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Managing Attorney

Location: San Francisco, CA

Job Type: Full Time


Leading Environmental Efforts in California 

The California Office, the oldest and largest of nine regional Earthjustice offices, represents environmental, public health, and citizen groups committed to ensuring California’s continuing leadership in reducing reliance on dirty fuels, including fracking and shifting to a clean energy future. It has two locations, the main office in San Francisco and a satellite office in Los Angeles. Our current staff totals 15, including 10 attorneys.  We strategically focus on California’s unique challenges while ensuring that our state continues to drive meaningful progress on environmental issues of national and international importance.  Our current litigation is geared toward defending all Californians' rights to a healthy environment, including a longstanding commitment to cleaning up chronic air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley; preserving our public lands and special places, such as the Sierra Nevada, the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and Lake Tahoe; ensuring California's continued leadership in addressing the causes and impacts of climate change and air pollution; restoring imperiled native species and their habitats; and protecting regional ocean ecosystem health.  Our work is evolving to curtail the impacts of harmful pesticides to farmworkers, their families, and surrounding communities and to respond to new and emerging environmental and public health threats within and beyond state lines. 

Working at Earthjustice
 
Working at an Earthjustice regional office means participating in cutting-edge litigation to protect the planet’s resources and the people who depend on them.  Our work atmosphere is casual, professional, open and friendly.  We strive to provide exceptionally high quality legal services to the nonprofit community, but we believe in having fun while we do it and encourage work-life balance.  The California office is comprised of diverse, passionate, highly skilled staff members who value a collaborative and consensus-based work environment infused with humor and mutual respect.
 
We provide a competitive non-profit compensation plan as well as an outstanding benefits package.  Our health coverage includes medical, dental, prescription, vision and alternative care such as chiropractic and acupuncture.  Health coverage is fully paid for staff members, with additional benefits available for family members.  We are proud to offer a generous vacation, sick leave and disability benefit package.  In addition, Earthjustice offers employees 12 paid holidays per year, an excellent retirement plan after two years of employment, a flexible spending account, life insurance, pre-tax transportation benefits, and an employee assistance program.
 
Managing Attorney Position Overview
 
The Managing Attorney leads the California office in shaping its litigation strategies and programs, builds effective working relationships with clients and other environmental groups in the region, and works closely with the Earthjustice policy, communications and fundraising teams.  The Managing Attorney is also responsible for managing and developing the staff of the office, helping them hone their legal and strategy skills, and ensuring that the office maintains a high quality legal program.  Additionally, the Managing Attorney oversees the administrative functions of the office, ensuring their efficient and effective operation.
 
Desired Leadership Qualities and Experience

  • Highly effective litigator with substantial experience in environmental or public interest law; 12+ years of litigation experience.
  • Strategic and visionary balanced with pragmatic approaches to ensure results are obtained consistently. 
  • Commitment to making Earthjustice as a whole, and the California regional office specifically, highly effective in cutting edge litigation.
  • Entrepreneurial, with proven ability to identify new opportunities that have lasting impact while also working effectively as part of regional and national teams.
  • Experience in and commitment to managing diverse staff by fostering effective internal communication, collaboration, consensus-based decision-making as appropriate, and mutual respect.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in coaching, guiding, and mentoring attorneys at different levels of their career development to continually improve their effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of primary environmental issues in California.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with experience working with the media and political and community leaders.
  • Commitment to fundraising and developing ongoing relationships with donors, especially individual donors and foundation representatives.
  • Proven ability to partner with other organizations to achieve objectives and to maintain long term relationships with clients and partnering agencies.
  • Proven ability to manage operations including budgets and programs.

 
The Managing Attorney must be a member of the California bar or be admitted to the California bar within one year of employment.  S/he must also be willing to live in the San Francisco Bay Area and travel as needed.  
 
How to Apply
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this position by sending their resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com.  All applications are to be submitted via email.  To learn more about Earthjustice and this position, please visit us at www.earthjustice.org.
 


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, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.