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Michigan LCV: Communications Director

WE’RE ON A MISSION TO PROTECT THE GREAT LAKES STATE. AND, WE’RE HIRING! JOIN OUR GROWING TEAM.

Communications Director: We are looking for a Communications Director to build and direct a communications program that strategically amplifies the stories of Michiganders impacted by land, air and water issues, drives narratives that lead to wins for Michigan’s environment and grows a base of activists and advocates who contribute to Michigan LCV’s mission. More information on the position and how to apply here.

Campaign Representative, Ohio Beyond Coal Campaign

The Sierra Club is looking for a Campaign Representative in Columbus, Ohio 

Context: Plans and implements the strategies and activities of the Beyond Coal campaign to transition utilities from coal to clean energy in Ohio.

Scope: The Campaign Representative is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of the Beyond Coal campaign strategies and activities in Ohio, and as assigned.   Collaborates with various internal departments, programs, strategic external partners, coalitions, state chapters and volunteer leadership to ensure execution of strategic coordinated campaigns moving Ohio off of coal to 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency. Ensures strategic alignment of the state campaign with regional and national goals and objectives. Manages and monitors campaign resources and expenses. Coordinates Capacities and Departments, ensuring focus on activities that achieve Campaign outcomes. Works with Sierra Club staff and volunteer Chapter leadership in Ohio. Creates and executes, as appropriate, utility-based or state-based campaign work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements. Oversees day-to-day operational aspects of Campaign. Prepares and submits weekly progress reports. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, allies, and other organizations, and the public.

 
Job Activities:

  1. Leads and facilitates the development of a strategic campaign plan, goals and objectives, for the Beyond Coal Campaign’s targeted utilities in Ohio.  Develops and implements strategic campaign working in collaboration with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Chapter, Communications Department, Organizing and On-line Organizing capacities, Sierra Club’s programs, and volunteer leadership to ensure the execution of a campaign to move the targeted companies off of coal to 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  2. In collaboration with the Sierra Club stakeholders listed above, engages with key strategic partners in frontline communities and within labor impacted by in regional power generation and committed to the transition to clean energy, other strategic stakeholders, elected and appointed decision makers, and executives in the renewable generation and efficiency industries to ensure advancement of Sierra Club’s priorities.
  3. Supports and provides professional expertise to staff and volunteers. Provides conservation training and motivation to staff and volunteers.
  4. Works to develop volunteers and to ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the program/campaign.
  5. Directs media outreach activities related to the campaign/program. Serves as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promotes volunteer media exposure.
  6. Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
  7. Represents the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies and coalitions.
  8. Introduces creative campaign ideas and approaches for consideration by capacities.
  9. Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in energy, political, legal, or closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in the planning and implementation of campaigns, which includes experience:
    • planning and managing a state- or regional-level legislative or issue campaign;
    • working with attorneys and utilizing legal advocacy;
    • lobbying;
    • media relations and strategic communications;
    • work with senior level political and business leaders.
  • Familiarity with the electric sector, including coal and gas-fired generation and renewable energy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a challenging political landscape to advance policy goals.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
  • Substantial experience and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
  • Commitment to building an organization that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, as well as promoting a culture of learning and growth.
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

 

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The Union of Concerned Scientists: Consultant Grassroots Organizers

Now Hiring two Part-Time Consultant: Union of Concerned Scientists Grassroots Organizer in Indiana and Missouri

Do you love science? Can you mobilize people to advocate for science-based policies that protect public health, clean air and water, and the climate? The Union of Concerned Scientists is seeking a committed and experienced part-time consultant to do grassroots organizing in Indiana and Missouri. Work from home and around the state to recruit, train and mobilize a team of activists to defend science, and scientists, from the latest attacks in Congress and the Administration that threaten the well-being of communities and the environment.

