Active - Wyss Fellow Associate Organizing Representative @ Sierra Club

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Active - Wyss Fellow Associate Organizing Representative


Context: Builds grassroots power, by leading the implementation of organizing campaigns that will increase the number of people involved, leaders trained, and engagement of people with influence to achieve Sierra Club conservation goals. Carries out organizing strategies and activities for assigned campaign or programs. Participates in the development of strategies and priorities.

Scope: The Wyss Fellow Associate Organizing Representative will help coordinate a broad, organizing effort on land conservation issues throughout Washington State and will collaborate with Sierra Club staff and volunteer leaders in development of organizing campaigns or program strategy and implementation.

The Wyss Fellow Associate Organizing Representative is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s land conservation goals in Washington State. This work will include developing and strengthening relationships with public officials and tribal nations, and organizing communities across the state to protect Washington’s wildlands and preserve critical habitat for threatened and endangered species.

This position is supported through the Wyss Fellows program, which is designed to develop future conservation leaders. As part of the program, the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in training and other professional development activities. To learn more, go to

Job Activities:

  1. Works independently or with staff or volunteer leads to develop strong Sierra Club presence in Washington State on lands conservation campaigns or programs. Collaborates in developing organizing campaign or program strategies.
  2. Coordinates the identification, recruitment and organizing of volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around priority campaigns. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s equity values through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
    1. Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level.
    2. Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including online and face-to-face social networks to support Sierra Club cause.
    3. Maintains and develops new partnerships with groups who share common goals and values.
  3. Represents Sierra Club to the public and in the media, including helping to develop public education and media strategy.
  4. Develops positive working relationships with existing coalitions on campaign issues; works to build and sustain issue coalitions.
  5. Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
  6. Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, staff, or departments, the public, and others about the campaigns and priority issues.
  7. Develops grasstop networks and cultivates relationships with public officials. Lobbies public officials on administrative issues of importance to Sierra Club’s land conservation objectives.
  8. Coordinates preparation of special reports, other publications, action alerts, or newsletter articles.
  9. Attends various issue committee and regional conservation meetings.
  10. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
  11. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.
  12. Seasonal Activities: Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods. Occasional weekend and/or evening may be work required.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • 1 plus years’ experience working with volunteers to plan and implement grassroots campaigns in the environmental movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations.
  • Knowledge of current environmental issues affecting lands and wildlife in Washington, including demonstrated interest in lands and/or wildlife issues and familiarity with relevant administrative processes.
  • Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships.
  • Has current contacts or the ability to develop contacts with environmental coalition partners in Washington State.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Requires occasional travel, once public health conditions allow. A valid drivers’ license and satisfactory driving record is required.

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 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 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.

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