Associate Press Secretary
Context : At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.
Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.
Scope: The Associate Regional Press Secretary plans, coordinates, and executes media strategies related to our efforts to move the world beyond all fossil fuels and toward 100 percent clean energy. Working with local Sierra Club staff and partners and other campaign capacities, the Associate Regional Press Secretary is responsible for planning and implementing long-term and rapid-response media outreach plans to elevate the Sierra Club and to promote its national and regional campaigns. This position is responsible for a diverse array of media communications, ensuring timely and accurate materials with a consistent tone and message.
Job activities include but are not limited to:
- Works with Sierra Club teams to place stories in strategically significant media outlets. Develops relationships with regional and national reporters and pitches stories to those reporters.
- Oversees message development and execution of communications strategies, including writing op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points and other media materials. Creates media responses to published comments regarding the Sierra Club and to the positions of politicians, institutions or groups.
- Crafts long-term strategic vehicles for promoting Sierra Club messages and stories, including but not limited to writing blog posts, social media threads, reports, op-eds, radio actualities, press releases, fact sheets, and talking points.
- Trains and coaches staff and volunteers in media skills. Coaches spokespeople from various capacities.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:
- Internship experience as a journalist, media liaison or other position involving media/press relations.
- Ability to work cooperatively and interact effectively with staff, volunteers, the public and members of the media
- Knowledge of environmental issues and/or national politics .
- Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:
- Ability to meet quick deadlines and prioritize multiple projects.
- Ability to work well under pressure in a complex organization, juggle competing demands and maintain good working relations with direct reports, colleagues and media.
- Excellent writing and communications skills.
Compensation and Benefits
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 or Sierra Employee Alliance, depending on location.
The salary range for this position is $62,500 – $68,000
The Sierra Club offers a 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 5 exempt, represented 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 values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.
The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
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This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume . You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.
This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision making process.
Job posted: 2021-07-22