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E-M:/ Job Opening - Sierra Club Organizer - Oakland County, MI

Enviro-Mich message from "Alison Horton" <alison.horton@sierraclub.org>

Posted 10/30/03 - Please Circulate

Community Organizer
Oakland County, Michigan

The Sierra Club, a leading environmental organization, seeks a full-time
Community Organizer in Oakland County to plan, organize & implement the
education and mobilization efforts of our Building Environmental
Community campaign.  Requires writing /editing skills, 1-2 years
experience with volunteers or non-profit, strong organizational skills &

To Apply: 
Send cover letter/resume to: Sierra Club, 229 Lake Avenue, Suite 4,
Traverse City, MI, 49684.  Application deadline is 11/11/03.  

Job Description:
This Regional Conservation Organizer works with Midwest field and
Michigan chapter staff and chapter/group volunteers to organize support
for grassroots campaigns, events and skills training and to generate
turnout for campaign visibility events.  Works with appropriate staff to
integrate the regional and chapter programs with the goals and
objectives of the Sierra Club's Building Environmental Communities
Campaign.  Creates demand for action on air and water quality and other
environmental issues.

The Regional Conservation Organizer plans, organizes and implements the
education and mobilization efforts of the Sierra Club on its Building
Environmental Community Campaign efforts in various locations in
Michigan. Regularly works outside of the office and without direct
supervision to communicate with the public, the media and officials.
Works with professional staff in editing, writing, researching, and
coordinating functions.

Job Activities:
1.   Works with others to devise and recommend a plan and strategy for a
community organizing and conservation campaign.

2.   Organizes and coordinates grassroots involvement in the Building
Environmental Communities Campaign visibility/organizing activities.

3.   Travels to targeted media markets to educate and raise awareness of
environmental issues.  Coordinates public education field organizing in
assigned media market.

4.   Works with appropriate regional and chapter staff and volunteer
entities to plan and implement visibility events, community outreach
events and to generate telephone calls and letters to the editor in
target media market.

5.   Travels to organize and coordinate training events, field meetings,
visibility events, or other large events and meetings.

6.   Works independently or with staff to carry out Sierra Club campaign
priorities.  Provides information, research, and other assistance to
Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaigns and
priority issues.

7.   Works with staff to identify, recruit and organize volunteers both
in Sierra Club and other groups around priority campaigns.

8.   Performs administrative and clerical duties as assigned by

9.   Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Knowledge & Skills:
--   1-2 years experience working with volunteers in the environmental
movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to plan
and implement grassroots campaigns.

--   Current basic knowledge of environmental issues affecting the
Oakland County area. 

--   Current contacts with environmental coalition partners in same key
media market, or comparable background.

--   Excellent writing and editing skills. Demonstrated skills in
writing and production of materials. Good verbal communication skills.

--   Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to
work effectively with action-oriented team.

--   Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with
public, staff and volunteers.

--   Able to travel as needed.

--   Proficient computer skills; knowledge and experience with word
processing (WordPerfect or MS Word), database and communications

Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse

Alison Horton
Midwest Regional Staff Director
Sierra Club
Traverse City, MI
231-922-2201 (phone)
231-922-2909 (fax)

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