Legal Director

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

The Legal Director is expected to have a commitment to environmental, social justice or public interest advocacy, demonstrated strong leadership skills including the ability to direct a dedicated legal staff, to work with environmental NGOs throughout the state to promote environmental justice for low income communities and advances in environmental stewardship and protection of natural resources and the health of that State’s citizens.

The Legal Director will promote public interest law and advocacy in the office as well as throughout the State. The  Legal Director will report to EELC’s Executive Director and will supervise EELC’s  attorneys and its retained experts to represent the interests of EELC’s clients and the citizens of the State. The Legal Director will also supervise EELC’s support staff and law interns.

A candidate should have expertise and/or at least familiarity with the federal and state appellate  litigation and practice before federal and state administrative agencies including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) proceedings; National Environmental Policy Act  litigation; Environmental Justice and/or Title VI litigation and Clean Water Act  permit reviews.

Requirements and qualifications for the position include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the public interest.
  • Dedication to the improvement of the environment and public health in the State and
  • Strategic vision
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other legal and advocacy organizations
  • At least ten years of federal and state litigation, administrative advocacy, and strategic campaign
  • Experience developing and managing a legal
  • Experience working with and budgeting for
  • Fundraising and communications experience
  • Admission to and good standing with the New Jersey state bar or willingness to become a member of the New Jersey bar.
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral presentation
  • Strong interpersonal skills including ability to work with racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse clients, partners and
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and
  • 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. As an equal opportunity employer, EELC is 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.” EELC provides 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:

Aaron Kleinbaum, Esq. Executive Director


Development Manager or Director

The Eastern Environmental Law Center (EELC) seeks a creative and energetic development professional to strategically contribute to its development efforts. The position, based in Newark New Jersey, reports to the Executive Director. In partnership with the Executive Director and Board, the development position will support the achievement of revenue goals to exceed $1 million annually. The development professional will collaborate with the Executive Director and Board to engage donors with a focus on an individual giving campaign (major gifts, annual campaign) to strengthen fundraising and build internal capacity, and help to realize EELC’s goals for its public interest environmental litigation team. We will consider candidates who desire a full or part-time (at least 20 hours per week) position as a staff member or independent contractor. 

The ideal candidate will be passionate about environmental protection and conservation. (S)he will be a poised, effective, and thoughtful team member ready to get to work in a fast paced environmental legal institution. EELC has a small staff of dedicated environmental public interest lawyers, an office manager/paralegal, interns and a small active board. The ideal candidate must be well organized, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and be adept at problem solving.
(S)he will have strong skills in large donor cultivation, annual fund giving and a willingness to devote time to foundation grants, and special events as time allows. The candidate will be familiar with the regional environmental community. The successful candidate will understand how to use social media to drive fundraising and publicity. (S)he will have a proven track record in soliciting major gifts (above $10,000), be comfortable speaking directly with donors at all levels and public interest environmental clients.
Finally, the selected candidate will be a collaborative team member eager to work efficiently and effectively at all levels as part of a small administrative team.

• Cultivating new and existing major donor contacts.
• Networking with the environmental donor base in New Jersey.
• Organizing annual campaign directed at existing and potential donors.
• Preparing all materials needed for fundraising programs, including proposals to donors and prospects, sponsorship materials, acknowledgment materials and so on.
• Reporting periodically to the Board.
• Selecting, using and maintaining a web based donor database.
• Assisting with engagement events and foundation outreach.
• Creation of an annual fundraising plan, prepared in collaboration and coordination with the Executive Director, the Board, other senior staff, which includes major donor cultivation, annual fund giving.
• Assist staff in use of social media to drive fundraising outcomes.
• At least 8 years of progressive job experience in development for nonprofit organizations ideally in the environmental or conservation sector.
• Prior experience with environmental issues and the public interest environmental community in the region.
• Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating, and organizational skills.
• Ability to gain cooperation and build networks with individuals or groups to accomplish program goals.
• Strong writing, communications, presentation, and persuasion skills (writing sample is required).
• Team player with a sense of humor
• Self-starting, independent worker who thrives with minimal oversight.

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

To apply send resume and cover letter in confidence to:
Aaron Kleinbaum
Executive Director
Eastern Environmental Law Center
No phone calls please.

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.