Senior Attorney

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking a Senior Attorney to work with the Climate & Clean Energy Program’s federal legal team in our Washington, DC office.

Position Summary
The Senior Attorney will play a key role in NRDC’s climate, clean air, and clean energy federal litigation and regulatory advocacy as a senior member of the Climate & Clean Energy Program federal legal team. The team’s priority regulatory initiatives include: Environmental Protection Agency regulations for air pollution from the power sector, motor vehicles, and heavy industry; Department of Energy standards for energy efficiency of products and appliances; and other agency actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Senior Attorney’s legal docket will include litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and in other federal courts.
  • As a senior team member, participate in advancing NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy Program federal initiatives, likely including regulatory advocacy and litigation related to EPA Clean Air Act regulation of pollution from the power sector, motor vehicles, oil and gas industry, or other heavy industry.
  • Represent NRDC in litigation, as well as before government agencies and congressional offices, in the media, at public events, and with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Help define and execute NRDC’s litigation and advocacy strategies to advance new policy approaches and defend strong regulations.
  • Provide counsel and guidance to Climate & Clean Energy Program staff on legal topics and related policy issues.
  • Juris Doctor degree and 5+ years’ legal experience.
  • D.C. Bar membership (or willingness to join the D.C. Bar within one year).
  • Significant experience working on climate, clean air, or clean energy policy.
  • Knowledge of administrative law and federal court practice.
  • Excellent writing, research, and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.
  • Good strategic judgment, integrity, professional discretion, and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Experience litigating and working with coalitions.
  • Knowledge of Clean Air Act law and associated technical issues.
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $130,000 to $150,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

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