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Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Company: Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

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 guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. 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, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.In partnership with various litigation teams, the Senior Research and Policy Analyst supports our programmatic focus on increasing health and environmental safeguards pertaining to coal plants and coal ash by providing strategic and technical assistance. The position focuses on researching, analyzing, writing and editing advocacy and technical documents, and developing and maintaining relationships with government decision-makers, clients, impacted communities, and other partners to advance our advocacy for effective regulatory actions by state and federal agencies as well at the enforcement of existing regulations addressing coal ash pollution. The SRPA should have both excellent research and writing skills and superlative communication skills and be comfortable with public speaking and interacting with community partners.The Coal Program uses hard-hitting litigation, administrative advocacy, and the strength of partnership to work to end our nation's reliance on dirty, expensive, and outdated coal-fired power, and to transform our country's energy sector into one that is clean, renewable, and modern. Our docket includes litigation to secure and strengthen stringent environmental standards for coal plants, lawsuits challenging government or industry failure to implement such standards, and challenges to utility proposals to spend hundreds of millions of dollars or more on aging coal plants rather than investing in clean energy. We also have a growing docket focused on challenging proposed new gas plants that would crowd out clean energy development. For more information about the Coal Program, please visit This position sits within the Coal program and reports to the Deputy Managing Attorney. It can be located in Chicago, IL or Philadelphia, PA.ResponsibilitiesThe majority of this position's duties and responsibilities fall within the scope of research and analysis.Research and Analysis* Develops strategies for using information requests* Researches and creates technical analyses and documents in support of current and potential litigation cases, including preparation of testimony for agency hearings* Works with lawyers and outside experts to help design and manage expert reports, testimony, and analyses in addition to making them understandable* May identify and recruit scientists and technical experts* May independently design and propose research and data gathering strategies* Designs, drafts and manages submissions of letters, reports and supporting materialsOutreach and Advocacy* Develops, implements and manages community outreach and/or building partnerships, acting as a key agent in developing strategies, assessing advocacy and other engagement opportunities using insights gained from outreach efforts (e.g., prioritizing policy asks)* Cultivates thoughtful partnerships, allies and coalitions in support of assigned issues* Serves as a senior technical and policy expert, advocate and potentially spokesperson. May prepare comments, attend hearings and deliver testimony as requiredAdditional duties and responsibilities as assigned:* This role includes special projects or additional tasks as assigned, including project management, participation in hiring committees, organization-wide working groups* Help advance Earthjustice's diversity, equity and inclusion goals and values* This position may manage non-legal internsQualifications* Experience with research and advocacy work, preferably in the environment, health or energy fields* Graduate degree in related field or equivalent experience* 3+ years of relevant experience* Experience analyzing scientific and technical documents, and researching, synthesizing and presenting science and policy issues to expert as well as public audiences* Strong research and organizational skills; attention to detail with proven ability to solve complex problems, work independently and meet deadlines* Ability to understand policy, complex facts, scientific and technical issues quickly and synthesize this information in a way that makes it understandable to various audiences* Must be comfortable with public speaking* Excellent research, writing, oral communication and computer skills, including data analysis skills (Word, Excel, Internet, Adobe, Outlook, PowerPoint, Westlaw/LexisNexis, GIS)* Demonstrated experience in effective communication and collaboration with: colleagues, clients, partners, agency staff, community-based organizations and technical experts* Awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations* Desire and ability to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differencesWe 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.Salary is based on experience and locationSalary range in Chicago, IL: $79,100 - $87,900Salary range in Philadelphia, PA: $75,000 - $83,300To ApplyInterested candidates should submit the following by November 16th, 2021:* Resume* One- or two-page cover letter that addresses (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice's mission; (2) your interest in and qualifications for the position; (3) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues; and (4) the earliest date you would be available to begin work.* College and Post-College transcripts.* Writing sample that reflects your own analysis and writing (i.e., not jointly written with or substantially edited by other people).* List of three references.Please reach out to if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies. Earthjustice only accepts resumes submitted for positions that are currently open. Unsolicited resumes, or resumes for posted positions that are not submitted via the on-line application process (where available), will not be reviewed or retained.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.

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