Deputy Managing Attorney, Alaska

Alaska Regional Anchorage, Alaska

Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Deputy Managing Attorney to join our team working to protect the natural values and ecosystems of Alaska, and the people who use and rely on them.  The Deputy Managing Attorney will work with the Managing Attorney to conduct and lead the litigation and advocacy docket of the office and to help supervise and support the attorneys and other staff of the office.  We seek an attorney with strong management skills and at least ten years of litigation experience. The position will be based in our Anchorage office.

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, and Washington, DC.

The Alaska office fights to protect Alaska’s public lands and waters, fish and wildlife, air and water quality, and public health from threats posed by oil and gas development, old growth logging, minerals and coal mining, industrial-scale ocean trawling and other activities. We represent conservation groups, Alaska Native tribal and nonprofit organizations, community groups, fishing organizations, and others in litigation and other advocacy before federal and state agencies and in the courts.  With offices in Juneau and Anchorage, we work on issues throughout the state.  Our current priorities include protecting America’s Arctic from oil and gas development, roadless area and old growth forest protection on the Tongass National Forest, and opposition to several proposed large-scale mines in western and southeast Alaska and on transboundary rivers in Canada.   For more information about the Alaska office, please visit


Management (approximately 50%)

  • Assist the Managing Attorney in developing program direction and strategy.
  • Serve as direct supervisor of some of the office attorneys and other staff, responsible for providing performance feedback, training, and career development opportunities.
  • Work with the Managing Attorney to recruit, evaluate, and hire qualified candidates for open positions
  • Help ensure the advancement of Earthjustice’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and values.
  • Assist with budgeting, financial management, and fundraising projects.
  • Assist in development and implementation of internal operational policies and procedures.  

Litigation (approximately 50%)

  • Develop cases and legal advocacy strategies to support program goals.
  • Perform all aspects of litigation, including supervision of staff and associate attorneys in a litigation team.
  • Cultivate new and diverse allies and coalition partners in support of our program goals.
  • Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
  • Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice, clients, and partners.
  • Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation.


  • Attorney with a minimum of 10 years of litigation experience admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the Alaska bar.
  • Excellent management skills including delivering effective performance feedback, mentoring and promoting the career development of staff, program and project planning and implementation, and coordinating development, finance, and recruitment efforts.
  • Ability to manage a litigation docket effectively, lead a litigation team, and work collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations
  • Proficient at working with technical experts.
  • Strong skills in communicating litigation and advocacy goals and messages to the media. 
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with client partners and staff.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances, and presentations.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest, and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
  • An awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • An ability to contribute 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.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a:

  • Resume.
  • One- to two-page cover letter that explains your interest in and approach to effective management.
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
  • List of three references.

We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

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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.