South Dakota Policy Advocate/Attorney

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire a policy advocate or attorney to lead our clean energy and natural resource protection work in South Dakota from our office in Sioux Falls.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC 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 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 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 Chicago, along with eight additional offices in Sioux Falls, other Midwest cities and Washington D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has a $7.5 million annual budget. See for more info.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Lead ELPC’s efforts to develop and implement a successful environmental agenda for South Dakota.  This agenda will include advocating for clean energy policies before the PUC and the state legislature; partnering with conservation and citizen organizations to promote clean water and protect threatened natural resources; nurturing relations with the state’s Congressional Delegation to effectively advocate for clean energy; and direct hands-on fundraising to support ELPC’s South Dakota work.  To succeed, the Advocate/Attorney will develop an effective presence and identity for ELPC in South Dakota, especially in the Sioux Falls area, work closely with ELPC’s South Dakota Advisory Committee and coordinate with ELPC staff across multiple offices.

QUALIFICATIONS:  This is a one-person office requiring a disciplined and resourceful self-starter with deep roots in the community.   At least five years of experience desired, with a proven track record developing and executing strategies to influence policy makers, the media and the general public.  Strong writing and persuasive oral advocacy abilities required.  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.  J.D. or M.P.P. helpful but not required.

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:  Kevin Brubaker, Deputy Director, with “South Dakota Advocate” in the subject line.  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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