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Audubon Minnesota and Upper MS River – Vice President and Executive Director

Overview

Founded in 1905, the National Audubon Society is one of the most venerable conservation organizations in the world. Audubon follows birds to ecosystems, conserving them for wildlife, for people, and for the earth’s biological diversity. Today, Audubon enjoys a widely respected centrist brand, a powerful legacy of conservation success, deep loyalty among its supporters, and the clarity that springs from working for the benefit of birds and the places they need to survive and thrive.

Audubon works to save birds through conservation and advocacy firmly grounded in science. As leaders in applied bird conservation science, Audubon engages in research and analysis to support the development of its programs, to build its authority as a science-led thought leader, and to inform and evaluate the work of Audubon and its partners.

Audubon’s powerful distributed network has an unparalleled reach. No other conservation organization matches the size, reach, scale, influence, diversity, and creative energy of its chapters, nature centers, staff, volunteer leaders, and US and international partners. At its best, the network has the knowledge and credibility to care for birds, and the places they need, in communities across the country – and it unites to tackle big challenges facing birds that cannot be solved by any single part of the network alone.

By connecting the work of the Audubon network – 463 Chapters, 41 nature centers and sanctuaries, 22 state offices, more than 650 staff members, 1 million members and volunteers, and U.S. and international partners – along each of the four major migratory flyways of the Americas, Audubon weaves a seamless web of conservation for birds and other migratory and non-migratory species. By working toward common flyway conservation goals, Audubon is having greater impact, and by coordinating resources, physical assets and expertise, it is dramatically increasing its efficiency across the network to address the most pressing conservation issues of our time.

Audubon is focused on five cross-cutting conservation strategies–climate, coasts, working lands, water, and bird friendly communities. The organization has built a scientific foundation for each of its strategies, established clear goals and is mobilizing its powerful network to achieve conservation wins at scale. Audubon also has a clear-eyed focus on increasing diversity and promoting inclusion. Audubon is putting more than $100 million annually to work on conservation (compared with $73 million just five years ago). This new robust Audubon is a strategic, pragmatic, responsive, integrated organization that can tap people’s passion for bird-centered conservation and translate it into action

Position Summary

Audubon seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon Minnesota, leading the organization to its next level of conservation and fiscal success. The leader will build on Audubon’s history of conservation in Minnesota and expand Audubon Minnesota’s contributions to conservation across the state and throughout the Upper Mississippi River system.

The Vice President & Executive Director will exercise broad leadership and management responsibility in developing statewide conservation strategies, initiatives, and public programming. This will include working closely with the Audubon Minnesota Board of Directors and staff and Audubon’s key national conservation leaders to continue to develop the state program in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities, including strengthening and expanding Audubon Minnesota’s role in the Upper Mississippi River system.

Essential Functions

Conservation Strategy Development

Develop strategic goals and initiatives aligned with Audubon’s overall conservation goals and strategies that result in the organization’s increased statewide capacity to achieve the conservation of priority birds and their habitats. Priorities include:

    • Habitat conservation to support bird populations and improve water quality and flow of the Upper Mississippi River system
    • Coastal habitat conservation in areas such as Duluth and the shoreline of Lake Superior;
    • Implementing climate resiliency strategies throughout the office’s conservation portfolio, including advancing a policy agenda
    • Important Bird Areas (IBAs) protection throughout the state;
    • Engaging in community science, conservation, and engagement;
    • In conjunction with senior management, explore opportunities and the feasibility of expanding Audubon Minnesota’s leadership throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin
    • Leading the implementation of other national policy and conservation goals throughout the state and region

Organizational Leadership

    • Provide leadership, management, and mentoring to staff while preserving open communication and recognizing the value of the management team.
    • Manage the day-to-day operations of the state office, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions, in close collaboration with Audubon’s leadership the Minnesota and Upper Mississippi Flyway teams; ensure that all Audubon financial standards, operating policies, programmatic commitments, and legal requirements are met.
    • Focus resources on the most critical, high-leverage projects and strategies, including policy development and public engagement
    • Leverage the impact of Audubon Minnesota’s assets to achieve state, flyway, and national goals.

