Job Title: Campaign Representative, Military Outdoors Student Veterans
Reports To: Director of Sierra Club Outdoors
Context: The Sierra Club Outdoors (SCO) Initiative engages people with nature to build a powerful and diverse movement that results in increased lands protection and keeping dirty fuels in the ground. The Campaign Representative, Student Veterans is a new position responsible for Developing and implementing nationwide strategies to support student military veterans to support and encourage connections to the outdoors, lands conservation, and climate issues.
Scope: The Campaign Representative partners with staff and volunteers in Sierra Club Outdoors and Outdoor Activities to determine and implement strategies that build the number and diversity of student veterans in outdoor activities, conservation, and climate activities to achieve broad Sierra Club Outdoors and Sierra Club goals. Helps drive post secondary student and campus veteran engagement within Sierra Club entities by working with regional outdoor coordinators, Wild organizers, and local volunteers nationwide to expand veteran engagement with existing Chapter Outings, Inspiring Connections Outdoors, and conservation outings groups in each school’s region.
Collaborates with staff and volunteers to design and deliver Sierra Club training and outdoor opportunities to the student military and veteran community. Responsible for fundraising efforts for the program; serves as lead for developing strategies in partnership with Sierra Club campaigns and programs interested in engaging student veterans.
Represents the Sierra Club to partner organizations, the media, and other organizations. Travels occasionally as needed.
- Plans and carries out activities for the Sierra Club Outdoors Initiative. Develops a strategic campaign plan, goals, and objectives including development and support of strong, diverse grassroots network to achieve goals related to connecting student military veterans to the outdoors, lands conservation, public health and climate issues.
- Coordinates with Sierra Club Chapters, Communications, Organizing, On-Line Organizing, Outdoor Activities and other capacities as well as Campaigns (ie Beyond Coal), Political Team, Sierra Student Coalition, Sierra Club’s programs including but not limited to Environmental Justice, Labor, Partnerships, and volunteer leadership to ensure the execution of a state-based campaign to achieve the desired outcomes of the Military Outdoors Program.
- Develops strategy for veteran engagement with outdoor activities at institutions of higher education. Works with leaders to set program goals and priorities. Identifies and develops leader recruitment and stewardship to support military and veteran engagement.
- Supports nearby Military Outdoors regional groups to develop pathways for graduating student veterans to continue serving with local Sierra Club groups and chapters upon leaving school.
- Works with volunteers and staff to coordinate teams interested in supporting veteran and military outings that fit in the overall strategy of student veteran programming.
- Working with Outdoor Activities and Program Safety, advocates and conveys policies, insurance, and risk management information.
- Determines and implements special projects, research, events, outings, internal collaborations and opportunities for volunteers and participants. Coordinate between various partners, volunteers, schools, and organization assets to successfully execute research programs.
- In coordination with Communications Department, serves as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promotes media exposure for front-line communities and volunteers. Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
- Represents the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies. Ensure the Sierra Club is regarded as a regional and national leader in student veteran outdoor engagement by the media, with donors and by key decision makers for military and veteran issues and is a best in class program for supporting improved resiliency, improved mental, physical, and community health, and conservation through outdoor recreation.
- In coordination with Advancement Department and Sierra Club Outdoors staff, achieves campaign fundraising targets including donor communications, cultivation, and solicitation.
- Reports on progress toward established goals and the effectiveness of campaign strategies.
- Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.
- 2-3 years prior experience in a leadership role in the military or similar agency, non-profit, business administration, environmental or outdoor recreation
- Understanding and / or experience in or with the military or veteran community, specifically student veteran groups or similar campus clubs.
- 2-3 years experience in outdoor recreation, event planning, public policy or public education campaigns.
- Ability to work independently and work positively in teams.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations that may include at risk youth and adults, particularly in high stress and trauma populations.
- Background and strong interest in advocacy, coalition building and environment and social justice.
- Proficiency with Social Media platforms, Microsoft Word, Excel, Google suite and database management.
- Detail oriented with excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Fundraising and grant writing.
- Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance
- Proficiency in a second language.
- Prior training and experience in conflict resolution.
- Understanding and / or experience working with the adaptive athletic community and / or populations traditionally under-represented in the outdoors.
- Experience coordinating and facilitating learning programs for individuals and diverse teams (onsite and virtually) on equity and inclusion, including unconscious bias and comfort in facilitating discussions around topics of race, poverty, justice and equity.
NOTE: A full background check is required for staff in the Sierra Club Outdoors Programs
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 4 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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