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Philadelphia Works: Senior Policy Associate

Position Specifics

Role Summary: The Sr. Policy Associate engages key stakeholders at the local, state and national levels to develop and implement policy approaches to address and influence policy and political impact on the workforce development system.

Salary Range: $67,000 – 75,000

This position will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conduct research on local regional state and national best practices pertaining to workforce system related program operations and polices: make recommendations regarding adoption of appropriate policies and practices in Philadelphia.
  • Identify systems, agencies and organizations that Philadelphia Works should partner with in order to improve system performance; forge partnerships among these entities to enable the system to better address client needs.
  • Research, track and analyze pertinent legislative and administrative policies that impact Philadelphia Works; keep leadership abreast of federal and state policy changes and potential policy changes and advise on responses.
  • Identify internal and external operational concerns that can be remedied by policy clarification and/or development; elaborate policies and disseminate policy changes.
  • Serve as a link to the advocacy community and partner with appropriate advocates to promote policies and practices beneficial to Philadelphia Works, its subcontractors, clients and employers.
  • Prepare policy materials including policy reports, action alerts, talking points, issue briefs, letters, etc.
  • Archive information pertinent to the development of policy.
  • Act as a liaison representing Philadelphia Works with various public agencies
  • Collaborate with the Outreach and Engagement Manager in preparing senior staff who participates in external public policy activities such as speaking engagements.
  • Create and direct opportunities for stakeholders to participate in Philadelphia Works public policy activities.
  • Network with other Workforce Investment Boards and affiliated organizations interested in common issues.
  • Attend local and regional legislative sessions as necessary.
  • Perform other related job duties as assigned.

Education/Professional Experience

Bachelor’s degree, Masters preferred, in political science, public policy or related field from an accredited college or university. Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in legislative or public policy analysis.

Or, any combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Knowledge of federal , state and local policy and the regulatory environment in the State
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to apply knowledge of workforce system and economic development to legislative and public policy analysis
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to work effectively with representatives from the business community, government organizations, stakeholders as well as board of directors, Sr. leadership and management
  • Strong attention to details
  • Capacity to synthesize information from multiple sources and generate summaries
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Good judgment, solid business acumen and strong diplomacy skills
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with various levels of staff, management, government officials, and the public

Contact Information

Interested applicants should apply online at www.philaworks.org  and click on “About Us” and then “Careers at Philadelphia Works”

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Alternate Formats, Auxiliary Aides and Services are available upon request

Elevate Energy: Program Support Associate

The Program Support Associate is integral to the success of Elevate’s customer centric programs, as well as those programs that we design and implement for our clients and partners.  As part of the customer support center, the Associate educates potential customers and builds relationships with current customers to maintain our high levels of customer satisfaction and customer retention.  Our innovative programs focus on dynamic pricing, smart grid education and associated technologies, energy efficiency, and energy benchmarking.

Accountability

The Program Support Associate reports directly to the Senior Program Support Associate. The Associate collaborates closely with other Elevate Energy staff on a variety of tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Provide customer support services. This includes:
    • Managing thorough and quick resolution of customer requests via phone, email, and live chat in relation to a wide variety of Elevate Energy and client programs
    • Documenting customer comments, requests, and complaints using Salesforce, our customer relationship management database
    • Providing hands on guidance and troubleshooting for web based tools and other technologies
    • Processing of enrollments and surveys
  • Provide customer support center coverage to maintain strong, consistent customer service and performance based metrics
  • Support the program logistics. This includes working with our communications and marketing teams to:
    • Create and review customer communications and education materials.
      • Assemble mailers, flyers, and event materials
      • Support both incoming and outgoing mailings
    • Learn and stay up to date on developments related to our programs including dynamic pricing and energy efficiency
      • Contribute to feedback loop with program managers and staff to inform improvements to processes, communications materials and program design
      • Perform other duties as required in assistance to and in cooperation with other Elevate Energy staff

 

Qualifications/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
  • Passion for environmental issues, economic/social justice, and/or energy efficiency
  • Experience in a customer-contact capacity or customer-service role is preferred
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, both verbally and in writing
  • Exceptional organizational and coordination skills
  • Ability to independently leverage critical thinking skills to address real world customer issues based on well-defined program guidelines
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously
  • A demonstrated attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications with a focus on excel
  • Positive, patient and friendly attitude
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
  • Regular, consistent and punctual attendance

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.

