Development and Communications Writer

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a skilled Writer to work in our Chicago headquarters office.  This position jointly reports to ELPC’s Director of Development and ELPC’s Director of Media Relations and is responsible for: (1) writing compelling and persuasive grant proposals and reports; and (2)  writing content for ELPC’s websites, reports, projects and marketing materials.   This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy backed by  strong public engagement campaigns through social media are essential for protecting our core environmental values.  The Development and Communications Writer will join ELPC’s first-rate team of legal and policy advocates working to accelerate solar and wind power; advance climate change solutions; protect clean air, safe drinking water, and communities against toxics contamination; and protect the Midwest’s Wild and Natural Places.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, along with offices in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Grand Rapids, MI, Duluth, MN, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Jamestown, ND, Minneapolis, MN, Madison, WI, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has an annual budget of $6.5 million. Please see

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Development and Communications Writer will:  (1) draft and edit grant proposals and reports to funders in order to strategically market ELPC’s mix of policy and legal advocacy projects to national  local foundations and individual major donors; (2)  Write content and update ELPC’s a mix of websites, and work with ELPC’s program and communications team on major environmental and clean energy reports and marketing efforts.  Crafting high-quality development and communications products for ELPC will engage the writer in learning interesting and important legal, policy and economic  information on a range of environmental protection, clean energy development, climate change solutions and natural resources protection issues.  This will tap the writer’s skills to develop variations of core content so that it can be persuasive to audiences with different backgrounds, interests and priorities.  Firm deadlines often apply.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree, at least three years of experience writing about public policy development (e.g., journalism); prior work in the environmental sector is a plus.  The successful candidate will have excellent writing and proof-reading skills, a demonstrated record of being able to complete work on schedule, and a passion for environmental, clean energy and climate change solutions 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 deadline-driven environment where attention to details and follow-through is critical.

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

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a: (1) cover letter; (2) resume; (3) contact information for two professional references; (4) salary history; and (5) two writing samples to: Linda Lipton –  Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.



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