JOBS

Associate Attorney — Public Interest Environmental Law Fellowship

The Environmental Law & Policy Center seeks to hire public interest attorney advocates who are recent law school graduates or judicial law clerks for Associate Attorney positions in our Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids or Minneapolis offices starting in Fall 2019.  This is a two-year fellowship position.  The Associate Attorneys will work on ELPC’s cutting-edge public interest climate change and clean energy, environmental protection and natural resources preservation 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: $70,000 annual salary for new law school graduates depending on the particular ELPC office, plus excellent benefits. ELPC encourages applicants to seek funding that will help to support their salary in full or part from sources such as Equal Justice Works, law schools’ public interest grants, etc.

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

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Future Energy Enterprises, LLC.- Summer Intern

Summer Intern

    • Status: Full-time; summer 2018
    • Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
    • Start Date: Negotiable; June preferred
    • Location: Chicago, IL (other Illinois-based communities will be considered)

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Annette Beitel and Celia Johnson, Future Energy Enterprises (Annette.Beitel@FutEE.biz; Celia.Johnson@FutEE.biz). Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 8.

Position Description: The Summer Intern will research successful programs for previously or currently incarcerated young men to successfully transition them back into communities. The purpose of the research will be to help inform or develop a pilot program for young returning citizens who could be trained to support the Clean Energy industry, with a focus on energy efficiency.

Background/Objectives: Research has shown that young men’s brains are not fully developed under the age of 25 and community-based treatments are more effective for most juvenile and younger offenders. The Summer Intern’s research would support the development of a future reintroduction program that could involve energy efficiency training and support work in the EE industry. This project will include background research, data analysis, and writing a draft and final report summarizing findings. The project may also include support for development of a draft pilot program under the guidance of an Advisory Committee. The intern will likely be asked to make an oral presentation of research and findings.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate candidate in public policy, public administration, urban planning, law or another related field preferred. Seeking candidates with demonstrated interest in environmental justice, poverty, disadvantaged and/or criminal justice. Experience with and prior knowledge of criminal justice issues strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience completing research project(s).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent research and writing skills.
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Experience completing research project(s).
    • Proficient computer skills. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required.

Core Required Job Competencies:

    • Committed to Excellence
    • Attention to Detail
    • Results Oriented
    • Strategic Thinking and Alignment
    • Trusts and Respects Others

Future Energy Enterprises, LLC.- Senior Policy Analyst

Senior Policy Analyst

    • Status: Full-time
    • Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
    • Start Date: Negotiable; June preferred
    • Location: Chicago, IL

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Annette Beitel and Celia Johnson, Future Energy Enterprises (Annette.Beitel@FutEE.biz; Celia.Johnson@FutEE.biz). Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 1.

Position Description: The Senior Policy Analyst will handle an array of responsibilities to support facilitation of statewide low-income energy efficiency advisory committees (Income Qualified Advisory Committees – one in Northern Illinois and one serving Southern Illinois) in Illinois including meeting planning; communications and outreach to participants; tracking follow-up and action items; and providing background research

and analytic support, when needed. Some travel is required for the purpose of attending large group meetings and individual meetings with committee participants. The position will require reaching out, in person and by phone, to community-based organizations and other leaders who serve economically-challenged communities, Environmental Justice communities and diverse communities. The Senior Policy Analyst may also support other energy consulting work for Future Energy Enterprises.

Qualifications: A minimum of three (3) years professional experience desired. Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in public policy, public administration, urban planning, law or another related field preferred. Seeking candidates with demonstrated interest and/or experience serving low-income, economically challenged and diverse communities. Access to car preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent research and writing skills.
    • Ability to work independently and work effectively in teams.
    • Excellent organizational and oral presentation skills.
    • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people, including professionals at different levels.
    • Proficient computer skills. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required.

Core Required Job Competencies:

  • Committed to Excellence
    • Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions.
    • Consistent delivery of quality products and services.
    • Committed to continuous improvement and to sharing improvements with key stakeholders
    • Attention to detail.
  • Results Oriented
    • “Can do” attitude and bias for action.
    • Collaborates within and across teams to get the job done as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  • Vision
    • Speaks passionately about the organization’s vision and values.
    • Creates goals and benchmarks to rally support behind the vision.
  • Strategic Thinking and Alignment
    • Sees ahead clearly; anticipates future consequences and trends accurately.
    • Creates competitive and breakthrough strategies and goals.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
    • Promotes teamwork and collaboration across groups.
    • Discourages “them” vs. “us” thinking.
    • Fosters open dialogue.
    • Moves past conflict to create consensus and positive good will.
  • Trusts and Respects Others
    • Listens to and includes input from teammates and other impacted parties to reach the best solution.
    • Invites and appreciates feedback from others.
    • Fosters climate of trust and openness between people.

