Reports To: Deputy Regional Campaign Director – Central Region
Context: Plans and guides strategies and activities to advance Sierra Club’s full suite of clean energy for all initiatives, to move beyond fossil fuels in Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Scope: The Senior Campaign Representative has program responsibility for the planning, coordination and implementation of the Sierra Club’s electric sector strategies and activities with particular attention to coal plant retirements, utility policy, and the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. The Senior Campaign Representative serves as team lead, driving inclusive strategy development, fostering collaboration and communication on teams and across organizational structures, and ensuring accountability to deliver measurable progress towards campaign outcomes. In consultation and collaboration with volunteer leaders, staff and partners, the Senior Campaign Representative ensures successful execution of strategic, coordinated campaigns to move Minnesota and the Dakotas off of coal to 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency, with no new natural gas infrastructure. Oversees day-to-day operational aspects of Campaign, acting as a senior project manager without direct supervisory authority over staff on the team. Ensures strategic alignment of the state campaign with regional and national goals and objectives. Sets priorities for spending campaign resources and expenses. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media and other organizations. Represents the Campaign in negotiations and settlements in the assigned area. Supports fundraising efforts when appropriate. Takes appropriate action to ensure that program goals and objectives are met. Prepares and submits weekly progress reports.
Campaign: The Sierra Club is leading a nationwide effort to eliminate coal’s contribution to climate change no later than 2030 and replace the existing coal infrastructure with a clean energy economy fueled by wind, solar, energy storage and energy efficiency. The Sierra Club is working to stop the construction of new coal- and gas-fired power plants, retire and replace the existing fleet of coal plants, and keep the U.S. coal reserves underground and out of world markets. The Sierra Club is seeking passionate and highly skilled advocates to join our team. To learn more about our campaign visit: http://beyondcoal.org.
- In consultation with key stakeholders, leads and facilitates the development of a strategic statewide campaign plan with ambitious goals and objectives to advance the Sierra Club’s efforts to decarbonize the electric sector. Develops and implements strategic campaign in collaboration with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, State Chapter, Communications department, Organizing and Online Organizing departments, and volunteer leadership to ensure the execution of a campaign to foster a just and equitable transition off of fossil fuels to clean energy solutions.
- Engages with strategic partners in frontline communities and within organized labor impacted by regional power generation and committed to the transition to clean energy, elected and appointed decision makers, and executives in the clean energy industry to advance Sierra Club’s priorities.
- In collaboration with the team and external partners, develops campaign policy positions and advocates before local, regional, and state decision-makers. Cultivates productive relationships with key policy-makers and their staff.
- Supports and provides professional expertise to staff and volunteers. Provides electric sector training and motivation to staff and volunteers. Works to develop and ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the program/campaign.
- Supports media outreach activities related to the campaign/program in coordination with Communications Department and State Chapter. Serves as Beyond Coal spokesperson to media outlets and promotes volunteer and partner organization media exposure.
- Implements Sierra Club best practices regarding the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, justice, equity, and inclusion. Works to ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the program/campaign.
- Day to day work includes research, production of educational and advocacy materials and reports, testifying in regulatory and legislative venues, lobbying and direct advocacy, and serving as a technical resource both internally and externally.
- Provides analysis and support for campaign budget and quarterly forecasts.
- In cooperation with Advancement, participates in donor and foundation solicitation and cultivation, including meeting with funders and preparation of funder presentation, proposals, and reports.
- Represents the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies.
- Introduces creative ideas and new approaches for team consideration.
- Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.
Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines and during peak activity periods. Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be required. Periodic travel required.
Knowledge & Skills:
- B.A./B.S. degree in energy, environmental, policy, or closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- 3-5 years experience as a campaigner in issue advocacy as a senior representative, or in a comparable position in another organization which includes substantial experience planning and managing a state or regional level campaign, including developing strategy, organizing, lobbying, media relations, fundraising, program/employee management, budget planning and management, and working with senior level political and business leaders.
- Demonstrated track record of strategic leadership and exceptional interpersonal skills
- Familiarity with Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Midwest region’s energy policy and regulatory landscape. Knowledge of clean energy industry and technology a plus.
- Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability in public speaking and media presentation.
- Substantial experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
- Demonstrated commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity and inclusion into team leadership, and to building an organization that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, as well as promoting a culture of learning and growth.
- 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 3 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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