Media Relations Specialist: Clean Energy & Climate Change

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks a talented Media Relations Specialist to join our growing communications team with a focus on generating earned media coverage for ELPC’s clean energy and climate change advocacy initiatives. The Media Relations Specialist will pitch reporters; draft and place press releases and Op-eds; plan media events; work collaboratively with other environmental groups on communications strategies throughout the Midwest; and participate as a member of ELPC’s multidisciplinary project teams. This is a great position for a top-rate communicator who wants to make a difference in accelerating the Midwest’s clean energy economic transition and advancing climate change solutions. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economics, science and public engagement – are essential to protect our core environmental values.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy organization and among the nation’s leaders. ELPC develops and leads successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45+ 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 is headquartered in downtown Chicago and has eight additional offices across the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. For more information please see

RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will build and execute earned media strategies to generate press coverage around ELPC’s clean energy and climate change initiatives. ELPC’s Media Relations Specialists pitch and build relationships with key reporters and editors across nine states in the Midwest and nationally, draft press releases, Op-eds, talking points, and other media material as well as conceive of and run press events around the region.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred. At least 5 years’ experience in strategic communications or a significant background as an environmental or energy reporter with a track record of developing strong relationships with reporters, successfully placing stories, Op-eds, etc. The ideal candidate is already familiar with clean energy and climate change policy, an excellent writer, able to work quickly, manage internal and external deadlines, and work well in a team environment.


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

APPLICATION: Applicants should send: cover letter; resume; three professional references; and a representative work sample (e.g., press releases, Op-eds, etc.) to: Telephone inquiries are discouraged. ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Manager of Policy and Legislation

Location : Washington, DC
Department : Strategic Communications
Supervisor : VP Strategic Communications
Type : Full Time

Overview: The Appalachian Trail is protected by federal law as established by the National Trails System Act of 1968. Stretching through 14 states from Maine to Georgia, for nearly 2,220 miles, the Trail traverses six national parks, seven national forests, 25 wilderness areas, numerous wildlife refuges, national recreation and national heritage areas.  The Trail and adjoining lands are, significantly, the last remaining open space in the eastern United States. More than three million people each year experience the Trail, requiring support for visitor education and trail maintenance. Additionally, increasing development in the eastern United States threatens the Trail’s scenic views and areas of natural and cultural significance, requiring advocacy on federal and state levels to conserve diminishing open space.

Position Summary: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) seeks a highly energetic, creative and self-motivated individual to assume manager-level responsibilities regarding Advocacy outreach and communications. Advocacy responsibilities entail proactive work on issues of importance to the Trail and surrounding lands, and addressing proposed legislation and policy contrary to the best interests of the Trail.

The Advocacy Manager will work closely with ATC’s Vice President of Strategic Communications to advance ATC’s proactive protection goals regarding federal legislation and appropriations, and will assist in building grassroots/grasstops support and activism for federal, state and local issues.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities: The Advocacy Manager works closely with the ATC’s Communication Department, Conservation Department and ATC’s President/CEO to help identify, strategize, and implement action steps to positively impact policies, legislation and public funding that support ATC’s conservation and management goals. He/she works collaboratively with key partners and agency representatives to bring a stronger outdoor recreation voice to public policy and advocacy discussions on landscape conservation, including energy and climate change related policies and funding. He/she attends federal committee meetings and provides written summary briefings; maintains an up-to-date database of federal elected officials and develops communications strategies to keep target officials informed and educated of ATC’s position; meets with the staff of federal lawmakers; works collaboratively within ATC and with partners to develop effective communication strategies to build awareness and understanding of advocacy issues relevant to the outdoor recreation community and trail conservation; and organizes state/local-level advocacy, when necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, communications
  • At least 5 years experience in environmental policy and/or advocacy
  • Significant campaign and legislative experience
  • Ability to lead major trail protection, legislative and policy campaigns
  • Understanding of climate change science and climate change policy direction
  • Familiarity with a variety of federal and state land managing agencies
  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated experience reviewing legislation
  • A demonstrated ability to engage diverse stakeholder groups and build relationships to advance action toward goals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Highly organized self-starter who can track, manage and report on multiple programs and frequently change priorities with patience, perseverance, minimal supervision and successful completion

ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

ATC encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission. The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.

