National Fish & Wildlife Foundation- Program Director, Great Lakes

This position will manage strategic development and implementation of the Foundation’s Great Lakes programs including Sustain Our Great Lakes. S/he is responsible for developing strategies and programs, securing funding opportunities, managing applicable funding sources, managing advisory committees, interacting with existing and potential grant/contract recipients, coordinating proposal reviews, providing technical assistance to grantees, coordinating with the project administration team to assure the effective implementation of the Foundation’s grant administration policies, drafting recommendations for staff and Board action, and closely coordinating program efforts with the Director, Central Partnership Office (Director) and other Foundation staff. S/he is also responsible for other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Expand and strengthen the NFWF presence/reputation as an essential leader in Great Lakes conservation and restoration issues.
  • Create conservation strategies for NFWF in the Great Lakes. Design and implement the Foundation’s Great Lakes programs including Sustain Our Great Lakes in coordination with the Director, various advisory committees, Foundation Program and Science staff, GREAT, contractors, agency liaisons and the Board.
  • Establish program priorities; work with program advisory committee to solicit, review and approve grant awards; negotiate strategies and milestones with grantees; and establish systems to monitor progress of each grantee (using Foundation technical and financial tracking databases).
  • Manage applicable funding source(s) as appropriate, including preparation of grant applications and amendments, preparation and submission of financial and programmatic reports and coordination with agency project officers.
  • Actively and diligently seek and secure additional funding for Great Lakes programs (including subgrants) and the operations of the Foundation.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Foundation with regard to this program, its conservation objectives and accomplishments. Coordinate the Great Lakes program activities with others involved or affected by project decisions.
  • Establish and maintain networks with the myriad of organizations and interests engaged in Great Lakes work.
  • Keep abreast of scientific and policy developments that may impact Great Lakes restoration efforts.
  • Seek opportunities for information-sharing among grantees and with policy makers about lessons learned and accomplishments of grant-funded projects.
  • Assure compliance with all requirements of cooperative agreements and assure that all activities are communicated and coordinated with the Director, other Foundation staff as appropriate and Foundation agency liaisons.
  • Track and monitor proposals and active grants/contracts in coordination with the project administration team.
  • Coordinate the program’s external technical review of proposals in accordance with Foundation policy.
  • Prepare briefing materials and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation’s staff and Board.
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of various descriptive and evaluative reports as directed.
  • Subject to programmatic objectives and budgetary considerations, propose and conduct site visits in accordance with Foundation policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Recommend new processes where needed to improve existing processes.
  • Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes.


  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience with concentration in ecology, conservation science or biology preferred.
  • Professionalism and leadership qualities.
  • Thrives in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong listening and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Experience in building coalitions.
  • Three years experience in program management.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising or program development.
  • Experience working with federal resource agencies, with experience managing cooperative agreements preferred.
  • Grants management and administration experience preferred.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Computer proficiency.

Commensurate with experience.

Bloomington, Minnesota

How to Apply

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Driftless Area Land Conservancy (DALC): Community Organizer


Driftless Area Land Conservancy (DALC) is seeking a Community Organizer to develop strategies, messages, and programs aimed at unifying and strengthening opposition to the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line project.

DALC is a regional, nonprofit conservation organization that serves the Driftless Area of Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties, as well as portions of Sauk, Dane, Green and Grant counties.

Our mission is to maintain and enhance the health, diversity and beauty of Southwest Wisconsin’s natural and agricultural landscape through permanent land protection and restoration, and improve people’s lives by connecting them to the land and to each other.

Essential Functions of this Position:

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of engaging grassroots volunteers through community outreach and have a genuine interest in developing individuals’ and communities’ leadership. They will demonstrate an ability to excel in a fast-paced work environment, work well in a team, and manage their own time effectively.