Fundraising and External Relations

    • Represent Audubon Minnesota throughout the state and raise its profile and visibility to funders, partners, policymakers, and the public.
    • Play a key role in fundraising and ensure Audubon Minnesota’s ability to cultivate and solicit major donors, foundations, corporations and government agencies to significantly increase contributions.
    • Play an active role in helping to promote fundraising for regional priority projects across the Upper Mississippi Flyway working with other state directors, the program managers and other supporting staff.
    • Collaborate with other Audubon state programs and national Development staff on donor strategies under the One Audubon approach to membership and donors.

Stakeholder Relations

    • Work closely with the Audubon Minnesota Board of Directors to support the efforts of AMN to further the development of a strong statewide organization through fundraising, program development, and conservation advocacy.
    • Work closely with, support and provide guidance to Audubon chapters to expand Audubon’s capacity for on-the-ground conservation and education at scale. Work to strengthen the statewide presence of Audubon, and support these organizations in their local efforts.
    • Prioritize engagement and activation of Minnesota’s diverse communities in the Audubon movement, including chapter leadership, state board participation, staffing, volunteers, program participation, and partnerships across the state.
    • Work with government departments and non-governmental organizations to promote and prioritize bird science and habitat conservation.

Qualifications and Experience

Experience:

    • Substantial and progressively responsible professional experience, including 3+ years as an enterprise executive with accountability over multiple programs and/or regions.
    • Experience in the field of conservation; ideally knowledge of how conservation work is advanced in Minnesota and the upper Midwest, including knowledge of key conservation leaders.
    • An array of experience in public policy development and advocacy, campaigns, lobbying, and/or involvement in the state legislature and/or in working with members of Congress.
    • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners, in organizations of similar or greater size than Audubon Minnesota.
    • Demonstrated success in fundraising; experience with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders.
    • Demonstrated commitment to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment; ability to build and lead a diverse team of staff, board members and supporters.

Skills:

    • Strong leadership skills, with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong business and management skills; demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, donors, and potential partners a must.
    • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a highly matrixed, complex organization—strong ability to influence and persuade others required.
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional, and national levels.
    • Tech-savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, budgeting systems and donor databases. Comfort with and interest in leveraging technology to maximize conservation impact and network engagement.
    • Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience, and the ability to effectively represent Audubon Minnesota to its members, state and federal elected officials, donors, and chapter leaders, as well as in traditional and social media.

Knowledge:

    • Knowledge of the Upper Midwest’s political and demographic reality with broad connections to partners and the philanthropic community strongly desired.
    • Knowledge and appreciation of, as well as connection to Minnesota and the Upper Mississippi River and its environment, conservation and political history, and the role of science in developing conservation strategies.
    • Knowledge of funders and donors engaged in conservation philanthropy in California preferred.

Personal Characteristics:

    • Willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the state and nationally, as required.
    • A strong commitment to the mission, values, and programs of the National Audubon Society.

Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, conservation or related field required; advanced degree strongly preferred.

APPLY HERE

Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Audubon Society – Wetland Restoration Manager

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

The Wetland Restoration Manager will work as part of a team to develop and implement actions to achieve conservation goals associated with Audubon’s Great Lakes Initiative. S/he will directly oversee implementation of wetland and riparian restoration and protection projects within the Great Lakes’ region. S/he will coordinate with national and regional science, engagement, policy, and administrative staff, as well as Audubon chapters and members, and partners to ensure conservation projects and programs are holistic, inclusive, and sustainable.

Audubon’s Great Lakes Initiative has experienced rapid growth and early conservation successes since its launching in 2016. Program objectives focus on improving habitat for breeding and migratory birds, while improving water quality and building climate resiliency in and around the Great Lakes. The Wetland Restoration Manager will work to strengthen existing partnerships, while mobilizing restoration action on the ground. S/he will manage the implementation of a portfolio of projects funded by state and federal agencies, foundations and corporate and individual donors. Working with science, conservation, development, and leadership staff within Audubon, the Wetland Restoration Manager will play a key role in achieving Audubon’s ambitious conservation goals in the region.

