Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Deputy Managing Attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates working at the California Regional Office. We seek an experienced attorney with strong interest and skills in management and at least ten years of litigation experience. This position will be located in San Francisco, CA.
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, supporters, individuals and communities to engage 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 is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization with a distinguished track record of achieving significant and lasting environmental protections. We wield the power of the law and the strength of partnerships to protect people’s health; preserve magnificent places and wildlife; speed the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy; and combat climate change. We partner with other organizations, supporters, and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and to bring about positive change.
Earthjustice’s California Regional Office was the first of the now fifteen Earthjustice offices. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, the California Regional Office covers almost all areas of our work. We fight for the rights of all Californians to a healthy environment. We fight to protect the magnificent natural spaces and wildlife found only in California. And, we fight to transition California to a zero-emissions future fueled by clean, fossil-free energy. Earthjustice’s work in California is particularly important given California is both a health and climate leader and yet is still one of the largest producers of oil, home to some of the worst air in the country, contains and faces some of the most challenging water issues, and is seeing its unique biodiversity face unprecedented threats.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Management (approximately 50%-60%)
- Directly supervise program attorneys and professional staff. Responsible for managing direct reports’ workload; providing continuous and consistent performance feedback; mentoring and assisting in career advancement, and working with them to create and achieve professional development goals.
- Ensure that direct reports with supervisory responsibility properly execute those functions.
- Responsible for implementation of the Associate Attorney program. Work with Managing Attorney, Supervising Staff Attorneys, and Staff Attorneys to offer an effective and rewarding program to Associate Attorneys.
- Create or identify strategic opportunities for team-building and staff engagement to strengthen teamwork, interaction and collaboration.
- Contribute to a learning culture by, e.g., encouraging and facilitating debriefing after completion of significant stages of projects.
- Work with the Managing Attorney and other staff to recruit, evaluate, and hire qualified candidates for open positions.
- Help ensure the advancement of Earthjustice’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and values.
- Work with the Managing Attorney and Senior Legal Practice Administrator to implement internal operational policies and procedures.
- Work with Communications to advance our work both at the California Regional Office and organization-wide.
- Assist Managing Attorney in collaborating with Development on identifying potential funding as well as engaging with new and existing funders.
Litigation (approximately 40-50%)
- Work with Managing Attorney and team to develop litigation and advocacy strategies to support programmatic goals, including alignment with organization-wide strategic plans, core values, priorities, and other administrative policies and guidance.
- Litigate cases or conduct advocacy from beginning to end, performing all aspects of the litigation or specific advocacy.
- Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
- Cultivate new and diverse allies and coalition partners in support of our program goals, and that advance our efforts to ensure that equity and social justice considerations inform every aspect of our work.
- Serve as a spokesperson for Earthjustice and our clients.
- Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation, to achieve program goals.
- Juris Doctorate (JD) degree or equivalent non-US or other law degree.
- A minimum of 10 years of litigation experience.
- Licensed to practice law in the US jurisdiction in which the position is located, or willing and qualified to apply for and be admitted to membership within 14 months of employment.
- Excellent management skills, including ability to promote the career development of staff, and foster effective communication, collaboration, decision-making, and mutual respect.
- Ability to effectively manage a diverse team with strong emotional intelligence and cultural humility.
- Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and talents to meet evolving needs and goals.
- Ability to give and receive regular formal and informal positive and constructive feedback in a timely, constructive, respectful, and consistent manner, and to incorporate debriefing into the team’s operations.
- Experience and interest in coaching, guiding, and mentoring staff.
- Strong capacity for strategic thinking preferred, including in designing and implementing effective litigation and legal advocacy.
- Ability to effectively manage a docket of legal advocacy strategies, lead a litigation team, and work collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations.
- Understands the individual and team strengths and areas for development and develops plans accordingly.
- Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and talents to meet the evolving needs of an organization.
- Proficiency in working with technical experts.
- Strong skills in communicating litigation and advocacy goals and messages to the media and supporters preferred.
- Commitment to serving the public interest, and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
- Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
- Ability to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
Salary is based on experience and location.
Salary range in San Francisco, CA: $170,910 - $189,900
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.
Interested candidates should submit a:
- One- to two-page cover letter that explains your interest in the Deputy Managing Attorney position, and describes your approach to effective management.
- Writing sample that demonstrates your own legal analysis and writing (e., not written jointly with or edited by other people).
- List of three references.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins. If you're having technical difficulties submitting your application, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.