Legal and Office Assistant

Birmingham, Alabama
Nov 20, 2020
Dec 20, 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking a legal and office assistant to join our Birmingham, AL office. With offices across the region SELC uses law and policy expertise to protect the South’s natural resources—its land, air, water, coast and wetlands—and to preserve our rural countryside and community character.  Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.

The principal responsibilities of the office and legal assistant are to perform and coordinate administrative functions and provide support to the attorneys in the office. This support will fall into two main categories. The assistant will have a full range of administrative responsibilities supporting the attorneys generally and helping maintain an efficient and well-organized office. In addition, the assistant will be involved in court related filings and related duties, as well as possible research tasks.

The Southern Environmental Law Center places an emphasis on employee growth and satisfaction, and as a member of this team, the assistant will have numerous opportunities to make valuable contributions to our work.

Come join SELC and help make a difference in our region.

About the Position:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performs administrative duties and coordinates administrative functions of Birmingham office.
  • Provides general clerical support for the office, including answering phones, greeting visitors, interacting with vendors, word processing, proofreading and editing written materials, booking travel, and preparing expense reports and filing.
  • Responsible for processing invoices.
  • Responsible for maintaining physical and electronic file organization.
  • Assists with setting annual office budget.
  • Acts as summer intern coordinator, fielding applications and assisting the supervising attorney with interviews and management duties.
  • Provides legal and administrative support to SELC attorneys, including court filings and other legal and administrative tasks.
  • Assists with non-legal research, such as data collection or research memos.
  • Acts as assistant to Managing Attorney.
  • Circulates daily news clips about relevant environmental issues.
  • Responds to public inquiries about SELC.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or the combined equivalent of education and legal experience.
  • Office experience.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work closely and professionally with a team of attorneys, other administrative staff and the communications team.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Must work effectively and efficiently under tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency with PCs and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized.
  • Positive attitude.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of legal experience.
  • Environmental interest.

Additional Requirements:

  • Highly adaptable and flexible.
  • Demonstrates a high level of interpersonal skills.
  • True team player who enjoys daily collaboration with others.
  • Takes initiative in non-structured environments.
  • Ability to both work at a fast pace under tight deadlines and productively use time during slower intervals.
  • Excellent communicator in all forms and highly responsive.
  • Exercises great judgment when deciding whether to problem-solve independently versus consulting others.
  • Excels at interpersonal relationships; ability to represent SELC in a professional yet approachable manner to all audiences including board members, clients and partner groups, reporters, regional staff, and members of the public.


SELC offers salaries competitive with other leading environmental non-profits nationally, and provides an excellent benefits package.

More about SELC:

With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. We currently have a staff of more than 150, with over 80 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. 

SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment. We are looking for people to join us in this effort. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references in one email to Candice Waller at Please include “Legal and Office Assistant” in the subject line. No drop by visits please.

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.