Job Title: Temporary Conservation Organizer (Golden Triangle Area)
Department: Lone Star Chapter
Reports To: Director
Context: Unprecedented flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey severely impacted the entire gulf coast of Texas. While recovery will be difficult for the entire region, it is even more difficult in areas such as the Golden Triangle that lack the Houston Area’s governmental and nonprofit organizational infrastructure and economic resources. This temporary position seeks to enhance Sierra Club’s ability to render assistance to the area by buildings partnerships and public support to address environmental and health and safety concerns and equitable distribution of recovery resources in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the Golden Triangle Area of Southeast Texas.
Scope: The Temporary Conservation Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating new people and organizations to take action in the Golden Triangle (Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange) area which will further Sierra Club’s goals on equitable recovery, including: Identifying the most serious environmental and environmental related health and safety risks, Identifying and engaging groups and community leaders to support community goals in a way to facilitate long-term relationships with Sierra Club, Identifying and supporting organizations working for equitable distribution of recovery resources, helping devise and implement immediate strategies to address risks, regularly works outside of the office and without direct supervision to communicate to officials the media and the public, and documenting project work to inform future disaster recovery work.
- Works independently, with staff and volunteers to devise a short-term plan and strategy advancing Sierra Club goals on equitable recovery.
- Identifies recruits and organizes volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around assigned objectives. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
- Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will support sustainable environmental and health and safety objectives relating to hurricane recovery.
- Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including online and face-to-face to develop networks to support Sierra Club goals.
- Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values.
- Advises existing group leaders and staff on maintaining new relationships
- Works with appropriate national and chapter staff and volunteer entities to plan and implement visibility, media and community outreach events to generate public support with decision makers and in the media.
- Identifies and is responsible for developing strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders and public officials to influence positive program outcomes.
- Incorporates training existing and new volunteer leaders into program activities.
- Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
- Adheres to Sierra Club’s values of equity and inclusion in all aspects of work in accordance with the Jemez principles for democratic organizing.
Knowledge & Skills:
- 1 year experience working with volunteers in social or environmental movements, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns.
- Basic knowledge of current environmental issues affecting the assigned region.
- Basic knowledge of governmental decision making in the affected area
- Basic knowledge of federal, state and local environmental and health and safety laws regulations and ordinances relating to air and water pollution and solid waste (debris) disposal
- Has current contacts or has the ability to develop contacts with environmental coalition partners in same key media market, or comparable background.
- Excellent writing and editing skills. Demonstrated skill in writing and producing newsletters.
- Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas and easily strike up conversation with diverse groups of people.
- Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships.
- Able to travel as needed. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
- Proficient computer skills including social networking sites, word processing, and database software.
- Spanish fluency including reading, writing, and speaking a big plus.
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