Metropolitan Planning Council Associate

The Opportunity

MPC is hiring a full-time associate to support the current and future projects that deepen the organization’s housing and community development impact. MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with a background in affordable housing development and policy, community development and/or urban planning. Strong relationship, project management, policy development and facilitation skills are essential. This individual will support MPC’s two-year study on the cost of economic isolation and be a part of developing new and innovative community development initiatives.

The position will report to MPC’s director for these programs and projects, Marisa Novara.

The Position

Primary responsibilities:

  • Managing outreach for the Cost of Economic Isolation, a 20-month study in partnership with the Urban Institute. The position will coordinate across 30+ local and national policy advisors to develop strategies and policies. In addition, this individual will assist in producing three products over the course of the study and will:
    • Conduct research that informs Urban’s work as well as policy advisors.
    • Work with MPC’s communications team to write about and share materials with a variety of audiences, including elected officials and the media.
    • Translate lessons learned into policy reform recommendations, to be communicated through original reports, policy briefings and dialogue with elected officials.

Duties also will include:

  • Engaging external partners such as the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Chicago Housing Authority, HUD and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning in ongoing and new policies and projects.
  • Assisting with community-based planning efforts for Transit-Oriented Development through the Corridor Development Initiative, in which community members work with a team of development professionals to create specific, financeable proposals.
  • Coordinating public roundtable events and workshops to further MPC’s initiatives.

MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can juggle multiple deadlines at once. The ideal candidate holds a master’s degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning or other relevant field, and has at least three years of relevant work experience. For a more experienced candidate, we will consider restructuring the role as a Manager.

A qualified candidate:

  • is a creative thinker able to help build MPC’s housing and community development work and integrate it with other emerging MPC initiatives;
  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is able to communicate directly and work collaboratively with staff colleagues and external partners;
  • is passionate about the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission;
  • enjoys a fast-paced, intellectually stimulating workplace;
  • is an excellent writer and an articulate speaker in a range of settings;
  • is both entrepreneurial and executes skillfully on assigned work;
  • has a working knowledge of relevant actors and institutions in the Chicago region; and
  • has experience communicating complex ideas to a diverse, public audience.

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.

How to Apply

Please send the following materials by e-mail or mail:

  1. A letter detailing how your experience relates to the job description
  2. Your résumé and salary history
  3. A brief writing sample
  4. Three references

Angelina Leyva
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603

No phone calls please.  For more information on MPC, please visit:

Vice President of Philanthropy

The Opportunity

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), a Chicago based non-profit, seeks a highly skilled Vice President for Philanthropy to maintain and cultivate valued relationships with individuals, businesses and communities who together invest in MPC’s effort to make the Chicago region more sustainable and prosperous.

Position Overview:

Staffing and properly capitalizing the development team is a high priority for MPC. The VP for Philanthropy would be responsible for the oversight, execution, and growth of a comprehensive development plan. A Development Associate and an Administrative Assistant support the VP for Philanthropy. The VP for Finance and Administration also commits 20% of his time in support of the development goals.

As part of MPC’s executive team, the VP for Philanthropy contributes to the development of organization wide strategies and direction and ensures development objectives are aligned with MPC’s strategic plan. This position reports directly to MPC’s President.

MPC is largely privately funded with approximately 40% of its annual budget from foundations, 40% from corporations and the remainder from endowment earnings individuals, and the occasional modest government grant. MPC is a financially robust organization that enjoys a $10 million endowment. In addition, a popular annual luncheon grossed $805,000 in 2015.

MPC looks to its VP for Philanthropy to engage board and staff in identifying, cultivating and maintaining donors. This includes encouraging and facilitating board members’ efforts to share their passion for the work of MPC with others and engaging program staff in conversations with donors and prospects.

