Position Description

Connecticut Chapter Director
Location East Berlin, CT
Job Code 373-18CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Chapter Director

Chapter: Connecticut

Reports To: Chapter Chair or Designated Volunteer Leader

Context: The Chapter Director, implements policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee.  Manages the staff budget and operations of more than one of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative program, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.                          

Scope: Carries out the policies, priorities and objectives of the Executive Committee for the assigned areas of chapter programs and operations.  Responsible for managing staff and financial resources for the assigned areas.

Job Activities:

  1. Assists the Executive Committee, and Chapter Committees to develop the Chapter's short and long term strategic, programmatic and financial goals and objectives. 
  2. Designs and implements, in coordination with specified volunteers, effective legislative programs and initiatives that reflect the chapter’s goals and priorities, and lobbies and represents the Chapter to elected officials, when this is an assigned program area.
  3. Plans and implements an effective public relations program, develops contacts with the media to establish and maintain positive relations to maximize the chapter's credibility and position of issues, when this is an assigned program area.
  4. Designs and develops information systems, in coordination with specified volunteers, to monitor the effectiveness of programs, as well as the status of the budget. Responsible for reporting outcomes to the chapter supervisors.
  5. Recruits and motivates volunteers and enables their role in the effectiveness of the chapter.
  6. Assists the Chapter Conservation Chair in the planning and implementation of the core conservation efforts and programs, when this is an assigned program area.
  7. Attends and facilitates meetings, task forces, and events.  Builds strong relationships with other groups, elected officials, governmental agencies, etc.  Represents the Chapter when appropriate.
  8. Coordinates efforts with the national headquarters staff and ensures that the chapter strategies are in compliance with national requirements. 
  9. Manages staff in assigned operational or program areas.  Writes and conducts performance appraisals and takes personnel actions as appropriate.  Ensures Chapter is in compliance with Sierra Club’s employment policies and practices. 
  10. Reviews staff time report and ensures the reporting of this information on Workday is accurate and timely in accordance with Sierra Club policies.
  11. Plans and implements a fundraising strategy.
  12. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field.
  • At least 3 years experience in grassroots organizing, training, and motivating volunteers, coalition building and lobbying.
  • Two years of experience leading fundraising campaigns, including experience with large donors/major gifts. 
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills.  Demonstrated public speaking ability.
  • Excellent knowledge and background in specific issue areas of the environmental field related to assigned programs and campaigns.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative process.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.



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) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.  Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.

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

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