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Respiratory Health Association – Director of Chronic Disease Programs

Overview: Respiratory Health Association has been a local public health leader since 1906. At that time, tuberculosis was a prominent health threat in our community. As health practices and treatments, medicines, and environmental factors have evolved, so has RHA. Today we address asthma, COPD, lung cancer, tobacco control and air quality with a comprehensive approach. Find our people, see our funders, and review our milestones to learn more.

Post Description: The Respiratory Health Association is seeking a Director of Chronic Disease Programs to direct RHA’s chronic disease programs and projects

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the Chronic Disease Team’s efforts to reduce the burden of chronic lung disease through education, policy change and research.
  • Direct Respiratory Health Association’s community-based chronic disease programs, including Fight Asthma Now©, an evidence-based asthma self-management intervention for children living with asthma, and Asthma Management, a training for adult caregivers including school staff and parents.
  • Serve as project director for Respiratory Health Association’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Initiative, including the annual patient-focused educational event, Living Better Together COPD Conference.
  • Oversee Respiratory Health Association’s Research Program including distribution of grant funding to researchers at Chicagoland academic hospitals.
  • Work collaboratively with Senior Director of Strategy, Programs and Policy; Director of Health Policy; and, Director of Environmental Health to develop lung health initiatives and Respiratory Health Association’s public health policy agenda.


  • A Master’s degree in public health or related field required.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience including:
    • Program development and evaluation,
    • Grantwriting and reporting,
    • Budget management and
    • Supervisory experience

To apply: Email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: Please include the job title and your name in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Mortenson Family Foundation – Community Relationship Officer

Overview: Mortenson Family Foundation builds partnerships to strengthen community-driven approaches that advance equity, opportunity, and sustainable systems.

Over the last two decades, the Foundation has consistently grown in charitable assets and now provides over $3 million in grants annually. The greatest areas of interest for the family’s giving include:

  • Protecting, conserving and restoring biodiversity and habitat in Minnesota’s watersheds in order to improve water quality;
  • Expanding opportunities for youth and families living in poverty in the Twin Cities by supporting equitable access to academic and social development opportunities and systems; and
  • Increasing the standard of living for youth and families living in poverty in developing countries.

The Foundation believes that how the work gets done is as important as what work gets done. The Foundation expresses its values of community, service, family, integrity, responsibility and humility by:

  • Growing strong relationships
  • Striving for lasting change
  • Understanding root causes
  • Challenging systemic injustice and inequality
  • Learning and reflecting
  • Creating and innovating

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit

Post Description: The Community Relationship Officer is a new, part-time position that establishes and sustains relationships within the community and the Foundation to ensure that community, organizational partner and Foundation goals of our Sustaining Environmental Systems grant area are met. The goals, beliefs and outcomes that the Foundation is seeking to meet can be found here

The position also administers a funding-by invitation grant program. The invited grants program supports nonprofit organizations  across all nonprofit sectors.

To Apply: Qualified and interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to Candidates submitting information by December 21, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

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EQ Research – Senior Energy Policy Analyst

Overview: EQ Research LLC is a highly specialized consulting firm founded in 2013 to provide policy and market research, analysis and data services to businesses, government entities, nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders engaged in the clean-energy sector. EQ Research’s subject matter areas of expertise include financial incentives supporting clean energy deployment; electric utility regulation; electric rate design; grid modernization; and the collective suite of policy issues relevant to distributed energy resources (DERs).

Post Description: EQ Research seeks a highly motived, full-time Senior Energy Policy Analyst with at least five years of direct work experience to join our client-focused renewable energy and energy storage policy analysis team. The ideal candidate will have experience researching, analyzing and writing on a wide-range of energy policy, regulatory and market topics of interest to all renewable energy market sectors (distributed, community, utility-scale).

Key Responsibilities:

We are looking for a candidate who can:

  • Contribute to and/or lead client-specific work by researching, analyzing, reviewing, editing, summarizing and/or drafting comments in regulatory proceedings in direct collaboration with clients and other EQ analysts.
  • Provide qualitative and/or quantitative analytic input on regulatory matters, including but not limited to how different rates, policies, and program designs affect the economic viability of DERs.
  • Research, track, analyze, and synthesize state legislative and regulatory developments, as well as general rate case proceedings in coordination with other EQ Research analysts.
  • Work collaboratively to develop and implement improvements to subscription products.
  • Work independently and as part of a team to develop research reports, white papers and blog posts.
  • Collaborate with EQ Research staff and external partners to develop successful project proposals.
  • Deliver presentations at regional and national conferences, and via webinar.
  • Be flexible and adaptable to the changing needs of our clients.
  • Get excited about clean energy policy developments and learning about new issue.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  •  It is expected that the Sr. Analyst will be able to effectively coordinate efforts and staff on projects for which the Sr. Analyst is responsible.

