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Posted on September 28, 2021

Managing Attorney, Gulf Regional Office

Houston, TX

Earthjustice is the nation’s 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; address environmental injustice defend magnificent places and irreplaceable ecosystems; transition our economy to 100% clean energy; and combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, tribes, individuals, and communities to address the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. 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.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring excellent staff 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 Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, D.C.

Earthjustice seeks a Managing Attorney for its planned Gulf Regional office in Houston, TX. The planned Gulf Regional Office will fight for a healthy and just future in the Gulf. In collaboration with our clients and partners, we will fight for clean air and water; for a just and equitable clean energy transformation and climate solutions that work for everyone; for healthy homes and workplaces; and for ecosystems and wildlife protection. Earthjustice currently has several staff based in Louisiana and Texas, and we have a significant body of work in the Gulf region focused on stopping oil and gas development, breaking down barriers to clean energy, reducing pollution, protecting communities and ecosystems, and advancing environmental justice. The planned Gulf Regional Office will expand on this docket and target additional issues that are of unique significance in the region, and/or that reflect the priorities of communities in the region that are affected by pollution and other environmental impacts.

This is a significant opportunity for a dynamic leader to use their skills, the power of law, and the strength of partnership to deliver meaningful results for the environment, health, and communities in the Gulf region and across the nation. The Managing Attorney will grow a team and work with them to chart a course for a new regional office of the largest public interest environmental law firm in the country. Litigation and management are equally important skill sets for this position, and the successful candidate will be committed to excellence in both areas.

The Managing Attorney will be based in Houston, TX, and report to a Vice President of Litigation based in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities:

Program Leadership:
  • Leads the planned Gulf office in shaping its litigation and legal advocacy docket and related regional strategies that align with organization-wide strategic plans, core values, priorities, and other administrative policies and guidance.
  • Leads and collaborates with the Gulf Regional team in setting clear direction aligned with Earthjustice strategy, mission, and vision.
  • Provides litigation leadership by litigating personally and working collaboratively with attorneys in the office to maximize the quality and impact of the office’s total litigation effort.
  • Cultivates new and diverse clients, allies and partners.
  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with clients, communities, environmental groups, and other partners across the Gulf region.
  • Works closely and productively with Earthjustice’s policy, communications, and fundraising teams to advance programmatic and institutional goals.
  • Serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the office and the organization, by, among other things, working effectively with the news media, government officials, and supporters.
  • Serves as an active member of the Managing Attorneys group, to help provide institutional leadership and set broader institutional priorities and direction.
Management:
  • Manage and lead a diverse team with emotional intelligence and cultural competency.
  • Manages and guides the development of office staff to ensure they have the training, mentoring, resources, feedback, and support to maximize their performance and skills development.
  • Creates a learning culture, including by implementing practices related to delivering timely and high-quality feedback and by fostering growth through creativity and risk-taking.
  • Provides staff with consistent and ongoing performance feedback, both positive and constructive, and acts as a coach and mentor.
  • Ensures that any direct reports who have supervisory responsibility are properly executing those functions.
  • Communicates effectively with staff and encourages them to provide ongoing feedback and raise concerns.
  • Resolves interpersonal conflict among team members and brings in outside facilitators as needed.
  • Effects and manages organizational and office change through strategic thinking and transparent communication.
  • Communicate institutional vision, policies, objectives and initiatives to staff within the planned Gulf Regional office, to keep them abreast of organizational changes and developments.
  • Creates or identifies strategic opportunities for team building and individual and overall staff engagement with one another.
  • Directly supervise staff and oversee the administrative functions of the office.
  • Work to maximize employee satisfaction and the quality of the team’s work.
  • Work with team members to celebrate successes and learn from setbacks.
  • Foster a work environment that advances Earthjustice’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
  • Develops and embraces practices and policies that promote a respectful and inclusive workplace and that foster community and teamwork among a diverse group of staff.
  • Recruits and hires qualified candidates to support and grow a highly effective Gulf Regional office team.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Continued Personal Learning:
  • Participates in organization-wide initiatives and trainings that contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Utilizes internal and external resources to support their personal and professional development in a way that increases awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

Qualifications

  • Excellent management skills, including the ability to foster effective communication, collaboration, decision-making, and mutual respect.
  • Highly effective litigator with substantial experience in environmental, energy and/or public interest law, and 10+ years of experience.
  • Excellent litigation skills, including the ability to supervise a complex litigation docket and to guide litigation across a range of subject matters, while nurturing the development of budding litigators.
  • Litigation experience in the Gulf, and/or familiarity with the public interest, environmental, or professional legal community in the region is a significant plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that show the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse set of clients and other partners.
  • Experience and interest in coaching, guiding, and mentoring staff at different levels of their career development to continually improve their effectiveness.
  • Strong capacity for strategic thinking that encompasses a wide range issues and leverages multifaceted pragmatic approaches to ensure high-quality and consistent results.
  • An entrepreneurial approach with the ability to identify and seize new opportunities, combined with the capacity to work well collaboratively as part of regional and national teams.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Experience working with community and government leaders, and the media.
  • Commitment to making Earthjustice and its Gulf regional office a highly effective, cutting-edge litigation and legal advocacy shop.
  • Ability to partner productively and respectfully with other organizations, including community-based organizations, to achieve objectives; ability to maintain respectful long-term relationships with clients, allies and partnering agencies.
  • Ability and desire to participate effectively in fundraising efforts by developing and maintaining relationships with donors; experience with fundraising in a professional or volunteer capacity is a plus.
  • Ability to manage operations, including budgets and general office and administrative matters.
  • Willing to travel as needed.
Management (Essential Skills):
  • Ability to develop junior attorneys and foster mutual respect, effective communication, and collaborative decision-making.
  • An understanding of how race dynamics affect supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work. Demonstrated history of successfully navigating problematic dynamics and/or driving attention to racial justice within an organization a plus.
  • An understanding of how systemic racism affects present-day legal systems and ability to advance racial equity goals through legal strategies.
  • Self-awareness and understanding of the impact of behavior and emotional intelligence in the workplace.
  • Excellent cultural competency reflecting the ability to understand different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations and apply that understanding in a management context.
  • Understands individual and team strengths and areas for development and develops plans accordingly.
  • A commitment to and experience in developing individual and team skills to meet the evolving needs of an organization.
  • Ability to give and receive regular formal and informal feedback in a timely, constructive, respectful manner, and consistent manner and to incorporate debriefing into the team’s operations.
  • Strong team mentorship and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in coaching, guiding, and mentoring a diverse workforce at different levels of their careers to continuously improve their effectiveness and reach their full potential.
  • Experience recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Education and/or Experience:
  • Highly effective litigator with substantial experience in environmental, energy or public interest law, and 10+ years of litigation experience.
  • Admitted to the Texas bar, or accomplishing admittance within 14 months of employment.
  • Excellent management skills with at least 5 years of managing litigation or legal advocacy teams in a diverse and inclusive environment.
Physical Demands:
  • Skill in operating various office equipment, such as personal computer, copy machine, and telephone system. Ability to perform routine bending, stooping, twisting, and reaching. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Salary and Benefits

    We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Salary depends on experience. The salary range in Houston, TX: $177,500 - $197,200.

To Apply

Earthjustice has retained the services of DHR International to conduct this search. To submit a resume or request additional information, please contact: Christine DeYoung, Managing Partner, at cdeyoung@dhrinternational.com, Brandy Russell, Director, Partner at brussell@dhrinternational.com, or Jordana Tarver, Senior Associate at tarver@dhrinternational.com.

Please do not contact Earthjustice directly; all resumes sent there will be routed to DHR International 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

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