Field Organizer

Sierra Club Maryland

College Park, Maryland

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $68,500 - $71,000, non-negotiable.
Deadline Apr 30, 2024

Department: Field
Location: Sierra Club office near College Park, MD
This position requires an ability to travel. 
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 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 Field Organizer is responsible for organizing campaigns that win real victories and build the grassroots power to accomplish Sierra Club priorities, which are: to address climate disruption, transform the energy economy, protect communities from pollution, ensure access to the outdoors for all and protect our lands, water and wildlife. The Field Organizer works closely with Chapter staff and volunteers, sometimes other chapters, partners, and staff across the assigned region, while harnessing all of the strategic levers of Sierra Club including legal, communications, digital strategies and subject matter/campaign expertise. The Organizer works on local teams to recruit and train volunteers to fulfill goals and build leadership capabilities. The Organizer represents Sierra Club at community events and with partner organizations, to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, and the public. The Organizer plans and implements tactics to help achieve the assigned Chapter or regional strategy; the Organizer will do this by fostering volunteer leadership and participation on movement ready teams, building and recruiting for events and actions to accomplish policy priorities, and reporting on campaign results and effectiveness. 

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Strategic Campaigns. Participates in the creation of a regional strategy while leading a specific campaign, balancing national and local priorities. Works to incorporate key states and chapter stakeholders, including volunteers, to create and implement a campaign of the overarching strategic plan. With the support of the Chapter staff, volunteer leaders and manager,, develops individual campaign organizing plans, including organizing tactics.  With the support of the manager, ensures that campaigns are rooted in equity and justice and inclusive of frontline and directly impacted communities. 
  • Organizing Implementation. Collaborates with volunteers to implement components of an overarching strategic plan for Sierra Club’s priorities in Maryland the assigned states or region. Includes facilitating organizing meetings, volunteer onboarding and integration, and developing and leveraging partnerships. Tracks progress on organizing and evaluates progress towards goals through data collection and key metrics. 
  • Collaboration. Builds a healthy, mutually accountable relationship with Chapter staff and volunteers to carry out Sierra Club priorities. Communicates clear expectations, capacity, and works in strategic alignment to accomplish Sierra Club’s priority goals. Prioritizes relationships with volunteer leaders and coordinates with other Sierra Club stakeholders as needed.
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Leadership Development. Identify and recruit potential volunteers and activists, match volunteers to their areas of interest, and increase volunteer and activist participation within the Chapter structure. Support issue-focused volunteer teams to accomplish their goals, coach volunteers on skills, coordinate activities, and to engage key stakeholders and coalitions, elected and appointed decision makers, and their influencers to assure advancement of Sierra Club’s priorities. In coordination with other staff, supports the volunteer leadership development including facilitating training and coaching leaders and supporting governance processes and functions. Maintain good data practices tracking volunteers teams, roles, and contact information as well as other core metrics.
  • Mobilization and Event Planning. Coordinates with coalition partners and outside interest groups to plan volunteer activities supporting Sierra Club’s priorities. Attends chapter, group, and committee meetings to coordinate events and mobilization tactics. Responds to inquiries concerning membership, outings, events, and environmental issues from the general public, members, and volunteers. Provides good public relations and volunteer support for Sierra Club.
  • Local Representation of Sierra Club. In coordination with staff and volunteers, represents Sierra Club priorities to public officials, partner organizations, and to the media. Maintains positive relationships with strategic partners, coalitions, members of the media, grassroots leaders, elected officials, and government officials when strategic and aligns with the strategic priorities in the assigned region.
  • Build and Participate in Teams: Build, maintain, and participate on teams to advance states level specific campaign work and Chapter organization building. Train and develop volunteer leaders who are skillful at facilitating effective, healthy teams. Actively participate and build the state field teams, as needed. Supports a community of care with colleagues and collaborators and recognizes the need for self care in order to sustain ourselves and our work.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.
  • Seasonal Activities: Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods.  Frequent weekend and/or evening work required.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills, experience and competencies:

  • Organizing Experience: Experience as a field organizer and/or community organizing and/or demonstrated ability in onboard, training, and support volunteers. Experience designing and implementing tactics as part of a larger campaign strategy.
  • Data Practices: A working understanding of quantitative data (for example, numbers of people engaged) and qualitative data (for instance, stories about people taking action) and a willingness to use data to inform and evaluate organizing work.
  • Tech Tools: Experience using and training on a variety of in person and online/virtual tools, for example tools such as Zoom, G-Suite, peer to peer texting and Mobilize, and venues for volunteer outreach and engagement.
  • Team Building: Demonstrated leadership experience working within a team structure. Ability to build vision, trust, and mutual accountability with team members.
  • Experience working closely with volunteers.
  • 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 skills, experience and competencies:
  • Knowledge of environmental and energy issues, and either expertise or an ability to develop expertise in region energy, climate justice, and/or conservation areas.
  • Demonstrates the ability to create rapport and inspire trust. Open to feedback and the ability to learn new skills. 

This job description encompasses all of the functions held by this position. A realistic annual work plan will be developed based on the strategic priorities and campaign goals of the state and/or region. The work plan will be approved by this position’s manager and adjusted as needed throughout the year. Depending on the needs of the state and/or region, the Field Organizer may be doing some of these functions more than others. The work plan is the tool a manager will use to ensure there is clarity around expectations and work responsibilities.

$68,500 - $71,000 a year

Compensation and Benefits
The starting salary range for this position is $68,500 - $71,000, non-negotiable.

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 4 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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Category Admin & Leadership , Policy And Law
Tags Outreach , Climate Change