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Executive Director (Posted 7.19.2019)

The Eastern Environmental Law Center (EELC), based in Newark, NJ, seeks an experienced, dynamic, and innovative Executive Director to lead our environmental litigation public interest team. Based in Newark, NJ, the Executive Director is a highly visible leader who directs the staff to ensure the organization’s goals and mission are achieved. As the face of the EELC, the Executive Director also cultivates clients, foundations, individual donors, and enhances the ability of environmental organizations to achieve their goals.  The Executive Director reports to a highly engaged and experienced Board of Directors and oversees all aspects of the organization, from strategy to fundraising to internal leadership.

Key Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Leadership and Management

  • Provide visionary and compassionate leadership and maintain a participatory and collaborative culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse and talented legal and support staff.
  • Develop strategic plans and annual operating goals with the Legal Director and Board of Directors. Ensure staff accountability on progress toward goals and objectives. Serve as the primary liaison between the Board of Directors and staff.
  • Develop overarching strategic plans that integrate current expertise with opportunities for growth and new directions for the organization.
  • Provides leadership to ensure that the litigation goals align with the organizational mission.

Legal, Fundraising, Resource Development, and Fiscal Management

  • Work daily with a litigation-focused staff to meet organizational goals.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to lead the organization’s diversified fundraising program.
  • Actively and directly engage in fundraising by making major financial solicitations, cultivating relationships with individual donors, foundations, and other external stakeholders.
  • Maintain and deepen relationships with the EELC’s highest level and most committed supporters.
  • Work closely with the Board to develop long and short-range financial plans, make major financial decisions for the organization, and provide regular updates to the Board on financial matters.

Manage External Relationships for the Organization

  • Promote the mission, objectives, policies, and programs of the organization to external stakeholders, including clients, peer organizations, policymakers, and other key constituents, including as a key spokesperson at public events and in the press.
  • Work in collaboration with the Board of Directors to maintain the organization’s messaging.

Lead Overall Programmatic Direction

  • Work with the Board to identify resources and support.
  • Collaborate with the Board to set and guide strategic direction required to achieve vision and goals.
  • Communicate progress on programmatic initiatives to the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure EELC’s consistent achievement of its mission, organizational and financial stability, legal compliance and function.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

A successful candidate must be a passionate, accomplished leader with practical and substantive experience in a non-profit environment. The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of relevant experience, a demonstrated ability to manage a dynamic and evolving legal organization, and significant fundraising experience.  A law degree and environmental litigation experience is a plus but not necessary.

EELC is a New Jersey based nonprofit public interest environmental law center that provides pro bono and public interest rate legal services to the environmental and conservation communities in New Jersey and throughout the region.   EELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and our programs and employment are open to all. We offer a friendly, team-based environment, competitive salaries, and an excellent benefits package.

For more information about EELC, please visit us on Facebook and at www.easternenvironmental.org.

To apply send resume and cover letter in confidence to:

Edward Lloyd

Co-Chair, Board of Directors

Eastern Environmental Law Center

info@easternenvironmental.org

No phone calls please.


Staff Attorney (Posted 7.9.2019)

The Eastern Environmental Law Center (EELC), New Jersey’s sole public interest environmental law firm, seeks a dynamic, experienced attorney to join its litigation team. This full-time position, based in Newark, New Jersey, will have direct responsibility for litigation on clean energy (including opposing natural gas and oil pipelines or intervening in utility petitions); environmental justice, clean air, water & open space matters.

Responsibilities may include involvement in sustainable development issues. All of this work will be conducted in a collaborative public interest law office environment. The Attorney will report to EELC’s Executive Director and will work closely with EELC’s other attorneys, partners, clients, and experts. The Attorney may also help with supervision of EELC’s support staff and law interns.

Requirements and qualifications for the position include:
• At least five to ten years of federal and state litigation, administrative advocacy, and strategic campaign experience.
• Expertise and/or at least familiarity with the following: federal and state appellate litigation; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and New Jersey Board of Public Utility (BPU) proceedings; National Environmental Policy Act litigation; Environmental Justice and/or Title VI litigation and Clean Water Act permit reviews.
• Ability to effectively integrate legal advocacy with broader strategic advocacy campaigns, in particular relative to communications and policy advocacy, and to work collaboratively with other legal and advocacy organizations on such campaigns.
• Assist EELC management and partners with fundraising and communications.
• Admission to and in good standing with the New Jersey state bar.
• Excellent research, writing, and oral presentation skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills to foster relationships with clients, partners, and allies.
• Demonstrated commitment to the public interest.
• Positive, friendly, and enthusiastic attitude towards making the world a better place and a sense of humor.

EELC is a New Jersey based nonprofit public interest environmental law center that provides pro bono and public interest rate legal services to the environmental and conservation communities in New Jersey and throughout the region. EELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and our programs and employment are open to all. We offer a friendly, team-based environment, competitive salaries, and an excellent benefits package.

For more information about EELC, please visit us on Facebook and www.easternenvironmental.org.

To apply send resume and cover letter in confidence to:
Executive Director
Eastern Environmental Law Center info@easternenvironmental.org . No phone calls please.