and political contacts, tracks regulations and legislation, makes strategic recommendations to achieve conservation objectives, engages in outreach to diverse communities and allies, including through social media.

Job Activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Coordinates Sierra Club California's day-to-day lobbying/policy advocacy in the Legislature; facilitates weekly legislative meetings; ensures Sierra Club California presence at legislative hearings; aids in development of legislative strategy on Sierra Club California priority bills.
  2. Tracks, monitors, analyzes, and evaluates regulations, laws, initiatives and new developments on a range of environmental issues. Evaluates proposed legislation and regulations to determine possible effects to the environment and makes recommendations for strategic lobbying and legislative efforts.
  3. Advocates the Sierra Club position on proposed legislation and regulations; informs and communicates with elected officials, business leaders, governmental agencies, and other non-profit organizations. Confers with legislators and officials to influence the passage of bills or measures favorable to Sierra Club's interests. Confers with regulatory agencies to influence administrative rules and regulations and other actions that are non-legislative in nature.
  4. Plans, develops and implements campaign strategies for assigned regulatory programs and legislative objectives and projects in accordance with the chapter policy.
  5. Works with staff and volunteer leaders to recruit, coordinate, and facilitate grassroots involvement in regulatory and legislative campaigns.
  6. Makes presentations to community, political, and governmental bodies regarding state environmental legislation and regulation.
  7. Contributes to press releases, newsletters, flyers, social media, etc. to keep Sierra Club membership and the general public informed.
  8. Conducts research needed to achieve objectives of legislative and regulatory campaigns.
  9. Works closely with the Chapter Director, Communications Associate, and other staff to ensure that the message of Sierra Club is accurately and favorably represented to the media, including in Spanish-language press.
  10. Engages in outreach to diverse allies and communities to help develop a stronger base of support for Sierra Club California positions. Leads key coalitions on behalf of Sierra Club California and in furtherance of Sierra Club's goals. Ensures alignment on issue areas across Sierra Club California, local chapters, and national staff.
  11. As needed, participates in donor and foundation solicitation and cultivation, including  meeting with funders and preparation of funder presentation, proposals, and reports.
  12. Stays abreast of latest news, particularly in issue areas of responsibility.
  13. Recruits and supervises interns as needed.
  14. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience analyzing and advocating for environmental, and environmental justice policies, especially those related to climate change, oil & gas, energy, electricity, and plastics/recycling.
  • Highly developed communication skills, with a focus on communicating effectively across different groups of stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple important priorities and meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of California political and environmental landscape.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers, regulatory agencies, and public officials.
  • 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.

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

  • Master in Public Policy or Law degree
  • Experience supervising or coordinating work of others.
  • Demonstrated and progressive experience leading in lobbying, building campaign plans, building coalitions, organizing grassroots campaigns, and public speaking.

A DMV/MVR background check will be required upon acceptance of the position.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $78,000 - $84,000. This category 5 exempt 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 5, 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 hiring 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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