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Director of Federal Campaigns (Beyond Coal)

Remote or Washington DC

Context: Plans, directs, and manages federal initiatives of the Beyond Coal Campaign.


Scope: Leads, develops and directs efforts to defend and advance the federal priorities of the Beyond Coal Campaign. Full ownership for spearheading a federal agenda that, in partnership with a robust state-based campaign, is ambitious enough to phase out fossil fuels on the power grid by 2030. Collaborates with various internal departments and programs, partner organizations, and volunteer leadership to ensure execution of a strategic coordinated federal-based campaign and manages daily operation of this campaign. Ensures strategic alignment of the federal campaign with regional and national goals and objectives; communicates national priorities and benchmarks to state teams. Creates and executes federal campaign work plans and revises plans as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements. Identifies and manages resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities. Prepares and submits weekly progress reports. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and to the public.


Campaign: The Beyond Coal Campaign is a nationwide effort to eliminate coal and gas from the electric sector no later than 2030 and replace the existing fossil fuel infrastructure with a clean energy economy fueled by wind, solar, and geothermal. The Beyond Coal Campaign is working to retire and replace the existing fleet of coal plants with clean energy, block the expansion of the gas industry, and support a just transition for workers and communities that have relied on the fossil fuel industry. The Beyond Coal campaign is seeking passionate and highly skilled advocates to join our team. To learn more about our campaign visit: http://beyondcoal.org.


Job Activities:

Leads, develops and manages campaigns to defend and advance federal priorities of the Beyond Coal Campaign by spearheading a federal agenda that, in partnership with a robust state-based campaign, is ambitious enough to phase out fossil fuels on the power grid by 2030, including federal priorities related to the White House, Environmental Protection Agency, and Congress. Tracks and reports on progress.

Connects federal work to state based staff and volunteers, to ensure worked focused on federal decision-makers is well-coordinated with state advocacy.

Serves on Beyond Coal Campaign Management Team, and strategically advises Campaign on budget and staffing for federal priorities. In this capacity, the Director will have access to confidential material, including information that could affect staffing or personnel decisions.

Participates in field planning process, ensuring federal campaign priorities are embedded and executed with FAR strategies and outcomes.

Supports and provides senior-level professional expertise to staff and volunteers. Provides conservation training and motivation to staff and volunteers.

Collaborates closely with federal policy, legal, communications, and digital teams to carry out well integrated and ambitious campaigns on Beyond Coal federal priorities.

Supports efforts to develop and ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the campaign.

Directs media outreach activities related to the federal campaign in collaboration with the Chapters as assigned. Serves as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promotes volunteer media exposure.

Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.

Provides support on federal campaign budget and provides narrative content for donor reporting.

Represents the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies.

In cooperation with Advancement, participates in major donor and foundation solicitation and cultivation.

Reports on progress toward established goals and the effectiveness of campaign strategies.

Introduces creative ideas and approaches; fosters creativity among team members.

Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.


Knowledge & Skills:

B.A./B.S. degree in an environmental, political, legal, or related field.

At least 5 years of experience in the planning and implementation of federal campaigns, which includes experience:

o planning and managing state or regional level legislative and advocacy campaigns;

o working with attorneys and utilizing legal advocacy;

o lobbying and government relations;

o media relations and strategic communications;

o working with senior level political and business leaders;

o Fundraising.

Significant experience and knowledge of congressional rulemaking and federal policy as it relates to electric sector.

Excellent knowledge of the electric sector, including coal-fired generation and renewable energy.

Experience or training in equity and movement building, and an understanding of how racial and social justice issues intersect with environmental work.

Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.

Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.

Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.

Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.


For more information and to apply: https://www.sierraclub.org/careers


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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Posted April 9, 2019

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