Environment America- Legislative Director

Environment America seeks a Federal Legislative Director to develop and advocate for policies to build a greener, healthier world. The Federal Legislative Director will work with our staff of researchers, advocates, campaign staff and communications experts to move more campuses, cities and states towards 100% renewable energy, keep more fossil fuels in the ground, ban bee-killing pesticides, stop pollution of our air and water, and protect our public lands.

Environment America is a policy and action group with more than two million members and supporters spread across all 50 states. Our staff have been working for nearly four decades to 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 25 states, cleaner cars and power plants nationwide, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water. With affiliates in 29 states, we run campaigns that not only raise awareness, but win results on the national stage, in states and cities, on the ballot and in the courtroom.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Federal Legislative Director will:

    • Track and analyze U.S. federal policy issues related to Environment America’s issue portfolio and make recommendations regarding policy positions and messaging;
    • Develop strong and collaborative relationships with federal agencies, partner organizations, coalitions, congressional staff of both parties, and other stakeholders to advance shared goals;
    • Draft and develop legislative proposals and strategies to pass them into law;
    • Draft materials for lawmakers, the public, and the media, and other content to help advance our campaigns, including opinion editorials, press releases, letters to the editor, action campaign emails, factsheets, bill summaries and policy briefs, regulatory comments, analyses, and presentations;
    • Work with our existing staff of advocates and campaign staff to advance our policy goals;
    • Fundraise from charitable foundations and individual donors to support Environment America’s program.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be:

    • An experienced communicator with excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
    • Creative, effective at solving complex problems, and a strategic thinker.
    • A good people-person/listener with a track record of successful access-building.
    • Well-organized and able to track multiple legislative and administrative proposals.
    • 5 years of experience in advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition-building and/or campaign politics.

Experience as a legislative advocate within Congress, the State Legislative or another organization is a plus but not required.

COMPENSATION

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.

APPLY

To apply, fill out our online application at https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/apply.html. Please address 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.

One of our partners, Work For Progress, is hiring Election Canvass Directors. If you are interested in a short-term position working on the 2018 election to elect candidates who will fight to reverse global warming, get big money out of politics, and help young people deal with the rising cost of college and student debt, apply here https://workforprogress.org/job-board/?entry=464/

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.

Gathering Waters- Advocacy Coordinator

Advocacy Coordinator

About Gathering Waters

Gathering Waters is committed to helping land trusts, landowners, and communities protect the places that make Wisconsin special.  Unlike any other organization, we accomplish our mission by strengthening Wisconsin land trusts – a network of nearly 50 nonprofit organizations that protect land to meet community and ecological needs throughout the state. We are non- partisan, solution-oriented advocates for public policies and funding supporting land conservation; we provide technical assistance and trainings to land trusts; and we use our statewide voice to share the stories of land trusts’ impact to inspire public support for land conservation. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a home office in Madison, WI. Gathering Waters is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Summary

Under general supervision, the Advocacy Coordinator will focus on recruiting and activating “grasstops” advocates and “grassroots” support for Gathering Waters’ state and federal public policy priorities—including the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the Land & Water Conservation Fund—and increasing the visibility of land conservation across Wisconsin. The coordinator will work closely and collaboratively with the Executive Director and other colleagues and will participate in the development of an annual policy agenda and legislative strategies.
Specific responsibilities include:

    • Cultivating effective land trust advocacy ambassadors: Increasing the number of land trust staff, board members, supporters, and landowners across Wisconsin who have relationships with candidates for elected office and elected officials and are equipped to share compelling stories of land conservation in their communities
    • State & federal policy advocacy: Working with Gathering Waters’ Executive Director and Policy Committee to implement the organization’s annual policy agenda and collaborate with partner groups.
    • Communications:Assisting colleagues in the development of advocacy tool kits and action alerts, and in the execution of timely and targeted communications to advocates across the state.

Required qualifications

The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform this job:

    • Commitment to the goals and vision of Gathering Waters and Wisconsin’s land trusts
    • At least two years of relevant training and/or experience
    • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and be part of a team
    • Willingness to travel and to work occasional evenings and weekends
    • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple conservation partners and with a bipartisan approach.
    • Experience organizing volunteers is preferred but not required

Salary

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes competitive benefits.

To Apply

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018. Send resume, cover letter, and three references to the Hiring Committee at: info@gatheringwaters.org.

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The Public Interest Network- Grants Department Fundraiser

Grants Department Fundraiser for The Public Interest Network

Overview

The Public Interest Network is home to more than 16 organizations, including PIRG, Environment America and the National Environmental Law Center. Each of our groups has its own mission, whether it’s environmental litigation, consumer advocacy, research or training new organizers. The 500-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done.