Essential Functions

    • Lead implementation of wetland restoration projects, collaborating with partners and executing habitat and hydrological field work led by staff and/or contractors.
    • Survey wetland hydrological conditions and oversee the design/engineering of hydrological restoration, including the implementation of water control structures.
    • Develop and manage grant and project budgets, quarterly billings, and financial reports in close coordination with finance and administrative staff.
    • Develop and manage contracts, grant (programmatic) reporting, and project implementation.
    • Communicate with funders to update progress on projects.
    • Supervise consultants and contractors.
    • Under supervision of Director of Conservation and in close coordination with Upper Mississippi and Atlantic Flyway leadership staff, identify, conceptualize and prioritize strategic wetland and riparian restoration projects.
    • Build relationships and partnerships with public and private land owners to advance protection goals in priority geographies.
    • Work with national and regional science staff and land owner partners to ensure effective communication around adaptive management.
    • Work with national and regional science, communication, and policy staff, as well as Audubon Chapters, Centers and other regional partners to communicate results of restoration and science projects.
    • Develop and facilitate workshops, meetings and calls with agency, non-profit and landowners to gather and disseminate information.
    • Identify and work with colleagues to secure additional funding resources to support Audubon’s Great Lakes Initiative.
    • Based on restoration projects and other related research, develop reports that analyze and interpret results, and present findings to managers, scientists, activists and the public.

Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in conservation biology, ecology or similar required, Master’s degree preferred.
    • Five years of professional work in ecology or restoration and significant restoration experience in riparian, wetland, or estuarine habitats. Experience in bird conservation ecology is a plus.
    • Experience writing proposals and administering government grants, and partnering with government agencies.
    • Demonstrated experience managing people and projects, and comfort in directing contractors and consultants.
    • Deep knowledge and passion for the conservation of Great Lakes coastal ecosystems required. Deep knowledge of hemimarsh is desirable.
    • Ability to comprehend complex hydrological conditions and to conceptualize hydrological changes is desirable.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a multi-faceted team.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, GIS and statistical analysis software.
    • Willingness to do field work under a wide variety of conditions.
    • Valid U.S. driver’s license and a willingness to travel throughout the Great Lakes Region is a must.
    • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
    • Commitment to Audubon’s mission.

APPLY HERE

Audubon Society – Chapter Network Associate

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

The Chapter Network Associate supports the capacity of the 58+ Audubon chapters within the Audubon Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin). S/he will work to engage chapters in Audubon’s regional and national advocacy, conservation, and engagement programs to help build Audubon’s membership into the most effective conservation network in America.

A main priority of the position is to facilitate chapters’ relationships with decision makers, partners, and Audubon programs. S/he will work closely with chapters to support strong connections between and among chapters and Audubon teams. This position is key to furthering the goals set forth in National Audubon’s Strategic Plan including  issue education, advocacy and policy campaigns, Great Lakes restoration activities, citizen science programs, , and chapter network communications.  S/he will assist with Audubon chapter gatherings, support regular chapter calls, and respond to chapter inquiries about programs and member services. Reporting to the Director of Engagement, the Chapter Network Associate will also work closely with Audubon’s national policy and network teams.

Essential Functions

    • Organize and facilitate regular state and regional chapter council meetings across the five-state region.
    • In collaboration with Audubon Great Lakes (AGL) Director of Policy, Director of Engagement, and Climate organizing team, develop, implement and oversee advocacy campaigns including assisting with strategy development and execution, outreach, education, and engagement.
    • Facilitate and support events and relationships to educate decision makers throughout the region.
    • Coordinate and deploy tools such as issue education toolkits and webinars that provide training and resources for chapters to engage with Audubon’s policy and conservation priorities.
    • Support chapter-level implementation of projects as part of Audubon’s Climate and Great Lakes Initiatives.
    • Develop and manage conservation partnerships between regional chapters and Audubon Great Lakes, with emphasis on projects focused on regional programs, initiatives, and priorities.
    • Develop and facilitate capacity building programs for chapters, specifically efforts to support chapters in building relationships with legislative leaders in target geographies throughout the Great Lakes.
    • Engage chapters in citizen science efforts such as Climate Watch, regional marsh bird monitoring, and the Christmas Bird Count.
    • Maintain regular communications to and between chapters working with AGL Communications Manager and Chapter Network team.
    • Support the expansion of Audubon’s network by working with chapters to engage a broader audience.
    • Serve as part of the AGL chapter team, helping chapters navigate National Audubon’s administrative systems, and shaping the development of AGL’s partnerships with chapters.
    • Work with Development staff to identify grant and donor opportunities to support Audubon Network action.

