Public Interest Economic Policy Associate

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire an entry-level Economic Policy Associate at our Chicago headquarters. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy – backed by strong analysis and public engagement – are essential for protecting our core environmental values. The Economic Policy Associate will perform research, modeling, and analysis as part of a first-rate team working to: accelerate clean solar energy and storage, wind power and energy efficiency solutions; advance climate change solutions; protect clean air, safe drinking water and communities against toxic threats; and protect the Midwest’s wild and natural places.

ORGANIZATIONELPC’s nationally-recognized work includes 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. Our headquarters is in downtown Chicago, with additional offices across the Midwest and in Washington, DC. ELPC was founded in 1993 and has an annual budget of $7 million. Please visit

RESPONSIBILITIES:  ELPC’s Economic Policy Associate will work on mission-aligned projects to advance clean energy, transportation, air, and/or water initiatives.  Primary activities include researching and analyzing economic and environmental data to create compelling analysis and presentations (including spreadsheets, databases, data visualizations, reports, and other communications). This will involve data modeling, mapping, and developing deep subject matter expertise, in collaboration with highly-motivated attorneys, MBAs, and policy advocates on some of the most important and challenging environmental protection issues of our times.

QUALIFICATIONS:  We seek a highly-capable, committed graduate of a well-respected educational program with a strong academic record in economics, business, social science, informatics, or related analytical fields. Specific requirements include: exceptional research, analytical, and modeling skills (advanced MS Excel required; additional experience in statistical analysis, database management, data visualization, and/or GIS mapping preferred) and demonstrated passion for Midwest environmental issues.  Promising candidates will complete an analytical case study during the interview process.

SALARY: $37,500 annual salary. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to

ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify our team.

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