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Job Title: Chapter Organizing Manager
Department: Georgia Chapter
Location: Atlanta, GA
Reports To: Chapter Director
Supervises: Chapter organizing staff
Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of interdependence. 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 injustice, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our future. 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 has close to 800 staff across the country and a network of 64 local chapters that are led and fueled by thousands of volunteers. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with three labor unions representing more than half of our employees.
The Sierra Club Georgia Chapter is located in Sierra Club’s Southern field region. The Georgia Chapter is led by an all-volunteer Executive Committee (“ExCom”) which drives the programs, policies and initiatives of the Georgia Chapter. The Georgia Chapter has about 12,000 Sierra Club members, represented by five local groups. Chapter staff currently includes a Chapter Director and Senior Policy and Communications Coordinator with plans to grow in the coming months.
Scope: The Organizing Manager will responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating organizing objectives that advance opportunities that support the organization’s strategic goals of restoring access to clean air and water, cutting the nature equity gap, and transitioning from a fossil fuel-based economy to a clean energy economy rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice. The Organizing Manager will be responsible for building and leading an organizing team made up of staff and volunteer leaders. They will collaborate with partner organizations, grassroots organizations, and volunteer leadership to ensure execution of strategic and coordinated work across the state. Ensures strategic alignment of the Chapter work with regional and national goals and objectives. Creates and executes organizing plans and revises plans as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements. Represents Chapter to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, grassroots allies and other organizations, and to the public.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Hires and manages chapter organizing staff. Provides individualized coaching and development for each staff report, supporting their professional development to maximize skills, ability, and effectiveness in achieving campaign goals and movement building. Establishes performance objectives and expectations, and evaluates accomplishments and effectiveness. Guides and coaches organizing staff to develop strategic organizing plans, objectives, and outcomes. Tracks progress and performance and, when necessary, helps course correct and respond to challenges.
- Works closely with the Chapter Director and Chapter leadership to build and implement organizing campaigns that are in alignment with the Chapter’s strategic and programmatic goals, have clear outcomes, and builds our base of grassroots volunteers and supporters. Works with staff and volunteer leaders to develop, track and achieve campaign priorities. Foster integration across staff and volunteer efforts and develop teams to meet organizational goals and priorities.
- Works with Chapter staff and volunteer leaders to determine and implement strategies to build towards transformational organizing, with the goal of building and deepening relationships with a growing number of community supporters and volunteers, community leaders, community-based organizations, government officials, and other key stakeholders. Provides guidance and support to ensure that volunteer efforts and capacity are effectively engaged in community organizing activities.
- Serve as Sierra Club spokesperson and advocate to external organizations, government officials, and the media in alignment with Chapter and national policy as needed. Builds strong relationships with partner organizations, public officials, governmental agencies. Represents the Chapter on task forces, committees, and in coalitions. Establish and enhance partnerships with organizations that align with Sierra Club values. Supports staff in the development and execution of media, narrative, and public outreach communications and strategies to enhance the Club’s visibility and recognition.
- Supports the Chapter Director and Chapter Executive Committee in developing volunteer recruitment goals aimed at increasing volunteer base and volunteer leadership. Participates in volunteer meetings, trainings, and events as needed.
- Ensures that programmatic commitments and objectives, as well as financial, operational, and legal compliance standards, are met. Assists with grant reporting. Prepare reports to the Executive Committee of work activity, outreach, and campaign progress.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- Team Leadership: Significant experience as an organizer and/or campaigner. Prior experience and/or demonstrated ability in developing, training, and coaching teams of staff and volunteers in achieving shared goals. Experience in organizational conflict resolution and committed communication skills. Ability to address and resolve conflicts within the organization effectively, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.
- Strategy and Impact: Track record of successful community organizing campaigns, delivering impactful victories and building enduring power. Demonstrated effective oversight in implementing campaign plans.
- Project Management: Strong project management and facilitation skills. Track record of successfully moving strategies and projects with teams in complex landscapes. Experiencing implementing tracking systems and tools to provide accountability for staff and volunteers.
- Leadership Development: You lead by creating the conditions for others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty. You practice leadership development throughout your work, and coach and manage those you work with to do the same. Skillful at giving and receiving feedback and creating cultures of learning, risk taking, transparency, and mutual accountability in the teams you lead. Experience working with volunteers and in staff and in volunteer contexts.
- Equity Must Have: Committed to evolution. You are committed to continuously deepening and evolving your own understanding of systems of oppression through study, openness, and humility. And you easily recognize your own relationship to privilege and power, examining and shifting your behaviors as appropriate. You have a proven track record of successfully working across lines of race, immigration status, ethnicity, language, class, gender, and other identities and experiences.
- Equity Must Have: Uplifting and additive. You see mistakes as opportunities for growth; problems as catalysts for solutions, and inspire others along the journey. You carry a constructive approach, can-do attitude, a sense of humor, and authentic kindness wherever you go.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills, and competencies:
- A complex understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity in climate and environmental work is a strong plus. Familiarity with how these issues play out in Georgia.
- Strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
- Working knowledge of operations, budget management, and grant funding.
- Organizing experience using digital tools and communications to recruit volunteers to take on-the-ground action and build engagement with a grassroots base.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $85,000
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 4 exempt non-represented managerial position.
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 People Department 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 belonging.
The Sierra Club provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all staff members. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, lived experience and skills. The Sierra Club does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, ancestry, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, prior conviction, arrest history, traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The Sierra Club values applicants who are people that identify as Black, Indigenous, and other minoritized groups; women; queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people.
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