Job Title: Associate Attorney
Duration: 2 years
Reports To: Managing Attorney
Location: Washington, DC or Oakland, CA
Context: Sierra Club enforces environmental laws and targets the nation’s most pressing environmental issues through strategic legal advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. Attorneys in the Environmental Law Program litigate cases in support of Sierra Club’s national campaigns. For more information, visit us at http://www.sierraclub.org/environmentallaw
Scope: The Sierra Club Environmental Law Program seeks an associate attorney to work at Sierra Club national headquarters in Oakland, California, or at our legislative office in Washington, DC. Working with senior and staff attorneys, the associate attorney will track and analyze state and local climate policy initiatives, focusing on legal defensibility, equity, and effectiveness; provide legal and strategic advice regarding the adoption and implementation of such policies to Sierra Club chapters throughout the country; and serve as counsel in regulatory proceedings involving such policies. This position involves close coordination with Sierra Club’s climate policy experts and analysts, as well as staff focused on community partnerships, environmental justice, and labor. The associate attorney will also participate as counsel in climate litigation matters.
In 2015, Sierra Club formalized its vision for an internal transformation to become a more equitable and inclusive organization. Sierra Club and its Environmental Law Program recognize that the environmental movement and the field of law have historically been white, wealthy, and male-dominated, and given that history, we are committed to creating a workplace where people from all social identities and backgrounds feel welcome. We strive to become an organization that attracts, retains, and celebrates people from all avenues of life who share our values. The Sierra Club has adopted the Jemez Principles, a set of guidelines designed to help people from different cultures, communities, politics, and organizations work together in solidarity. The Environmental Law Program strives to conduct litigation in accordance with the Jemez Principles and in furtherance of Sierra Club’s vision of becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization. For more information about our commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice, please visit: sierraclub.org/equity.
To Apply: Please visit http://www.sierraclub.org/careers to apply for this position. The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. Please attach a cover letter, resume, three references, writing sample, and law school transcript to the online application. In your cover letter, please address how your background has prepared you to contribute to Sierra Club’s mission—particularly its commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and justice —and aspects of your background that demonstrate your ability to work with diverse clients and colleagues.
The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.
This is a category 5 exempt position.
Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.
The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
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