Location: Cary, NC

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The DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform – Executive Director

Overview:  The DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform is a key convener of diverse human services agencies serving the population of Chicagoland’s DuPage County and leverages the power of that community to address human services systems issues in the county.

Post Description: The Federation is seeking an accomplished and innovative Executive Director to steer the organization into the next level of community leadership and pursue a new strategic plan to ensure that the programs remain vibrant, relevant, and that the core value of collaboration continues to meet the community need.

Key Responsibilities: The next Executive Director of the Federation will partner with the Board of Directors, Council of Community Leaders, local civic and community leaders, funders and other external stakeholders to develop a clear vision and mission for the organization’s next decade. This is an opportunity for a passionate, dedicated professional to have a direct, deep impact on the human services sector in DuPage County and to serve as a key resource and thought leader.

Please take a look at the OPPORTUNITY GUIDE AND ONLINE APPLICATION and think of who you might refer for this position. Potential candidates must apply online and include a current resume and cover letter.

Center for Neighborhood Technology – Director, Transportation Program

Overview: The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) works to build more livable and sustainable urban communities. CNT fulfills this mission by delivering game-changing research, data tools and solutions, and on-the-ground demonstrations to address environmental and social challenges and make advocacy successful in neighborhoods across the country. CNT is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, funded through philanthropic sources, government agencies and service contracts with businesses and government agencies.

Since its founding in 1978, CNT’s work has fueled a generation of community development and learning institutions, earning a reputation as an economic innovator and leader in the field of creative sustainable development. CNT combines rigorous research with effective action to achieve substantial improvements in public policy and private markets across sectors and fields. CNT’s work was recognized with a 2009 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

See our website for more information at

Post Description: CNT is seeking an innovative and committed leader to serve as director of CNT’s transportation program. The organization has a history of leadership in the transportation field and is recognized as a national innovator and effective advocate in the field of environmental justice and transportation equity. CNT has significant analytical strength, as shown in several recent products: the pioneering H+T Index, which demonstrates the hidden transportation costs in housing location decisions; the Right-Size Parking Calculator, which helps communities more realistically plan for parking needs; AllTransit, which compares transit access across the nation; equitable Transit Oriented Development (eTOD), which allows analysis of housing affordability near transit; and Cargo Oriented Development (COD), which demonstrates the use of freight transportation assets to leverage sustainable, industrial redevelopment. CNT also launched one of the nation’s first car-sharing companies, I-Go.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Thought leadership. The transportation director will be responsible for positioning CNT at the forefront of transportation policy discussions, particularly in terms of equity.
  • Program development and management. The transportation director will organize CNT’s various transportation initiatives into a coherent program, and will explore, initiate, and manage discrete projects within the larger program. Responsibilities include developing multi-year goals, annual work plans and budgets, and managing programs and staff.
  • Research and analysis. The transportation director will engage with CNT’s urban analytics department on the production of innovative, original analysis. Strong analytical abilities are a plus, as well as the ability to work with analysts on joint projects. The transportation director will promote the use of CNT’s analytical tools related to transportation and will help guide the design of these tools so that they are as useful to practitioners as possible.
  • Demonstration program management. CNT’s research and analysis are not theoretical but applied to real world cases. The transportation director should be capable of contributing to direct implementation of CNT’s ideas – whether through a new transportation service, a real estate development proposal based around transit or freight assets, or other practical projects.
  • Advocacy and communications. The transportation director will represent CNT externally in a variety of settings – sometimes supporting existing policies and proposals, but sometimes offering criticisms and challenging the status quo.
  • Fundraising and program support. In collaboration with the Managing Director of Development and other senior staff, the transportation director will support fundraising efforts for the program. With support from others at CNT, the transportation director will cultivate new funding opportunities, expand existing funding relationships, seek funding from both philanthropic sources and competitive RFPs, and build productive partnerships with other organizations and companies.

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Law Student Internship – Summer 2019

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire 1L and 2L law student interns for Summer 2019. Legal interns support ELPC’s state and federal litigation and policy work throughout the Midwest. ELPC plans to hire 3 to 4 law students to work in the Chicago, IL office, and a “Great Plains” intern from or in law school in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, or South Dakota. A summer at ELPC will give students a broad-based experience working in the Midwest on energy and transportation policy, air and water quality, and protection of special places.

