The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire a full-time Senior Policy Advocate or Senior Attorney in its Chicago headquarters to lead its transportation project. The Senior Policy Advocate will have program leadership responsibilities and work to promote environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects, including developing the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network, advancing transit and smart growth planning policies, and opposing costly, sprawl-inducing new highways. Overall transportation program management and building strong coalitions to undertake strategic advocacy campaigns and projects will be key responsibilities. The ELPC Senior Attorney or Senior Policy Advocate will have a lead role in communication and fundraising for the program, working in conjunction with ELPC’s Executive Director and staff leadership. He/she will be a member of ELPC’s senior program team, participating in a collegial setting to marshaling diverse staff skills to successfully execute ELPC’s key strategies.
ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. 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 deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings an effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago with additional offices and professional staff in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Duluth, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C. ELPC has an annual budget of $6.75 million and started in 1993. See www.elpc.org and www.highspeedrailworks.org.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Senior Attorney or Senior Policy Advocate will be charged with developing an effective program of work to promote and extend environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects around the Midwest. Responsibilities include strategic policy advocacy and organizing public and private coalition support for the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network, forward-looking federal and state transportation policies, better transit and smart growth planning policies, and opposing costly, sprawl-inducing outlying new highways.
Working closely with ELPC’s Executive Director, Deputy Director and Development Director, this transportation program manager will be a “front person” in fundraising and working with foundations and major donors to gain project support. He/she will engage on statewide, regional, and national transportation reform issues, cases and projects. This position requires travel throughout the Midwest and occasionally to Washington DC.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have at least ten years of experience in strategic advocacy campaigns and policy advocacy. An advanced degree (J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P.) is strongly preferred. Transportation program and policy knowledge and/or legal background is required. Candidates should understand and enjoy strategic advocacy that involves legal, legislative, coalition-building, policy and economic analysis, media outreach and public engagement. Strategic communications experience revealing an ability to inspire others is valued. Candidates should have a strong record of success, including program management skills and experience leading coalitions. Must show the ability to engage in program and project fundraising with foundations and major donors. A demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required. The position is open to both talented attorneys and public policy advocates.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other large public interest environmental organizations. Excellent benefits provided.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and 3-5 professional references to consultant John Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone inquiries are discouraged. The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.