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Executive Director – Ohio Environmental Council

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. We advocate for individuals, diverse communities, and businesses to go green and live healthier. We do this through legislative initiatives, legal action, scientific principles, and statewide partnerships. The organization has an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million and a staff of 16. For more information please visit www.theOEC.org.

Position

The Executive Director (ED) will be a visionary leader, outstanding communicator, effective networker, and builder of lasting, meaningful partnerships for the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the ED will have overall strategic, financial, and operational responsibility for carrying out the OEC mission. S/he must be comfortable in a dynamic environment and possess high energy, integrity, the initiative to shape the future of OEC, and the capacity to strengthen the organization’s position in Ohio’s environmental movement.

Responsibilities

Strategy and Partnerships

  • Work with the Board, staff, and external partners to build the next strategic plan that aligns the OEC mission with environmental imperatives and current political realities.
  • Build new partnerships in all relevant program areas and establish strong relationships with funding, political, and community leaders.
  • Be a highly visible external presence in local, regional, and state-wide arenas who communicates the OEC’s mission and compelling programmatic initiatives.
  • Possess a depth of environmental policy knowledge and the ability to work in concert with diverse stakeholders to find solutions, positions, and programs that are effective, principled, and pragmatic.

Fundraising and Communications

  • Utilize persuasive communications and relationship-building to expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities in support of existing and new programs.
  • Ensure the OEC is a highly visible organization—from web presence to public relations, to create a strong OEC brand and increase public awareness of our work and important environmental issues.

Leadership and Management

  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills with the Board, staff, and all partners within the environmental community.
  • Foster an enthusiastic Board by engaging them in a strategic direction and fundraising.
  • Actively engage and empower the OEC staff to ensure ongoing program excellence, high quality fundraising, communications, budgetary management, and operations.
  • Work with Board and staff to establish timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and evaluate programs. Effectively communicate progress and successes to the Board, staff, funders, members and all external partners.
  • Develop, lead, and support OEC’s high-performing professional staff.

Qualifications

The ED must possess:

  • The ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders. Be compelling in developing and maintaining valuable partnerships with business, government, and other nonprofits. Be creative about building bridges between and among competing interests.
  • A charismatic presence to serve as the public face of OEC. Ability to work easily with the press, individuals, and groups to deliver compelling messages. Excellent public speaker.
  • Solid knowledge of a broad range of environmental issues so as to advocate for strong environmental protection laws and programs. Be familiar with legislative, administrative, and other public and private decision-making processes.
  • Prior fundraising success. Knowledge of and participation in securing grants. Can develop and sustain relationships with grant-making foundations. Commitment to all aspects of donor relations, including expanding the base of major donors.
  • Past success working with a Board and a proven ability to cultivate robust Board relationships.
  • At least 5 years of effective senior management or leadership experience, with the ability to point to specific examples of having developed and implemented strategies that have grown an organization in capacity and/or stature.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to attract, retain, and coach staff. Manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A passion for environmental protection, natural resource conservation, and sustainability.
  • Idealism and integrity and be mission-driven and self-directed.
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in business, nonprofit management, or public administration is desirable.

Salary & Benefits

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including paid health, dental, vision, and life insurance, employer-matched retirement fund, and paid vacation, family, sick, and holiday leave.

Application

To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to careers@theOEC.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line. The OEC is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

LOCATION:

Columbus, OH

DEADLINE:

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Transportation Program – Senior Policy Advocate or Senior Attorney

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire a full-time Senior Policy Advocate or Senior Attorney in its Chicago headquarters to lead its transportation project. The Senior Policy Advocate will have program leadership responsibilities and work to promote environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects, including developing the  Midwest High-Speed Rail Network, advancing transit and smart growth planning policies, and opposing costly, sprawl-inducing new highways.  Overall transportation program management and  building strong coalitions to undertake strategic advocacy campaigns and projects will be key responsibilities.  The ELPC Senior Attorney or Senior Policy Advocate will have a lead role in communication and fundraising for the program, working in conjunction with ELPC’s Executive Director  and staff leadership.  He/she will be a member of ELPC’s senior program team, participating in a collegial setting to marshaling diverse staff skills to successfully execute ELPC’s key strategies.

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, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings an effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago with additional offices and professional staff in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Duluth, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C.  ELPC has an annual budget of $6.75 million and started in 1993.  See www.elpc.org and www.highspeedrailworks.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Senior Attorney or Senior Policy Advocate will be charged with developing an effective program of work to promote and extend environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects around the Midwest.  Responsibilities include strategic policy advocacy and organizing public and private coalition support for the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network, forward-looking federal and state transportation policies, better transit and smart growth planning policies, and opposing costly, sprawl-inducing outlying new highways.