About ELPC: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. 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 talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public 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 Midwestern communities.

Responsibilities: Our summer law student interns work with ELPC attorneys and other professional staff on ELPC policy, legislative and general advocacy issues, and federal and state court litigation. Job activities may include legal and legislative research, litigation and pre-litigation support, developing case strategies, legislative drafting, clean energy business development, grassroots advocacy work, and special projects. Interns also may attend meetings with state and federal agencies, legislators and concerned citizens, and participate in depositions and other litigation activities. Our interns assume a significant level of responsibility commensurate with their interests and abilities.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy. ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. Although stipends are available, ELPC encourages interns to obtain alternate funding from law school public interest fellowships and other outside sources.

Application Process: Interested law students should send a cover letter and resume via email to Applications from 2Ls are accepted on an ongoing basis and applications from 1Ls will be accepted beginning December 1, 2018. ELPC also accepts internship and fellowship applications through the Chicago-based Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). Please review PILI’s application requirements at

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Illinois Power Agency Seeks Program Managers for New Solar Programs

Overview: The Illinois Power Agency is an independent State Agency created in 2007 to develop electricity and renewable resources procurement plans and to conduct procurement events to ensure adequate, reliable, affordable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable electric service for the default supply customers of Illinois electric utilities. The Agency is growing as it expands its operations to include new programs that promote the development of renewable energy resources.

Post Description: The Illinois Power Agency is seeking two Program Managers to staff solar energy incentive programs that the Agency is launching to support the development of new solar generation across Illinois. This includes the Adjustable Block Program for the development of photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar, and the Illinois Solar for All Program to support solar for low-income households and communities. Please see the attached job description for more information on the duties of the position and the qualifications required.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Serve as primary liaison between Agency and third-party Program Administrator.

2. Serve as a subject matter expert for the Agency on the applicable program’s guidelines and requirements, and on one or more of the following: photovoltaic project development, renewable energy policy, low-income energy and equity issues.

3. Monitor third-party Program Administrator contract deliverables, program performance, budgets, etc. Recommend adjustments and corrective actions as needed.

4. Take primary responsibility for resolution of issues escalated by the Program Administrator to the Agency for review and consideration. Develop recommendations for resolution of significant escalated issues.

5. Review and recommend approval of program materials, reports, and other information submitted by Approved Vendors as needed.

6. Respond to inquiries from the general public, potential program participants, and other stakeholders regarding the applicable program.

7. Prepare presentations and reports related to Agency programs and renewable energy.

8. Research and monitor the state of the photovoltaic industry in Illinois and nationally.

9. Provide support to the development of updates of the Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan.

10. Represent Agency at meetings, workshops, and other events.

11. Perform other tasks as assigned by the Agency Director.

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Public Interest M.B.A. Sustainable Business Fellow

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an M.B.A. who is a recent business school graduate for a full-time two-year Sustainable Business Fellowship position in our Chicago office starting in Fall 2019.  The Sustainable Business Fellow will work with ELPC’s multidisciplinary project teams of senior attorneys, M.B.A.s, public policy specialists and scientist professionals on sustainability projects developing clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, advancing innovative transportation strategies and preserving vital natural resources. One of ELPC’s core principles is that job creation, economic growth and environmental progress can be achieved together through smart public policies and sustainability initiatives. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal, economic and policy advocacy – backed by strong business analysis and public engagement – are essential for protecting our core environmental values.

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 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists (M.B.A.), 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.  Our headquarters is in downtown Chicago, with additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, DC.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Program Staff on sustainability projects to advance clean energy development and climate change solutions, accelerate innovative transportation strategies, and protect the Great Lakes and other natural resources. Economic analysis of solar energy and wind power projects. Determine environmental, job creation, economic growth benefits from forward-looking energy, environmental and natural resources preservation policies. Engage with multidisciplinary project teams to achieve sustainability impacts and results.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Recent M.B.A. school graduate with at least three years of prior professional experience preferably in finance, sustainability, environmental or energy sectors. Strong academic record and excellent analytical, presentation and writing skills. Strong background in financial and economic analysis. Smart self-starter with track record of initiative and successes. Substantive knowledge of clean energy policy and technologies, and energy economics is valued. An inspired commitment to sustainability principles and an ability to work productively with a team of skilled professionals.

COMPENSATION $70,000 annual salary for recent M.B.A. program graduates. Excellent benefits.

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

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