Key responsibilities and functions are as follows:

Community Organizing: We’re seeking a candidate who possesses outstanding interpersonal communication skills, is results-focused, highly driven, and are thoughtful and strategic. The Organizer is responsible for the following:

  • Developing relationships with community members and establishing active volunteer teams who can effectively advocate for environmental and community issues;
  • Recruiting and engaging volunteers, conduct trainings that identify and develop volunteer leaders and ensure consistent turn out and active participation of volunteers in campaign activities;
  • Working collaboratively with team members to organize events such as: neighborhood meetings, press conferences and forums on a frequent basis and ensure volunteer participation;
  • Engaging in intensive outreach including phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, street outreach and other outreach tactics with the organizing team;
  • Participating in achieving other organizational priorities as the need arises

Professional Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in related field required.
  • Commitment to environmental, social, and political issues.
  • Commitment to working with diverse segments of the community.
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Preferred:
    • A track record of cultivating strong relationships with and generating respect and trust from individuals and organizations, preferably in the region;
    • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles;
    • Enthusiasm and commitment to conservation.

Personal Characteristics:

Candidate must be energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive, and possess excellent communication and people skills, be a self-starter and strategic thinker, and perform as a team player.

Attention to detail and ability to organize and manage diverse and multiple activities, set priorities, and remain flexible under pressure. An ability to travel throughout Southwest Wisconsin and work some weekend and evenings is necessary. Must provide current drivers license and own vehicle.

Additional Information:

Salary: Competitive starting salary for this full-time position. No benefits, but generous leave policy, including up to three weeks paid vacation in the first year, as well as parenting, sick, special and compassionate leave.

Location: Driftless Area Land Conservancy office is in Dodgeville, WI. Some flexibility with regard to telecommuting and working off-site is possible.

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Natasha Rank, Office Manager, at NOTE: Please put the words “Community Organizer” in the subject line of your email. Deadline for submission is August 3rd.

Wildlife Conservation Society: Law & Policy Advisor

Position title: Law & Policy Advisor

Location: Ha Noi, Viet Nam with regular travel to Indonesia and other Asian Countries as required

Scope of work:

The Law & Policy Advisor will work with WCS staff and consultants to provide technical inputs and coordination to projects and activities working on law and policy in the Asia region with an initial focus on Viet Nam and Indonesia and counter-wildlife trafficking.

Detailed description of tasks:

  • Lead the process of reviewing the current legal and policy framework, consolidates previous analyses, findings, and recommendations and proposes a roadmap for supporting Viet Nam to address CWT
  • Facilitate a working group of representatives in Viet Nam from the private sector, civil society organizations, and other programs to share knowledge and prioritize legal challenges and advocacy needs relating to the wildlife trafficking
  • Provide direct technical support to Vietnam government partners on drafting legal revisions
  • Compile and analyse existing Indonesian Wildlife Crime Unit data on the current trends and impacts of the trade in non-native species within Indonesia, and from Indonesia to mainland Asia, with particular focus on African ivory.
  • Assist the Indonesian Wildlife Crimes Unit and the Policy Unit with the on-going production of reports and analysis from Indonesian i2 data to push for specific policy outcomes within Indonesia. E.g. CITES submissions, new ministerial decrees, and amendments to the quota system.
  • Draft policy analyses and briefing papers on key issues relating to CWT efforts in Asia

Reporting to:

Regional Coordinator – Wildlife Trafficking with in-country reporting to Regional Advisor – Southeast Asian Archipelago for Indonesia and Law Enforcement Assistance Coordinator for Viet Nam.


5 years experience in a relevant position
Masters degree in Law/Policy
Experience in Environmental policy or law analyses
Experience in Viet Nam and/or Indonesia
Fluency in English language

How to Apply

Please submit cover letters and CV’s/resumes to

Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)- Program Development Assistant

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)  was founded in 1975 and incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1979. ISEA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership organization and is the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). We represent over 400 members, including more than 100 businesses, statewide.

Our mission is to educate and advocate for the widespread application of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy technologies to the people of Illinois.