Details and scope of work:

  • Part time (approximately 20 hours/week) paid consultant position reports to UCS staff remotely
  • Expected duration of consultancy: 1 year
  • Recruit and meet with activists, including for trainings, strategy sessions and lobby days
  • Recruit and meet with influential leaders in the community – well known individuals from businesses, universities, etc. – engaging them in your campaigns
  • Build civic engagement skills of activists, from advocacy to engaging local media
  • Mobilize advocates and activists to take action in defense of science-based policies that are under attack in Congress and by the Administration using a variety of effective tactics
  • Coordinate with local coalition partners
  • Work from home and travel throughout the state

Qualifications:

  • At least 3-5 years of experience with grassroots organizing
  • Familiarity with the political process
  • Strong preference for someone with direct experience engaging in legislative advocacy and issue campaigns in Indiana
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and flexibility to respond to fast-changing campaign needs
  • Access to a car for travel around the state
  • Effective communicator, from one- on- one to meeting facilitation

We’re looking for someone to start in early October, so apply soon!

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to tfadeyi@ucsusa.org with the subject line “Missouri Grassroots Organizer” or “Indiana Grassroots Organizer.”

SUMMER 2018 LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire 1L and 2L law student interns for Summer 2018. Legal interns support ELPC’s state and federal litigation and policy work throughout the Midwest. ELPC plans to hire 4 to 5 law students to work in the Chicago, IL office. A summer at ELPC will give students a broad-based experience working in the Midwest on energy and transportation policy, farmland protection, and preservation of freshwater resources.

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 lawinternships@elpc.org. Applications from 2Ls are accepted on an ongoing basis and applications from 1Ls will be accepted beginning December 1, 2017. ELPC also accepts applications through the Chicago-based Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). Please review PILI’s application requirements at www.pili-law.org.

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The Ecology Center: Communications and Outreach Coordinator

The Ecology Center is seeking a three-quarter to full-time Communications and Outreach Coordinator for its Charge Up Midwest Electric Vehicle and Clean Energy campaigns, which includes public outreach and decision-maker focused communications to advance climate and energy solutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

Location: The Ecology Center – Ann Arbor, MI

Organization

Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. In recent years, the Ecology Center developed the country’s leading product testing service for toxic chemicals; created a statewide Health Leaders Fellowship program; and led successful advocacy campaigns to expand transit service in southeast Michigan.  The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, founded in 1977, which works to build zero waste communities through convenient and innovative services. The Ecology Center has offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordinator position will work with the Ecology Center’s Climate and Energy Program Team to provide overall communications for the Charge Up Midwest campaign and other Clean Energy programs, including:

  • Content creation, management, and dissemination of earned and owned media—including website, newsletters, social media, media relations, brochures, branded collateral, and related materials;
  • Support the execution of the Ecology Center communications and development plans to create awareness, engagement, and revenue for the Climate/Energy programs;
  • Stay abreast of EV and Energy related news;
  • Seek, research, develop and pitch proactive news stories to enhance public awareness of the Ecology Center’s climate/energy priorities;
  • Deliver presentations and tabling at community events;
  • Assist with overall campaign strategy and tracking of campaign progress;
  • Assist with grant reporting, and ongoing fundraising; and
  • Participate in Ecology Center staff meetings, and other collective duties to be determined.

Knowledge & Skills

The ideal candidate will have experience in journalism, public relations or a related field; a proven ability to write clearly, cleanly and quickly in a variety of formats; strong social media skills, and a familiarity with environmental and energy issues.

  • B.A./B.S. degree in journalism, public relations, or related field preferred.
  • At least 1-2 years of experience in communications, campaign communications preferred.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong strategic communications skills, including planning, public affairs and outreach, crisis communications, communications metrics and measurement, and marketing.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing environment and to organize multiple and varied priorities.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program partners, and other supporters.
  • Knowledge of the transportation and energy sectors.
  • Familiarity with and ability to quickly learn various web-based communication platforms.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Self-starter and able to work independently.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • A sense of humor.

