JOBS

Executive Director – Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC or the Council)

Overall Purpose and Main Objectives:

  • Manages and administers the Council’s operations on a daily basis to ensure the organization fulfills its statutory purpose of pursuing nutrient research and providing educational programs to ensure the adoption and implementation of practices that optimize nutrient use efficiency, ensure soil fertility, and address environmental concerns with regard to fertilizer use.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Administrative/Management Duties:

  • Responsible for management and administration of the Council’s day-to-day operations.
  • Works closely with the Council in scheduling and coordinating Council and committee meetings.
  • Prepares meeting agendas for review by Chair and distribution to all Council members and committee members in a timely manner.
  • Assure Council materials and Notice of Meetings complies with the Open Meetings Act.
  • Record minutes of the meetings for approval by the Secretary.
  • Oversees and maintains all NREC corporation documents, by-laws, policies and procedures, research proposal templates, research contracts, NREC correspondence, insurance policies, etc.
  • Works closely with the Council to develop and assure adherence to policies and procedures for the Council and committees.
  • Coordinates with the entity responsible for managing NREC’s finances to assure timely preparation of financial reports, payment of accounts receivable and contractual payment obligations, and assures annual filing of tax return.
  • Assures compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, when applicable.
  • When necessary, consults with legal counsel to assure the Counsel’s compliance with all state and federal laws.

Communications:

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for the Council; this includes interaction with government organizations, non-governmental organizations, agricultural and environmental organizations, universities, individual researchers and project managers, the media and the general public.
  • Responsible for frequent written and verbal communications regarding NREC activities including but not limited to outreach to farmers, the agribusiness industry and other nutrient stakeholders to ensure awareness, support and implementation of NREC objectives.
  • Maintains the NREC website and timely posting of information on the website.
  • Organizes events to bring attention to NREC research and demonstration projects and facilitates interaction between the ag industry, media and public with NREC project leaders.
  • Communicates NREC’s priorities for needed research to the research community and other stakeholders.
  • Assists the NREC Research Coordinator with the compilation and distribution of annual NREC report and other tasks associated with the communication of project proposals, the peer review process, and the collection and dissemination of required project reports.
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with the Council’s member organizations. Performs other duties as assigned by the Council.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five years of agricultural organization, environmental/natural resources, or business experience.
  • Previous experience managing an organization including working with independent contractors, preparing budgets, financial management and business related requirements of a not for profit organization.

Skills:

  • Strong working knowledge regarding the use and purpose of agricultural nutrients and the fate of nutrients in the environment.
  • Demonstrates effective leadership ability to successfully carry out the objectives of the organization and assure positive working relationships among nutrient stakeholders and research/education providers.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills in dealing with the public, organizations and staff, and news media.
  • Possesses general computer and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Ability to work effectively without direct supervision.

Physical Requirements:

  • Work may extend beyond normal business hours as business needs dictate.
  • Able to work from home and travel. Must have valid State of Illinois driver’s license, and be willing to use personal vehicle for business travel (reimbursement will be at prevailing IRS mileage rate).
  • Some overnight travel in-state and out-of-state as needed.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master of Science or M.B.A. degree and ten years of agricultural organization, environmental/natural resources, or business experience.

Compensation:

  • $75,000 – $100,000 commensurate with experience and abilities.
  • Benefits are negotiable

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, or skills required of the individual in this position. Hiring is subject to review of credit, criminal and driving records.

Summer Positions – The Fund for the Public Interest

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for non-profit organizations across the country. They run campaigns for U.S. PIRG, Environment America, and the Human Rights Campaign.

Read more and apply online for offices in Chicago.

They’re hiring summer staff to fundraise, build membership for their partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues.

This summer, the Fund is working on campaigns to:

  • Stop the overuse of antibiotics in factory farms with Illinois PIRG
  • Protect our rivers, lakes, and streams with Environment Illinois
  • Fight Global Warming with Environment Illinois
  • And many more campaigns!

For more information visit our website or apply online.