ISEA is looking for a competent Program Development Assistant to undertake a variety of administrative and program management tasks. You will help in planning and organizing programs and activities as well as carry out important operational duties.To be an excellent program assistant, you must be organized and detail-oriented, comfortable working independently and with diverse teams. If you have further skills pertaining to program development or environmental advocacy, we’d like to meet you.The goal of the Program Development Assistant will be to facilitate the effective management of programs according to ISEA’s standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support planning and coordination of various ISEA programs and activities
  • Ensure implementation of policies and practices
  • Assist with budget organization including creating invoices, troubleshooting membership transactions
  • Manage communications through media relations, social media etc.
  • Create and send weekly newsletters to ISEA’s 4,000 plus contacts
  • Help build and maintain positive relations with ISEA representatives and external parties
  • Manage the coordination of volunteers for ISEA events and external presentations
  • Assist with organization of meetings/events and maintain agenda
  • Provide support to ensure technology is used correctly for all operations (video conferencing, presentations etc.)
  • Support the organization’s growth and program development

Skills Required

  • Proven experience with program coordination or in a relevant position
  • Knowledge of program management and development procedures
  • Experience with volunteer coordination, outreach or management
  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office, Google Apps
  • Proficient analytical/research skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work with diversity and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and efficient
  • Passion for renewable energy and environment
  • BS/BA in relevant field or relevant experience

Skills Desired

  • Experience with grassroots organizing and/or policy advocacy
  • Basic graphic and web design skills
  • Marketing knowledge or experience
  • Basic knowledge of budgeting, bookkeeping and reporting or ability to learn

Job Details

30 hrs per week with some nights and weekends as needed

Permanent Basis

Work is remote, but must live in Illinois

Hourly salary, commensurate with experience


How to Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of references to with the subject: ISEA Program Development Assistant Application. Accepting applications until position is filled.







Associate Attorney — Public Interest Environmental Law Fellowship

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (“ELPC”) seeks to hire a public interest attorney advocate who is a recent law school graduate for an Associate Attorney position in our Chicago, Columbus, Des Moines or Grand Rapids offices starting in Fall 2017.  This is a two-year fellowship position.  The Associate Attorney will work on ELPC’s cutting-edge public interest clean energy and environmental litigation and innovative policy advocacy.

ORGANIZATIONELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, combined with offices in Columbus, Des Moines, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Jamestown, Madison, Sioux Falls and Washington D.C.  See

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Work 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Recent law school graduate, including attorneys who are completing judicial clerkships or have no more than one year of other legal practice.  Strong academic record and excellent writing, speaking and analytical skills.  Interest in and substantive law and policy knowledge in at least one of the following fields: energy, environmental, transportation, air quality, land use and/or natural resources law. The attorney should understand and enjoy multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy that involves media, legislative, economic and policy analysis and organizing approaches coordinated with strong and effective legal advocacy. An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and an ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required.

SALARYAbout $60,000 annual salary for new law school graduates depending on the particular ELPC office, plus excellent benefits.  ELPC encourages applicants to seek funding that will help to support their salary in full or part from sources such as Equal Justice Works, law schools’ public interest grants, etc.

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

Friends of the Forest Preserve- Field Organizer

Friends of the Forest Preserves (Friends) seeks a “Field Organizer” to organize volunteer ecological stewardship groups at four forest preserves in the south suburbs of Chicago.The end goal is the creation of grassroots groups of volunteers who collectively have the skills, passion, and leadership to restore their adopted forest preserve to good ecological health. As these stewardship groups grow and mature the Field Representative’s role diminishes to the point of obsolescence.

The Field Organizer is responsible for:
● Recruiting volunteers (ideally from directly adjoining communities) to engage in hands-on
ecological stewardship activities (brush cutting and burning, seed collecting and planting, weed
● Identification and subsequent mentoring of individuals up the “ladder of leadership” culminating
in the certification of an official Site Steward(s) through the Forest Preserve District of Cook
● Rapidly becoming a certified Stewardship Workday Leader.
● Closely collaborating with partner organizations: Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Friends
of the Chicago River, The Field Museum, and others.
● Maintaining existing relationships with volunteer stewardship leaders.
● Generating social media, newspaper articles, and other publicity materials that enhance new
volunteer recruitment and/or promote existing volunteer leadership.
● Organizing other ecological stewardship related activities (flower identification, bird walks,
nature hikes, paddling, plant or animal population monitoring, public presentations).

