Job Title: Chapter Political Director
Department: Florida Chapter
Reports to: Chapter Deputy Director
Location: Remote / Flexible
Context: The Political Director plans, organizes, and implements the Chapter’s state political and legislative grassroots advocacy priorities.
Scope: The Political Director builds the Chapter’s power/influence, in cooperation with the volunteer leadership, through delivery of electoral and legislative grassroots advocacy efforts. Recruits, organizes and supports volunteer efforts, maintains political contacts, makes strategic recommendations related to political endorsements. Raises funds for Sierra Club Florida campaigns on state ballot measures and to support or oppose state and local candidates for elected office.
- Plans, coordinates, supports and implements the Chapter’s political program as approved by the chapter leadership including candidate recruitment, endorsements, fundraising and conducting election campaign activities.
- Assists in the formulation of grassroots campaign and coalition activities in support of legislation and political campaigns at the state and federal levels.
- Trains, informs, and motivates volunteers and other chapter staff to enable them to activate others in efforts to influence legislative and regulatory decisions and in the political process.
- Participates in the development of educational/ informational materials in regard to the Club’s political and legislative grassroots efforts.
- Works with Sierra Club staff and volunteers to develop a consistent, clear state policy, legislative and political message that is being communicated to the public.
- Communicates with the media to state the Sierra Clubs view on specific state political matters including endorsements and campaign efforts.
- Works on task forces and committees representing the Club’s mission or objective.
- Manages the Chapter’s political intern program.
- Assists in fund raising for the Chapter’s political programs.
- Ensures compliance with Sierra Club policy and federal and state laws related to election activities including management and administration of the Chapter’s state Political Action Committee (PAC).
- Ensures compliance with all state and federal lobbying and political campaign laws and all reporting requirements.
- Coordinates with the Sierra Club national political team as needed.
- Supports implementation of the chapter’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
- Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills:
- B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field
- 3 years’ experience working on public policy advocacy and the political process
- Prior experience and effectiveness in election campaigns
- Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers
- Clear understanding and knowledge of grassroots organizing and the political process
- Skill in developing a positive rapport with the media
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Skill in making presentations to a diverse audience
- Strong analytical skills
- Experience with Microsoft Office applications, Google drive, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, websites, and constituent database management applications such as the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and Salesforce is preferred.
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.