Program Officer – Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation

Created in late 2007, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation’s mission is to nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metro Detroit, consistent with sustainable business models, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Ecosystem. The foundation is particularly focused on improving water quality, especially in the watersheds impacting metro Detroit and Bayfield, Ontario; promoting environmental health, justice and equitable development; and supporting the arts as a means to revitalize the metropolitan Detroit region.

Progress towards sustainability is rooted in the actions and decisions by individuals, nonprofit and profit enterprises and local communities, and a special focus on the role of business to help transition to sustainability is a key approach to be encouraged.

This past year, our endowment grew from $100 million to $280 million due the passing of our founders, Fred and Barbara Erb. We recently concluded a strategic planning process setting priorities, and are in the process of developing an implementation plan of action.

JOB SUMMARY

The Program Officer will report to the Vice President of Programs and work closely with the Foundation’s President, Chief Financial Officer, Program Officer and Grants Manager. The Program Officer will assist the Vice President of Programs in administering the Foundation grants program including: cultivating new grants; preparing recommendations for the board; monitoring existing grants; keeping abreast of knowledge in the field through research, seminars, meetings with experts and community leaders; developing and maintaining community relations.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, Masters preferred, and have a minimum of five years of experience in a grant making organization and/or related nonprofit professional experience. He or she also will have an interest in and passion for the multiple issues addressed by our mission.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Position reports to Vice President of Programs and works closely with all other Foundations staff.

• Responsible for grant solicitation, analytic review and recommendation for board action.

• Works with grant seekers to develop high quality proposals and with existing grantees to monitor and evaluate existing Foundation grants.

• Writes concise proposal summaries, board presentations and evaluations.

• Attends all Foundation Board meetings.

• Represents Foundation on appropriate task forces and committees.

• Attends relevant community meetings and events in order to maintain good community relations, gain a deeper understanding of community issues and identify quality grant opportunities.

• Identifies innovative and collaborative funding opportunities within the Foundation’s defined areas of interest.

• Conducts research on issues of interest to the Foundation and best practices in nonprofit and foundation management.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

• Contemporary knowledge of Metropolitan Detroit’s needs and opportunities, especially in the foundation’s issue areas. Understanding of sustainable business models a plus.

• Ability to understand nonprofit financial statements, audits, and tax returns.

• Excellent analytical training.

• Excellent writing skills.

• Excellent people skills.

• Strong computer skills.

• Strong time management skills and attention to detail. Ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload.

• Intelligent with broad interests; passionately curious.

• Innovative and flexible.

• Ability to work equally well independently and as part of a team.

• Ability to move beyond disappointments.

• Must possess the highest ethical standards.

REFERENCES

Three professional references from previous employers will be requested at a later date. These should include direct reports.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position, register with NPPN online (http://www.nppn.co) and upload your resume and a cover letter (addressed to the Erb Family Foundation and include the position title). Please do not contact the Foundation directly. For more information on the foundation, visit erbff.org

Clean Energy and Sustainable Business Solutions Policy Advocate/Analyst (M.P.P.)

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an experienced Clean Energy and Sustainable Business Policy Advocate/Analyst for a full-time position in our Chicago headquarters office. Candidates should have an M.P.P. with strong quantification skills or an M.B.A. This policy advocate/ analyst will principally work with ELPC’s experienced clean energy legal, business and policy advocacy team to: (1) Advance renewable energy and clean energy development to meet electricity needs in the transforming regional power markets and promote climate change solutions; (2) Design and implement innovative strategies, including ELPC’s Urban Brownfields to Solar Brightfields approach, to help accelerate market penetration of solar energy and new battery technologies in the Midwest and nationally; and (3) Analyze and advocate sustainable business and other policy initiatives for Great Lakes protection.

ORGANIZATIONELPC 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 40+ talented public interest attorneys, 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 offices are in Chicago (HQ), six other Midwest cities and Washington D.C.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Advocacy and analysis of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, develop climate change solutions, and assess economic, job creation, environmental impacts of energy policies.  Engage in advancing ELPC’s innovative Urban Brownfields to Solar Brightfields Initiative and ELPC’s Great Lakes protection and sustainable business policy initiatives.  Present expert testimony in public decisionmaking forums.  The position includes a wide range of responsibilities including economic growth analysis, drafting and publishing reports, and submitting expert testimony in administrative proceedings and legislative forums.  Participate in stakeholder working groups.  Engage with ELPC’s multidisciplinary Energy Project and Clean Water teams.