Required Skills:
● Strong background in community organizing and empowering volunteers.
● Ability to work in partnership with large institutional organizations and local grassroots groups.
● Basic plant identification skills.
● Strong ability to work across diverse communities encompassing race, income, educational level,
and age to achieve a goal.
● A driver’s license and vehicle.
● Availability on nights and weekends.

Beneficial Skills:
● Bilingual (English and Spanish) is strongly encouraged.
● Knowledge of the practice of restoration ecology for prairie, savanna, and woodlands.
● Knowledge of native wildlife and their habitat needs.
● Knowledge of and experience in the south suburbs of Chicago and Calumet region is highly

This grant funded position is full time (37.5 hours/week) with benefits and lasts until at least December
of 2017. Friends will make every effort to seamlessly renew the position. Salary is dependent on
experience. To accommodate working with volunteers, nights, weekends, some holidays, and a vehicle
are required.

How to Apply

Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Expect a response within three weeks.

No phone calls please.

Dakota Resource Council-Field Organizer

Dakota Resource Council, North Dakota’s only home-grown, statewide, multi-issue
grassroots organization, is looking for a full-time field organizer. Responsibilities include
working with DRC members to address their priority issues with sound and successful
organizing efforts, empowering people to speak for themselves. Issues relate to impacts
on people’s lives and livelihoods. Responsibilities for this open position focus on clean
energy and energy efficiency issues. DRC also works on family-operated agriculture, oil
and gas development issues, and issues identified by DRC affiliates in urban or rural
areas. DRC organized in 1978 and is a founding member of the Western Organization of
Resource Councils.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Field Organizer is responsible for:
1. Empowering individuals to speak for themselves by identifying and developing a
diverse group of members who agree to serve as the organization’s public voice on a
variety of issues.
2. Formulating sound organizing strategies by analyzing the social and economic forces,
power relationships and political agendas that shape the local communities where
they live and in North Dakota as a whole.
3. Identifying, recruiting and developing leaders and conducting one-on-ones on a
regular basis.
4. Working with people to define problems and issues, and helping them think through
the strategies and tactics necessary to act with confidence and win.
5. Recruiting members to strengthen and expand the membership base and making
fundraising an integral part of their everyday organizing work.
6. Enabling members to make good decisions by sharing information and raising
questions, options and alternatives.
7. Enabling members and leaders to hold good, productive meetings.
8. Ensuring that members receive a consistently high standard of appropriate and
effective training, development, and support.
9. Striving to reflect on and improve skills on an ongoing basis, and developing an
annual self-development plan.
10. Performing the administrative tasks necessary to accomplish his or her job.

The field organizer’s specific work assignments will be determined based on the
organization’s priorities and available resources, and may include time spent:

  •  Organizing or coordinating a regional or statewide issue campaign and task force
  • Working with one or more of DRC’s existing local affiliate groups
  • Conducting a new affiliate organizing assessment and/or drive
  • Spearheading a particular project or programmatic area
  • Coordinating a specific fundraising activity or program
  •  Organizing events, leadership training, or workshops
  •  Producing or assisting with communications through traditional or social media
  •  Researching policy and writing formal comments
  • Other activities and assignments as needed.


  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the organization and the community
    organizing approach to social change
  •  Leadership and organizational development capabilities
  •  Fundraising ability
  •  Familiarity with the public policy process and ability to do some policy research
  • Experience in issue campaigns, political campaigns, and/or community organizing
  •  Comfortable with farmers, ranchers, rural people, and others from a diversity of
  •  Knowledgeable about one or more of these issues: oil and gas; farming, ranching,
    agriculture issues, clean energy. Community or economic development is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and people skills; ability to write well is a must; web and
    social media expertise is a plus
  • High level of maturity
  • Capacity to work independently as a salaried employee on a flexible schedule that
    includes some evenings and weekends
  • Willing to travel both in- and out-of-state as necessary, using a DRC vehicle when
    possible, but able to use his or her own vehicle (with mileage compensation) when

Salary based on experience. Generous benefits.

