Position Description

State Lobbying and Advocacy Associate
Location Chicago, IL
Job Code 100-17
# of Openings 1
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Title: State Lobbying and Advocacy Associate
Department: Conservation – WDC
Reports To: Director, State Lobbying and Advocacy

Context:  Works with the Director of State Lobbying and Advocacy to develop, advance and support the effectiveness of the Club’s lobbying, advocacy and political activities in each state, and to enhance coordination between State lobbyists, Sierra Club Chapters and National campaigns and programs.

Scope:  The State Lobbying and Advocacy Program Associate facilitates communication and coordination among state lobbying, advocacy and political efforts, and facilitates communications between state lobbyists and national campaigns and other national Club entities. Plans, develops and implements key strategies to maximize synergy among various entities. Provides guidance and advice to chapter lobbying and political operations in navigating the Sierra Club’s organizational, financial and compliance procedures. Takes responsibility for planning and organizing major elements of the annual state colloquium.

Job Activities:

  1. Facilitates effective communication and coordination among all those engaged in state lobbying, advocacy and political work.  
  2. Identifies and pursues opportunities for integration of national Sierra Club campaigns and state level advocacy and political work.  
  3. Develops and delivers resources, tools and training to enhance Sierra Club’s state lobbying and advocacy work. 
  4. Tracks, analyzes and evaluates emerging state-level environmental issues/trends and legislative proposals, and coordinates with the states to develop multi-state policy efforts across state borders on shared policy goals.
  5. Travels frequently to meet and work with State lobbyists.
  6. Assumes responsibility for planning organizing assigned elements of annual colloquium.
  7. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies/Science, Political Science, or a closely related field.
  • 1 - 2 years’ experience in the environmental field that includes legislative experience or lobbying, research and campaign organizing, press relations and public speaking.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Prior experience organizing events. 
  • Experience facilitating trainings.
  • Strong leadership skills and a willingness to take on responsibility for a project.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative process.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with and motivating volunteer activists.
  • Ability to: work well with large number of diverse people; have service-oriented work style; work independently and take initiative; work well under pressure and be flexible.


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) 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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