Legislative Director, Healthy Communities

Washington D.C.
Depends on Experience
Apr 29, 2019
May 29, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

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, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

This position provides legislative and administrative strategy development and implementation as well as oversight of same by Policy and Legislation staff working on Earthjustice’s primary issue area of Healthy Communities (e.g. clean air, clean water, toxics, pesticides and other issues assigned by V.P. of Policy and Legislation to the Healthy Communities team.) This position is located in Washington, DC.



  • Oversees the development and implementation of legislative and administrative advocacy strategies by supervisees as well as develops and implements same on issues covered directly
  • Directly lobby Congress and the Administration
  • Educate the Administration and Congress on key legal challenges and rulings
  • Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice on healthy communities’ issues
  • Responsibly takes positions on policy and legislative matters relating to issues in the healthy communities program in consultation with the V.P. of PAL, supervisees, and as warranted with relevant Litigation V.P.s, litigators and other internal policy experts
  • Develop, maintain and expand trusting relationships with staff of key decision makers
  • Tracks legislation and policy initiatives relating to healthy communities’ issues
  • Develops lobby and education materials, including but not limited to fact sheets, letters, action alerts and blogs
  • Works with Communications Department to develop media strategies and conducts media outreach and the creation of social media, blogs, op-eds and other strategic communications tools on issues in the healthy communities program
  • Perform policy, legislative and legal analysis
  • Plan and implement initiatives, as well as oversee the planning and implementation of initiatives by supervisees, to educate the public and foster broader public advocacy for healthy communities
  • Plan and execute events, such as fly-ins and lobby days and oversee same by supervisees
  • Proactively seek out opportunities to advance policies in the federal, and when applicable state, legislative and regulatory arenas


  • Creates and maintains a leadership position within the DC environmental community and when applicable state and local environmental and justice communities on assigned issue areas
  • Represent Earthjustice in coalitions and with allies on assigned issues
  • Create opportunities for partners and allies to engage in education and advocacy on assigned issues and to be engaged in strategy development as appropriate
  • Cultivate and expand the range of allies, thoughtful partnerships and coalitions in support of assigned issues
  • Coordinate briefings, seminars, and informational sessions with partners as well as support partners’ traditional and social media outreach as appropriate


  • Liaise with Earthjustice’s Litigation Vice Presidents for the Healthy Committees program, relevant litigators, advocacy communications managers and press secretaries related to assigned issues
  • Contribute to department-wide advocacy and efficiency improvement strategies
  • Assist in efforts to cultivate diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization and the broader environmental movement
  • Ensure PAL Vice President, fellow Legislative Directors and other PAL lobbyists are aware of work you are doing that may impact them, for coordination, etc.
  • Act as a team player, including assisting supervisees or other PAL lobbyists when time-pressed to complete actions pertaining to their assigned issues
  • Coordinate with other PAL Legislative Directors and lobbyists on shared legislation or cross-cutting issues
  • Participate and contribute in strategy meetings regarding possible or pending litigation bound to impact advocacy efforts on covered issues
  • Assist PAL V.P. in developing annual budget, mid-year enhancements and establishing PAL issue priorities to advance strategic plan objectives
  • Contribute to Earthjustice’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) mission through involvement in trainings and internal working groups
  • Ensure timely submission of attendance, time accounting and reimbursement requests
  • Assist in fundraising efforts for healthy community issues as requested by the Earthjustice Development Department and flag cultivation opportunities when appropriate


  • Cultivate and lead a cohesive and supportive policy team around environmental health issues
  • Occasionally substitute for V.P. of PAL when the V.P. is unavailable
  • Hire and supervise PAL staff working primarily on environmental health issues and coordinate with PAL staff whose work intersects with your areas of responsibility
  • Provide advocacy coaching, mentoring and regular feedback to direct reports
  • Foster a transparent and inclusive culture within your team and PAL
  • Supervise projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by Legislative Assistants, Interns or contractors


  • Eight years’ combined legislative and legal advocacy experience  Bachelors, Masters or JD   Proven leadership skills  Significant familiarity and experience  with administrative rulemaking process  Substantial knowledge and experience with the legislative process, primarily at the federal level Experience with U.S. environmental laws required  Proven ability to develop and implement successful legislative and administrative strategies  Maintain leadership within DC environmental community on assigned issues  Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects and deadlines  Excellent writing and oral communications skills  Proven ability to develop sound relationships with key staff of decision makers  Detail oriented and good organizational skills  Proven ability to work in coalitions and with allies, and ability to grow these relationships  Experience in working with traditional and social media  Proven ability to work independently and proactively  Experience working with organized labor a plus  Candidates fluent in both English and Spanish preferred  

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive and competitive. We also offer an extremely congenial work environment and a casual dress code. 

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit application materials online by May 3, 2019 via the Jobvite application system. Please include a:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

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.

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