Over the next five years, MPC seeks to steadily grow its annual operating budget –ambitious and sustainable financial growth that remains out ahead of MPC’s equally ambitious programmatic agenda. In reaching this goal, it is expected that the development strategy would focus on creative efforts to increase corporate support and support from new, current and lapsed foundations. Increasing annual and planned gifts from individuals is also a promising area for advancement. Organizational expectations include a recently established $25,000 annual minimum ‘give or get’ aspiration for each board member.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic extrovert, passionate about being a part of a highly motivated team working to create a competitive, equitable and sustainable metropolitan Chicago. S/he will have demonstrated experience leading fundraising efforts and confidence in soliciting gifts from a diverse set of donors. S/he must be independent, a strategic thinker, highly organized and personable, comfortable with public speaking, and possess excellent written communication skills.

Key Responsibilities:


  • In partnership with the President, Executive VP and VP of Finance and Administration and other senior staff, contribute to the development of MPC’s strategic plan, and remain versed in MPC program areas and projects to identify funding sources and trends that will help position the organization and build new funder relationships
  • Create and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan that includes individual, foundation, corporate, planned gifts, and special event contributions
  • Track and evaluate all fund development activities and provide regular reports to the President, Board of Governors, and senior staff advising on areas of concern and providing strategies to accomplish goals
  • Prepare annual development budget and revenue projections and track throughout the year in collaboration with President and VP of Finance and Administration
  • Prepare and staff the President to optimize her time and talents in meeting development objectives


  • Build, supervise and support a creative, energetic and high-performing development team of staff (both direct reports and others) and interns in carrying out the strategic development objectives
  • Work closely with MPC’s staff to understand and support program needs and identify fundraising opportunities
  • Build staff’s capacity to identify and assist with strategic development opportunities


  • In partnership with the President, enhance Board engagement in donor identification, cultivation and fundraising activities
  • Prepare and present regular updates to the board on development efforts

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • BA/BS degree required, advanced degree preferred, Certified Fund Raising Executive certification a plus
  • 6+years of development, fundraising, executive-level non-profit management, or related experience with demonstrated experience in annual fundraising in addition to experience in all aspects of donor development, including planned giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation giving with a proven track record of donor identification and solicitation success
  • Familiarity and experience with the Chicago philanthropic community
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and management skills, including an understanding of nonprofit financial statements
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and ability to make compelling public presentations
  • Experience managing complex programs and balancing multiple priorities effectively
  • Experience with donor database and fundraising software a plus

Search and application Proces:

The search process will reinforce MPC’s belief in the diversity of people and ideas.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested parties are encouraged to apply early. Applications must include:

1) a cover letter that speaks to the ideal qualities and skills outlined in this position description;

2) a resume.

Applications should be sent to with the subject line containing only the applicant’s name.

Outreach Support


The Outreach Support individual will promote environmental stewardship through behavior change at home and at houses of worship. This person will recruit members of religious communities to implement strategies for saving energy and money. The work will be done in the context of each faith community’s interests in caring for the environment. Specifically, this will include providing awareness of new technologies associated with the “smart grid”. The field organizer will be assigned a geographic area in southeastern Illinois, and achieve a metrics-driven outreach and organizing plan. The organizer will also offer other programs of Faith in Place, as appropriate to the situation, faith community, and as time allows.


  • Develop or cultivate relationships with faith partners
  • Educate faith communities about the importance of saving energy and the smart grid
  • Hold one-on-one meetings with the leaders of faith communities to inform them about Faith in
    Place’s program offerings, particularly related to smart energy use
  • Lead and direct faith partner engagement, including outreach to faith leaders, members, and
    multiple guilds, groups, and committees
  • Coordinate with organizers from other nonprofits and community groups
  • Carefully track progress and report all outreach efforts
  • Travel to nearby towns and cities to connect with various interfaith worshiping communities
  • Follow up with new and old faith partners in person, over the phone, and via email
  • Gather sign-ins and petitions while at events
  • Participate in weekly phone calls with the Outreach team
  • Data entry and maintaining data integrity


