Author: Libby Prakel

Wildlife, Biodiversity & Natural Resources Protection Litigation Attorney

NEW POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION ATTORNEY – NATURAL RESOURCES

PROTECTING WILDLIFE, BIODIVERSITY, & MIDWEST’S WILD AND SPECIAL PLACES

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is hiring a skilled public interest litigation attorney with 8+ years of strong federal and state court, and administrative, litigation experience for a full-time position in our downtown Chicago office. This ELPC attorney will work on our natural resources preservation legal and policy advocacy, which now focuses on protecting the Great Lakes, Northwoods and Driftless Area, and wildlife and biodiversity.  This is a great position for a top-rate litigator who loves the outdoors and wants to devote her/his professional work to protecting the Midwest’s vital natural resources and wild and special places.  This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economic analysis and public engagement – are essential to protect our core environmental values.

ORGANIZATION: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders in the field. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, M.B.A. environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in downtown Chicago, along with eight additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. See www.ELPC.org

RESPONSIBILITIES: Key litigation role advancing ELPC’s innovative and successful environmental program activities focused on protecting wildlife and biodiversity and the Midwest’s wild and special places.  First-chair natural resources protection litigation and help lead policy advocacy campaigns in the “courts of public opinion” to succeed.  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Staff to help prioritize and provide savvy results-focused strategic direction for ELPC’s Natural Resources Protection Program.  Work effectively in ELPC’s public interest entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary team culture. Fundraise to support ELPC’s Natural Resources Protection Program activities and expand program success.

QUALIFICATIONS:  This attorney should have 8+ years litigation experience, preferably with a practice including environmental and natural resources legal and policy issues.  The ideal background would be a public interest litigation organization, USDOJ or strong state AG’s office, or high-powered litigation law firm with hands-on trial and appellate experience.  Excellent writing and persuasive oral advocacy abilities required.  Strong academic background desired. The attorney should understand and enjoy multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy that involves media, legislative, economic and policy analysis and organizing approaches coordinated with strong and effective legal advocacy.  An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals are required.  This attorney should thrive on engaging with project teams including scientists, MBAs and policy and media specialists.  Ability and drive to win, achieve results and produce successes.

SALARYCommensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure, which is competitive with other major public interest environmental law organizations.  Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Please send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to:  Libby Prakel, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, LPrakel@elpc.org.  Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.  (Posted 12/8/2017)

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Friends of the Chicago River – Office Manager

Friends of the Chicago River
Title: Office Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Revised: December 2017

