Sierra Club Senior Campaign Director Job
The Sierra Club is seeking a Senior Campaign Director to ensure the successful development and execution of the Lands Campaign, a Climate Recovery Partnership campaign, by establishing overall priorities and objectives and overseeing all aspects of the priority campaigns, which has a budget of over $2.5 million.
The Senior Campaign Director is responsible for developing overall campaign strategy and ensuring campaign effectiveness with the Campaign’s Volunteer Lead including multiple initiatives. Collaborates with the Office of Advancement, to raise funds and build financial support through effective relationships with donors and foundations. Provides leadership, campaign direction, strategic and technical expertise and guidance to staff, volunteers and various Club entities to insure overall campaign objectives are successfully implemented. Serves as the public face of the campaign.
1. Leads process to formulate and implement campaign strategy for multiple initiatives. Guides analysis of campaign related to conservation issues of regional or national importance and directs other national staff and volunteer leaders.
2. Develops business plan for the campaign in coordination with conservation staff, advancement staff, communications staff, and volunteer leaders to articulate the campaign’s goals and the resources needed to achieve them. Executes the campaign to meet the overall goals of the plan as articulated in the business plan. Evaluates campaign effectiveness and leads the campaign team in making strategic decisions, as necessary, regarding course corrections.
3. Manages fundraising effort to carry out activities as described in the business plan through grant-writing, which includes handling personal contacts, solicitation and ongoing relationships with specific foundations involved with the campaign, and major gift fundraising which will include participating in major donor personal solicitation and cultivation, preparing materials and writing reports. All activities are conducted in coordination with advancement staff.
4. Supervises, directs, develops and provides general and technical guidance to staff which includes assigning work and establishing standards and work priorities; meeting individual goals; resolving business and technical issues; guiding and coaching staff for individual professional development; establishing performance objectives and expectations and providing ongoing performance feedback, preparing and conducting formal performance planning and evaluation; effectively recommending salary, hiring and promotion decisions. Takes appropriate disciplinary action when needed.
5. Ensures internal communication is coordinated with various arms of the Sierra Club including the organizing, online and legal departments, the DC office and chapters.
6. Develops campaign budget and allocates resources for multiple initiatives. Provides detailed expectations of the outcomes that allocated resources are intended to produce.
7. Identifies opportunities to promote campaign objectives by representing the Sierra Club to external audiences through public speaking and establishing and maintaining professional contacts.
8. Evaluates campaign progress and effectiveness and writes quarterly reports for donors, senior managers and volunteer leaders. Identifies areas for improvement and devises method to correct underperforming areas.
9. Engages volunteer participation at all levels of the campaign, provides information, guidance, support and helps them organize effective grassroots activities.
Knowledge and Skill:
- B.A. /B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field. Advanced degree preferred.
- 6-10 years of campaign or field management experience as a Representative within the Sierra Club, or in another comparable position or in another organization.
- Expert knowledge in the strategic planning and direction of campaigns and programs.
- Content knowledge of lands, water and wildlife issues preferred.
- 5-8 years supervisory experience that demonstrates the ability to develop, train and coach employees including high level staff.
- 5 - 8 years experience in fundraising that includes foundation relations, individual solicitation of major gifts, and grant-funded project development and oversight. Demonstrated effectiveness as a major gift fundraiser.
- Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
- Substantial prior experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
- Prior experience for fiscal and business operations management.
- Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving records, and proof of auto insurance required.
Location: Washington DC or San Francisco.