Colorado Policy Advocate

Rocky Mountain Regional Denver , Colorado


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 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, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

The Colorado Policy Advocate will be responsible for developing and implementing both legislative and administrative strategies in Colorado, focusing primarily on issues related to oil and gas regulation, development of the electric sector, and environmental justice issues. The Policy Advocate will be a member of Earthjustice’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office based in Denver.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement legislative and administrative strategies to advance our positions on environmental issues.
  • Directly lobby the Colorado legislature, Governor’s Office, and key administrative agencies and commissions.
  • Track and analyze legislation relating to assigned issues.
  • Participate in stakeholder processes convened by administrative agencies.
  • Partner with RMO litigators to develop effective coalition strategies in support of rulemaking proceedings before administrative agencies.
  • Develop advocacy materials such as fact sheets, action alerts, and blogs.
  • Work with our communications team on media outreach efforts.
  • Work with existing partners and clients, and cultivate new allies, partnerships, and coalitions.
  • Conduct outreach to broader public interest community and maintain a leadership position within the Colorado environmental community on assigned issues.
  • Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice on assigned issues.
  • Supervise projects performed by associate attorneys, assistants, interns, or contractors.

Qualifications:

  • At least five years experience in policy or legal advocacy.
  • J.D. preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience working with legislative process.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects on firm deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
  • Detail oriented, with good organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to work in coalitions and with allies.
  • Experience in working with traditional and social media.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative spirit with proven ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Experience with scientific or technical issues related to oil and gas, the electric sector, climate, energy, and/or environmental justice issues preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

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. 

Application Procedure: 

Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

  • Resume.
  • One or two page cover letter.
  • Writing sample, preferably 4-5 pages that reflects your work.
  • List of three references.

If you're having technical difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org. Please, no hard copies, calls, or drop-ins.

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.