Reports To: Director of Climate & Energy Programs 

Salary and Benefits: 

$36,000 – $42,000, commensurate with experience, with a generous benefits package including health, dental, FSA, 403(b), ongoing training, and growth opportunities. Upbeat, collaborative, and goal-oriented office atmosphere. The Ecology Center is committed to diversity and inclusion in our internal practices and opportunities, and in how we fulfill our mission of working for healthy people and a healthy planet. For more about our values and work in this area, see the Ecology Center Statement of Values on Diversity and Inclusion. The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer. 

To Apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to jobs@ecocenter.org. Please include where you heard about the position.

Application Deadline:

Application review will begin on September 8th. Applications received by that date will be given priority, but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

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 office starting in Fall 2018.  This is a two-year fellowship position.  The Associate Attorney will work on ELPC’s cutting- edge public interest clean energy and environmental litigation and innovative policy advocacy.  This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economic 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, 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. Please visit  www.ELPC.org.

RESPONSIBILITIESWork with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on “hot” litigation and innovative eco-business 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.

QUALIFICATIONSRecent 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.

SALARY: $62,500 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 & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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The Mayors Innovation Project: Research and Outreach Associate

The Mayors Innovation Project is seeking an exceptional individual to join their team and help provide high quality policy and program information to cities across the country.  The Mayors Innovation Project is a learning network for American mayors committed to high road policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. They provide clear, useful information on policies and programs for local governments and create high-quality peer learning experiences for local leaders. This person will work on a wide range of issues and connect with elected leaders and local government staff in a number of ways. They are a project of COWS, based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

COWS is a national think-and-do tank that promotes high road solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. COWS is nonpartisan but values-based. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all. The Mayors Innovation Project is a learning network for American mayors committed to high road policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. We provide clear, useful information on policies and programs for local governments and create high-quality peer learning experiences for local leaders. This position will work in two areas of COWS work: the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP), and our workforce development initiative, and report to the Associate Director of COWS and the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project on a day to day basis.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

No professional experience required, however at least three years of professional experience desired, with seven years of experience required for appointment at senior title. Skills should include:

  • Excellent writing ability, including demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly for a range of audiences on policy topics.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including scheduling large groups, planning and running conference calls and webinars, tracking attendance and participation, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating and writing to diverse audiences, e.g. local governments, elected officials, community and environmental groups, public and private sectors.
  • Experience organizing and relationship building with non-profit organizations and/or local governments.
  • Capacity to learn areas of policy quickly and to summarize key policy issues in accessible ways and variety of formats.Preferred, but not required, skills and experience include:
  • Experience planning and facilitating meetings and events.
  • Policy research and analysis experience.
  • Knowledge of local policy and/or local government.
  • Familiarity with climate and energy issues, public health, municipal finance, water policy, workforce development, labor standards, and/or civil and human rights policy.
  • Project management.

 

SALARY:

Minimum $38,000 ANNUAL (12 months).

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.

For questions on the position, contact: Matthew Wyndham, 608-265-8665, mwyndham@ssc.wisc.edu, and click here for the full job description.

Chief Development Officer

The CDO will be both a bold strategic thinker and a hands-on executor. S/he will oversee and manage the development department consisting of four fundraising professionals and will work closely with the organization’s communication staff. The CDO will actively manage a donor portfolio by personally participating in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, as well as collaborating with the Executive Director to ensure that he is effectively supported and leveraged to achieve fundraising goals.

S/he will have the passion to develop fluency in the issues and opportunities in public interest environmental advocacy, and the ability to create tailored and compelling strategies for the philanthropic community and individual donors across a range of geographies and demographics.

