Policy Advocate, Northwest Regional
Earthjustice’s Northwest Office advocates for a swift and equitable transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, fights to protect communities from health threats and environmental injustice, and defends the Pacific Northwest’s imperiled species, old-growth forests, and vibrant waters. The Northwest Office focuses on defending the environment and people of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho but also takes on cases with national scope or that address programmatic priorities outside of the region. There are currently 16 professional staff, including 13 attorneys, in the office.
We are looking to add a Policy Advocate to our team. The Northwest Policy Advocate will be responsible for developing and implementing both legislative and administrative strategies in Washington, focusing at first on clean energy and transportation issues through an equity lens. The Policy Advocate’s docket could eventually expand to include a broader array of environmental issues impacting the Pacific Northwest region. The Policy Advocate will be a member of Earthjustice’s Northwest Regional Office, based in Seattle. Travel to Olympia, WA will be expected, and hybrid/remote work from the Olympia area will be considered. This role may be based in Seattle or remotely from Western Washington.
Earthjustice is the 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; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups to engage on the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. 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 people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Bozeman, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tallahassee, and Washington, DC.
Due to Covid-19, Earthjustice staff are temporarily working remotely from approved locations.
- Develop and implement legislative and administrative strategies, in partnership with the Northwest Regional Office, to advance our positions on clean energy and transportation issues in Washington.
- Directly educate and lobby the Washington legislature, Governor’s Office, and key administrative agencies and commissions on priority issues.
- Track and analyze legislation relating to priority issues.
- Draft new legislation and policies and amendments to existing laws and policies.
- Work with existing partners and clients, and cultivate new allies, partnerships, and coalitions.
- Participate in stakeholder processes convened by administrative agencies.
- Partner with Northwest Regional Office litigators to develop effective coalition strategies in support of rulemaking proceedings before administrative agencies.
- Develop advocacy materials such as letters, fact sheets, action alerts, and blogs.
- Work with our communications team on media outreach efforts on priority issues.
- Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice on priority issues.
- Engage in city or county level work, depending on issues.
- Supervise policy advocate contractor(s) on projects outside Washington.
- Supervise projects and other efforts performed in connection with priority legislative and administrative issues by Earthjustice attorneys, assistants, interns, or contractors.
- At least four years’ demonstrated experience working with legislative service, lobbying, and/or government relations.
- Graduate Degree preferred.
- Prior experience working in coalitions to develop and run a lobbying campaign.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects and meet deadlines.
- Excellent writing and oral communications skills, including experience in working with traditional and social media.
- Detail oriented and good organizational skills.
- Proven ability to work in coalitions and with allies.
- Entrepreneurial spirit with proven ability to work independently and proactively.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with a diverse set of clients and partner organizations.
- Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
- Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- Ability to juggle competing demands while maintaining a cool head and sense of humor.
- Experience with state and federal environmental laws, environmental justice, and/or clean energy issues a plus.
- Spanish language skills a plus.
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.
Compensation is based on experience and location.
Salary Range for Seattle, WA: $111,200 - $123,500.
Applicants should submit via Jobvite by April 17, 2022:
- One to two-page cover letter explaining your interest in this position and the skills you would bring to it, with particular attention to your previous legislative advocacy, campaign and coalition work.
- List of three references.
Preference will be given to candidates who apply by April 17, 2022. After that, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We are looking to onboard this role between June and August 2022.
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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 given 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.
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