  • Passion for environmental issues and economic/social justice
  • Willingness and ability to become well versed in energy issues, as well as other programs that
    Faith in Place offers
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills – comfort in speaking to large groups, facilitating small
    group discussions, and excelling at one-on-one interactions.
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, asking questions as appropriate, and not
  •  Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches
  • Highly developed resource management skills – record keeping, including meeting measurable
    goals and documenting them, reporting back to the Chicago office weekly over the phone and
    through an online database, reporting hours worked and miles for reimbursement
  • Basic Computer Skills – a working knowledge of databases, graphics, the internet, Microsoft
    Office Suite, and setting up a projector
  •  Understanding work related documents
  •  Using and creating materials to fit outreach in your area
  • Ability to stay positive throughout various challenges
  • Going to houses of worship of various faiths
  • Coordinating events, tabling, and overall engaging people of faith at their house of worship

Hours and Salary:  20 hours/week through December 31, 2016; $11/hr  

How to Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Rev. Brian J. Sauder,


Outreach Coordinator

Position Description: The Outreach Coordinator will educate and engage members of diverse faith traditions in support of Faith in Place’s Water Preservation program. The focus of this position is to oversee and help facilitate the improvement of stormwater management systems at houses of worship in the Calumet region. The Water Preservation program includes stormwater audits, green infrastructure planning, water audits and retrofits, and utilizing Faith in Place’s Interfaith Water Curriculum.


  • Implement a plan for successfully overseeing the improvement of stormwater management at 5
    houses of worship
  •  Develop or cultivate relationships with faith partners
  • Successfully coordinate communication between faith partners and the engineers and
    construction crews working on site
  • Educate faith communities about the importance of water preservation and stormwater
  • Ability to travel to and from houses of worship to coordinate with engineers and construction
    crews (travel is reimbursed per IRS guidelines)
  • Lead and direct faith partner engagement, including outreach to faith leaders of all kinds (for
    example: clergy, trustees or Elders; youth, and seniors; multiple guilds, groups, and
  • Gathering sign-ins and petitions while at events
  • Data entry and maintaining data integrity
  •  Participate in weekly staff meetings and quarterly staff retreats
  • Other activities as required


  • Passion for environmental issues, economic/social justice, and/or water preservation
  • Willingness and ability to become well versed in green infrastructure issues, as well as other
    programs that Faith in Place offers
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills – comfort in speaking to large groups, facilitating
    small group discussions, and excelling at one-on-one interactions
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals from a wide variety of
    backgrounds, religious, and political beliefs
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong organizational ability and experience in meeting established goals within tight time
  • Ability to facilitate discussions between faith communities, engineer consultants, and
  • Familiarity with standard business computer applications
  •  Demonstrated experience in effectively leading and collaborating with volunteers–
    management or supervisory experience would be a plus
  • Ability and willingness to motivate individuals to take action regarding Earth care–prior
    experience in sales, organizing, or faith community life is a plus
  •  Familiarity with community organizing strongly preferred
  • Access to reliable transportation and a cell phone required
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies, or similar field, preferred

Hours & Salary

40 hours a week, some evenings and weekend responsibilities. Required to attend weekly staff meetings (Monday mornings) and the quarterly retreats. Annual salary of $40,000 – $50,000 depending on experience and education. Full time staff receive health insurance, retirement match, personal days, sick days, and four weeks of paid vacation.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Brian Sauder at


Chief Executive Officer

About Delta Institute:

Delta Institute (“Delta”) is a nonprofit that works to build both a resilient environment and economy through sustainable solutions. Delta takes a holistic approach to sustainability, finding opportunities to link improvement in environmental quality to economic development. Since its founding in 1998, Delta has become a highly respected organization known as an effective facilitator and convener around issues of energy, brownfields, community revitalization, waste and ecosystems in the Great Lakes region.

At the core of Delta’s work are strong relationships and partnerships with local businesses, governments and communities. Together, with partners, Delta has created and implemented innovative, market-driven solutions to build environmental resilience, economic vitality and healthy communities.

