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Managing Attorney- Clean Energy

Washington, DC


Earthjustice is the premier non-profit environmental law organization.  They take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. They 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. The organization partners with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of the time and bring about positive change. They are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  They achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  With a current operating budget of $80MM and a committed staff of 350, Earthjustice is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman and Washington DC.

SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Earthjustice seeks a managing attorney to lead and oversee the work of their Clean Energy Program.  The Clean Energy Program is currently comprised of nine full-time attorneys (including the managing attorney) and two litigation assistants. Most of the staff is located in Earthjustice’s Washington D.C. office and several program attorneys are located in other Earthjustice offices or work remotely. The position will be based in their Washington, D.C. office.

The Clean Energy Program works to secure a swift and equitable transition to 100% clean energy. They work to scale up investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other clean energy solutions; reduce their reliance on dirty fossil fuels; achieve major, enduring reductions in carbon pollution; and secure a cleaner, smarter, more equitable electric grid.  Through litigation and legal advocacy, they eliminate barriers to clean energy and advance policies and practices that support a transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy.  They work in state and federal regulatory agencies and courts across the country on behalf of their clients. To learn more about Earthjustice’s clean energy work, click here.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic program leadership by working collaboratively with attorneys to maximize the quality and impact of the program’s total litigation effort.
  • Litigate cases.
  • Collaborate with other programs and Regional Offices to ensure that Earthjustice’s clean energy advocacy achieves strategic program goals.
  • Manage, develop, and implement programmatic strategies that align with organization-wide strategic plans, core values, priorities, and other administrative policies and guidance. 
  • Work closely and productively with Earthjustice’s policy, communications, fundraising, and diversity, equity, and inclusion teams to advance programmatic and institutional goals. 
  • Manage and guide the development of the program staff to ensure they have the training, resources, feedback, and support to maximize their performance and skills development.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with clients and other partner organizations.
  • Pursue opportunities to diversify program and staff with a focus on (a) fostering an inclusive work environment that is hospitable to, respectful of, and conducive to success of staff from all backgrounds; and, (b) identifying and pursuing opportunities to diversify program client base to include communities of color and/or economically disadvantage communities that experience disproportionate environmental impact.
  • Serve as a primary ambassador of the program and the organization, including by working effectively with the news media, government officials, and donors.
  • Participate with team of Managing Attorneys across the organization in driving forward Earthjustice’s strategic priorities.
  • Developing practices and policies that promote a respectful and inclusive workplace and that foster community and teamwork among a diverse group of lawyers and non-lawyers.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary, up to 30%.

    Management (Essential Functions)

  • Recruits and hires qualified candidates who fit position requirements and the work environment. 
  • Lead the clean energy team through institutional change, helping to maximize the expected benefits and remove or lower the impact of potential obstacles.
  • Sets clear team direction that aligns with Earthjustice strategy, mission, and vision.
  • Develops staff by providing career development opportunities with appropriate training, encouragement, and supervision.
  • Provide staff with performance feedback and acts as a coach and mentor.
  • Promote an inclusive work environment for team and models inclusive behavior.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

  • The MA will supervise program attorneys and litigation assistants.

    ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Excellent management skills, including the ability to foster effective communication, collaboration, decision-making, and mutual respect.
  • Minimum of ten years of litigation experience.
  • Highly effective litigator with significant experience with clean energy issues.
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to work with teams.
  • Deep appreciation for and meaningful experience in cultivating a diverse workplace that embodies the values of justice and inclusivity, and that is sensitive to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, with the ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Strong capacity for strategic thinking, including in designing and implementing litigation campaigns and other advocacy that yields high-quality results.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest.
  • Experience and interest in coaching, guiding, and mentoring staff at different levels of their career development to continually improve their effectiveness.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse set of clients and other partner organizations.
  • Ability and desire to participate effectively in fundraising efforts by developing and maintaining relationships with donors.
  • Experience working with news media.
  • Ability to manage operations, including budgets and administrative matters.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Licensed to practice law in Washington DC, or willingness to apply for admission within one year of employment.

    Management (Essential Skills)

  • Ability to manage and lead a diverse team in a diverse environment with emotional intelligence and cultural competency.
  • Has self-awareness and understands the impact of behaviors and emotional intelligence in the workplace. Also understands team’s strengths and areas for development. 
  • Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and talents to meet the evolving needs of an organization.

    EDUCATION

  • JD required.
  • 10 years of litigation experience.

    COMPENSATION

    Earthjustice offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.  Also offers an extremely congenial work environment and a casual dress code.

    TO APPLY

    Earthjustice has retained the services of DHR International Executive Search. Please submit your resume and expression of interest to cleanenergy-earthjustice@dhrinternational.com. The deadline for all applications is March 12, 2019.

    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.

  • Accommodation

    If you need reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application, interview or some other portion of the selection process for a job at Earthjustice, please contact Human Resources at jobs@earthjustice.org.

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