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

 

Elevate Energy

Human Resources – PSA

322 S. Green Street, Suite 300

Chicago, IL 60607

 

Write position in the subject line or envelope.

Fax to 888-335-3261

Email to careers@ElevateEnergy.org

No phone calls please.

 

Elevate Energy: Energy Analyst

Position: The Energy Analyst will work in the Energy Efficient Building Services team providing technical assistance to building owners. The Energy Analyst will conduct energy assessments, perform energy modeling of buildings and assist Energy Efficient Building Services management to oversee all aspects of energy efficiency retrofit projects. The energy analyst role includes site evaluations of properties, analysis of current and future energy use of rental and commercial buildings, and the creation of energy assessment reports provided to owners. Additionally, this role will also involve some research into new technologies and retrofit strategies for Elevate programs.

The Energy Analyst will interface directly with building owners, contractors, property managers, and lenders to help facilitate all aspects of retrofit projects. The position is based in Chicago but may involve driving to site visits throughout the Midwest.

Prior building science or construction knowledge is strongly desired smart, highly motivated individuals, who meet the basic requirements below, will be given consideration.

 Accountability: The Energy Analyst reports directly to the Manager of Assessment Field Services in the Energy Efficient Buildings Group at Elevate Energy. The Analyst will also work closely with Elevate Energy’s construction team staff, among others.

 Responsibilities:

  • Conduct on-site energy assessments of residential single family and multifamily housing, as well and commercial properties.
  • Energy Analysis using energy modeling software to identify energy savings associated with potential upgrades.
  • Write energy assessment reports according to program guidelines.
  • Work with building owners to recognize the value of upgrade recommendations and move projects to completion.
  • Provide technical consulting support throughout the energy retrofit process to project participants, i.e. property owners, property managers, contractors, developers and other project partners.
  • Conduct building energy performance monitoring.
  • Contribute to efforts related to outreach strategies and business development.
  • Communicate with contractors and participate in construction oversight as necessary.
  • Contribute to other Elevate Energy efforts as required.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Four year degree or equivalent experience in building science, engineering, construction management and/or energy management
  • Knowledge of residential and commercial construction and building systems
  • BPI Building Analyst certification strongly preferred (but not required)
  • Exceptional organizational and coordination skills
  • Ability to independently leverage critical thinking skills to address real world customer issues based on well-defined program guidelines
  • A demonstrated attention to detail
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
  • Willingness to travel extensively throughout Chicago and the Midwest region
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access)
  • Significant experience in Microsoft Excel is strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Must be able to pick up new concepts quickly, take initiative in addressing unforeseen obstacles, and have ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines
  • Experience with customer relationship management system (Salesforce) are a plus
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus

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.

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

Elevate Energy

Human Resources –Energy Analyst

322 S. Green Street, Suite 300

Chicago, IL 60607

Write position in the subject line or envelope.

Fax to 888-335-3261

Email to careers@ElevateEnergy.org

 

No phone calls please.

Metropolitan Planning Council: Research Associate

Position overview:

MPC is hiring a full-time Research Associate to assist in both qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis to better illuminate pathways to sensible, equitable and sustainable growth for the Chicago region.

MPC is seeking persons with strong interests in, and aptitude for, designing and conducting policy research across a range of substantive areas. The Research Associate will be responsible for designing data collection protocols; assisting in management of the organization’s data inventory and the execution of a multifaceted research agenda; performing comprehensive data analyses; advising staff on their research needs; utilizing data visualization to convey findings; and translating data to develop sound public policy in the areas of housing, community and economic development, transportation, infrastructure finance, water resources, stormwater management and other planning issues. The position offers the opportunity to work closely with multiple colleagues, functions and teams both internally and externally. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of working both collaboratively and individually on research and data analysis to support organizational goals.

