Associate Director, Electric Vehicles/Clean Transportation

City: Oakland or Washington Preferred (flexible)
State: CA, DC
Job Code: 48-17
# of Openings: 1


Job Title: Associate Director, Electric Vehicles/Clean Transportation Initiative

Department: Conservation

Reports To: Director, Electric Vehicles Initiative

Context: The Sierra Club has long been a leader on transportation issues. The Electric Vehicles/Clean Transportation Initiative works to accelerate the US market for electric cars and buses as one essential way to slash oil use and greenhouse gas emissions. The Initiative also collaborates closely with teams focused on federal fuel efficiency and local and state transit and healthy communities’ efforts. The Associate Director plans, manages and evaluates operational aspects of the Electric Vehicles/Clean Transportation Initiative. Leads collaborative efforts across all elements of the Sierra Club to grow grassroots power for the campaign in order to achieve clean transportation for all. Directly supports the Director by ensuring the campaign is implemented in an effective manner.

Scope: The Associate Director provides experienced operational leadership of the Electric Vehicles/Clean Transportation Initiative to Sierra Club staff and volunteers. Provides leadership and ensures implementation of key aspects of the campaign. Offers strategic guidance and translates lessons learned to campaign members. Manages and monitors campaign reporting and expenses, assigns priorities, and develops or assists with work plans in collaboration with stakeholders such as campaign delivery teams, chapters, and Communications, Organizing, Legal, Federal Policy, and Digital Strategies departments. Together with key volunteers and staff, manages process of  periodic transportation-related grants to chapters. Evaluates the success of the campaign using tools such as ‘Managing for Results’ and the organizational dashboard. Evaluates changing conditions and modifies plans accordingly. Acts as a trusted advisor to staff colleagues and volunteers. Represents Sierra Club to internal leaders, the media, and donors. Develops and advances special projects as assigned by the Director.

Job Activities:

  1. Provides coordination, oversight, and reporting across departments that effectively tracks progress towards outcomes of the Electric Vehicles/Clean Transportation Initiative.
  2. Serves as an organizational leader on zero emission bus campaign efforts, providing strategic guidance at the national, state, and local levels; providing lessons learned to our local/state campaigners; tracking budgets and results; and reporting to and communication with donors on zero emission bus efforts.
  3. Creates, manages, and tracks budgets, mini-grants, and MOUs with chapters and others on transportation projects, ensuring strategic and effective results.
  4. Supports and provides senior level professional expertise and policy recommendations on transportation issues to staff and volunteers.
  5. Analyzes issues of national, state, and local importance and collaborates with allied groups and other campaign staff and volunteer leaders in formulating and implementing campaign goals, strategies, and tactics.
  6. In cooperation with fundraising staff, participates in major donor personal solicitation and cultivation, and foundation solicitation, reporting, and relations.
  7. Works to develop and ensure that the chapters and volunteers assume meaningful roles in the campaign.
  8. Introduces creative ideas and approaches for consideration.
  9. Represents the Sierra Club and the Electric Vehicles/Clean Transportation Initiative as a spokesperson to the media, donors, allies, and the public.
  10. Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field or equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a leadership role in the planning and management of environmental or other types of grassroots campaigns that involve organizing at the local, state, or federal levels.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in the planning, oversight, and execution of campaigns.
  • Excellent project management and detail-oriented skills.
  • Passion for protecting the planet and advancing social justice. Great enthusiasm for the work and values embodied by the Sierra Club.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice.|
  • Strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Prior experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
  • Experience/expertise on transportation issues 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 John Muir Local or Sierra Employee Alliance, depending on location. 

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 3 exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) organization. Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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