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Sierra Club Job Announcement
Job Title: Associate Regional Representative/Great Lakes Toxics Specialist
Reports to: Regional Staff Director
Context: Grant funded, limited duration position (through 7/31/01) to
implement Great Lakes toxics campaign. Carries out strategies and
activities to clean up contaminated sediments and reduce toxic air
pollution. Participates in the development of strategies and priorities
for this campaign.
Scope: The Associate Regional Representative/Toxics Specialist is
responsible for coordinating volunteers, sister organizations, and
consultants to achieve several campaign priorities, including: developing
and implementing sediment quality criteria, promoting innovative treatment
technologies for sediment cleanups, promoting community involvement in
sediment cleanup decisions, incorporating economic and environmental
benefits into cleanup decisions, and assessing opportunities to control
toxic air pollution. Requires significant travel, close coordination and
collaboration with grassroots volunteers and other organizations, and
administrative and media advocacy.
1. Works to develop strong Sierra Club committees and presence in the region
on Great Lakes water quality issues. Helps coordinate volunteer activities on
contaminated sediments and air toxics campaigns.
2. Collaborates in development of campaign strategies and tactics.
3. Represents Sierra Club to the public and in the media. Helps develop public
education and media strategy.
4. Develops and maintains positive, collaborative working relationships with
coalitions and other organizations on Great Lakes water quality
issues; works to build and sustain such coalitions.
5. Educates and trains volunteer leaders, writes training materials.
6. Engages in administrative advocacy on Great Lakes water quality issues.
7. Coordinates preparation of reports, publications, and alerts on
contaminated sediments and air toxics. Helps research and write reports.
Reviews contractor work products.
8. Conducts significant, targeted community outreach relevant to campaign
priorities. Helps organize community workshops and strategy sessions as
9. Attends various government, environmental non-profit and Sierra Club regional
10. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.
The standard Sierra Club work week is 37.5 hours. However, overtime is a
standard requirement of this job. This will include frequent travel and
attendance at weekend and evening meetings.
Workday: Usually will not exceed 10 hours
Workweek: Usually will not exceed 50 hours
Travel: Usually will not exceed 10 days/month or 70 days/year.
Excessive overtime should be approved in advance by the supervisor and the
employee, at which time they should arrange for an opportunity for the
employee to take compensatory time off.
Knowledge and Skills:
-- B.A./B.S. degree in environmental science/policy or related field.
Masters preferred. Science/toxicology background and/or knowledge of Great
Lakes water quality issues a plus.
-- 3+ years' experience in environmental field that includes research and
organizing campaigns, press relations and public speaking, collaboration
with other organizations and individuals.
-- Excellent written and oral communication skills, editing experience.
-- Demonstrated ability working with small community organizations and
conducting community outreach.
-- Prior experience and ability writing educational materials.
-- Knowledge of and experience with regulatory and legislative processes.
-- Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
Salary: $31,000 per year, plus excellent benefits
Please send resume, cover letter, and short writing sample by Nov. 1 to:
Sierra Club Great Lakes Program
214 N. Henry Street, Suite 214
Madison, WI 53703
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