This position reports to MPC’s Director of Research and Evaluation, Alden Loury, and will work closely with him to ensure that organization-wide strategies and research objectives are aligned with MPC’s strategic plan.

Key responsibilities:

  • Design data collection and management protocols;
  • Acquire, clean and manage publicly available datasets; ensure quality control;
  • Create unique datasets to serve MPC’s public policy and urban planning needs;
  • Conduct primary (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) and secondary data collection and research; perform data analysis;
  • Perform spatial data analysis in GIS programs and produce map-based findings and products;
  • Produce blog content, social media posts, policy briefings and reports for publication to communicate and disseminate findings;
  • Monitor peer research, follow trends and produce high-quality research reports and presentations to share internally at weekly staff meetings and monthly staff brownbags;
  • Produce research results in a number of formats, including MPC publications, journal articles, conference presentations, social media and donor reports;
  • Work closely with MPC’s communication’s team to share primary research and articles with a variety of audiences, including public officials and the media; and
  • Engage and partner with business, government, academia and other civic sector leaders.

Qualifications:

MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with a background in public policy, research, finance, journalism or urban planning. Strong relationship, project management, analytical and policy development skills are desirable. The ability to work in teams is essential. The ideal candidate will be an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and must be able to juggle multiple deadlines at once.

A minimum of two years project management experience that demonstrates the ability to manage multiple competing priorities and deadlines in a policy-driven environment is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in an area requiring integrative and analytical thinking (e.g. Social Sciences, Economics, Finance, Statistics Public Policy, or Urban Planning)

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Knowledge of datasets and the ability to quickly gather data and analyze large datasets;
  • Ability to establish credibility by building an innovative portfolio of research and program work that advances MPC’s mission;
  • Ability to multi-task among competing, often changing needs;
  • Experience and training in data visualization theory and practice; proficient in Adobe creative suite;
  • Experience with GIS programs such as ArcMap or QGIS and online mapping libraries (Google maps, Cartodb, etc.); strong spatial analysis and mapping skills;
  • Visual thinker; excellent graphics and communications skills, both oral and written, to convey complex data to the public and audiences with different levels of expertise; ability to tell stories with data;
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who can work independently and in teams to deliver high-quality work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Enjoys a fast-paced, intellectually stimulating workplace;
  • Ability to be successful working in an entrepreneurial environment where limited resources are leveraged to produce maximum results;
  • Curious about challenges facing the Chicago region and ideas for solutions;
  • Passionate about the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission;
  • High degree of professionalism, with a demonstrated ability to manage responsibilities with alacrity, integrity and tact; displays mature judgement; and
  • Strategic thought partner adept at interacting with staff at all levels and comfortable developing research agendas, approaches and communications opportunities.

Search and application process:

Please send the following materials by e-mail to: Skyler Larrimore at SLarrimore@metroplanning.org

  1. Cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job description;
  2. A résumé and salary history;
  3. Three writing samples showing evidence of comprehensive data analysis, geospatial analysis and data visualization; and
  4. Three references.

No phone calls please. MPC is an equal opportunity employer.

Metropolitan Planning Council: Outreach Associate/Manager

Position overview:

MPC is hiring a full-time associate or manager to enhance community outreach, especially in urban neighborhoods and inner-ring suburbs. This individual will be a part of developing outreach and engagement strategies for MPC initiatives and the organization as a whole. At the outset, Equitable Transit-Oriented Development and the Cost of Segregation projects will be priorities.

MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with outreach and organizing experience and an interest in policy or planning. Strong public speaking, relationship, project management and facilitation skills are essential. Candidates should be comfortable in a range of settings from community forums to one-on-one meetings across the region’s geography. Relationships with elected officials, community organizations, business and civic leaders and media in the City of Chicago are a plus.

