Jobs at ELPC

Wildlife, Biodiversity & Natural Resources Protection Litigation Attorney

NEW POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION ATTORNEY – NATURAL RESOURCES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Law Student Internship – Summer 2019

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire 1L and 2L law student interns for Summer 2019. Legal interns support ELPC’s state and federal litigation and policy work throughout the Midwest. ELPC plans to hire 3 to 4 law students to work in the Chicago, IL office, and a “Great Plains” intern from or in law school in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, or South Dakota. A summer at ELPC will give students a broad-based experience working in the Midwest on energy and transportation policy, air and water quality, and protection of special places.

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 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, grassroots 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 stipends are available, ELPC encourages interns to obtain alternate 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. Applications from 2Ls are accepted on an ongoing basis and applications from 1Ls will be accepted beginning December 1, 2018. ELPC also accepts internship and fellowship applications through the Chicago-based Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). Please review PILI’s application requirements at www.pili-law.org.

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Director of Communications

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks a talented Director of Communications who has strong strategic advocacy campaign and digital media experience to lead a growing communications team and expand ELPC’s organizational visibility, impact, and effectiveness.  This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economic analysis, sound science, and strategic communications and public engagement – is essential to protecting our core environmental values and accelerate clean energy and clean transportation solutions to climate change.

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. ELPC develops and leads 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 to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together through, for example, developing clean energy solutions and addressing climate change. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45+ talented public interest attorneys, M.B.A. environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists, brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC is headquartered in downtown Chicago and has eight additional offices across the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. For more information please see www.elpc.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Lead strategic advocacy communications efforts that create attention, engagement, and support from target audiences throughout the Midwest and Washington D.C.
  • Develop and execute effective communications strategies across earned media, social media, websites, video, publications, and events to advance ELPC’s message on clean energy, clean water, transportation, and natural resources.
  • Create and manage an integrated digital communications strategy across all online platforms to build ELPC’s constituency and advance its policy agenda.
  • Provide hands-on leadership of ELPC’s growing communications team, collaborate with ELPC’s development and advocacy staff, and partner with outside organizations.

This is a full-time position in Chicago. The Director of Communications reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of ELPC’s senior management team.

QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

  • At least 10 years of “hands-on” experience in successful strategic advocacy communications for nonprofit advocacy organizations and/or political campaigns.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, and advanced degree preferred.
  • Candidates should have demonstrated skills and successes in:
    • Planning, framing, leading and executing effective strategic communications advocacy campaigns;
    • Developing and mobilizing constituents via electronic communications and social media, including through compelling videos and graphics, in addition to traditional media outreach and engagement; and
    • Leading, focusing and supervising a motivated team of talented communications professionals working together with legal and policy professional colleagues.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental protection and an understanding of public policy.
  • Sophisticated understanding of multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy campaigns that involve 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 ELPC’s team of skilled professionals.
  • Being a team player and have a sense of humor.

SALARYLow $100,000s depending upon experience and ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other major public interest environmental organizations. Excellent medical, dental, wellness and 403(b) benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and representative work samples (e.g., press releases, videos, web content, etc.) to: settleson@gmail.com, subject line: ELPC Director of Communications. Telephone inquiries are discouraged.

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

 

Public Interest M.B.A. Sustainable Business Fellow

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an M.B.A. who is a recent business school graduate for a full-time two-year Sustainable Business Fellowship position in our Chicago office starting in Fall 2019.  The Sustainable Business Fellow will work with ELPC’s multidisciplinary project teams of senior attorneys, M.B.A.s, public policy specialists and scientist professionals on sustainability projects developing clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, advancing innovative transportation strategies and preserving vital natural resources. One of ELPC’s core principles is that job creation, economic growth and environmental progress can be achieved together through smart public policies and sustainability initiatives. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal, economic and policy advocacy – backed by strong business analysis and public engagement – are essential for protecting our core environmental values.

ORGANIZATION:  ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists (M.B.A.), policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities.  Our headquarters is in downtown Chicago, with additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, DC.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Program Staff on sustainability projects to advance clean energy development and climate change solutions, accelerate innovative transportation strategies, and protect the Great Lakes and other natural resources. Economic analysis of solar energy and wind power projects. Determine environmental, job creation, economic growth benefits from forward-looking energy, environmental and natural resources preservation policies. Engage with multidisciplinary project teams to achieve sustainability impacts and results.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Recent M.B.A. school graduate with at least three years of prior professional experience preferably in finance, sustainability, environmental or energy sectors. Strong academic record and excellent analytical, presentation and writing skills. Strong background in financial and economic analysis. Smart self-starter with track record of initiative and successes. Substantive knowledge of clean energy policy and technologies, and energy economics is valued. An inspired commitment to sustainability principles and an ability to work productively with a team of skilled professionals.

COMPENSATION $70,000 annual salary for recent M.B.A. program graduates. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:  BusinessFellowship@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 & Policy Center seeks to hire public interest attorney advocates who are recent law school graduates or judicial law clerks for Associate Attorney positions in our Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids or Minneapolis offices starting in Fall 2019.  This is a two-year fellowship position.  The Associate Attorneys will work on ELPC’s cutting-edge public interest climate change and clean energy, environmental protection and natural resources preservation litigation and innovative policy advocacy.  This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong economic analysis and public engagement – are essential for protecting our core environmental values.

ORGANIZATION:  ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities.  Our headquarters is in downtown Chicago, with additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, DC.  Please visit www.ELPC.org.

RESPONSIBILITIESWork with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on “hot” litigation and innovative eco-business policy initiatives for ELPC’s Clean Energy, Clean Air and Climate Change Solutions Projects, Transportation and Land Use Reform Project, and Wild and Natural Places Preservation Project activities.  Assist on special projects. Engage with multidisciplinary project teams

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

SALARY: $70,000 annual salary for new law school graduates depending on the particular ELPC office, plus excellent benefits. ELPC encourages applicants to seek funding that will help to support their salary in full or part from sources such as Equal Justice Works, law schools’ public interest grants, etc.

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

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Foundation Grants Writer

Foundation Grants Writer

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

ORGANIZATION: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders in the field. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45+ talented public interest attorneys, M.B.A. environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in downtown Chicago, along with eight additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. See www.ELPC.org

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

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

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

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

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Environmental Communications Team – Writer

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

ORGANIZATION: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders in the field. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45+ talented public interest attorneys, M.B.A. environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in downtown Chicago, along with eight additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. See www.ELPC.org

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

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

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

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

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Science & Policy Internship

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.

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 and Des Moines, Iowa.  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 Libby Prakel at policyinternships@elpc.org.  Applications are accepted up until the deadlines below.  Only applications received during these times will be considered.

Fall: July 15, 2018

Spring: November 30, 2018

Summer: March 15, 2019

To apply for Des Moines and Madison 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
Madison: Andy Olsen aolsen@elpc.org

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

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