Chapter Organizer

Website Sierra Club

San Francisco Bay Chapter

Job Title: Chapter Organizer
Department: San Francisco Bay Chapter
Location: Oakland, CA. Travels to locations in the Bay Area as necessary to implement campaign plans
Reports To: Chapter Director

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 Chapter Organizer leads the implementation of organizing and educational strategies and activities for local Sierra Club campaigns focusing on the San Francisco Bay and Delta and shoreline conservation and restoration efforts in Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties. Working with community members, volunteers, staff, and officials in the San Francisco Bay Chapter area, the Chapter Organizer builds grassroots power and supports leadership development in order to achieve Sierra Club’s goals in the areas of conservation and environmental justice.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Coordinates volunteer‑based community outreach, organizing, and education efforts to achieve campaign victories in San Francisco Bay / shoreline protection and restoration (including but not limited to advocating the use of nature-based solutions for resilience to sea level rise, conserving shoreline open space, and Bay/Delta water issues), among other local Chapter policy priorities.
  2. Identifies, develops, and supports volunteer leaders and strengthens strategic partnerships to build grassroots power. Works to ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in campaign work. Recruits, engages, trains, and motivates people to influence decision makers and help achieve campaign victories.
  3. Identifies and is responsible for developing strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders, especially from frontline communities, and public officials to influence positive campaign or program outcomes.
  4. Works with appropriate local Chapter staff, volunteer entities, and partners to plan and implement educational, visibility, media, and community outreach efforts to generate public support with relevant decision makers and in the media. Represents the Sierra Club to the public and in the media. Writes newsletter articles, op-eds, and alerts.
  5. Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public, and others about the campaign or program and priority issues.
  6. Supports frontline communities and volunteers who will build grassroots power and networks. Helps leaders in these communities succeed by providing and supporting training and coaching.
  7. Measures and evaluates the success of activities with manager to ensure progress towards the campaign or program’s mission and goals.
  8. Performs administrative, clerical, and other miscellaneous duties as assigned by supervisor.

Seasonal Activities: Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods. Weekend and/or evening work may be required.


The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Track record of planning and implementing advocacy campaigns, strategic initiatives, or similar efforts with clearly defined goals, which includes strategy, organizing, media relations and contacts with political and business leaders.
  • Basic knowledge of current environmental issues affecting California and the Bay Area.
  • Must have a working understanding of environmental justice, just transitions, movement-building and the ability to coordinate across a variety of social justice issues. Must share a commitment to prioritizing working alongside underserved or historically underrepresented groups.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas and easily strike up conversation with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong and persuasive writer.
  • Ability to work independently, cooperatively, and effectively with public, staff, and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships.
  • 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:

  • Experience working closely with organizers, as an organizer, or working with volunteers.
  • Experience effectively navigating complex organizational systems, structures, and dynamics.
  • Experience building relationships and influencing decision makers through lobbying or similar advocacy.
  • Proficient knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, nature-based adaptation, water issues, and/or sea level rise, and/or the research skills to serve as a subject matter expert providing technical, policy, and strategic vision and guidance to staff, volunteers, and partner organizations.
  • Current contacts or the ability to develop contacts with environmental coalition partners in the Bay Area.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting salary for this position is $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 7 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.


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