National Wildlife Federation
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we are seeking applications to fill a staff attorney position teaching and supervising in the University of Michigan Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic. The position will be based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Since 1983, the NWF's Great Lakes Regional Center has been engaged in a highly effective partnership with the University of Michigan Law School. This partnership has provided hands-on, practice-based legal education to hundreds of Michigan Law students and spawned a generation of engaged lawyers and countless advances for resource protection in the courtroom and beyond.
The NWF Great Lakes Regional Center staff attorney is responsible for pursuing NWF's mission while delivering a high quality clinical law experience to students. There are two primary areas of responsibility. First, developing, coordinating, and pursuing strategic legal theories and litigation in federal and state courts on the most pressing wildlife conservation and environmental issues in the Great Lakes region and beyond, in support of NWF's overall mission and its specific program areas, including, but not limited to:
Great Lakes restoration and protection;
Harmful algal blooms;
Urban issues and Environmental Justice;
Irresponsible resource extraction and oil pipeline impacts;
Water quality and quantity; and
Wildlife and habitat protection
In addition, the position will work directly with NWF policy staff to advocate for scientific wildlife conservation and environmental protection in the Great Lakes region and across the country.
Second, the staff attorney position will direct and manage all aspects of the University of Michigan Law School Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic. This includes: (i) responsibility for directing all aspects of Clinic operations; (ii) designing curriculum for and teaching the classroom component; (iii) clinically supervising students on their casework. The Clinic is a 7 credit, one semester course enrolling 8 to 10 students per term.
Major areas of responsibility:
Teaching, supervising and managing operations of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic;
Representing NWF and other clients in legal proceedings and policies;
Conducting state and federal rule-making and administrative work;
Participating in agency, Congressional, and other meetings;
Maintaining and developing organizational partnerships;
Working collaboratively with policy staff to provide legal analysis;
Pursuing specific policy outcomes
Juris Doctor degree
Admittance to State Bar of Michigan (or ability for admittance)
Minimum of four years of experience in environmental litigation (administrative/environmental law);
Experience in conservation policy, grassroots organization leadership, engaging partners, and working with non-profit boards, government, and corporate entities;
Excellent legal research and writing skills.
Commitment to, and strong skills related to: collaboration, strategic thinking, interpersonal relational skills, teambuilding, technology, diplomacy, diversity and equity;
Strong communication and leadership skills as well as a demonstrated ability to supervise, collaborate, and coordinate effectively and efficiently across a large, geographically dispersed organization with individuals at a variety of organizational positions;
The ability to independently manage an impact litigation docket;
A genuine and demonstrated commitment to the conservation legacy and overall mission of the National Wildlife Federation, especially the role of the State and Territorial Affiliate organizations and the bipartisan/nonpartisan, science-based, and collaborative approach of the Federation to achieve its mission and strategic plan outcomes;
A genuine and demonstrated interest in clinical teaching;
Self-motivation and willingness to do administrative tasks; and
The ability to work closely with others in small, team-oriented environment
The successful applicants actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, and physical abilities, religious and political beliefs.
Ability and willingness to travel to potential and current clients of the University of Michigan Environmental Sustainability Law Clinic, in the Great Lakes region and across the country. Ability and willingness to attend relevant conferences and workshops dedicated to clinical teaching. Travel likely approximately once per month.
The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and aligned with the non-profit sector, within a range of approximately $75,000-90,000. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application. A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.
Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and a resume or CV. Application review will begin on February 28 and will continue until the position is filled.
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National Wildlife Federation
Washington, DC, USA
The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we seek a Water Resources Coordinator to join our staff in Washington, DC.
The Water Resources Coordinator will lead key activities for the Water Protection Network (WPN) and work on water resource related projects and policy advocacy efforts for the National Wildlife Federation. The responsibilities will include building and maintaining the WPN, working with WPN leadership to help implement the Network's priorities, and serving as a key contact for grassroots activities related to Congress and Federal agencies. The Water Resources Coordinator will also support the National Wildlife Federation's National Advocacy Center's "Waters For Wildlife" program and team.
In this role you will:
Coordinate WPN's leadership (steering committee, and possible future additional committees) and WPN members; coordinate development and help with implementation of campaign plans consistent with the WPN priorities established by the WPN leadership and WPN membership.
Organize and facilitate Network events, including bi-annual WPN meetings, in-person committee meetings, lobby days, trainings, and workshops. Assist Network members in planning for and arranging meetings with Congress and administration officials.
Acts as point of contact for the Network and handle communications to the Network. Produce weekly updates to WPN members and obtain member signatures for sign on letters related to WPN policy priorities and projects. Work with NWF/WPN water resources experts to track water resources policy developments for inclusion in weekly updates to WPN members.
Ensure needs of the Network and Network members are being met; increase the effectiveness of the Network in implementing and achieving its agenda, and bring in new network members.
Engage in extensive one on one communications with Network members to advance the Network's agenda, understand the ways in which the Network can help assist Member efforts and foster and maintain relationships with Network members.
Work closely with Network leadership to assist in implementing the Network's agenda and identify new Network policy priorities as appropriate.
Collaborate with likeminded organizations to promote their engagement with the Network's agenda; and organize trainings and other workshops for members and key constituencies that will further the Network's agenda.
Maintain the WPN website with up to date information, build a social media presence, and manage the WPN listserv.
Assist in fundraising and financial management of the Network.
Support NWF's Waters for Wildlife program, including working to stop or improve high profile water resources projects, advocating for improved water resources policies, and ensuring compliance with existing laws and policies.
Responsibility for NWF's Waters for Wildlife program include coordinating internal campaign team meetings, attending congressional and administration meetings where appropriate, and developing educational and advocacy materials for activists, agency, and congressional staff. Other responsibilities include research on policy and ecological topics on water resources, outreach to NWF's state affiliates and other grassroots partners, writing fact sheets, preparing reports, organizing workshops, lobby days, and conferences, and listserv management; and fundraising, and financial management support to the NWF National Advocacy Center Waters For Wildlife program.
Track progress toward grant deliverables and assist with grant writing and reporting.
Bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred.
At least three years' experience in either natural resource policy or campaign management, outreach and coalition building. Experience managing or coordinating campaigns preferred.
Experience working with coalitions or nonprofit or other significant partnerships.
Experience planning and implementing grassroots lobby days, campaign events, annual meetings, or other events.
Ability and desire to manage a multitude of projects and meet deadlines.
Strong organizational, reasoning, and writing skills.
Ability and desire to learn about water resources policy, advocacy, and campaign communications.
Ability and desire to understand, distill, and simplify complex information into compelling materials.
Basic understanding of the political/legislative process.
Ability to plan and manage a campaign.
Ability to work effectively with a broad base of teammates, partners, and coalition groups.
Ability to work collaboratively with an integrated and diverse team of professionals.
Ability to communicate positions and build public awareness.
Demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment.
There will be travel of up to 20 days a year in this role.
The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs.
The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application. A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.
Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume.
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