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Staff Attorney

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Public Interest

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Years of Experience

3-4 yrs required


Boston, MA

Date Last Verified

Sep 14,2017

Posted on

Jul 06,2017
Practice Area
Environmental and Land Use >> Environmental and Land Use
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Staff Attorney Duties: Work in its Massachusetts Advocacy Center on waterfront access and climate resiliency. Working with a senior staff attorney, the Director of Environmental Planning, and others, will be responsible for identifying and implementing cutting-edge solutions to a variety of environmental problems in Massachusetts, specifically as they relate to waterfront development. Will handle negotiating, litigating, advancing policy changes, coalition building, and communicating with the press and the public. Represent in federal and state court litigation and administrative proceedings or coordinate participation in such proceedings; Negotiate settlement agreements including civil penalties, injunctive relief and fee and cost recovery; Work effectively and amicably with administrative support staff; Work with other attorneys and communications and policy specialists; Advise community groups and other advocacy groups on legal and policy matters; Build alliances and coalitions among community groups, public officials, business interests, and advocacy organizations; Write public educational materials, articles and opinion pieces; Educate and advocate to local, state and federal legislatures and administrations; Engage in public outreach and speaking on advocacy initiatives; Work with the media to amplify and disseminate work and policy goals. Participate in efforts to raise financial support for individual initiatives and for the organization as a whole, and prepare funder reports and related materials as requested by the Massachusetts advocacy center director and/or program directors; Be actively involved in the mentoring and recruiting activities for interns, staff and volunteers; Prepare and present for management and board approval proposals for new work; Participate in program strategic planning.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Must be a registered member of the Massachusetts State Bar. Experience in a nonprofit public interest advocacy setting is highly desired. 3-4 years’ experience practicing environmental law; Have experience working with state and federal environmental laws; Have experience working with state regulatory programs including the Massachusetts Waterways program; Have litigation experience at state court, federal district court, and/or appellate levels; Have excellent analytic abilities, exemplary oral and written communication skills, and a commitment to environmental advocacy; Have the ability to understand and explain scientific issues related to environmental advocacy; Be able to devise and execute legal strategies for achieving advocacy goals; Be able to manage multiple advocacy projects and interact powerfully with other team members; Be a mature self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member; Be a persuasive, credible, well-prepared advocate with experience building networks of allies and experience working under pressure and deadlines; Have the capacity to develop expertise in relevant non-legal technical or policy areas; Possess the necessary experience, skills, and personality to build strategic municipal- and state-level relationships.

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