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Posted on September 24, 2021

Vice President Of Litigation

Anchorage, AK; Bozeman, MT; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Honolulu, HI; Juneau, AK; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Tallahassee, FL; New Orleans, LA; Washington, D.C.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. The team of over 450 staff—including over 170 litigators—wields the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect public health, address environmental injustice, defend magnificent places and irreplaceable ecosystems, transition our economy to 100% clean energy, and combat climate change. Earthjustice partners with thousands of groups, tribes, individuals and communities to address the environmental crises of our time. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Earthjustice has a distinguished record of successes in litigation and policy advocacy, as well as in informing and motivating our supporters and the general public. One reason for our success is hiring excellent staff who share a passion for teamwork in service of a better world. Earthjustice’s headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Bozeman, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tallahassee, and Washington, DC.

Earthjustice is among the leading ‘big greens’ in terms of diversifying its staff and increasing attention to racial justice in their programmatic work in the environmental sector. We began this effort several years ago, and the events of 2020 have led us to redouble those efforts. Racial justice work is not window dressing at Earthjustice. We have committed to improve Earthjustice both internally (by creating a truly equitable and inclusive workplace) and externally (by fighting for racial justice through environmental work).

The Vice President of Litigation (“VP”) will directly supervise 4-7 litigation teams, contribute to the programmatic leadership of the organization, and work together with the four other Litigation Vice Presidents and Senior Vice President of Programs to coordinate strategy across all twenty legal teams. As a member of the Program Leadership Team, the VP will help define Earthjustice’s overall advocacy strategies and contribute to decision making regarding management, organizational structure, and policy. Depending on the VP’s experience and areas of expertise, the VP may also lead specific initiatives or bodies of substantive work. The position will report to Earthjustice’s Senior Vice-President for Programs and will be based out of one of Earthjustice’s fifteen offices nationwide.

This position can be located at anyone of Earthjustice’s fifteen offices nationwide: Anchorage, AK; Bozeman, MT; Chicago,IL; Denver, CO; Honolulu, HI; Juneau, AK; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Tallahassee, FL; New Orleans, LA; Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities

Program and litigation leadership (40%)
  • Serve as a member of the Program Leadership Team, which develops and refines Earthjustice’s programmatic goals and objectives, as well as our strategies for achieving them through litigation, policy advocacy, and communications.
  • Work with attorneys across the Litigation department to guide their case selection, litigation strategy, and government advocacy so as to maximize our impact.
  • Work with Earthjustice’s Communications and Policy and Legislation Departments to develop litigation, media, and policy advocacy campaigns.
  • Cultivate and maintain effective partnerships with clients and allied organizations.
  • Ensure that equity, racial, and social justice considerations inform every aspect of our programmatic work.
Staff Management (35%)
  • Supervise 4-7 Earthjustice Managing Attorneys, as well as other staff as necessary. (Earthjustice Managing Attorneys lead teams of up to 25 litigation staff that focus on a geographic region or programmatic area.) Provide the leadership, coaching, and feedback that they need to succeed.
  • Recruit and evaluate candidates for Managing Attorney and other program positions.
  • Help Earthjustice achieve its goals for staff diversity, workplace equity, and inclusivity.
  • Foster a positive, respectful, and inclusive work environment that improves employee satisfaction, morale, and retention.
  • Build a learning culture in which teams celebrate victories, learn from setbacks, and share experiences to help each other succeed.
External engagement, including board relations, policy advocacy, and fundraising (20%)
  • Participate in all aspects of board relations, including providing updates and supporting the board litigation approval process.
  • In partnership with Earthjustice’s communications team, educate and influence supporters and partners to achieve our programmatic and fundraising objectives.
  • Communicate as appropriate with policymakers through various public media, written materials, and face-to-face communications in order to influence policymaking at a state, local, and/or national level as appropriate.
  • Build Earthjustice’s brand and external profile through public speaking, thought leadership, and media relations.
  • Work with Earthjustice’s Development staff to identify and cultivate major donors, develop proposals and reports for foundations, and support other fundraising efforts.
Organizational Leadership (5%)
  • Serve as a member of Earthjustice’s Senior Leadership Team, which works with Earthjustice’s President and Board of Trustees to set organizational policies and strategy (including financial strategy) and drive organizational change.
  • Build organizational culture by modeling Earthjustice’s values of justice, partnership, inclusion, and excellence.

Qualifications

Education/Certification:
  • J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school.
  • Licensed to practice law wherever located, or the willingness to apply for and be admitted to the applicable bar within 14 months of employment.
Experience:
  • A minimum of 10 years of litigation experience, including first-chair litigation experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of management experience, preferably including executive-level leadership experience.
  • Broad familiarity with litigation, and with environmental law, energy law, and/or environmental justice or community lawyering, with deep expertise in one or more sub-areas of the field. Earthjustice is particularly interested in individuals with expertise in environmental enforcement litigation.
  • A track record of success developing and executing campaign strategies that secure change through litigation, policy advocacy, or communications.
  • A network of professional relationships (e.g. relationships with NGOs, government agencies, Indian tribes, and/or grassroots organizations) that can help Earthjustice achieve its goals.
  • Excellent writing, legal analysis, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Excellent management skills, including the ability to coach leaders, provide effective feedback, lead change in a large organization, and foster communication, collaboration, and mutual respect.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain partnerships, understand and influence stakeholders, listen to and learn from others, and motivate and inspire co-workers.
Personal Traits and Attributes:
  • Passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission, including our commitment to furthering racial and social justice through our programmatic agenda.
  • Experience communicating effectively with and through the media and supporters.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Ability to contribute to the development and retention of a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace and culture.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary.
  • A positive attitude, a sense of humor and a willingness to have fun.

Compensation

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.

Salary is dependent on experience and location.

$220,200 - $287,800

To Apply

Earthjustice has retained the services of Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) to conduct this search. To submit a resume or request additional information, please contact: Carol Warren Simon, Managing Director, In-House Counsel Recruiting at csimon@MLAGlobal.com. Or Kimberly Hulsey, Director, In-House Counsel Recruiting khulsey@mlaglobal.com.

Please do not contact Earthjustice directly; all resumes sent there will be routed to MLA for handling and will create delays.

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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