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Associate Organizing Representative
Location Seattle, WA (2)
Job Code 77-18
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Associate Organizing Representative
Department: Conservation
Reports to: Field Organizing Manager

Context: Builds grassroots power, by leading the implementation of organizing campaigns that will increase the number of people involved, leaders trained and engagement of people with influence to achieve Sierra Club conservation goals. Carries out organizing strategies and activities for the Beyond Coal Campaign in Washington.  Participates in the development of strategies and priorities.

Scope: The Associate Organizing Representative is responsible for recruiting, engaging and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals.  Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers.

The Associate Organizing Representative coordinates a broad, volunteer‑based citizen education effort on conservation issues throughout the region. Collaborates in development of organizing campaign or program strategy and implementation, including developing strong grassroots networks.  Works closely with the Beyond Coal Campaign to assure organizing plans carries out campaign priorities. 

Job Activities:

  1. Works independently or with staff to develop strong Sierra Club committees and presence in the region on campaign or programs.  Collaborates in developing organizing campaign or program strategies.
  2. Coordinates the identification, recruitment and organizing of volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around priority campaign. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s equity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
  3. Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state and national level. 
  4. Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face social networks to support Sierra Club cause.
  5. Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values. 
  6. Represents Sierra Club to the public and in the media, including developing public education and media strategy.
  7. Develops positive working relationships with existing coalitions on campaign issues; works to build and sustain issue coalitions.
  8. Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks  Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.
  9. Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaigns and priority issues.  Provides support to other internal departments for campaign synergy:
    1. Communications Department in the implementation of media and public outreach communications.
    2. Advancement Department in the development of effective relationships with donors and foundations within or with an interest in the assigned communities.
    3. National Political Program to advance the Club’s conservation priorities through relationships with elected officials and via electoral campaigns
  10. Develops grasstop networks and cultivates relationships with public officials Lobbies public officials on issues of importance to Sierra Club.
  11. Coordinates preparation of special reports and other publications and alerts.
  12. Attends various issue committee and regional conservation meetings.    
  13. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
  14. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Seasonal Activities:
Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods.  Frequent weekend and/or evening work required.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science, Communications or relevant life experience.
  • 1 plus years’ experience in the environmental field that includes research and organizing campaigns, press relations and public speaking.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Prior experience and ability writing training and information materials.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of either the legislative or administrative process a plus.
  • Knowledge of energy issues a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers either professionally or as a volunteer leader.
  • Requires extensive travel.
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.


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) 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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