Delta’s Nitrogen Credit Program is “a model for a new kind of nutrient management program throughout the Corn Belt—one that brings farmers, research institutions, non-profits, government and business together to make climate solutions work.”

– USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2015

Current and recent initiatives include:

  • Delta Nitrogen Credit Program. Launched in 2014 in partnership with The Climate Trust, the program uses nitrogen credit transactions to reduce agricultural nitrous oxide emissions. The program was recognized with a 2014 Innovation Award from the American Carbon Registry.
  • Rebuilding Exchange (RX). The RX is a non-profit social enterprise that sells reclaimed building materials and custom furniture made from reclaimed materials. Since being founded in 2009 by Delta Institute, the RX has diverted more than9445 tons of building materials from the landfill and simultaneously created over $2 million worth of quality reuse materials available to the public, all while providing education and job training to people with barriers to employment. The venture successfully spun off as an independent enterprise in 2015 and continues to grow its impact in the region.
  • Brownfield Redevelopment. In the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, Delta partnered with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization to engage the local community in identifying and prioritizing vacant or under-utilized sites for redevelopment. This redevelopment will pave the way for new economic development in a historic industrial corridor that has suffered from industrial disinvestment.
  • Chicagoland Waste Benchmarking. In this project funded by Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Delta conducted a regional study on waste management practices and to identify opportunities and strategies for maximizing environmental and economic benefit to the region through better practices.
  • DeltaLumin. Through innovative research and program design, Delta is working with world-renowned design firm IDEO and community-based nonprofit Faith in Place to create tools and strategies that help low-income consumers reduce energy use with smart meter data.

For more information on Delta Institute, please visit

Job Summary:

The Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) will lead the next chapter of Delta. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will work in partnership with the Board to develop a strategic approach to achieving the Institute’s goals of growing program impact and scaling the organization from its current $3.6 million budget over the next five years while advancing its mission. A key aspect of this role will be guiding a vision-setting process and then executing on specific strategies for achieving that vision.

The CEO oversees the entire organization, including strategy, fundraising, external relations, staff and administrative activities.

In partnership with the senior team and the Board, the CEO will lead the strategic planning process in 2016 and play a key role in shaping the vision for Delta’s next chapter. The CEO will be responsible for developing strategies, goals, and objectives to advance Delta’s work, scaling of organization and positive impact on the region’s environment and economy.

The CEO will drive Delta’s fundraising efforts and represent Delta in environmental and economic development arenas. Identifying, establishing and cultivating long-term partnerships to fund and operationalize Delta’s strategies will be a priority for the CEO. Additionally, s/he will be responsible for mentoring senior team members around fundraising strategy.

The CEO will be regarded as a convener, trusted advisor, and thought leader amongst his/her peers, and will already be recognized as a key content area representative in environmental sustainability and/or economic development both regionally and potentially nationally. Additionally, s/he will be responsible for cultivating partnerships with governmental entities, businesses and communities to help shape the environmental landscape.

Lastly, the CEO will provide strategic leadership and mentoring to all professional staff and programs. S/he will be the leading voice of Delta and continue to fully engage and leverage the strong management and technical staff, with an emphasis on professional development. Additionally, s/he will oversee the day-to-day administrative management of Delta and ensure responsible financial oversight.

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate will have the following qualities and characteristics:

An Ambassador for Delta Institute

As the “Ambassador” of Delta, the CEO will represent Delta to a range of external stakeholders in the environmental arena. S/he person will be an articulate, dynamic, diplomatic and effective communicator and be respected among industry peers. S/he must command respect in the environmental and/or economic development community and have the gravitas to work within the diverse spectrum of funders and partners. S/he will have a proven background in building assets coupled with a deep understanding that fundraising and development of long-term partnerships are fundamental to the organization’s success. S/he will have a strong professional network to further the mission of the Delta and convene support from funders and partners to maximize the impact and visibility of Delta’s work in the region and beyond.

