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Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy Seeks Staff Attorney

August 2020

 

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
To act as counsel and provide legal services to Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA).
MCEA has been the leading legal and scientific voice for Minnesota’s environment since 1974. We
advocate in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and at the legislature to protect and
defend Minnesota’s environment and the health of its people. The Staff Attorney will litigate in state and
federal courts and administrative agencies and provide legal advice to MCEA and other clients. In
addition, as appropriate, the Staff Attorney will assist with legislative advocacy, act as a liaison to
outside pro bono counsel, law clerks, concerned citizens and other advocacy organizations, work with
the Legal Committee of MCEA’s Board, and provide assistance to MCEA’s Chief Legal Officer.
MCEA strives to create a mission-focused work environment that is equitable and inclusive. As we
grow, we will intentionally build a team that reflects the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of the
communities we serve. MCEA seeks individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to
apply.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

The salary range for this position depends on experience and starts at $66,000
annually. MCEA offers excellent benefits.

Due to present circumstances, this position will require work at home. When conditions allow, staff will
return to work at 1919 University Ave in Saint Paul.

MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
1. Works with Chief Legal Officer and program staff to serve MCEA’s legal needs, including
analyzing potential cases, researching and developing legal strategies, litigating, and providing
day to day legal advice.
2. Represents MCEA and other client organizations in administrative and court actions.
3. Engages in legislative and administrative advocacy, including reviewing proposed legislation
and rules, meeting with legislators and agency staff, and providing written and oral testimony.
4. Works independently and as member of project teams, assuming responsibility for project
leadership as well as tasks as assigned. Exhibits superb work discipline, including planning and
implementing strategic actions, meeting internal and external deadlines, using good time
management and organizational skills, and meeting all professional obligations and office
requirements.
5. In conjunction with the Director of Public Engagement, devises and implements appropriate
media strategies for cases and other advocacy projects.
6. Stays abreast of emerging trends in environmental law and significant environmental cases.
7. Assists development staff as needed in communicating with funders.

8. Works and communicates with the Legal Committee of MCEA’s Board of Directors as required
by MCEA policy.

OTHER PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:
1. Sound judgment with the ability to balance independent action with adequate communication to
Chief Legal Officer and project team members.
2. Good working relationship with MCEA staff, other clients, partners, outside counsel, and
affected communities.
3. Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse
cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
4. Positive contribution to the creation of a diverse, equitable, inclusive team-oriented work
environment that celebrates differences.
5. Clear, logical, and focused analysis and synthesis of issues and ability to identify and implement
strategies that are practically and politically feasible.
6. Creativity in addressing legal and policy problems and the ability to be reflective in assessing
one’s own performance and growth.
7. Excellent writing ability.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. J.D. degree and license to practice law. (Current member of MN bar, or ability to promptly gain
admission by motion or exam, required.)
2. At least two years of legal experience. (Environment and/or energy law experience preferred.)
3. Experience in litigation.
4. Excellent writing and analytic skills.
5. Commitment to public interest environmental advocacy and environmental justice.
6. Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and culture that values differences.

TO APPLY:
Please send cover letter explaining qualifications and interest, résumé, law school transcript, writing
sample and references to hr@mncenter.org by Monday, September 21, 2020.

You must submit materials directly to this email address. No applications via third party website (such as Indeed)
will be accepted. Please include your name in the subject line of your email and also let us know how,
or where, you learned of this opportunity.

Positions will remain open until filled.

Established in 1974, MCEA uses law, science, and research to protect Minnesota’s environment, its
natural resources, and the health of its people.

MCEA envisions clean water, clean air, healthy ecosystems, a sustainable economy, and improved
public health for all Minnesotans. We are committed to growing our capacity and impact to achieve
measurable progress toward this vision.