Environmental Law & Policy Center - Chicago, IL

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The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire a confident professional with a public policy background and strong communications skills to serve as a Special Assistant to ELPC’s President/Executive Director. The Special Assistant will assist in managing relationships with internal and external constituencies (including ELPC’s Board, Advisory Councils and staff, and political, business, civic and environmental leaders and media), will set up meetings and manage the Executive Director’s schedule, write and edit policy memos and assist with fundraising correspondence, and coordinate programmatic and organizational engagement events. This is an opportunity to engage daily with ELPC’s organizational leadership in a fast-paced environment to help a professional legal and policy advocacy group achieve success.

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 40 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, Duluth, 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 .

RESPONSIBILITIES : Work closely with ELPC’s Executive Director to manage and schedule relationships with an extensive list of external constituencies/colleagues and ELPC’s staff, Board, and Advisory Councils. Draft short memos, correspondence and occasional policy research on special projects. Review incoming and outgoing correspondence, and coordinate often complex travel arrangements and speaking engagements. Prepare Executive Director for meetings and speaking engagements through background research, writing and PowerPoint. Organize ELPC staff, Board and Advisory Councils meetings and special events. Prioritize emails and phone calls for action. Able to work effectively in fast-paced professional environmental with public interest attorneys, MBAs, public policy advocates and communications specialists.

QUALIFICATIONS : A proven track record taking initiative in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment and possessing the ability to think strategically with attention to detail. This Special Assistant must be a strong, focused communicator who is intellectually curious and interested in the ELPC’s program work. The Special Assistant should have strong writing skills, be hard-working with an ability to multi-task and prioritize work under tight deadlines. Some knowledge of environment, clean energy, climate change solutions and/or other public policy issues is valued. In short, ELPC is looking to hire a smart, poised, discreet Special Assistant who can effectively partner with the Executive Director in representing the organization and advancing its mission. A Bachelors’ degree, at least, and four years or more of professional work experience are required. High proficiency with Microsoft Office is required.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other major public interest environmental organizations. Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to: Fgaines@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. (Posted 7/30/2014)

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