SUMMARY
Friends of the Chicago River seeks an Office Manager to oversee the day to day on-site operations of this award winning organization and ensure that all systems are running efficiently and effectively and all employees have the tools they need to do their jobs well. The Office Manager must be extremely organized, capable of multitasking at all times, and be trustworthy and able to handle sensitive and highly confidential information. The right candidate will be friendly, proactive, loyal, and have experience supporting an executive director or similar position.
As the only organization exclusively dedicated to improving the Chicago River, Friends seeks an individual who is committed to the environment and views the river as an important part of the history, culture, and future of the Chicago region.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Finance and Administration
 Serve as organizational bookkeeper, maintaining FundEZ financial software on a regular basis
 Manage accounts payable process including review of incoming financial documentation and distribution to cost center managers for review and approval; process all invoices and reimbursements for payment through bookkeeping system; printing, sending and filing of payment checks; ensure timely processing of payments
 Manage accounts receivable process including working with staff to create and send invoices for services and sponsorships
 Review incoming bills and other financial documentation; distribute invoices to appropriate cost center managers for review and/or redistribution to key staff daily
 Create and distribute monthly cost center reports from the accounting system for staff
 Create month end statements for electronic payment methods, including credit card, ACH and EFT, for the accountants to prepare the month end close
 Review cash deposits and daily income reports from the development assistant, deposit cash funds into the bank, and record deposits in accounting system
Office Management
 Ensure the office is running smoothly at all times and staff have the resources they need to achieve their goals
 Oversee the purchasing of office supplies
 Serve as main point of contact for office issues including office equipment, supplies, technology, and space
 Serve as ongoing liaison with the office of the building regarding ongoing space and building issues
 Serve as technology lead and work with consultants to proactively ensure that computers, servers and printers are properly functioning at all times
 Oversee the purchasing, leasing, support, maintenance of office equipment and vendor
 Oversee all vendors and contractors who service the organization including negotiating contracts in conjunction with the executive director and managing costs
 Ensure entire office is orderly and well managed
Human Resources
 Maintain and implement employee benefits programs. Inform employees of benefits by studying and assessing benefit needs; work with benefits broker to review benefits programs and create annual cash flow projections for employee and employer contributions; recommend benefit programs to executive director; manage enrollments and terminations of employees; educate the staff about benefits options and provide guidance throughout the year.
 Oversee the administration all personnel issues including orientation of new employees; ensure staff are adhering to office policies and procedures; oversee closure of benefits and compensation for exiting employees
 Manage monthly staff meetings which includes planning the agenda, soliciting program reports, providing meeting notices, and taking and circulating meeting minutes
 Oversee personnel month end activities including collection of timesheets and reimbursements
 Maintain and update master time off calendar for all staff; send quarterly updates to supervisors to ensure employees are taking their time
 By the direction of executive director, implement office policies that enhance and improve the work dynamic in the office
Other
Assist executive director as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS
The position requires a seasoned administrative professional who has the experience and vision to manage the office and ensure that everything operates smoothly. This includes five or more years of human resources, finance, and office management experience. Other requirements include:
 Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects concurrently while achieving deadlines and results in a fast paced environment
 Excellent oral and written communication skills
 Outstanding analytical skills and great attention to detail
 Strong computer skills, including accounting software (preferably Fund EZ), database fluency, and Microsoft Office suite
 Organized, flexible, and self-directed individual who is willing and able to pitch in with both high-level strategies and the fundamental details of operations-specific implementation
 Willingness and ability to serve occasional nights and weekends
 Intent to support Friends of the Chicago River in the long term
 The ability to serve with alacrity

BENEFITS
Friends offer excellent benefits including medical insurance, generous paid leave, and a retirement match after two years of employments. Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY
Email resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and three professional references as PDF files to the attention of Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director at jobs@chicagoriver.org or Friends of the Chicago River, 411 S. Wells, #800, Chicago, IL 60607
Please NO calls, faxes or emails (other than emails presenting resume and cover letter).

Friends of the Chicago River – Communications Director

Friends of the Chicago River
TITLE: Communications Director
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
DATE: December 6, 2017

SUMMARY OF POSITION
Friends of the Chicago River seeks an experienced marketing and public relations professional to serve as the first communications director for our award-winning environmental organization.
As a key member of the senior leadership team, the communications director will serve as the chief strategist for Friends’ communications efforts and develop and implement a creative and integrated communications plan in support of all Friends’ programs and strategic initiatives. Using Friends’ new strategic plan as a guide, the communications director will increase awareness of Friends and our public policy and planning, education and outreach, and on-the-ground efforts; build further support for our mission; and help strengthen Friends’ financially. Well rounded and with experience in a comparably sized organization, the communications director will be expected to drive efforts through the implementation of an annual communications plan while responding simultaneously to emerging issues and opportunities on a daily basis.
As the only organization exclusively dedicated to improving the Chicago River system, Friends seeks an individual who is committed to and knowledgeable about the environment; already views the Chicago River system as an essential part of the history, culture, and future of the Chicago region; and shows real enthusiasm for the work and the river.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES  Develop external communications strategies that drive policy change, maintain and increase Friends’ presence in the community, and build support for our efforts
 Develop and implement an annual communications plan that utilizes Friends’ existing platforms and capitalizes upon them
 Define messages that inspire and motivate members, funders, volunteers, partners and other stakeholders and tell stories that convey the distinctive contributions and value of Friends of the Chicago River
 Develop an active media relations program which includes relationship cultivation with traditional and nontraditional media, pitching stories, managing press conferences, and coordinating responses to media requests  Produce, edit, and oversee high quality written and visual content for social media, newsletters, annual reports, speeches, special events, public comments, articles and messaging for and with Friends’ executive director and other senior staff
 Maintain Friends’ web page with current information on all program areas
 Support all aspects of Friends’ upcoming 40th Anniversary
 Promote Friends’ programs and specials events
 Develop an understanding of river-related issues and stay well-versed in Friends’
 Track and report on campaign metrics  Create and implement organizational protocols for Friends’ photo files and archives
 Participate in Friends’ annual all-staff events  Develop a crisis communication plans and provides counsel to senior leaders
 Special projects as necessary