The position will report to MPC Director Marisa Novara and will work closely with the communications team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Facilitating outreach and informed dialogue to address specific communities’ and neighborhoods’ concerns;
  • Conducting in-depth neighborhood outreach with a handful of communities to advance MPC’s agenda. This would include researching neighborhood challenges and opportunities, identifying and securing the participation of key stakeholders, developing materials to communicate best practices and principles, and facilitating convenings;
  • Engaging and educating elected and appointed officials to become strong proponents of MPC policies;
  • Developing and maintaining a comprehensive database of projects, neighborhoods, major stakeholders, key meetings and dates;
  • Tracking major developments or policies related to MPC goals in communities and identifying the key ways in which MPC can intervene to be impactful;
  • Preparing self and/or appropriate staff to address issues through collecting materials, assigning staff to meetings, and communicating with local leaders;
  • Attending community meetings, testifying at City Council or other major events and/or preparing other staff to do so, and have one-on-one meetings with public officials;
  • Talking with reporters and other media producers to provide well-researched information;
  • Working with MPC’s communications team to write about and share materials with a variety of audiences, including via social media;
  • Assisting MPC colleagues with translating lessons learned from outreach into policy reform recommendations, to be communicated through original reports, policy briefings, and dialogue with elected officials;
  • Engaging external partners in ongoing and new policies and projects;
  • Assisting with MPC community-based planning efforts through the Corridor Development Initiative, in which community members work with a team of development professionals to create specific, finance-ready proposals; and
  • Coordinating public roundtable events and workshops to further MPC’s initiatives.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can juggle multiple deadlines at once. The ideal candidate holds a master’s degree in a relevant field, and has at least three years of relevant organizing and outreach experience.

A qualified candidate:

  • is an analytical and creative thinker able to help expand MPC’s outreach;
  • is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
  • is able to communicate directly and work collaboratively with staff colleagues and external partners;
  • is passionate about the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission;
  • enjoys a fast-paced, intellectually-stimulating workplace;
  • is an excellent writer and an articulate speaker in a range of settings;
  • is both entrepreneurial and executes skillfully on assigned work;
  • has a working knowledge of relevant actors and institutions in the Chicago region; and
  • has experience communicating complex ideas to a diverse audiences.

Search and application process:

Please send the following materials by email to: Angie Leyva at ALeyva@metroplanning.org

1) A letter detailing how your experience relates to the job being filled;

2) A résumé and salary history;

3) A short writing sample (2-3 pages); and

4) Three references.

No phone calls please. MPC is an equal opportunity employer.

Metropolitan Planning Council: Director of Transportation

The opportunity: The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) seeks a highly skilled Director of Transportation to advance and shape the direction of core initiatives and contribute to the organization’s growth and impact.

Position overview: MPC has expanded its commitment to the development, analysis and advocacy of policies that will lead to an improvement of the condition of the Chicago region’s infrastructure.  Recent research has shown that Illinois needs to invest $43 billion in its transportation infrastructure over the next decade due to years of neglect. With the state’s fiscal condition in disarray, and with many competing priorities, MPC is a leading voice in pushing for a long term solution to Illinois’ capital investment to unlock growth.

MPC executes its work plan through a variety of mechanisms. Our Board of Governors  and three Program Committees drive the organization’s policy development. The Director of Transportation will lead the activities of the Regional Planning & Investment Committee. MPC also frequently partners with other entities and leads coalitions and working groups; the Director will oversee the Accelerate Illinois coalition, comprised of over 30 entities from the private and civic sectors, which articulates the urgent need for investment in transportation infrastructure.

We also believe that investing in equitable transit oriented development (TOD) will help reverse the trend of stagnant growth across Chicagoland. MPC’s Grow Chicago initiative is an interdisciplinary approach that combines sound research, community engagement and outreach to elected officials to cluster balanced growth near transit.

As part of MPC’s management team, the Director of Transportation contributes to the development of organization-wide strategies and direction and oversees the execution of objectives in alignment with MPC’s strategic plan. This position reports to MPC’s President and is a member of the Management Team.