 

Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, along with demonstrated work experience in the conservation and/or grassroots organizing fields.  Experience may be considered in lieu of education.
    • 3 – 5 years’ experience in public outreach and/or education required.
    • Knowledge of conservation and climate issues highly preferred.
    • Strong capacity and relationship-building skills.
    • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
    • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize key areas of focus.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working with diverse constituencies.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus amongst a wide range of individuals.  Ability to communicate to a variety of audiences and translate information for public consumption.
    • Comfort with presenting and engaging in public speaking events also necessary.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other web-based communications.
    • Frequent travel and some weekends and evenings are required.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.

APPLY HERE

Environment America: State Director

 

Environment America is a policy and action group with more than two million members and supporters spread across all 50 states. We promote national, state and local policies that put the environment first. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 22 states, cleaner cars and power plants nationwide, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water.

Working with state offices of the Public Interest Network in 32 states, we have field presence in 21 of the top 25 media markets and 313 Congressional Districts. We use that reach, along with clear strategies, creative tactics, grit and determination to make a difference for our environment and our families’ health.

In addition to our presence in Washington, D.C. and in the states, Environment America is nationally recognized for our training program. Each year, 10-20 young people graduate from our two-year apprenticeship program ready to launch their careers as environmental advocates.

We are expanding our state directing team to have a presence in 33 states, and we’re looking for highly qualified, driven and passionate candidates to run 9 of our state offices, nd direct our environmental and public interest programs in those locations.

Job Description

The State Director is responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns in a specific state. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. State Directors help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

Locations

Columbus, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; and Chicago, Illinois

Responsibilities

Program: Run our in-state program participating in and overseeing policy development, research and messaging.

Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the governor’s staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision-makers. Build relationships with key players in the state, the region and at the federal level.

Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental or public interest campaigns. Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental or public interest campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues, and building and demonstrating support for our positions.

Coalition building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we’re waging to protect our environment or the public interest. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.

Qualifications

Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental and public interest issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have 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

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

Location

Portland or Augusta ME; Las Vegas or Reno, NV; Manchester or Concord NH; Columbus OH; Richmond VA; St. Louis MO; Chicago IL; Des Moines IA; Baltimore MD

Application

Please apply using our online application https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/apply.html. Direct your cover letter to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director. Visit https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/core-values.html to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

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

Clean Wisconsin – Energy and Air Program Director

Clean Wisconsin in Madison seeks an experienced professional to become our next Energy and Air Program Director. This is an opportunity to advocate for policies and actions that promote climate change solutions, clean energy and clean air. You will work in a number of venues to protect our natural resources and the health of all Wisconsinites, now and for generations to come.

Since 1970, Clean Wisconsin has been a leader in creative solutions to tough environmental problems and has played a role in clean energy policy development. We helped create Wisconsin’s Power Plant Siting Law, Acid Rain Law, Energy Priorities Law, Renewable Portfolio Standard, Mercury Reduction Rules, statewide energy efficiency program, and wind siting law to name a few.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Climate and Energy Program Director reports to the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations and is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of Energy and Air Program goals, in consultation with other program staff and the Board of Directors. The Energy and Air Program Director will be responsible for programmatic leadership, development of longer range program plans, as well as implementation of policy and advocacy programs at Clean Wisconsin.

Energy and Air Program Director responsibilities include acting as the organizational lead on climate, energy and air advocacy; management of the program budget, including hiring and managing program personnel; and program strategy development and implementation including legislative, advocacy, organizing, communication and litigation strategies. In addition, the Energy and Air Program Director shall work closely with and assist the President and CEO in development and cultivation of fundraising efforts that support program work.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

    • Work with Executive Director, Program Director, Board of Directors and staff to develop major energy policy positions within the organization
    • Assess Clean Wisconsin’s role in promoting clean air and energy goals within the evolving power sector
    • Balance resource availability with campaign goals to maximize effectiveness
    • Establish relationships with diverse stakeholders including energy businesses, utilities, the Public Service Commission, academic community, grass roots activists, legislators, community leaders and other energy advocacy groups
    • Preparing and delivering written comments and testimony to a variety of regulatory and legislative audiences
    • Collaborate with the development team on grant proposals and reports, fundraising appeals; participate in donor and foundation meetings; assist with other fundraising events as needed
    • Represent the organization in workgroups, conferences, trainings, workshops, speaking engagements, fundraising events and other venues
    • Effectively communicate with the media to educate the public about complex energy and air issues

