National Parks Conservation Association
Full Time 2-Year Term Fellowship (to begin Fall 2017)
Litigation Management: Assist NPCA’s General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in managing select litigation matters in which NPCA has an interest, whether as a plaintiff, intervenor, or amicus curiae. Work with various NPCA staff and regions to develop litigation strategies, seek litigation approvals, secure and manage outside legal counsel, review and approve draft case filings, collaborate with NPCA staff on media and communications, and keep NPCA staff, management, and Board apprised of case developments. (40%)
Non-litigation Advocacy Support: Assist NPCA regional offices and departments with priority programmatic projects and non-litigation advocacy campaigns by, among other things, identifying and advising on various legal issues and strategies, reviewing and analyzing draft National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, positioning issues for potential litigation, reviewing and editing draft public comments on proposed rules and other proposed agency actions, and identifying and securing additional outside legal assistance when necessary. (40%)
General Legal and Corporate Counsel: Assist NPCA’s General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in reviewing various business contracts, leases, representation agreements, memoranda of understanding, etc., and providing general legal counsel and support to various NPCA departments and regional offices including, but not limited to, communications, government affairs, conservation programs, development, membership, finance and human resources. (20%)
Respect employees regardless of their position or background. Participates in developing department goals, objectives, and systems. Participates in administrative staff meetings, organization-wide meetings, staff committee meetings, training programs, and attends other meetings and seminars as designated by the supervisor. Assists in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position.
Minimum Work Schedule: 37.5 hours per week. Flexible work schedule.
Minimum Scope of Position: Interacts with NPCA staff at all levels in all departments and regions. Develops and fosters existing relationships with pro bono outside legal counsel at law firms, non-profit public interest legal organizations, and law school environmental law clinics. Works effectively and collaboratively with coalitions and NPCA partner organizations. Demonstrates clear and effective written and verbal communication skills.
Minimum Qualifications, Competencies, Skills, Education, and Traits:
J.D. degree and bar membership in good standing.
Strong legal research and writing skills, and strong verbal communication skills.
Proven ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects, work efficiently under time constraints, and satisfactorily meet internal and external deadlines.
Strong academic record, strong work ethic, pays attention to detail, and exercises sound judgment and discretion.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and creatively with other legal and non-legal staff, both internal and external to the organization.
At least 3-5 years’ litigation and non-litigation experience in the areas of environmental and natural resources law at a law firm, non-profit organization, corporate legal department, and/or governmental agency is preferred.
Federal government service, judicial clerkship experience, and/or demonstrated experience working with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and/or the U.S. Department of Justice is strongly preferred.
Experience with various federal environmental and natural resource laws including, but not limited to, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), and Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) is strongly preferred.
Experience with general non-profit legal issues and general corporate counseling is a plus, but not required.
Demonstrated passion for national parks and environmental conservation.
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