Send a cover letter, a resume, writing sample, and 3 references to Don Morrison, Dakota
Resource Council, 1200 Missouri Avenue, Suite 201, Bismarck ND 58504 or email to Application Deadline: June 30th , 2016 or until position is filled.

DRC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of sex,
race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or physical disability

Elevate Energy- Field Organizer

Position: Field Organizer

The Field Organizer will work with Elevate Energy’s Manager, Community Projects and their Regional Lead Field Organizer to implement community based strategies for educating and engaging individuals on saving both money and energy. This may include providing general awareness of new technologies associated with the “smart grid” as well as helping customers enroll in programs sponsored by Elevate Energy, the utilities, or third parties that will help them reduce their energy bills and environmental impact.  The field organizer will be assigned a designated geography and be accountable for achieving a metrics-driven outreach and organizing plan. The position will work closely with Elevate Energy’s communications and outreach team to coordinate messaging across programs and must be well versed in the range of programs and activities of the organization.  Tasks may include, but will not be limited to, holding meetings with community leaders to inform them about program offerings, conducting outreach events with community organizations, working directly with individual customers to host meetings in their homes, following up by telephone with customers interested in programs, and carefully tracking the progress of the efforts in electronic database systems.


The Field Organizer reports directly to the Regional Field Organizer.


  • Implement and be held accountable to a metrics-driven outreach plan
  • Lead and direct constituent engagement, including outreach to individuals at community events and house parties
  • Engage key stake holders including but not limited to local elected officials and community leaders
  • Recruit, manage and train local volunteer teams
  • Build partnerships with community organizations
  • Organize community meetings, events and training sessions
  • Develop and implement neighborhood specific messaging with marketing staff
  • Follow-up with interested homeowners to encourage their participation in the program
  • Data entry and maintaining data integrity
  • Other activities as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
  • Passion for environmental issues, economic/social justice, and/or energy efficiency
  • Willingness and ability to become well versed in residential energy use, including smart grid technologies, dynamic electric pricing, energy efficiency technology, and building science
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills – comfort in speaking to large groups, facilitating small group discussions, and excelling at one-on-one interactions
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and political beliefs
  • Strong written communication skills – can craft professional letters or e-mail communications
  • Strong organizational ability and experience in meeting established goals within tight time frames
  • Self-starter, with ability to work independently and remotely, as well as within a team
  • Familiarity with standard business computer applications, experience with Salesforce or other CRM systems preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively leading and collaborating with volunteers – management or supervisory experience
  • Ability and willingness to motivate individuals to take action regarding their energy usage and engaging in new technology and programs to assist with this – prior experience in sales or organizing is a plus
  • Familiarity with community organizing or political campaign organizing strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with the Chicago metropolitan area, its communities, community organizations, and leaders preferred
  • Familiarity with energy efficiency upgrades or residential construction preferred
  • Connections to neighborhoods on the South side of Chicago is a plus, but is not required
  •  Access to reliable transportation, a personal computer with internet access, and a cell phone

Organization Description

Elevate Energy’s mission is to deliver smarter energy use for all. Elevate designs and implements efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Elevate Energy is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This is an Exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to:

Elevate Energy

Human Resources – Field Organizer

322 S. Green Street, Suite 300

Chicago, IL 60607

Write position in the subject line or envelope.

Fax to 888-335-3261

Email to

No phone calls please.


Union of Concerned Scientists- Midwest Field Director

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

UCS is hiring a Midwest Field Director to advance climate and energy issues in the region. Based in our Chicago office, you will lead a talented team in building relationships across the Midwest to elevate science community voices in state and federal energy policy.

