Sierra Club: State Budget Education Director

Job Title: State Budget Education Organizer

Chapter: Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

Location: Sierra Club Michigan Chapter office, 109 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing

                   (some flexibility on location) with occasional travel required

Reports To: Legislative and Political Director and State Director

Timeline: August 2, 2016 – February 28, 2017 (with possible extension based on availability of funds).

Hours: 3 days a week (22.5 hours per week)

Context: Helps coordinate the Priorities Michigan budget education campaign for Sierra Club Michigan Chapter with the goal of building support for sustainable funding for environmental protection and infrastructure investments in the state budget.

Scope: The State Education Program Organizer is responsible for assisting with communication to Sierra Club’s members/supporters, the public, and the media about the need for environmental investment in the state’s budget.  This position will be tasked with helping to organize trainings, local group presentations/events, town hall meetings, coalition building, writing letters to the editor of local newspapers, utilizing our website, writing stories for our electronic newsletter, communicating on social media, and generating positive environmental budget messaging. This position will also coordinate with Chapter staff and Priorities Michigan staff.

Job Activities:

  1.         Plans social media posts for Facebook and twitter.
  1.        Writes articles for online and print newsletters
  1.         Creates a page for our chapter website about the state budget investment issue. Assists local Sierra Club groups in developing a page for their website about budget priorities.
  1.        Recruits other environmental organizations and Sierra Club allies to support this campaign.
  1.        Organizes presentations/trainings for all local Sierra Club groups.
  1.        Writes and submits letters to the editor and op-eds.
  1.        Organizes a chapter staff and volunteer leader budget training.
  1.        Solicits, collects, and publicizes success stories about state and local government support of solutions to or mitigation of environmental problems, and investing in public infrastructure.
  1.        Serves as a liaison between the Sierra Club and Priorities Michigan to share campaign resources, trainings, and messaging.
  1.        Organize town hall meetings and community engagement events.
  1.       Participates in project coalition conference calls, meetings, emails and reports Sierra Club metrics to Priorities Michigan.
  1.      Additional Chapter communications and administrative support as needed.

Knowledge and Skills:

—          Coursework in environmental studies, political science, communication or related field (or commensurate experience).

—          Some experience in the environmental advocacy field, communications/journalism arena, legislative process, or political campaigns

—          Excellent written and oral communication skills.

—          Strong computer skills including email, Google docs, Microsoft word/excel/PowerPoint, Facebook, twitter.

—          Ability to work with volunteers.

—          Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and time management.

—          Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize projects, and work independently.

—          Experience organizing public events preferable but not required.

Application deadline: July 20, 2016

To apply:   Send your resume and cover letter to gail.philbin@sierraclub.org and mike.berkowitz@sierraclub.org.

Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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