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The Public Interest Network- Deputy Grants Fundraising Director

Deputy Grants Fundraising Director for The Public Interest Network

Overview

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

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

Job Description

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

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

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

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

Location

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

Qualifications

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

Additionally, top candidates will:

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

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

Compensation & Benefits

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

To Apply

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

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

The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. The Public Interest Network will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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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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Environment America: State Director

 

Environment America is a policy and action group with more than two million members and supporters spread across all 50 states. We promote national, state and local policies that put the environment first. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 22 states, cleaner cars and power plants nationwide, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water.

Working with state offices of the Public Interest Network in 32 states, we have field presence in 21 of the top 25 media markets and 313 Congressional Districts. We use that reach, along with clear strategies, creative tactics, grit and determination to make a difference for our environment and our families’ health.

In addition to our presence in Washington, D.C. and in the states, Environment America is nationally recognized for our training program. Each year, 10-20 young people graduate from our two-year apprenticeship program ready to launch their careers as environmental advocates.

We are expanding our state directing team to have a presence in 33 states, and we’re looking for highly qualified, driven and passionate candidates to run 9 of our state offices, nd direct our environmental and public interest programs in those locations.

Job Description

The State Director is responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns in a specific state. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. State Directors help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

Locations

Columbus, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; and Chicago, Illinois

Responsibilities

Program: Run our in-state program participating in and overseeing policy development, research and messaging.

Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the governor’s staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision-makers. Build relationships with key players in the state, the region and at the federal level.

Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental or public interest campaigns. Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental or public interest campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues, and building and demonstrating support for our positions.

Coalition building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we’re waging to protect our environment or the public interest. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.

Qualifications

Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental and public interest issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.

Compensation & Benefits

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

Location

Portland or Augusta ME; Las Vegas or Reno, NV; Manchester or Concord NH; Columbus OH; Richmond VA; St. Louis MO; Chicago IL; Des Moines IA; Baltimore MD

Application

Please apply using our online application https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/apply.html. Direct your cover letter to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director. Visit https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/core-values.html to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

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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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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