Content Area Expertise & Passion for the Mission

The CEO will be recognized as a leader both internally and externally and have a deep understanding of sustainable development and market transformation strategies. S/he must be able to engage competently around the full range of Delta’s programmatic areas to its external audience. By understanding the environmental landscape, the CEO will be able to position Delta for success, prioritize partnerships and projects for long-term impact and mentor staff to ensure the successful completion of projects. The CEO must exude a sense of intellectual curiosity and a willingness and eagerness to share his or her knowledge and understanding with Delta’s diverse stakeholders.

A Strategic & Inclusive Leader

The CEO will be an innovative and enthusiastic self-starter who can think strategically about Delta’s future. S/he will draw on the expertise of Board and strong staff to set the vision and develop a strategic plan for Delta and work closely with them to ensure the plan’s successful implementation and evaluation efforts. The CEO will seek out partnership and collaboration opportunities with governmental entities, businesses and communities to help advance Delta’s mission and strategic priorities. S/he will actively engage with the Board, collaborating and leveraging their skills and talents to further the mission of Delta. Additionally, the CEO will be an inclusive leader who embodies and stays true to the values of Delta’s entrepreneurial culture and be committed to a congenial and collaborative environment. The CEO will be a leader who embodies humility and agility, and will be able to work with the team to navigate Delta’s multiple priorities and projects, knowing when to change direction and focus.

Business Acumen and Management

The CEO will be results-oriented and be able to translate Delta’s over-arching goals into clear objectives for the Board and staff. S/he will leverage the Board’s strengths to further the mission of Delta and actively engage Board members in its work. The CEO will have a track record of successful Board development and management. S/he will approach the financial oversight of Delta with an even-handed and reasoned approach to budgetary decision-making based on a clear understanding of the strategic objectives of the organization.

Delta is a regional organization with two offices. The ideal candidate will have experience working with a multi-office, multi-state organization.

A focus on the Midwest and the Great Lakes region would be desirable, but is not required.

A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree would be desirable.

How to Apply:

Alison P. Ranney, Anne B. McCarthy and Anny K. Chou of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Alison, Anne and Anny directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.



Senior Campaign Representative

Job Title: Senior Campaign Representative (Beyond Coal)

Organization: Sierra Club

Department: Conservation

Location: Madison, WI

Reports To: Deputy Director – Central Region

Context:  Plans, directs, implements, and manages all aspects of the Beyond Coal Campaign in Kansas, Wisconsin, and Iowa

Scope:  Develops and directs the Beyond Coal Campaign’s work in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Kansas.  Collaborates with various internal departments and programs, partner organizations, and volunteer leadership to ensure execution of strategic coordinated state-based campaigns and manages daily operation of these campaigns.  Ensures strategic alignment of the state campaign with regional and national goals and objectives; communicates national priorities and benchmarks to state teams.  Manages and monitors campaign resources and expenses. Creates and executes state-based campaign work plans and revises plans as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.  Prepares and submits weekly progress reports.  Represents the Sierra Club to government officials and agencies, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and to the public.

Campaign: The Beyond Coal Campaign is a nationwide effort to eliminate coal’s contribution to global warming in the U.S. no later than 2030 and replace aging coal infrastructure with a clean energy economy fueled by wind, solar, and energy efficiency. The Beyond Coal Campaign is also working to stop the construction of new coal-fired power plants, and keep the U.S. coal reserves underground and out of world markets. The Beyond Coal campaign is seeking passionate and highly skilled advocates to join the team. To learn more about our campaign visit:

Job Activities:

