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Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Washington, DC 

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 guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. 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, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, DC. 

 

The Senior Research and Policy Analyst supports our programmatic focus on clean transportation and climate by providing strategic and technical assistance in policy advocacy. The position focuses on analyzing, writing and editing advocacy and technical documents, and developing and maintaining relationships with government decision-makers, clients and other partners to advance clean transportation and climate policies. This role specifically focuses on policy analysis pertaining to legislation and agency dockets.

 

This position sits within the Policy and Legislation program and reports to the Legislative Director, Climate and Energy.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Research and Analysis

 

 

  • Develops strategies for using information requests
  • Researches and creates technical analyses and documents in support of current and potential policy advocacy
  • Works with lobbyists, lawyers and outside experts to help design and manage expert reports, testimony, and analyses in addition to making them understandable
  • May identify and recruit scientists and technical experts
  • May independently design and propose research and data gathering strategies
  • Designs, drafts and manages submissions of letters, reports and supporting materials

 

Outreach and Advocacy

 

 

  • Engages in direct advocacy with federal agencies
  • Develops, implements and manages community outreach and/or building partnerships, acting as a key agent in developing strategies, assessing advocacy and other engagement opportunities using insights gained from outreach efforts (e.g., prioritizing policy asks)
  • Cultivates thoughtful partnerships, allies and coalitions in support of assigned issues
  • Serves as a senior technical and policy expert, advocate and potentially spokesperson. May prepare comments, attend hearings and deliver testimony as required

 

Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned:

 

 

  • This role includes special projects or additional tasks as assigned, including project management, participation in hiring committees, organization-wide working groups and DEI initiatives
  • This position may manage non-legal interns
  • Develops strategies for using information requests
  • Serves as a senior technical and policy expert, advocate and may serve as a spokesperson
  • Researches and creates technical analyses and documents in support of current and potential policy advocacy
  • Works with lawyers and outside experts to help design and manage expert reports, testimony, and analyses in addition to making them understandable
  • May identify and recruit scientists and technical experts
  • May independently design and propose research and data gathering strategies
  • Designs, drafts and manages submissions of letters, reports and supporting materials
  • Engages in direct advocacy with federal agencies
  • Develops, implements and manages community outreach and/or building partnerships, acting as a key agent in developing strategies, assessing advocacy and other engagement opportunities using insights gained from outreach efforts (e.g., prioritizing policy asks)
  • Cultivates thoughtful partnerships, allies and coalitions in support of assigned issues
  • This role includes special projects or additional tasks as assigned, including project management, participation in hiring committees, organization-wide working groups and DEI initiatives

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Experience with transportation, energy, climate and/or environmental justice policy issues preferred
  • Graduate degree in related field or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience analyzing scientific and technical documents, and researching, synthesizing and presenting science and policy issues to expert as well as public audiences
  • Strong research and organizational skills; attention to detail with proven ability to solve complex problems, work independently and meet deadlines
  • Ability to understand policy, complex facts, scientific and technical issues quickly and synthesize this information in a way that makes it understandable to various audiences
  • Excellent research, writing, oral communication and computer skills, including data analysis skills (Word, Excel, Internet, Adobe, Outlook, PowerPoint, Westlaw/LexisNexis, GIS)
  • Demonstrated experience in effective communication and collaboration with: colleagues, clients, partners, agency staff, community-based organizations and technical experts
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations
  • Desire and ability to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences

 

 

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive and competitive. 

Salary is dependent on experience and location.

Salary for Washington, DC: $76,900-85,400

 

APPLY ONLINE

Interested candidates should submit the following via Jobvite: 

 

  • Resume.
  • One or two page cover letter.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Posted April 27, 2021



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