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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.

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.

Join a winning team!

The Environmental Law and Policy Center is headquartered in downtown Chicago, with staff across many Midwestern states. Our staff consists of attorneys, policy analysts, MBAs, communications specialists, grassroots organizers, and support staff. To hear about jobs as soon as they become available, subscribe to our electronic newsletter and follow us on Twitter. To add a job listing to our site, email the formal description to Tiffany Davis at tdavis@elpc.org.

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