  1. Directs Beyond Coal Campaign efforts in KS-WI-IA  to shift from coal to clean energy.  Develops and implements strategic campaign working in collaboration with Sierra Club’s environmental law program, state chapters, the communications department, organizers, the digital strategies department, and Sierra Club’s volunteer leadership.
  2. In collaboration with state teams, engages key players in state power generation, state elected and appointed decision makers, state agencies, and executives in the clean energy industry to assure advancement of Sierra Club’s priorities.
  3. Supports and provides senior level professional expertise to staff and volunteers.
  4. Works to develop and ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the campaign.
  5. Directs media outreach activities related to the campaign in collaboration with the local chapters.  Serves as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promotes volunteer media exposure.
  6. Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
  7. Provides analysis and support of campaign budget.
  8. In cooperation with the Advancement Department, participates in major donor and foundation solicitation and cultivation.
  9. Represents the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies.
  10. Introduces creative ideas and approaches; fosters creativity among team members.
  11. Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in an environmental, political, legal/policy or related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience as a senior representative, or in a comparable position in another organization which includes substantial experience:
    • planning and managing a state or regional campaign;
    • working with attorneys and utilizing legal advocacy;
    • lobbying;
    • media relations and strategic communications;
    • fundraising;
    • program and/or employee management, budget planning;
    • working with senior level political and business leaders.
  • Knowledge of the electric sector, including coal-fired generation and renewable energy.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.  Demonstrated public  speaking and          media presentation ability.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local.

The Sierra Club offers 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 position.

To Apply for This Position:

Please apply online here.

Director of Policy

Southface is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. We recognize the marketplace as an important forum for change, and we look for opportunities to support market‐scale advances.  We put emphasis on developing and maintaining cooperative relationships with key stakeholders throughout the region, while remaining firmly committed to building a more sustainable future.

Job Summary: Southface is seeking a full‐time Director for Policy to lead our work in Georgia and the Southeast to support public policies that advance sustainable development and clean energy technologies – including energy efficiency, solar and wind energy.  The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to foster coordination and cooperation among diverse – and even competing – groups. He or she will be committed to getting results in a fast‐paced environment and able to manage a challenging diversity of tasks. This position is an opportunity to engage with policy makers, NGOs, industry executives and other constituencies and to bring about policy changes that will transform the market for clean energy and sustainable development.


The Director of Policy is based in Atlanta, Georgia and reports to the Executive Director.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor policy proposals and trends in the Southeast, particularly in legislatures and at public service commissions;
  • Conduct and oversee policy research and preparation of white papers and policy briefs;
  • Supervise the maintenance and enhancement of clean energy databases, mapping tools and modeling tools developed by Southface;
  • Identify priority opportunities for policy change and develop and implement a strategic policy agenda for each issue priority, including achievable goals and performance measures;
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with policy makers, NGOs, industry executives, leading experts, coalition partners and other constituents;
  • Develop and execute a communications and media relations strategy that utilizes both traditional and new media, in coordination with the Executive Director and Communications Team;
  • Represent Southface before legislative bodies and executive branch agencies;
  • Supervise Policy Team project staff, as well as consultants and volunteers;
  • Coordinate with other Southface teams on policy matters including energy codes, green infrastructure and sustainable development strategies; and
  • Participate as a member of the Management Team in establishing and accomplishing program priorities, developing and managing the budget for the policy and advocacy programs and assisting in raising funds to carry out the programs and support the organization.


We are seeking candidates who excel in relationship building, are results oriented and have strong project management skills. You should have:

  • Excellent writing, speaking and analytical skills (both high level and detail);
  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of resourcefulness in the face of obstacles;
  • A commitment to diversity, with a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio‐economic circumstance;
  • Experience managing multiple projects and ability to oversee a cadre of staff, consultants and volunteers;
  • Significant professional experience in public policy advocacy, public policy research and analysis and coalition building (prior experience with clean energy policy is a plus but not a requirement);
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in building relationships with diverse audiences, including public officials, reporters and editors, community leaders, coalition partners and the public;
  • A passion for working in a fast‐paced, collaborative environment to advance leading edge public policy that furthers clean energy and sustainable development.


Hours of Work: Monday through Friday 9:00AM—5:30PM. Occasional weekend or evening hours. Some travel required.

Salary: Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:  Respond via email with cover letter and 2‐page (maximum) resume to with “Policy Director” in the subject line.  Please, no telephone inquiries.

Pre‐employment background checks will be conducted on candidates. Southface is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 and

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   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and 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 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:   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and 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

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:  Telephone inquiries discouraged.  The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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