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Earthjustice Council Manager

San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, or Los Angeles, CA

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 and people 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. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, DC, today Earthjustice is an $80 million national nonprofit with 400 employees.

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The Earthjustice Council is a national network of high-level volunteers working to lead regional efforts in fundraising, advocacy, and communications on behalf of the organization. Founded in 2010, the Council is a group of over 45 individuals with expertise ranging from marketing and communications to litigation and policy who leverage their networks and philanthropy to further Earthjustice’s mission. More recently, efforts have been made to refocus the Council and put forth a vision and mission to ensure that each Council member is being engaged individually in alignment with Earthjustice’s values of justice, partnership, inclusion, and excellence, and partnering with Earthjustice staff on a variety of levels from program to organizational projects. This work has included the creation of a formal nomination committee, annual Council work plans, and regional and programmatic working groups including a newly formed diversity, equity, and inclusion working group.

The Earthjustice Council Manager (ECM) is a new position for Earthjustice and will be an integral part of the Donor Marketing and Engagement team in the Development department.  The ECM is responsible for ensuring Earthjustice’s Council members have a best-in-class volunteer experience, that their engagement with the organization is strategic and meaningful, and that their relevant experience and networks are well leveraged. The ECM will work closely with Earthjustice’s Operations department to keep the Council coordinated and in alignment with higher level organizational efforts and the Board of Trustees. The Operations team will provide some administrative support to the ECM.

The role requires excellent communication and close coordination with the entire development team, organizational leadership, the Board of Trustees, and Earthjustice Council Co-Chairs and members. The ECM will be responsible for the creation, coordination, and implementation of the Council’s vision and mission, including but not limited to recruitment, fundraising efforts, events, regional work plans, and engagement opportunities tied to Earthjustice’s mission.


  • Provide direction and advice to Council Co-chairs and Earthjustice leadership on the creation and implementation of the Council’s goals, vision, and mission.
  • Activate and engage Council members, and serve as primary contact for Council members who are not partnering with specific teams within Development.
  • Develop strong internal communications regarding Council management and ensure consistent coordination across the organization on Council activities and engagement.
  • Communicate important information to Council members in a timely fashion, including programmatic, organizational, and Council related updates.
  • Identify and manage creation of Council collateral materials.
  • Lead the Council Nomination Committee and manage the recruitment process, including tracking suggested nominations, overseeing vetting and approval, sharing recruitment progress with Earthjustice leadership, and managing invitations to new members.
  • Onboard new Council members.
  • Oversee and coordinate engagement with the Council’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Climate and Clean Energy Working Groups.
  • Lead the planning and execution of the Council’s annual meeting and write updates for Council and Board books.
  • Provide oversight and direction on Council standards, policies, and procedures including term limits, goal setting, nominating goals, vision, and resolutions.
  • Manage and report on data related to Council activities and progress towards goals and vision.
  • Coordinate and track Council-led regional fundraising and engagement plans for Southern California and Pacific Northwest, and scope additional regional priorities.
  • Conceptualize and coordinate Council events and trips.
  • Manage and track to an annual budget.
  • Travel up to 20 percent for Council member visits, events, field trips, and trainings.
  • Promote a culture of philanthropy, and foster a respectful and productive working environment.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Ability to absorb and synthesize complex program information and translate into a compelling case for donors.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication, negotiation, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience with donor databases.
  • Ability to design and implement fundraising initiatives including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Aptitude to determine an individual’s interest, capacity, and inclination to help Earthjustice meet its goals, and act appropriately to tie those interests with Earthjustice’s work.
  • Ability to accurately assess situations with informal or incomplete information and make good decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment; maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to skillfully prioritize and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort working independently and as a team member with initiative and flexibility.
  • Sense of humor is desired.
  • 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.
  • Valid driver’s license required.


  • 5 years+ demonstrated successful experience working with volunteer leadership and in partnership with development teams.
  • Bachelor’s degree desired.
  • Experience working with program staff, attorneys, executive staff, VIP donors or equivalent.
  • Experience using effective interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy, and tact to build strong relationships with donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.
  • Fundraising experience preferred.


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. 


Earthjustice has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search.  Please submit your resume and expression of interest to Chris Spagnola, Recruiter at and Jessica Martinez, Recruiter at

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.


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