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Community Organizer

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Sierra Club: Oregon Chapter | Portland, OR

Sierra Club: Oregon Chapter

Published 18 days ago

August 17, 2020
$46,000 - $58,000

Build grassroots power, build relationships, and build community! The Oregon Sierra Club, Oregon’s arm of the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States, is looking for a stellar organizer to join our team. This critical role will be focused on recruiting and developing volunteer leadership for climate justice, legislative, and political campaigns across the state. In support of these exciting campaigns, the Community Organizer will also coach volunteers in the community organizing skills and the racial/economic/political analysis necessary to build a just and equitable organization, Oregon, and planet!

Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Please submit a resume and cover letter today.

Sierra Club Job Description

Job Title:          Community Organizer

Reports To:      Chapter Director

Location:        Portland, Oregon 

Context: Works with community members, volunteers, staff and partners to build grassroots power through organizing campaigns that will build deep relationships, increase the number of people involved, and support leadership development to achieve our conservation and power-building goals. On a collaborative team, the Community Organizer plans, supports, and coordinates the activities of staff and volunteers in carrying out the organizing activities for assigned climate justice and clean energy campaigns or programs. Helps to develop organizing strategies and priorities for assigned campaigns or programs.

Scope: The Community Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign and power-building goals. Provides leadership in working with volunteer leaders and staff on climate justice and clean energy campaigns. Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Participates and holds relationships in alliances with other partner organizations which can influence decision-makers.

The Community Organizer is responsible for the coordination and effective implementation of the organizing goals within the assigned campaign or program. Creates organizing plans and helps develop the strategy to achieve campaign wins and build long-term people power. Regularly works outside of the office and without direct supervision. Travels to relevant communities and locations to implement campaign and power-building plans. Centers environmental justice and equity principles in organizing approach and outcomes.

Job Activities:

●     Develops organizing strategy, marshals resources, organizes staff and volunteer efforts to build power and win climate justice and clean energy campaigns in Oregon.

●     Identifies recruits and organizes volunteers both in and outside the Sierra Club and other partnering groups around climate justice and clean energy. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity, equity, and justice initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.

○     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 level long-term.

○     Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line 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.

●     Works with appropriate regional staff and volunteer entities to plan and 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 campaign or program outcomes.

●     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 network. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them on how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.

●     Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.

●     Performs administrative and clerical duties as assigned by supervisor.

●     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 & Skills:

●     One year experience working with volunteers in the environmental movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns.

●     Basic knowledge of current social, environmental and political issues affecting Oregon.

●     Has current contacts or has the ability to develop contacts with environmental coalition partners in Portland and throughout Oregon.

●     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 and ability to work effectively in an action-oriented office.

●     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.

●     Proficient computer skills including social networking sites, word processing, and database software. 

Build grassroots power, build relationships, and build community! The Oregon Sierra Club, Oregon’s arm of the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States, is looking for a stellar organizer to…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule


Benefits include medical, dental, 401k, holidays, sick and vacation time.

Benefits include medical, dental, 401k, holidays, sick and vacation time.


Portland, OR

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