Research and Policy Analyst: Clean Transportation

Washington, DC Regional Washington, District Of Columbia


Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  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 and citizens 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 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, Miami, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Research and Policy Analyst to join its Washington, D.C., office.  The Research and Policy Analyst will support the D.C. Office’s programmatic focus on energy and air pollution issues in the mid-Atlantic through efforts to promote a shift away from fossil fuels and toward equitable zero-emissions solutions across the power, transportation, and building sectors.  The work will include developing factual support for litigation and advocacy, drafting and editing comment letters or other advocacy documents, engaging in advocacy work with government decision makers, and developing and maintaining relationships with clients and other partners.

Responsibilities:

Litigation Support Responsibilities (50%)

  • Conduct preliminary case inquiries and investigate potential new cases, including preparing factual research, analysis and organization of relevant information, and preparation of a written report.
  • Conduct factual research to support all stages of litigation.
  • Assist with drafting of client and expert declarations.
  • Summarize case-related documents and information.
  • Review and interpret agency policy and planning documents, technical support documents, and other factual and technical information relevant to legal strategies.
  • Draft and submit formal requests to agencies for public records.
  • Communicate with clients, experts, and government agencies.
  • Draft comment letters and present public comments and testimony at agency hearings.
  • Conduct media outreach and coordinate with the Communications Department.
  • Draft fact sheets, press releases, blogs, new articles, and other materials.
  • Produce multi-media materials (including GIS mapping) for case development and litigation.
  • Proofread pleadings.
  • Draft factual portions of pleadings.

Other Advocacy Responsibilities (50%)

  • Conduct outreach to potential and existing client groups, including groups from diverse and/or under-served communities, and otherwise cultivate allies, thoughtful partnerships, and coalitions in support of assigned issues.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with regional, state, and federal agencies and engage in advocacy to promote programmatic priorities.
  • Track and analyze legislative and administrative policy initiatives relating to assigned issues in coordination with the Policy and Legislation department.
  • Develop advocacy materials, including but not limited to fact sheets, letters, action alerts, blogs, and other educational materials for affiliated coalitions and the public.
  • Coordinate briefings, seminars, and informational sessions with partners.
  • Educate decision makers on key legal challenges and rulings.
  • Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice on assigned issues.
  • Manage projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by contractors, litigation assistants, interns, or others.
  • Work with the Communications Department to develop media strategies and conduct outreach to media on assigned issues.
  • Support client coalitions by participating in committee groups, attending conferences, maintaining websites, and tracking political and regulatory developments.
  • Track environmental news relevant to assigned issue areas throughout the region and identify matters that may warrant further consideration for Earthjustice engagement.
  • Monitor developments in programmatic priorities by attending relevant agency hearings and preparing and presenting comments as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred), preferably in Natural or Applied Sciences.
  • Strong commitment to protection of human health and the environment.
  • Experience with transportation, energy, climate and/or clean air policy issues preferred.
  • Ability to understand scientific and technical issues quickly and synthesize this information for attorneys.
  • Ability to explain complex facts and technical issues in a manner understandable to the general public.
  • Experience working with traditional and social media.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and ARC GIS.
  • Significant online and traditional research experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, experts and agency staff, as well as take proactive role in coalitions and other partnership opportunities.
  • Ability to work on cross-functional teams.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, quickly, proactively, and with deadlines.
  • 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 differences.
Salary depends on experience (DOE) and location.
Salary range in Washington, DC is: $64,300- 71,400.

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.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a:

  • 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 edited by other people).
  • List of three references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

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.