We also share a great track record. Over the past 45 years, our staff have worked on hundreds of projects and campaigns at the local, state, national and corporate levels. Because of the laws and other policies we’ve won, people are buying healthier and safer products, getting more of our energy from the sun and the wind, drinking cleaner water and breathing cleaner air … the list just goes on. But every day brings a new challenge or new opportunity. That’s why right now we’re hiring.

Job Description

The Grants Fundraising Associate will have a key role in our efforts to double our grant and large donor fundraising over the next five years. This additional funding will enable the Public Interest Network to make an even bigger impact on some of the most important problems of our time, as well as recruit and train hundreds more new activists who will work for change for years to come.

To reach this ambitious goal, the Grants Department Fundraiser will represent the Public Interest Network in the funder community, including foundations, major individual donors, and other non-corporate institutions. Specific responsibilities include:

    • Research and identify appropriate foundation and donor prospects;
    • Meet with at least 50 prospective funders annually;
    • Network with the funding community by attending conferences and events;
    • Promote the Public Interest Network through written updates, briefings, and other affinity building activities;
    • Develop, write, and pitch grant proposals;
    • Manage grants raised for the Public Interest Network, including monitoring project progress and reporting to the funder; and
    • Support the grantseeking activities of the Public Interest Network member organization’s staff around the country.

Additionally, the Grants Department Fundraiser will participate in strengthening the Public Interest Network by participating in other capacity building priorities, from recruiting and training staff to phone banking to helping with events.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Qualifications

We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of activism. We’re also looking for candidates that are more motivated by the success of the movement than by individual achievement.

Additionally, top candidates will:

    • Have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of relevant experience, including some fundraising experience. Advanced degrees, including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate’s professional experience;
    • Have excellent expository writing and verbal persuasion skills;
    • Enjoy meeting new people, networking, and cultivating relationships;
    • Be highly goal driven and have a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability;
    • Be flexible, embrace new challenges, have a can-do attitude and strong work ethic;
    • Be willing to travel extensively on a public interest budget and be comfortable with irregular work hours (nighttime events, weekend meetings, etc.);
    • Have demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in solving problems; and
    • Be able to work independently and creatively, as well as take direction and work as part of a team.

The Grants Department Fundraiser position requires a two-year commitment.

Compensation & Benefits

Annual compensation for most candidate ranges between $28,000 and $33,000, but could be higher commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package, including paid holidays, sick days, and vacation days. Eligible staff may join our group health insurance plan and will have the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) program.

To Apply

Visit http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org/page/pin/apply and fill out the online form. If we are interested in interviewing you for the position, we will get back to you within a week. All finalists also will be required to complete a writing test.

The Public Interest Network is a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Visit http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org/core-values.html to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

The Public Interest Network 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. The Public Interest Network will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org

The Public Interest Network- Deputy Grants Fundraising Director

Deputy Grants Fundraising Director for The Public Interest Network

Overview

The Public Interest Network is home to more than 16 organizations, including PIRG, Environment America and the National Environmental Law Center. Each of our groups has its own mission, whether it’s environmental litigation, consumer advocacy, research or training new organizers. The 500-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done.

We also share a great track record. Over the past 45 years, our staff have worked on hundreds of projects and campaigns at the local, state, national and corporate levels. Because of the laws and other policies we’ve won, people are buying healthier and safer products, getting more of our energy from the sun and the wind, drinking cleaner water and breathing cleaner air … the list just goes on. But every day brings a new challenge or new opportunity. That’s why right now we’re hiring.

Job Description

The Deputy Director will have a key role in our efforts to double our grant and large donor fundraising over the next five years. This additional funding will enable the Public Interest Network to make an even bigger impact on some of the most important problems of our time, as well as recruit and train hundreds more new activists who will work for change for years to come.

To reach this ambitious goal, the Deputy Director will represent the Public Interest Network in the funder community, including foundations, major individual donors, and other non-corporate institutions. The Deputy Director also will develop short and long term strategies for broadening and deepening our funding base and directly raise money for priority projects and organizations.

    • Specifically, the Deputy Grants Fundraising Director’s responsibilities include:
    • Set fundraising goals, map out and drive forward fundraising objectives with Public Interest Network staff;
    • Research and identify appropriate foundation and donor prospects;
    • Meet with at least 50 prospective funders annually;
    • Network with the funding community by attending conferences and events
    • Promote the Public Interest Network through written updates, briefings, and other affinity building activities;
    • Develop, write, and pitch grant proposals;
    • Manage grants raised for the Public Interest Network, including monitoring project progress and reporting to the funder; and
    • Support the grantseeking activities of the Public Interest Network member organization’s staff around the country.