QUALIFICATIONS
The right candidate will be highly motivated, expected to recognize and seize opportunities, and possess:  A bachelor’s degree with a minimum eight years in nonprofit communications including a minimum three years in a leadership position, preferably environmentally related  Experience in marketing and public relations  Evidence of success in media relations and knowledge of the Chicago media market  Superior writer with excellent interpersonal, verbal, and presentation skills
 Be highly organized with experience managing multiple tasks in a small organization  The ability to develop and execute communications strategy and annual plans to serve multiple audiences
 Demonstrable skill with traditional and social media
 Ability to work efficiently and prioritize tasks to meet program and organizational goals  A highly collaborative work style with a track record of working effectively across multiple departments and with a diverse group of people
 A commitment to results and solid quantitative skills to perform post-program analysis
 Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends for events and special projects as required
 An interest in and commitment to improving and protecting natural resources and the Chicago River
 Willingness to serve with alacrity and adhere to Friends’ stated values from our strategic plan

BENEFITS Friends offer excellent benefits including generous paid leave, medical and dental insurance, and a retirement match after two years of employment. Salary commensurate with experience. Friends of the Chicago River is an equal opportunity employer. TO APPLY Please send your resume and cover letter as PDFs files describing: 1) your interest in this position, 2) the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, 3) salary requirements, and 4) two writing/media/marketing samples to the attention of Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director via email to jobs@chicagoriver.org, subject line: Communications Director or mail to Friends of the Chicago River, 411 S. Wells, #800, Chicago, IL 60607. No applications will be considered without a personalized cover letter detailing the applicant’s specific interest in this position.

NO CALLS, PLEASE.

Audubon Great Lakes – Communications Manager

Audubon Great Lakes – Communications Manager

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

The Communications Manager holds primary responsibility for regional and state-level communications around policy and conservation priorities to Audubon members, the public, and key decision makers for Audubon Great Lakes. In that role, and in coordination with counterparts in the Audubon network such as communications staff in Minnesota and New York, the Manager develops regional communications strategies for Audubon’s priority issues, frames messages, develops content, develops earned and digital media strategies, and maximizes use of marketing tools including print and digital media. S/he will work closely with the news media and relevant news outlets to deliver Audubon’s conservation message and to engage constituencies and donors.

The Communications Manager is also responsible for developing print and online content and managing consultants, vendors, and staff to implement an aggressive communications program in the region. The Manager coaches program leaders to develop and deliver quality materials and generate social and digital media in support of strategies to publicize programs and conservation goals.

This position will report directly to the Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon Great Lakes, a regional office of National Audubon Society serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. S/he will work closely with communications and conservation staff across the Great Lakes basin, the Vice President of Communications in Audubon’s national headquarters, and other national and regional communications, conservation, and policy teams.

Essential Functions

  • Develop communications plans, messaging guidance, and media training for Audubon’s priority issue campaigns in the region, including but not limited to Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative, Audubon Great Lakes’ conservation agenda, and National Audubon Society’s federal priorities in the states served by the Chicago office.
  • Engage Audubon members across the Great Lakes on local, state and national conservation issues, focusing on Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and Audubon’s other priority conservation campaigns.
  • Secure local and regional earned media for Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and other regional conservation priorities. Coordinate with Media Relations team at National HQ to elevate Audubon in national media.
  • Manage digital communications for Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and other regional conservation priorities.
  • Advise on communications strategy for Grange Insurance Audubon Center
  • Coordinate messaging and communications with Audubon Minnesota, Audubon New York, Audubon Pennsylvania and National Audubon Society as well as regional chapters. Develop budgets and manage vendors and contracts for communications services.
  • Along with program leaders, conduct strategic communications and outreach to influence policy makers.
  • Manage regional communications staff and interns, as needed.
  • Evaluate results of communications program.
  • Engage a variety of stakeholders, including recruiting and training volunteer leaders and staff on communications skills and strategies, as well as coaching Audubon State Directors, chapter leaders, and volunteers to become effective spokespeople for the organization.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing or a closely related field required. Equivalent combination of education and experience also considered.
  • 5+ years in public relations, journalism or other communications fields and 3 years’ professional experience with campaign organizing, fundraising, project management and/or advocacy required.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills a must; ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups across a decentralized organization also necessary.
  • Strong leadership skills and experience managing and mentoring volunteer groups.
  • Excellent writing skills with a knack for online communications and messaging required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and obvious ability to easily learn how to use tools to manage online communications tools.
  • Experience using media databases such as Cision, Vocus or Meltwater strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • A flexible approach to work, with a willingness to travel, as needed, and participate in programs occurring after typical business hours.
  • Strong personal presence and demonstrated interest in wildlife conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.
  • Spanish-language proficiency and experience working with diverse media outlets are strongly preferred.