QUALIFICATIONS: M.P.P. (quantitative), M.B.A. or Masters in Economics, and policy-technical knowledge in the energy and sustainable business fields.  At least five years of post-graduate experience preferred.  Strong background in policy, financial and economic analysis.  Substantive knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, and energy economics. Strong academic record and excellent speaking, writing, and analytical skills. Able to be effective in multiparty coalitions and stakeholder processes. An inspired commitment to public interest advocacy and ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals.  Please see www.elpc.org

SALARYCommensurate 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 professional references to:  CleanEnergyPolicy@elpc.org  Telephone inquiries discouraged.  The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Clean Energy Finance and Sustainable Business Solutions Advocate/Analyst (M.B.A.)

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an experienced Clean Energy Finance and Sustainable Business Analyst/Advocate for a full-time position in our Chicago headquarters office. Candidates should have an M.B.A., Masters in Economics or M.P.P. with strong quantification skills. This finance-policy  analyst will principally work with ELPC’s experienced public interest attorneys and  overall clean energy legal, business and policy advocacy team to:  (1) Advance renewable energy and clean energy development to meet electricity needs in the transforming regional power markets and promote climate change solutions; (2) Design and implement innovative strategies, including ELPC’s Urban Brownfields to Solar Brightfields approach, to help accelerate market penetration of solar energy and new battery technologies in the Midwest and nationally; and (3) Conduct economic and financial analysis on energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to climate change problems.

ORGANIZATIONELPC 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 40+ talented public interest attorneys, sustainable 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 offices are in Chicago (HQ), six other Midwest cities and Washington D.C.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Advocacy and analysis of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, develop climate change solutions, and assess economic, job creation, environmental impacts of state and federal energy policies.  Co-leadership role in advancing ELPC’s innovative Urban Brownfields to Solar Brightfields Initiative. Present expert testimony in public decisionmaking forums. The position includes a wide range of responsibilities including financial and economic growth analysis, drafting and publishing reports, and submitting expert testimony in administrative proceedings and before legislative forums.  Participate in stakeholder working groups.  Engage with ELPC’s multidisciplinary Energy Project team of public interest attorneys, M.B.A.s, policy advocates, communications specialists.  See www.elpc.org

QUALIFICATIONS:  M.B.A., Masters in Economics or M.P.P. (quantitative), and policy-technical knowledge in the energy field.  At least five years of post-graduate experience preferred.  Strong background in financial and economic analysis.  Substantive knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, and energy economics. Strong academic record and excellent speaking, writing, and analytical skills. Able to be effective in multi-party stakeholder processes. An inspired commitment to public interest advocacy and ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals.

SALARYCommensurate 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 professional references to:  CleanEnergyFinance@elpc.org  Telephone inquiries discouraged.  The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Regional Program Manager, MN – The BlueGreen Alliance

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Regional Program Manager in Minnesota.

BGA is a national partnership of America’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations working to turn today’s biggest environmental challenges into our biggest economic and job-creating opportunities. Together with 15 million members and supporters, we are a powerful, unified voice calling for good, family-sustaining jobs, a clean environment and a thriving and fair American economy.