Additionally, the Deputy Director will participate in strengthening the Public Interest Network by participating in other capacity building priorities, from recruiting and training staff to phone banking to helping with events.

Location

Preferably Los Angeles, CA but would consider other locations for the right candidate

Qualifications

We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of activism and organizing. We’re also looking for candidates that are more motivated by the success of the movement than by individual achievement.

Additionally, top candidates will:

    • Have a bachelor’s degree and at least three to five years of relevant experience, and must have some fundraising experience. Advanced degrees, including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate’s professional experience
    •  Have exceptional expository writing and verbal persuasion skills, with the ability to translate complex campaigns and programs into targeted fundraising requests;
    • Enjoy meeting new people, networking, and cultivating relationships;
    • Be highly goal driven and have a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability;
    • Be flexible, embrace new challenges, and have a can-do attitude and strong work ethic;
    • Be willing to travel extensively on a public interest budget and be comfortable with irregular work hours (nighttime events, weekend meetings, etc.);
    • Have demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in solving problems; and
    • Be able to work independently and creatively, as well as take direction and work as part of a team.

The Deputy Grants Fundraising Director position requires a two-year commitment.

Compensation & Benefits

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

To Apply

Visit http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org/page/pin/apply and fill out the online form. If we are interested in interviewing you for the position, we will get back to you within a week. All finalists also will be required to complete a writing test.

Visit http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org/core-values.html to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

The Public Interest Network 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. The Public Interest Network will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org

Foundation Grants Writer

Foundation Grants Writer

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a full-time Foundation Grants Writer to work in our Chicago office. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy is essential for protecting our core environmental values.  This position reports to ELPC’s Chief Development Officer and is responsible for writing compelling and persuasive foundation proposals and compiling grant reports. As part of ELPC’s development team, this person will also provide support for development events and outreach activities as needed.

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 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’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: The Foundation Grants Writer reports to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with senior program staff to raise support from foundations. The primary responsibility of this job will be to identify and solicit new foundation prospects. This role focuses on marketing ELPC’s mix of policy and legal advocacy projects to national, regional, state, and local foundations, and includes: (1) Identifying new foundation prospects; (2) Drafting and revising successful grant proposals and letters of inquiry; (3) Working with program staff to develop grant proposal content; and (4) Working closely with program staff to write reports to funders.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The ability to write strong, persuasive grant proposals and reports. Self-motivated and enthusiastic about identifying prospects and securing new grants. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of development experience, preferably in the environmental sector. Prior job experience writing persuasive documents (e.g., journalism, policy advocacy work) is a plus. The successful candidate will have excellent writing, editing and interpersonal skills; an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising; and a passion for ELPC’s mission. He or she must be able to work productively with a team of skilled professionals in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment where attention to details and follow-through are critical.

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

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send: (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for two professional references to: Mary Frances O’Connor, mfoconnor@elpc.org with “Grant Writer” in the subject line. Telephone inquiries are not accepted. ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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Environmental Communications Team – Writer

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire a skilled, experienced, full-time Writer to join the Communications Team in our Chicago headquarters. The writer will engage the general public and ELPC constituents by writing content for ELPC websites, reports, emails, and other means. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy backed by strong public engagement is essential for protecting our core environmental values.  The Writer will join ELPC’s first-rate communications team, partnering with our expert legal and policy advocates to advance climate change solutions, protect clean air and water, and restore the Great Lakes.

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 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’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: Joining ELPC’s communications team, the Writer will:  (1) Create content and update information and stories on ELPCs suite of websites; (2) Work with ELPC’s program and communications team on major environmental and clean energy reports and marketing materials; (3) Write action alerts, monthly e-newsletter and other informational emails to ELPC supporters; and (4) Draft content and materials for ELPC’s development team as needed.  Firm deadlines often apply.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of professional experience writing about public policy issues (e.g., journalism); prior work in environmental and energy communications and advocacy is a plus.  The successful candidate will have excellent writing, research and proof-reading skills, a demonstrated record of being able to complete work on deadline, and have a passion for environmental issues.  Candidates with experience using Adobe Creative Cloud are preferred.  Background on clean energy, clean transportation and natural resource protection policy issues is valued.  The Writer will work with a team of skilled professionals in a fast-paced environment where attention to details and follow-through is critical.

SALARY:  This is a mid-level position requiring at least three years of professional experience. Salary of high $40s (for 3 years of experience) to low $60s (for 7+ years of experience).  Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send: (1) Cover letter; (2) Resume; (3) Contact information for three professional references; and (4) Up to five published clips to  writer@elpc.org. Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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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.

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