Job Title: Oregon Chapter Director
Department: Oregon Chapter
Location: Headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Requires the ability to travel.
Reports to: Senior Manager, Chapter Support- Western Region
Supervises: Chapter Staff, currently 1 part-time, add’l Chapter staff anticipated
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 Oregon Chapter covers the entire state and in 2022 includes more than 23,000 members and 3 regional groups. The Oregon Chapter volunteers engage on a broad range of issues, such as moving to renewable energy, increasing electrification, forestry issues, conservation and protection of Oregon’s wild spaces. We are committed to standing with our coalition partners to build a more equitable and just future.
The Chapter Director implements the policies, priorities and goals of the Executive Committee for chapter operations and programs. Manages Chapter Staff and the financial resources in collaboration with the Chapter Treasurer/Finance Committee. Is responsible for increasing the visibility, network, and programmatic contributions of the chapter in collaboration with the Chapter Committees, and Oregon Chapter volunteer leaders.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- In partnership with the Chapter Executive Committee, Chapter Committees and volunteer leaders of the Oregon Sierra Club, the Chapter Director is responsible for leading and managing chapter activities. Prepares and presents reports to inform the Executive Committee of major program and chapter activity decisions and chapter activity outcomes.
- Participates in the development of long and short term strategic programmatic, financial and campaign plans.
- Manages efforts to support the mission and vision of Sierra Club’s Oregon Chapter by operationalizing equity. Embeds justice and equity while executing job responsibilities.
- Collaborates with the Chapter treasurer and Finance Committee members to ensure the financial health of the Chapter by tracking and managing expenses in addition to raising funds. Ensures reporting of financial matters internally and externally, is timely.
- Recruits, hires, and manages chapter staff. Ensures compliance with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices. Ensures staff are trained. Writes and conducts performance appraisals, where appropriate takes personnel actions.
- Coordinates chapter work with National Sierra Club campaigns and staff active in Oregon to promote collaboration and cohesion.
- Works with national Sierra Club staff to ensure strategies implemented are compliant with national requirements.
- Collaborate with environmental justice and mainstream environmental organizations, Tribal communities, local governments, grassroots communities, and/or Sierra Club’s volunteer committees to advance shared goals, campaigns, initiatives, policies, and projects. They should leverage the privileged capacity of Sierra Club to support the leadership of organizations that base-build in communities impacted first and worst by the climate crisis and extractive economy. They should practice transparency and accountability, and be comfortable facilitating distributed and collaborative leadership.
Increases the visibility, network and programmatic contributions of the chapter. Establishes practices and develops contacts to strengthen the chapter’s credibility and position on issues. Builds and maintains strong relationships with our coalition partners. Represents the Chapter when appropriate.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- You model effective equity analysis and practice and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of how group dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns, and coalition work. Your decision-making is consistent, intentional, and committed to creating equitable outcomes at all levels. You have led high-performing and leaderful teams across group identities. You intervene when challenging group dynamics play out, in ways that build understanding, trust, and deeper self-awareness of team members. You have a track record of operationalizing equity, and have embedded justice and equity throughout team/department policies, structures, culture, and programs.
- Experience and skills in securing and managing funds and getting full value of services and agreements. Experience obtaining grants, fundraising, etc. Experience tracking funded services, agreements and projects meet milestones and goals.
- Demonstrated skills in relationship building and ability to work in networks/partnerships with the chapter and with our allies, partners, and elected officials. Ability to earn and maintain credibility with communities impacted first and worst by climate change and environmental pollution. Strong written and oral communication skills. Public speaking abilities.
- Strategic planning skills and experience in building plans to achieve short and long-term priorities and maximize resources to have greatest impact.
- Managerial Experience – Recruiting, hiring, and managing staff and managing internal Chapter relationships.
- Experience showing a track record of accountability to stated plans, goals, and objectives.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:
- Holds credibility with frontline communities.
- Demonstrated skills and knowledge in managing a non-profit, environmental policy, political and legislative advocacy work, or related areas of expertise.
- Knowledge and background in environmental policy issues (examples: natural resources conservation, protection of biodiversity and public lands, water quality issues, climate change and clean energy.
- Demonstrated ability and effectiveness in team building, developing cohesion and collaboration among staff and volunteer leaders.
- Campaign management and grassroots organizing.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $110,000, commensurate with experience and ability.
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, supervisory 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.
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.
We are accepting applications until Feb 20, 2023.
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