Federal Transportation Policy Advocate
Environmental Law & Policy Center - Washington, DC

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The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an experienced full-time transportation policy advocate in its Washington, DC office. This policy advocate will work to promote sustainable transportation policies and projects, especially development of a Midwest High-Speed Rail Network, through federal legislation, appropriations and policies.
ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 46 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago with additional offices and professional staff in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, St. Paul, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C. ELPC has an annual budget of $6.5 million and started in 1993. See www.elpc.org and www.highspeedrailworks.org .
RESPONSIBILITIES : The ELPC Transportation Policy Advocate will work with ELPC’s senior staff team and ELPC’s Federal Legislative Director to promote sustainable transportation policies and projects through reauthorization of the federal surface transportation and rail authorizations, appropriations and other opportunities. Responsibilities include advocacy and education with Congressional offices and the Administration, policy research and development, advocacy and outreach in support of a Midwest High-Speed Rail Network and other transportation priorities, and relations with ELPC’s coalition partners. In addition, this ELPC policy advocate will work on other targeted federal issues and opportunities that emerge as ELPC priorities. This position requires occasional travel to Chicago and other Midwest cities.
QUALIFICATIONS : At least five years of professional experience with federal policy advocacy and analysis. Understand and enjoy multifaceted strategic advocacy that involves coordinated legislative advocacy, policy analysis, media and organizing actions. Hill experience on transportation issues highly desirable. Excellent persuasive abilities and oral and written communications skills, analytic abilities and strong interest in public interest and environmental advocacy. An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and the ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required. Advanced degree preferred.
SALARY : Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other large public interest environmental organizations. Excellent benefits provided.
APPLICATION PROCESS : Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to ELPC Deputy Director Kevin Brubaker at TranspoAdvocate@elpc.org Telephone inquiries are discouraged. The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Salary: non-disclosed. Date posted: 04/19/2013