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with energy technology, regulation, policies, and laws including energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability, and climate change
    • Demonstrated abilities in management, strategic planning, budgeting, and grant writing
    • Ability to work effectively and present a professional image to multiple and diverse constituencies, e.g. other environmental and public health organizations, media, staff, and the public
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to distill complicated ideas for a general audience
    • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work requirements; ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining a long-term vision
    • Advocacy experience, and familiarity with grassroots and grasstops organizing
    • Self-motivated, flexible and creative
    • Willingness to travel as needed, and ability to occasionally work long and unusual hours

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

Graduate degree, or undergraduate degree plus equivalent (5 years) work experience

TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by April 14, 2018 to:

Clean Wisconsin
Attn: Hiring Committee
634 W. Main St. #300
Madison, WI 53703

Or

Email application materials directly to hiring@cleanwisconsin.orgBe sure to include the subject line “Clean Wisconsin Energy and Air Program Director.”

Clean Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All decisions to recruit, hire, promote and release from employment are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical or mental abilities, or veteran status.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Location: 

Chicago, IL

Full Position Description

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is seeking an Administrative Assistant to work 30-35 hours per week with a small Chicago-based, binational team. The Administrative Assistant serves as the assistant to the President/CEO and staff. The ideal candidate possesses strong organization and communication skills, experience in an office setting, and French language skills.

About the Cities Initiative

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) is a binational coalition of over 130 U.S. and Canadian mayors and local officials representing over 17 million people working to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. As a voice for local government on Great Lakes and St. Lawrence related issues, it fosters best practices sharing among mayors and staff, and is a catalyst for on-the-ground protection and restoration action.

As a small NGO, members of the Cities Initiative work together and with other orders of government and stakeholders to improve infrastructure, programs and services and increase investments that protect and restore this globally significant freshwater resource.  The Cities Initiative works with mayors and municipal staff to protect and preserve the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region at the local, regional, and basin-wide levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide general support to the Cities Initiative team and maintain organization within the office.
    • Office administration and bookkeeping, including scheduling calls and meetings, processing invoices and expense reports, coordinating travel logistics, and supporting financial management.
    • Serve as point of contact for organization and field phone calls and emails in English and French.
    • Administration of membership dues, including maintaining contact information of over 130 member cities, sending invoices, processing checks, and tracking payments.
    • Support on event and meeting planning, including communicating with attendees and coordinating logistics.
    • Support staff on media and communications, including press release distribution, website management, and social media.
    • Perform other administrative and management duties for binational non-profit, including employee benefits management, US & Canadian audit coordination, and office purchasing.
    • Other duties as assigned by staff and the President/CEO.

Required Qualifications and Skills

    • Highly organized, self-directed, and able to work on a small team
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Computer skills in a Windows environment
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
    • Ability to coordinate and work smoothly with remote team members

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

    • French language skills (verbal, written, electronic)
    • 2 or more years of office management experience, human resources, or finance.
    • Associate or bachelor’s degree
    • Some event planning and communications experience
    • Knowledge of Great Lakes issues and Quebec culture

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to John Dickert, President and CEO, at admin@glslcities.orgusing “Administrative Assistant” as the email subject before April 6, 2018.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is an equal opportunity employer.

Active Transportation Alliance – Campaign Organizer

Summary

Active Transportation Alliance is seeking an individual with political campaign or community organizing experience to join our fight for healthy, sustainable and equitable communities. The ideal candidate will have organizing experience in Chicago’s low-income communities and communities of color.

The Campaign Organizer will lead outreach for the 2018 statewide election and the 2019 municipal election cycles. The organizer will gather input on issue platforms and built support among a diverse group of civic and community-based organizations. The individual will connect with elected officials, candidates, and voters to educate leaders about sustainable transportation issues and raise the profile of our issues in local races.

This full-time, salaried position is available immediately and will last at least through the end of 2019, with the potential for an extension.