MPC is largely privately funded with 40% of its annual budget from foundations, 40% from corporations and the remainder from endowment earnings and individuals, and the occasional modest government grant. MPC is a financially robust organization that enjoys a $10 million endowment.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic extrovert, passionate about being a part of a highly motivated team working to create a competitive, equitable and sustainable metropolitan Chicago. S/he will have demonstrated experience managing teams and working on an interdisciplinary basis with peers.  S/he must be independent, a strategic thinker, highly organized and personable, comfortable with public speaking, and possess excellent written communication skills that appeal to diverse audiences, including both the private sector and government officials from the entire geography in which MPC works – Chicago, the tri-state region, and across Illinois.

Key responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning, implementation and tracking;
  • Build, supervise and support a creative, energetic and high-performing team (both direct reports and others) in carrying out transportation objectives;
  • Board and Committee engagement;
  • Resource development; and
  • Market ideas and solutions to a variety of constituencies.

 

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • BA/BS degree required, advanced degree preferred;
  • Familiarity with the Chicago region and its public and private transportation players, including railroads, logistics and professional associations;
  • 6+ years of experience on land use development, transportation planning and infrastructure investment issues;
  • Familiarity and experience with the Chicago philanthropic community;
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and management skills, including an understanding of nonprofit financial statements;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and ability to make compelling public presentations; and
  • Experience managing complex programs and balancing multiple priorities effectively.

 

Search and application process:

Please send the following materials by e-mail to: Skyler Larrimore at SLarrimore@metroplanning.org

  1. A cover letter that speaks to the ideal qualities and skills outlined in this position description;
  2. A résumé and salary history;
  3. A writing sample; and
  4. Three references.

No phone calls please. MPC is an equal opportunity employer.

Public Interest Litigation Attorney – Natural Resources

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is seeking to hire a skilled public interest litigation attorney with 8+ years of strong federal and state court, and administrative, litigation experience for a full-time position in our downtown Chicago office. This ELPC attorney will help lead our natural resources preservation legal and policy advocacy, which now focuses on protecting the Great Lakes, Northwoods, Driftless Area, wildlife habitat and biodiversity.  This is a great position for a top-rate litigator who loves the outdoors and wants to devote her/his professional work to protecting the Midwest’s vital natural resources and wild and special places.

ORGANIZATION: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders in the field. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, M.B.A. environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, along with eight additional offices in the Midwest and Washington, D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has a $7.5 million annual budget. See www.elpc.org for more info.

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

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

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

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

South Dakota Policy Advocate/Attorney

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire a policy advocate or attorney to lead our clean energy and natural resource protection work in South Dakota from our office in Sioux Falls.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC 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 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, 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 Chicago, along with eight additional offices in Sioux Falls, other Midwest cities and Washington D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has a $7.5 million annual budget. See www.elpc.org for more info.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Lead ELPC’s efforts to develop and implement a successful environmental agenda for South Dakota.  This agenda will include advocating for clean energy policies before the PUC and the state legislature; partnering with conservation and citizen organizations to promote clean water and protect threatened natural resources; nurturing relations with the state’s Congressional Delegation to effectively advocate for clean energy; and direct hands-on fundraising to support ELPC’s South Dakota work.  To succeed, the Advocate/Attorney will develop an effective presence and identity for ELPC in South Dakota, especially in the Sioux Falls area, work closely with ELPC’s South Dakota Advisory Committee and coordinate with ELPC staff across multiple offices.

QUALIFICATIONS:  This is a one-person office requiring a disciplined and resourceful self-starter with deep roots in the community.   At least five years of experience desired, with a proven track record developing and executing strategies to influence policy makers, the media and the general public.  Strong writing and persuasive oral advocacy abilities required.  An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively with a fast-paced team of skilled professionals are required.  J.D. or M.P.P. helpful but not required.

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

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Please send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to:  Kevin Brubaker, Deputy Director, kbrubaker@elpc.org with “South Dakota Advocate” in the subject line.  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, Fall 2017

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 www.elpc.org.

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:  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.

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.

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