Key responsibilities in this role include:

  • Cultivating new revenue sources by creatively and strategically expanding the donor base, including: identifying and cultivating high-profile individual donors, securing additional funding from major foundations, and hosting annual events;
  • Maintaining and growing a portfolio of individual and institutional donors, actively responding to the rapid expansion of environmental philanthropy;
  • Systematically identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding new individual and institutional donors capable of making significant contributions to ELPC;
  • Supervising and overseeing a high-performing development team that increases ELPC’s revenues, laying a strong foundation for long-term organizational growth;
  • Planning and executing events to inform prospective donors of ELPC’s mission, programs, and projects; and
  • Contributing as an active member of the senior management team.

 

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Public Interest Economic Policy Associate

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire an entry-level Economic Policy Associate at our Chicago headquarters. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong analysis and public engagement – are essential for protecting our core environmental values. The Economic Policy Associate will perform research, modeling, and analysis as part of a first-rate team working to: accelerate clean solar energy and storage, wind power and energy efficiency solutions; advance climate change solutions; protect clean air, safe drinking water and communities against toxic threats; and protect the Midwest’s wild and natural places.

ORGANIZATIONELPC’s nationally-recognized work includes 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 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 across the Midwest and in Washington, DC. ELPC was founded in 1993 and has an annual budget of $7 million. Please visit www.ELPC.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  ELPC’s Economic Policy Associate will work on mission-aligned projects to advance clean energy, transportation, air, and/or water initiatives.  Primary activities include researching and analyzing economic and environmental data to create compelling analysis and presentations (including spreadsheets, databases, data visualizations, reports, and other communications). This will involve data modeling, mapping, and developing deep subject matter expertise, in collaboration with highly-motivated attorneys, MBAs, and policy advocates on some of the most important and challenging environmental protection issues of our times.

QUALIFICATIONS:  We seek a highly-capable, committed graduate of a well-respected educational program with a strong academic record in economics, business, social science, informatics, or related analytical fields. Specific requirements include: exceptional research, analytical, and modeling skills (advanced MS Excel required; additional experience in statistical analysis, database management, data visualization, and/or GIS mapping preferred) and demonstrated passion for Midwest environmental issues.  Promising candidates will complete an analytical case study during the interview process.

SALARY: $37,500 annual salary. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Analyst@ELPC.org.

ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify our team.

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The Public Interest Network: Environment Minnesota Director

Environment Minnesota seeks an experienced organization-builder to coordinate advocacy, field organizing, and media communications for our group. Environment Minnesota is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We stand up to polluting industries, fight for a green future, and do what it takes to win. We believe there’s something special about Minnesota — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s the light shimmering off Lake Superior, the wild beauty of the Boundary Waters, or our countless parks and forests, Minnesota’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.

The Director would be driving campaigns to bring clean energy to Minnesota, to fight global warming pollution, protect Minnesota’s beautiful state parks, and save Minnesota’s waterways.

Environment Minnesota is part of a national federation of environmental groups with offices in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities:

  • Campaign Coordination: Develop and execute plans to win on our environmental campaigns. Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing and media outreach.
  • Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers: state legislators, the Governor’s staff, state regulators, local officials and federal representatives. Build relationships with key players in Minnesota and in the region.
  • Coalition Building: Cultivate relationships with diverse and powerful allies and expand the constituencies supporting our efforts. This will include building a coalition of key allies and getting them actively involved in our campaigns including attending events and participating in press conferences.
  • Media Outreach: Serve as a public spokesperson through media events, press releases, op-eds and other visibility tactics with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues and demonstrating support for our positions.
  • Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we’re running to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.
  • Recruitment: Recruit new staff, interns and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.

Qualifications:

Minimum five years of professional experience in grassroots organizing, organization building, and/or campaign politics. Related advanced degrees, such as a J.D. or master’s degree, may count towards experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change, experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.

Compensation & Benefits:

Compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment Minnesota offers a competitive benefits package.

Location:

Minneapolis, MN

To Apply:

Please apply online at http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/apply.html. Direct your application to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director for The Public Interest Network.

Environment Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

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