Job Title: Director of Program Safety

Department: Operating

Location: Remote. This position requires an ability to travel.

Reports To: Director of National Outings

Supervises: Outings Safety & Emergency Manager

Job activities include but are not limited to:

Outings program engagements. Oversee the development of an ongoing engagement with outings teams to ensure all programs are compliant with all safety policies and procedures. Collaborate with both external and internal stakeholders to build a safety-first culture through engagement and accountability.

Develop and implement new policies and procedures for Outings programs. Design and implement functional policies that balance risk and program needs. Develop and define safety and program criteria for compliance and approval, and write policy to establish operational benchmarks. Create an alert system that will help all outings leaders be informed of emergencies at their location.

Create a robust training program. Design and maintain crisis response plans for all outings programs. Serves as the primary staff lead to address and coordinate on-site response plans, including victim/next of kin relations, media relations (in coordination with the Communications Department), communication with local authorities, internal notifications and updates, leader/participant debriefing, and other necessary communications. Serves as a primary staff person to trigger incident command systems and reports relative to incident significance.

Maintain knowledge of current practices and trends in risk management for events and outdoor activities, including participation in related associations and conferences, as necessary. Prepares reports for senior staff on safety priorities and advises on internal and external resources for implementation, budget resources, and needs.

Maintains awareness of global security and health threats to advise and warn all Outings Programs. Maintains all outing subscriptions to such alerts as but not limited to Alertmedia and OSAC.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff


The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

Extensive experience with international travel and outdoor recreation programs and activities with increasing leadership responsibility.

Assessing high-stress situations and reacting in a calm and professional demeanor.

Works with a high level of collaboration across outings programs.

Ability to set expectations and manage across all levels of an organization.

Navigating uncertainty in a larger organization.

Required Skills:

Experience working in a volunteer led organization

Prior experience working with volunteers and working within diverse working groups.

Experience with developing training materials and managing systems and databases.

Experience and expertise in planning and hosting small, medium, and large group meetings to facilitate engagement and shared understanding.

Experience chairing committees and managing team and task force project management.

Experience managing global operations and international travel

Preferred Skills:

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $100,000 - $119,000.

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 3 exempt, non-represented, managerial position.

About Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our millions of members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world.

Mission Statement:

To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Application Instructions

Please apply for this position using the Sierra Club Careers link: https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf01/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=SIERRACLUB&cws=39&rid=2259