Working closely with ELPC’s Executive Director, Deputy Director and Development Director, this transportation program manager  will be a “front person”  in fundraising and working with foundations and major donors to gain project support.  He/she  will  engage on statewide, regional, and national transportation reform issues, cases and projects. This position requires  travel throughout the Midwest and occasionally to Washington DC.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates should have at least ten years of experience in strategic advocacy campaigns and policy advocacy.  An advanced degree (J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P.) is strongly preferred.  Transportation  program and policy knowledge and/or  legal background is required.  Candidates should understand and enjoy strategic advocacy that involves legal, legislative, coalition-building, policy and economic analysis, media outreach and public engagement. Strategic communications experience revealing an ability to inspire others is valued.  Candidates should have a strong record of success, including program management skills and experience leading coalitions.  Must show the ability to engage in program and project fundraising with foundations and major donors.  A demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required.  The position is open to both talented attorneys and public policy advocates.

SALARYCommensurate 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 3-5 professional references to consultant John Ayers at  jayers@elpc.org.   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Public Interest Environmental and Clean Energy Litigation Attorney

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is seeking to hire a new public interest attorney advocate with 4 – 10 years of hands-on federal court and administrative litigation experience for a full-time position in our Chicago office.  This Staff Attorney will principally work on: (1) Litigation before courts and administrative agencies aimed at removing regulatory barriers to accelerating solar energy development; (2) Great Lakes protection litigation and policy issues; and (3) Clean Air Act enforcement actions and other litigation to clean up highly-polluting aging coal plants and to advance climate change solutions through EPA Clean Power Plan implementation.

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 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, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Duluth, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C.  ELPC has an annual budget of $6.75 million. Please see www.elpc.org for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Key litigation role in innovative and successful environmental program activities focusing on public interest clean energy – climate change solutions and Great Lakes protection issues.  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on major litigation before federal courts and state energy and environmental agencies to accelerate solar energy development, advance climate change solutions and protect the Great Lakes from pollution.  Cutting-edge legal work with ELPC’s strategic advocacy campaigns across the Midwest and nationally.

QUALIFICATIONS:  4 – 10 years of skilled and effective trial and/or appellate litigation experience with substantive knowledge of key clean energy and clean air, climate change and natural resources protection statutes and policies preferred. The ideal background would be at a public interest litigation organization, USDOJ or strong state AG’s office, or high-powered litigation law firm with hands-on trial and/or appellate experience.  Strong writing and oral advocacy persuasive abilities required.  Strong academic background.  An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals is required.  Enjoy and thrive engaging with multidisciplinary project teams including public interest attorneys, public policy advocates, M.B.A.s, scientists and communications specialists.

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

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should 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.

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 or Des Moines offices starting in Fall 2016.  This is a two-year fellowship position.  The Associate Attorney will work on ELPC’s environmental litigation and policy issues in the states and on related federal issues.

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, Jamestown, Madison, Duluth, Sioux Falls and Washington D.C.  See www.elpc.org for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on litigation and 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:  LawFellowship@elpc.org.   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff

Water Quality Campaign Manager – National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Water Quality Campaign Manager to join our Great Lakes Regional Center.  The successful applicant will have at least 3 to 5 years of advocacy experience, campaign management, policy or equivalent experience.  This position will have administrative and programmatic responsibilities for aspects of NWF’s clean water campaign work, which includes addressing the causes of harmful algal blooms, protecting drinking water, and protecting wildlife habitat.  The emphasis will be on Lake Erie, although the campaign manager will also work across the Great Lakes region.

In this role you will:

  • Coordinate and lead NWF’s policy, field, legal, communications and management staff in our campaign to address harmful algal blooms
  • Assist in the coordination of consultants and vendors retained for specific aspects of our clean water campaign
  • Represent and advocate NWF’s positions within regional clean water coalitions focused on addressing the drivers of harmful algal blooms
  • Interface with public officials on water quality issues
  • Build a coalition of supporters in preventing harmful algal blooms and other water quality issues.
  • Assist with media and communications, including engagement with journalists as well as generating social media, in furtherance of campaign goals
  • Be responsible for organizing and planning meetings and events
  • Complete tactical and strategic deliverables
  • Take the lead in grant reporting and managing budgets, including helping to write grant reports, proposals and interface with individual donors

Candidates should have:

  • A four year degree in public policy, natural resources, communications, agriculture or aquatic-related field
  • A graduate degree in public policy, natural resources or agriculture is preferred.
  • At least three to five years professional experience in campaign management, policy, communications, or natural resources and a basic understanding of U.S. agriculture and interest in wildlife conservation and sustainable agriculture
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, research skills, ability to translate complex information into publicly accessible forms
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to be a self-starter

Note: The position will work extensively (although not exclusively) in Ohio.  Applicants will be considered based in Ohio or working out of our Ann Arbor, MI office with significant travel to Ohio.