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Audubon Great Lakes – Director of Policy

Audubon Great Lakes – Director of Policy

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

Audubon Great Lakes (AGL) is the regional arm of National Audubon Society, working across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin and the lead office for Audubon’s Great Lakes conservation strategy.  Audubon’s bipartisan membership base in the region spans more than 55 chapters and 112,000 people. Based in Chicago and reporting to AGL’s Executive Director, the Director of Policy is responsible for localizing national policy priorities, building state-based policy agendas, and collaborating with the Executive Director to elevate Audubon’s leadership in the region. This new position has been created to build political power to advance conservation policy to protect birds and the places they need across the region.

The Director of Policy is responsible for leading the policy efforts and overall governmental affairs functions for the five states managed by Audubon Great Lakes as well as leading conservation policy strategy across the Great Lakes Basin.  As part of AGL’s senior leadership team, s/he will collaborate with the Executive Director and senior conservation policy, fundraising, and engagement leads at AGL and across National Audubon to develop a regional policy agenda to advance both state and federal priorities. The Director of Policy will collaborate closely with the Director of Engagement to successfully engage our bipartisan network and conservation partners for successful policy campaigns and conservation leadership.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled, experienced manager and a strategic thinker, and have a background in Great Lakes and water conservation, renewable energy, and/or climate change policy.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the development and effective implementation of annual and longer-term state and federal policy advocacy and campaign goals as directed by the AGL Executive Director and the VP of Conservation Policy, including the effective engagement of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and deliver on a policy agenda around issues impacting the ecological health of the Great Lakes in coordination with the National policy team and Audubon offices in Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • Provide periodic updates and recommendations to state and national board and staff to facilitate more productive integration at all levels of the organization. This may include identifying important issues that need to be addressed across the range of priority conservation programs and highlighting successful case studies.
  • Develop productive relationships with key state-elected and agency officials/leaders, as well as the regional Congressional delegation and federal agencies critical to Audubon goals.
  • Research and guide framing of the Great Lakes region and related public policy positions, including development of briefing papers and talking points, and work to advance those positions externally.
  • Work closely and effectively with consultants that Audubon retains for policy work; act as a liaison on projects and report updates to the Executive Director following meetings.
  • Collaborate with Audubon’s development team to identify, cultivate, and make requests to donors and foundations.  Be an active partner in helping to brainstorm engagement strategies for current and new members interested in the state’s advocacy work.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, or related field and 5-7 years’ professional experience in policy, grassroots advocacy, wildlife conservation, public service or related field, including at least 3 years managing staff and teams, required. Experience in conservation, renewable energy, and/or climate related issues is preferred.  Equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Exceptional leadership skills with the proven ability to oversee and mentor professional staff while working effectively in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability build consensus amongst a wide range of individuals. Comfort with presenting and engaging others in public-speaking events is also necessary.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.
  • Desire and ability to advocate for complex, aggressive conservation positions in both small and large settings.
  • Thorough understanding of how advocacy, communications, and grassroots engagement components effectively work together.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions.
  • Technically savvy, to include proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications and comfort using web-based engagement systems. Experience with EveryAction or similar voter/volunteer database desired.
  • Willingness to travel, including some occasional out-of-state travel, and comfort working evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.

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