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Sierra Club
Oakland, California 94612





The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3.5 million members and supporters. In addition to protecting every person’s right to get outdoors and access the healing power of nature, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the public health, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action.


Sierra Club is comprised of a national entity and a network of local chapters that support grassroots engagement and they are also proud to be a unionized employer - with two in-house labor unions representing approximately half of their employees.


Sierra Club’s 800 employees located in offices across the country, are changemakers whose work is rooted in the values of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. They are guided by the Jemez Principles to build just relationships with and uplift communities who want a clean energy future.


For more information on Sierra Club, please visit https://www.sierraclub.org/home.



Sierra Club’s Equity Department is charged with leading the organization to become a more equitable, just, and inclusive organization. To accomplish this, They are currently seeking a Deputy Director of Equity who will play a critical role in ensuring that the values of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice are echoed throughout their employee engagement, retention and employee relations strategies including complex conflict resolution and workplace investigations.


The Deputy Director of Equity feels compelled to name injustice and works towards the dismantling of oppression and oppressive systems through their work on a daily basis. This Deputy Director is energized and motivated by the thought of being a leader within the department charged with implementing this work throughout a 100+ year old organization. 


The Deputy Director of Equity will play a key role in supporting organizational transformation through the management of programmatic staff, the cultivation of senior leader engagement, and the fostering of relationships with chapter leaders (regional grassroots support) and volunteers. The Deputy Director will also play a leadership role in upholding and implementing the direction of the department across the organization. Reporting to the Equity Director, the Deputy Equity Director will act as a senior manager for all equity-related matters.


This is a full-time position with a flexible location but a strong preference for the Oakland, California headquarters, Washington, DC or the Denver, Colorado office.



1.      The Deputy ED’s essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

a.      Serve as department leader delivering measurable results and shaping overall strategy

b.      Help drive the department to deliver measurable results and quality outcomes that help Sierra Club become a more equitable organization.

c.       Work with senior managers and volunteer leaders to set a pace for cultural change that can be meaningfully supported. Partner with leaders to obtain buy-in and support their teams in actively advancing equity priorities.

d.      Serve as a strategic, supportive, and accountable thought partner for creating and leading organizational and transformational change initiatives to become a more equitable and just Sierra Club.

e.      Responsibly manage the Equity Department’s program budget and resources.

f.       Represent the Equity Department at senior leadership functions, with external partners, and to build donor relations.

g.      Implement annual objectives and lead the tasks necessary to drive progress on the Multi-Year Equity Plan and Goals. Take a lead role in building and maintaining a departmental culture that reflects Sierra Club’s equity values and honors commitments to deliver meaningful results.

2.      Serve as a department manager - leading and coaching Equity Department staff

a.      Coach Sierra Club staff to develop skills that will help enhance personal development, and equity based results-driven performance.

b.      Supervise Sierra Club staff to develop results-oriented workplans and to hold staff accountable for delivery of performance objectives.

c.       Make decisions regarding complex and sensitive personnel matters, including performance evaluations and feedback, hiring/promotion/termination, onboarding, labor relations, dispute resolution and mediation, etc.

d.      Engage with staff to assign work and establish standards and priorities, and in doing so promotes a healthy work-life balance.

3.      Manage a strategy within the Equity Department to build relationships and offer support for chapter volunteers and leaders

a.      Identify and implement pathways and resources for building bridges to chapter and volunteer leadership structures that will promote equity.

b.      Work with the equity teams and other staff and volunteer teams to promote equity learning and education at the chapter and volunteer levels.

c.       Identify volunteer equity needs and work with relevant stakeholders to develop solutions for meeting these needs.

d.      Identify capacity and resources that can be made available to promote support for chapters on equity.

4.      Other miscellaneous responsibilities and projects, as assigned

a.      Engage in conflict resolution to mediate, resolve, or address disputes and on-going concerns while applying the organization’s Equity, Inclusion and Justice values.

b.      Promote communication across Sierra Club communities and in the movement to increase awareness of and support for equity change processes and initiatives.



The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

·       Motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized

·       Ability to design plans and work under deadlines to deliver on pre-identified results and assigned work product

·       Ability to quickly learn and navigate organizational structure and processes

·       Ability to take initiative and to work autonomously with high-level direction demonstrating strong project management skills

·       Strong commitment to creating a workplace culture grounded in the values of equity, inclusion and justice

·       Awareness of privilege (both personally and externally) and a commitment to both self-transformation and improvement

·       Ability and willingness to take and receive feedback, direction and guidance from senior leaders and to lead departmental efforts with this guidance in mind

·       Ability to use tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters, to exhibit responsible and respectful demeanor when dealing directly with staff and volunteers

·       Ability to delegate responsibility to direct reports, to support direct reports in their efforts, and to promote accountability for delivering timely results

·       Displays strong leadership capabilities, vision, and consistently operates with perspective of equity and justice

·       Ability to openly hold space, and invite others into conversations during sensitive engagements

·       Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, pushing to meet deadlines while remaining cool and calm under pressure

·       Ability to diagnose and successfully handle organizational development issues

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills - must be a clear and persuasive communicator to all levels

·       A detail-oriented, proactive leader with excellent organization and time management skills; strong collaborator


Top candidates will bring the following personal characteristics:

·       2 years’ experience serving in a position of senior or executive leadership

·       2 years of work experience in the field of advocacy (preferably racial, social, economic or environmental justice) including working with volunteers to create change

·       Must have at least 3 years of direct management experience

·       Demonstrated ability to effectively navigate complex leadership structures and address employee relations issues (experience with labor relations and matrix management is preferred)

·       A working knowledge and understanding of the ways implicit bias, personal identity, and power and privilege impact individuals, organizations, systems, and structures

·       Demonstrated ability to provide strategic guidance for building organizational effectiveness on equity, talent development for direct reports, promoting accountability and performance management

·       Demonstrated history of achieving results in a strategic and timely way

·       Experience working to address issues of discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation in order to promote change

·       Bachelor’s degree and/or Educational Experience - preference on focus areas of diversity, behavioral change, adult learning/education and/or other areas related to social or racial justice. Graduate education is appreciated, but not necessary



Sierra Club employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, and long-term disability insurance. A 401(k) Plan is available to save for retirement with match and a generous employer contribution that increases with service time. Vacation, holiday and leave of absence policies prioritize work-life balance for Sierra Club staff.



Sierra Club has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan and Miecha Forbes here.


Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to embedding our values of justice and equity throughout our internal culture and operations and programmatic work. Sierra Club strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.


Sierra Club does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.



Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visitwww.koyapartners.com.


Posted: 2019-06-24 Expires: 2019-07-24

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