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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
Staff Attorney (Clean Water Act) Duties: Working with an experienced and effective team, will be responsible for identifying and implementing cutting-edge solutions to address water quality concerns in Massachusetts, with a specific focus on nutrient pollution. Will be litigating, advancing policy changes, and communicating with the press and the public. Negotiate settlement agreements including civil penalties, injunctive relief and fee and cost recovery; Work effectively and amicably with administrative support staff; Work with other CLF attorneys and communications and policy specialists; 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; and Work with the media to amplify and disseminate CLF’s 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 CLF senior staff; 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; and Participate in program strategic planning.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have: A candidate must be eligible for admission to the Massachusetts State Bar and Federal District Court. Be a highly motivated individual with 4-8 years’ litigation experience; Experience in a nonprofit public interest advocacy setting is highly desired. Have experience working with state and federal environmental laws including the Clean Water Act; Have experience working with state regulatory programs including the Massachusetts Waterways program; 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 CLF’s environmental advocacy; Be able to devise and execute legal strategies for achieving CLF’s 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; and the necessary experience, skills, and personality to build strategic municipal- and state-level relationships.
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