As a member of UCS’s Climate and Energy program, you will design and execute clean energy strategy across the region and lead the Power Ahead Campaign which seeks to harness the power of the current “clean energy transition” taking place across the country. As more states position themselves as clean energy and climate leaders, momentum is building toward national action that can deliver net zero carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050. Using UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise, you will help move states to adopt renewable energy and carbon market policies.


The Field Director will work with a team of advocates, analysts, and outreach specialists both in Chicago and other locations to design and implement a strategy for propelling climate and clean energy issues in the Midwest through coalition-building, advocacy, fundraising and building political and public will. Strategic collaboration is key to your success: building and strengthening UCS’s relationships with energy advocates, unlikely allies, the environmental justice community, academia, funders, and decision-makers. You will supervise Midwest policy staff and manage multiple regional campaigns simultaneously.

  • Design, in coordination with the State Policy Director and other staff, a strategy to strengthen UCS’s relationships and influence in the Midwest to advance climate and energy policy change.
  • Build, strengthen and maintain relationships with diverse regional partners, including advocates, decision-makers, funders and scientists.  Establish UCS as a trusted resource.
  • Help identify analytic needs, develop messaging, and promote UCS analytic strengths to allies and decision makers.
  • Work closely with campaign and policy managers to ensure alignment of state, regional, and federal goals within the Midwest, implement work plans, and assess and advance policy opportunities.
  • Contribute to UCS development team fundraising efforts, including foundation cultivation, grant-writing and reporting as needed.
  • Coordinate with UCS media team to ensure appropriate and timely response on key issues. Represent UCS in public forums, at conferences, and in other settings.
  • Manage, supervise, empower and support Midwest team staff members and handle day-to-day operations.
  • Develop and track Midwest team budgets in coordination with the State Policy Director.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with UCS program and department directors and be aware of all UCS activities in the region.

Qualifications and experience

We’re looking for an effective leader on regional climate and energy issues, bring issue advocacy campaign experience at a state or national level, and possess a mix of strong relationship and project management abilities, high-level communication skills, and issue expertise.

  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams and liaise with a broad variety of stakeholders from board members, to government officials to the NGO/advocacy community.
  • Conversant with climate and energy policy, including the political, social, environmental and economic ramifications of climate change and energy issues.
  • The ability to translate complex technical and political issues into compelling evidence for diverse audiences – from businesses, to environmental justice advocates, to legislators.
  • A leadership style that values empowerment over micro-management, sets a standard of excellence and provides professional development opportunities for staff members.
  • Excellent public speaking and media relations capabilities.
  • Ability to produce high-quality, accessible written products.
  • A dedicated communicator, able to manage multiple, complex relationships simultaneously.
  • Understanding of how race, class, power and privilege intersect with issues related to energy and environment.
  • Seven to ten years of comparable and relevant experience, including senior-level public issue campaign management.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Experience as a supervisor, and managing on-time, on-budget, issue-based projects.

Experience designing and executing successful issue-based, corporate or electoral campaigns that reflect effective collaboration and speak to multiple audiences (e.g. funders, advocates, legislators).

Frequent regional travel, with up to 15% overnight travel is required.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We’ve adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Chicago office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $79,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to and include Midwest Field Director in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 31, 2016 or until filled.

Administrative Assistant

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an Administrative Assistant to work full-time in our Chicago office.

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 successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, 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 offices are in Chicago (HQ), six other Midwest cities and Washington D.C. For more information, please see

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide administrative support, including data input, word processing, research, and scheduling to members of ELPC’s policy staff.   Greet visitors, answer and direct incoming telephone calls, coordinate incoming and outgoing mail and deliveries; oversee operation, scheduling, set-up and maintenance of office equipment, conference rooms, production area and kitchens.  Order office and kitchen supplies, coordinate food service for meetings and conferences.  Other duties as assigned.  This position has occasional early morning and late evening work.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree, excellent verbal, written and communication skills and enjoy working with others.  Great opportunity for a self-starter who is passionate about ELPC’s mission, comfortable in a fast-paced office, and proficient in Microsoft Office.

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: with “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line.  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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