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future.  NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Apply here.

Development Officer

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a Development Officer to work in our Chicago office.  This position reports to ELPC’s Director of Development and is focused on growing and broadening the organization’s financial support. This person will have responsibility for pitching current and prospective donors and family foundations to gain their financial support.  This will involve both writing persuasive proposals and having in-person meetings with donors.

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 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. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, along with offices in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Duluth, MN, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has an annual budget of $6.5 million. Please see www.elpc.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Development Officer works closely with ELPC’s Development Team and Executive Director to grow and broaden ELPC’s financial support. This job places high priority on making “asks” and the development officer will: (1) Directly solicit donations and grants; (2) Assess funder/donor potential capacity; (3) Create and implement individualized strategies to deepen relationships between ELPC and current/prospective major funders/donors resulting in higher level contributions; and (4) Coordinate small and larger events for donor cultivation and current donor stewardship. The position requires some evening work and travel.

QUALIFICATIONS:   Candidates should have experience in the non-profit fundraising sector, excellent writing skills, and demonstrated commitment to  environmental progress.  The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a passion for ELPC’s mission and vision.   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 is important. Full-time employment is preferred.

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

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a: (1) cover letter, (2) resume; (3) contact information from two – three employers; (4) salary history; and (5) fundraising writing sample to:  ELPC’s Director of Development, Linda Lipton, at Llipton@elpc.org.  Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Field Organizer – Iowa

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

FIELD ORGANIZERS – ENGAGE IN IOWA 2016 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAUCUS

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire full-time Field Organizers to recruit, cultivate, train and engage Republican volunteers to participate in reaching out to Republican Presidential candidates on clean energy and climate change solutions during the 2015 Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus campaign process. This is an important opportunity to help advance the political debate on climate change solutions.

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 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 has offices in Chicago, Des Moines and six other cities.  See www.elpc.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The organizers will recruit, cultivate, train and organize volunteers to meet with and raise questions and suggestions on clean energy and climate change solutions with the Republican Presidential candidates leading up to the Iowa Caucuses.  They will develop and implement grassroots, digital and media strategies to support our public education and candidate intercepts and use databases and on-line reporting tools.  Travel to key areas of Iowa to motivate local organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, tabling, strategic planning and training.  Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:  We seek energetic, enthusiastic field organizers with strong interpersonal skills who can recruit and motivate diverse, Republican volunteers who are interested in advancing positive clean energy and climate change solutions opportunities.  Experience in advocacy on public policy issues and/or grassroots and field organizing is highly preferred, as is knowledge of online activism.   Candidates should be able to think creatively and respond quickly to campaign developments; work well with a wide variety of people and coordinate diverse tasks; and have a can-do attitude.  A driver’s license and access to a vehicle is also necessary. College degree or equivalent experience required.

SALARY: $3,250 per month.  These are temporary staff positions ending in late 2015.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references to Steve Falck at sfalck@elpc.org. The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Legal Internships

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire law student interns for Summer 2016. Legal interns support ELPC’s state and federal litigation and policy work throughout the Midwest. ELPC plans to hire 4 to 5 law students to work in the Chicago, IL office. A summer at ELPC will give students a broad-based experience working in the Midwest on energy and transportation policy, farmland protection, and preservation of freshwater resources.

About ELPC: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our Midwestern communities.

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

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

Application Process: Interested law students should send a cover letter and resume via email to lawinternships@elpc.org. ELPC also accepts applications through the Chicago-based Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). Please review PILI’s application requirements at www.pili-law.org.  Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2015.

Science and Policy Internships

The Environmental Law & Policy Center offers several policy and science internships for undergraduate and graduate students.  Environmental Policy and Science Internships are available throughout the year and are open to undergraduate and graduate students studying politics/government, environmental sciences, business/economics or related fields.  Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy.

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Policy and Science Interns assist ELPC’s Senior Policy Advocates, Policy Associates, Communications Staff and Economists/Financial Analysts with a variety of tasks, including: work on clean energy projects across the Midwest and Great Plains, clean energy business development, promoting environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects, preserving our natural resources and protecting our national forests, advancing global warming solutions, grass roots advocacy work, and special projects. Interns may also attend meetings with state and federal agencies, legislators, and concerned citizens.

Job tasks include: researching energy and environmental topics; preparing memos, summaries, and annotated bibliographies; researching organizations, companies, and individuals in key regions; researching and tracking events; reviewing reports and preparing summary memos; updating and managing Access databases; performing analysis of grant data for use by Congressional offices and others; and assisting with web site content and writing.