Job Summary: BGA is seeking a Regional Program Manager (RPM) based in Minnesota to lead the organization’s efforts to develop and promote smart environmental solutions that create and secure quality jobs in the state. This position reports to the Organizing Director and is responsible for implementing a state-level organizing plan to meet organizational goals. The RPM coordinates BGA’s Minnesota labor union and environmental partners to develop, support and advocate for policy positions and conducts grassroots organizing in support of these efforts. The position is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Organizing Director, develop and implement a multi-year organizing plan that includes BGA’s core program work related to clean jobs, clean infrastructure and international trade in Minnesota. The plan will set clear goals, objectives, and strategies, as well as metrics for achieving these goals. Update this plan annually.
  • Build and maintain relationships with and coordinate the work of the Minnesota Steering Committee, which consists of BGA’s state-level labor and environmental partners. Cultivate relationships with state partners to engage membership and to coordinate state-level organizing campaigns.
  • Implement a program to engage labor unions and environmental organizations in the pursuit of a Clean Power Plan State Implementation Plan that creates and secures quality jobs, including providing education, development of recommendations, and participating in the state’s stakeholder process.
  • Conduct grassroots outreach to labor union members and environmentalists on the potential to create quality jobs through smart environmental policies.
  • Working with the Organizing Director, ensure that program deliverables align with field plan goals and objectives.
  • Report on field and organizing activities, including contacts made, meetings held, and press activities conducted in pursuit of program goals.
  • Working with development department, provide narratives for grant proposals and reports.
  • Work closely with other program staff on other projects within state as needed.
  • Other duties as required.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of experience in field organizing or engagement, with a background in issue and/or electoral campaigns preferred.
  • Familiarity and previous experience working with labor unions and the environmental movement is preferred.
  • Minnesota state policy and lobbying experience a plus.
  • Familiarity with clean energy, climate change, and other related issues preferred.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and preference for working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to travel within state and to multiple states and Washington, D.C.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and orientation to building collaborative structures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Additional Information: Salary commensurate with experience; generous benefits package that includes medical and dental, 401k with company match, generous vacation and holidays, and a friendly work environment.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references by June 10, 2015 to Jennifer Bakkom‐Gatzke (jenb@bluegreenalliance.org). Please write “MN RPM” in the subject line. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Executive Director – Ohio Environmental Council

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. We advocate for individuals, diverse communities, and businesses to go green and live healthier. We do this through legislative initiatives, legal action, scientific principles, and statewide partnerships. The organization has an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million and a staff of 16. For more information please visit www.theOEC.org.

Position

The Executive Director (ED) will be a visionary leader, outstanding communicator, effective networker, and builder of lasting, meaningful partnerships for the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the ED will have overall strategic, financial, and operational responsibility for carrying out the OEC mission. S/he must be comfortable in a dynamic environment and possess high energy, integrity, the initiative to shape the future of OEC, and the capacity to strengthen the organization’s position in Ohio’s environmental movement.

Responsibilities

Strategy and Partnerships

  • Work with the Board, staff, and external partners to build the next strategic plan that aligns the OEC mission with environmental imperatives and current political realities.
  • Build new partnerships in all relevant program areas and establish strong relationships with funding, political, and community leaders.
  • Be a highly visible external presence in local, regional, and state-wide arenas who communicates the OEC’s mission and compelling programmatic initiatives.
  • Possess a depth of environmental policy knowledge and the ability to work in concert with diverse stakeholders to find solutions, positions, and programs that are effective, principled, and pragmatic.

Fundraising and Communications

  • Utilize persuasive communications and relationship-building to expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities in support of existing and new programs.
  • Ensure the OEC is a highly visible organization—from web presence to public relations, to create a strong OEC brand and increase public awareness of our work and important environmental issues.

Leadership and Management

  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills with the Board, staff, and all partners within the environmental community.
  • Foster an enthusiastic Board by engaging them in a strategic direction and fundraising.
  • Actively engage and empower the OEC staff to ensure ongoing program excellence, high quality fundraising, communications, budgetary management, and operations.
  • Work with Board and staff to establish timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and evaluate programs. Effectively communicate progress and successes to the Board, staff, funders, members and all external partners.
  • Develop, lead, and support OEC’s high-performing professional staff.

