NEPA ADVOCATE
Policy and Legislation
Washington, District Of Columbia

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Chicago, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

This position provides legislative and administrative strategy development and implementation to defend the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and to handle other issues (e.g., border wall, infrastructure) as assigned by Supervisor.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Lobby Strategy Development and Implementation:

• Track legislation and policy initiatives relating to assigned issues.
• Perform policy and legislative analysis.
• Work with Legislative Director, and when warranted other internal partners, to develop positions on relevant legislative and administrative actions.
• Develop and implement legislative and administrative advocacy strategies relating to assigned issues.
• Directly lobby Congress and the Administration.
• Create and maintain relationships with key congressional offices, including relevant committees of jurisdiction and congressional leadership.
• Educate Congress and the Administration on key legal challenges and rulings.
• Develop lobby and education materials, including but not limited to fact sheets, letters, action alerts, and blogs.
• Collaborate with the Earthjustice Communications Department and/or media consultants to develop media strategies and serve as an Earthjustice spokesperson on assigned issues.
• Develop creative strategies in key geographic regions and with key constituencies to help further advocacy efforts on assigned issues.
• Serve as a liaison with Earthjustice litigation staff working on assigned issues.
• Brief Earthjustice development staff, donors, and trustees on assigned issues as requested.
• Manage projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by Assistants, Interns, Contractors or others.

Coalition and Partnerships: 

• Represent Earthjustice in coalitions and with allies on assigned issues.
• Cultivate and sustain allies, thoughtful partnerships, and coalitions in support of assigned issues.
• Create opportunities for partners and allies to engage in advocacy on assigned issues and to be engaged in strategy development as appropriate.
• Coordinate briefings, seminars, and informational sessions with partners as well as support partners’ traditional and social media outreach as appropriate.

Internal Coordination and Administration: 

• Represent the Earthjustice Policy and Legislation (PAL) team in internal working groups related to assigned issues.
• Ensure that PAL Vice President, Legislative Directors, and other PAL lobbyists are aware of work you are doing that may impact their work, etc.
• Act as a team player, including assisting other PAL lobbyists when time-pressed to complete actions on their assigned issues.
• Coordinate with other PAL lobbyists on shared legislation or crosscutting issues.
• Participate and contribute in strategy meetings on possible or pending litigation bound to impact advocacy efforts on assigned issues.
• Contribute to Earthjustice’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) mission through involvement in trainings and internal working groups.
• Ensure timely submission of attendance, time accounting, and reimbursement requests.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Three or more years of experience with the legislative process.
• Bachelor’s degree.
• JD preferred.
• Familiarity with the administrative rulemaking process.
• Familiarity with the legislative process.
• Three or more years of experience with the legislative process.
• Commitment to serving the public interest and passion for Earthjustice’s mission.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects, and deadlines.
• Detail oriented and good organizational skills.
• Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
• Proven ability to work in coalitions and with allies.
• Experience in working with traditional and social media.
• Proven ability to work independently and proactively.
• Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
• Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
• Spanish language fluency a plus.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive and competitive. We also offer an extremely congenial work environment and a casual dress code. 

To Apply: 

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit the following online via the Jobvite system:

• Cover letter
• Resume

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.