Essential Duties and Accountabilities

    • Build diverse, regional coalitions of support for issue platforms, with support of Active Trans staff, partners and volunteers
    • Engage elected officials, candidates, and staff on sustainable transportation issues
    • Recruit and train volunteers to participate in election advocacy activities in local communities
    • Track and report on progress of outreach activities
    • Coordinate development and distribution of election-related communications
    •  Frequent travel throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs via biking, walking, public transportation or car share
    • Regular evening and weekend work hours required for meetings, rallies, events, etc. Hours worked outside the regular workday can be flexed off at a later date

Qualifying Experience

    • A passion for and understanding of the transformational nature of walking, bicycling and transit on health, equity, and sustainability
    • A commitment to Active Transportation Alliance mission, vision and goals
    • 3-5 years of demonstrated political campaign or community organizing success
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills
    • Experience working in low-income communities and communities of color strongly preferred
    • Digital organizing experience preferred, including social media and CRM experience
    • Fluency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point
    • Fluency in Spanish a plus

FOR CONSIDERATION

Send a resume and cover letter to Kyle Whitehead at Kyle@activetrans.org. You must include the words ‘Campaign Organizer’ in the subject line. Electronic submissions only; no mailed or faxed submissions will be accepted. No phone calls, please.

Wildlife, Biodiversity & Natural Resources Protection Litigation Attorney

NEW POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION ATTORNEY – NATURAL RESOURCES

PROTECTING WILDLIFE, BIODIVERSITY, & MIDWEST’S WILD AND SPECIAL PLACES

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is hiring a skilled public interest litigation attorney with 8+ years of strong federal and state court, and administrative, litigation experience for a full-time position in our downtown Chicago office. This ELPC attorney will work on our natural resources preservation legal and policy advocacy, which now focuses on protecting the Great Lakes, Northwoods and Driftless Area, and wildlife and biodiversity.  This is a great position for a top-rate litigator who loves the outdoors and wants to devote her/his professional work to protecting the Midwest’s vital natural resources and wild and special places.  This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economic analysis and public engagement – are essential to protect our core environmental values.

ORGANIZATION: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders in the field. 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 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, 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’s headquarters is in downtown Chicago, along with eight additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. See www.ELPC.org

RESPONSIBILITIES: Key litigation role advancing ELPC’s innovative and successful environmental program activities focused on protecting wildlife and biodiversity and the Midwest’s wild and special places.  First-chair natural resources protection litigation and help lead policy advocacy campaigns in the “courts of public opinion” to succeed.  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Staff to help prioritize and provide savvy results-focused strategic direction for ELPC’s Natural Resources Protection Program.  Work effectively in ELPC’s public interest entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary team culture. Fundraise to support ELPC’s Natural Resources Protection Program activities and expand program success.

QUALIFICATIONS:  This attorney should have 8+ years litigation experience, preferably with a practice including environmental and natural resources legal and policy issues.  The ideal background would be a public interest litigation organization, USDOJ or strong state AG’s office, or high-powered litigation law firm with hands-on trial and appellate experience.  Excellent writing and persuasive oral advocacy abilities required.  Strong academic background desired. 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 the ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals are required.  This attorney should thrive on engaging with project teams including scientists, MBAs and policy and media specialists.  Ability and drive to win, achieve results and produce successes.

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

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Please send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to:  Libby Prakel, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, LPrakel@elpc.org.  Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.  (Posted 12/8/2017)

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Public Interest M.B.A. Sustainable Business Fellow

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an MBA Sustainable Business Fellow for a two-year commitment at our Chicago headquarters, beginning in summer / fall 2018.  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.

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, M.B.A.s, 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, along with nine more offices in the Midwest and Washington D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has a $7.5 million annual budget Please visit www.ELPC.org for additional information.

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 $67,500 annual salary for recent M.B.A. program graduates. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Please send a cover letter, resume, three professional references by email to:  BusinessFellowship@ELPC.org.  ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify our staff.

Legal Assistant

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a full time legal assistant to our public interest attorneys in our downtown Chicago headquarters. This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience with a premier environmental advocacy organization.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC’s staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists bring 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), eight other Midwest cities and Washington D.C. For more information, please see www.elpc.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide administrative, research, and technical assistance to approximately 5 attorneys in a fast-paced office. Specific duties include: document editing and manipulation, policy research, electronic and paper filing of documents in federal courts, state courts, and administrative agencies, maintenance of attorneys’ registration, coordination of travel arrangements, and providing general administrative support.  Assist with office administrative responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite are required. A keen attention to detail, including proofreading, is required. Well organized with the ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines. Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection. Previous legal experience preferred. Willing to work occasional late evenings and weekends. College degree required.

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

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

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