Qualifications

The ED must possess:

  • The ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders. Be compelling in developing and maintaining valuable partnerships with business, government, and other nonprofits. Be creative about building bridges between and among competing interests.
  • A charismatic presence to serve as the public face of OEC. Ability to work easily with the press, individuals, and groups to deliver compelling messages. Excellent public speaker.
  • Solid knowledge of a broad range of environmental issues so as to advocate for strong environmental protection laws and programs. Be familiar with legislative, administrative, and other public and private decision-making processes.
  • Prior fundraising success. Knowledge of and participation in securing grants. Can develop and sustain relationships with grant-making foundations. Commitment to all aspects of donor relations, including expanding the base of major donors.
  • Past success working with a Board and a proven ability to cultivate robust Board relationships.
  • At least 5 years of effective senior management or leadership experience, with the ability to point to specific examples of having developed and implemented strategies that have grown an organization in capacity and/or stature.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to attract, retain, and coach staff. Manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A passion for environmental protection, natural resource conservation, and sustainability.
  • Idealism and integrity and be mission-driven and self-directed.
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in business, nonprofit management, or public administration is desirable.

Salary & Benefits

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including paid health, dental, vision, and life insurance, employer-matched retirement fund, and paid vacation, family, sick, and holiday leave.

Application

To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to careers@theOEC.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line. The OEC is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

LOCATION:

Columbus, OH

DEADLINE:

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Transportation Program – Senior Policy Advocate or Senior Attorney

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.

ORGANIZATIONELPC 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.

SALARYCommensurate 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  jayers@elpc.org.   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Public Interest Environmental and Clean Energy Litigation Attorney

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is seeking to hire a new public interest attorney advocate with 4 – 10 years of hands-on federal court and administrative litigation experience for a full-time position in our Chicago office.  This Staff Attorney will principally work on: (1) Litigation before courts and administrative agencies aimed at removing regulatory barriers to accelerating solar energy development; (2) Great Lakes protection litigation and policy issues; and (3) Clean Air Act enforcement actions and other litigation to clean up highly-polluting aging coal plants and to advance climate change solutions through EPA Clean Power Plan implementation.

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 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, 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 Chicago, combined with offices 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. Please see www.elpc.org for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Key litigation role in innovative and successful environmental program activities focusing on public interest clean energy – climate change solutions and Great Lakes protection issues.  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on major litigation before federal courts and state energy and environmental agencies to accelerate solar energy development, advance climate change solutions and protect the Great Lakes from pollution.  Cutting-edge legal work with ELPC’s strategic advocacy campaigns across the Midwest and nationally.

QUALIFICATIONS:  4 – 10 years of skilled and effective trial and/or appellate litigation experience with substantive knowledge of key clean energy and clean air, climate change and natural resources protection statutes and policies preferred. The ideal background would be at a public interest litigation organization, USDOJ or strong state AG’s office, or high-powered litigation law firm with hands-on trial and/or appellate experience.  Strong writing and oral advocacy persuasive abilities required.  Strong academic background.  An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals is required.  Enjoy and thrive engaging with multidisciplinary project teams including public interest attorneys, public policy advocates, M.B.A.s, scientists and communications specialists.

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

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should 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.

Associate Attorney – Public Interest Environmental Law Fellowship

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (“ELPC”) seeks to hire a public interest attorney advocate who is a recent law school graduate for an Associate Attorney position in our Chicago, Columbus or Des Moines offices starting in Fall 2016.  This is a two-year fellowship position.  The Associate Attorney will work on ELPC’s environmental litigation and policy issues in the states and on related federal issues.

ORGANIZATIONELPC 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 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, 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 Chicago, combined with offices in Columbus, Des Moines, Jamestown, Madison, Duluth, Sioux Falls and Washington D.C.  See www.elpc.org for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on litigation and policy initiatives for ELPC’s Clean Energy, Clean Air and Climate Change Solutions Projects, Transportation and Land Use Reform Project, and Wild and Natural Places Preservation Project activities.  Assist on special projects. Engage with multidisciplinary project teams.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Recent law school graduate, including attorneys who are completing judicial clerkships or have no more than one year of other legal practice.  Strong academic record and excellent writing, speaking and analytical skills.  Interest in and substantive law and policy knowledge in at least one of the following fields: energy, environmental, transportation, air quality, land use and/or natural resources law. 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 an ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required.

SALARYAbout $60,000 annual salary for new law school graduates depending on the particular ELPC office, plus excellent benefits.  ELPC encourages applicants to seek funding that will help to support their salary in full or part from sources such as Equal Justice Works, law schools’ public interest grants etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:  LawFellowship@elpc.org.   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff

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