ELPC generally offers one fall, one spring, and three summer policy/science internships in the Chicago office with additional opportunities in our Madison, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Jamestown, North Dakota offices.  This is an unpaid, volunteer position requiring a minimum of 15 hours per week.  ELPC encourages students to seek outside funding and fellowships.

To apply for Chicago office internships, please submit a cover letter, resume and list of references via email to Intern Manager at policyinternships@elpc.org.  Applications are accepted on the below timeline.  Only applications received during these times will be considered.

Spring 2016 Internship Application Deadline: November 15

Summer 2016 Internship Application Deadline: March 15

Fall 2016 Internship Application Deadline: July 15

To apply for Des Moines, Madison, Sioux Falls or Jamestown office internships, please contact the appropriate staff member for each office, as listed below. Applications are accepted on a rolling schedule.

Des Moines: Steve Falck sfalck@elpc.org
Sioux Falls: Matt McLarty mmclarty@elpc.org
Jamestown: Mindi Schmitz mschmitz@elpc.org

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The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Energy Policy Specialist – Michigan Land Use Institute

The Michigan Land Use Institute is seeking a Policy Specialist with strong outreach, organizing, and communication skills, who is eager to help accelerate the Grand Traverse region’s transition to a clean energy economy, initially by advancing distributed and centralized solar power projects.

The ideal candidate is a flexible, innovative, and engaging individual who is at home in business, community, and governmental settings; understands the economic, technical, and policy basics of energy efficiency and clean energy; and has a strong passion for using the power of efficiency and clean energy to transform our local economy, protect our environment, and build resilient communities.

The Policy Specialist will initially concentrate on collaborative approaches to designing, popularizing and marketing local solar power development models, including community/utility solar, crowd-funded solar, co-op solar, and home- and business-based solar systems in northwest Michigan communities.

The candidate should have a good understanding of basic utility generation, distribution, and economics; home/business solar energy systems; current trends in solar manufacturing and installation; third-party solar development models; and policy-based obstacles and opportunities for accelerating the region’s move to clean energy.

The candidate must have the skills necessary to communicate effectively with and motivate not only the community at large, but also groups of highly engaged citizens, businesspeople, government officials, and policy experts.

This position offers a superb opportunity to a proven self-starter to literally help change how this region generates, uses, profits from, and saves energy. By acting as a well-informed resource and excellent networker and organizer, the successful candidate will be at the center of a profound economic transformation that produces resilient, prosperous, and sustainable communities.

About the Institute

The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish a new approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects the state’s unmatched natural resources. We focus our work in northwest Michigan because the region’s spirit of social innovation and culture of collaboration make it the perfect place to advance our programs and demonstrate models of resilience. People have a special passion for this place and we are proud to call it home. We are equally passionate – and very optimistic – about what’s possible for the state of Michigan. Our goal is to achieve on-the-ground results in northwest Michigan and leverage them to support other communities and improvements to state policy.

In its 20-year history, the Institute has achieved striking accomplishments by joining innovative policy analysis and development with grassroots organizing and first-rate communications. The Institute’s 13-member staff works interdependently out of an office in Traverse City to advance policies that foster thriving cities, prosperous farms, transportation choices, and clean energy solutions that protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and build community.

The Institute rewards achievement, prizes collegiality, and respects individuality. Flexible hours, competitive wages and benefits, and a compelling mission make the Institute a premier place to work.

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must have a bachelor’s degree or higher level of educational attainment. The candidate must demonstrate:

  • Experience with and/or deep knowledge of clean energy and energy efficiency principles, systems, strategies, and economics.
  • Ability to write persuasive opinion pieces, marketing materials, and reports.
  • Organizing skills that motivate, guide, and engage citizens, businesspeople, and officials around local energy development issues.
  • Capacity to raise donor and grant funds.
  • Excellent relationship building, outreach, and self-organizing skills.

Personal Qualifications

The Policy Specialist works closely with a highly qualified team of policy analysts, advocates, and communicators. Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are:

  • Strong commitment to the Michigan Land Use Institute’s mission and programs.
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for clean energy and resiliency principles.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills.
  • Proven ability to organize projects, with keen attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and objectives.
  • Self-directed working approach and initiatives
  • Familiarity with community-based planning processes, energy use, and related state policies.
  • The spirit of an engaged advocate, rather than a detached analyst.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor.
  • Excellent sense of humor.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a fulltime position with a competitive salary range, depending on experience. Full-time employees and their families qualify for the Institute’s full health insurance coverage. They also receive retirement benefits, ample vacation, and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.

Send a one-page cover letter, resume and references to jim@mlui.org  with the subject line: Clean Energy Policy Specialist. The application deadline is May 15, 2015.  We expect to have the Policy Specialist hired and in place by June 20, 2015.

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