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Position Description

Active - Associate or Staff Attorney
Location Washington, DC
Job Code 40-2021 and 41-2021
# of Openings 2
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Job Title: Associate or Staff Attorney
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Title will be determined based on years of experience at the date of hire as detailed in the qualifications section.

Department: Program/ELP

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: Managing Attorney

Supervises: None

Context: At the Sierra Club, we are committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it. 

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

Scope: Sierra Club is seeking two Associate or Staff Attorneys to join its national legal team as litigators for Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program. Appointment will be made at the level commensurate with an individual’s level of experience. Under the supervision of a managing and senior attorney, the associate or staff attorney would serve as a legal resource for Sierra Club campaigns; litigate environmental and energy cases, with a focus on decarbonizing the electrical grid by replacing coal and fracked gas with clean energy; help design and implement legal and advocacy strategies; and coordinate with campaign staff, coalition partners, and outside counsel.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Litigate key Sierra Club lawsuits, under the supervision of managing and senior staff attorneys; assume increasing litigation responsibilities including discovery management, witness handling, legal research and writing, and oral argument. 
  2. Implement strategic, programmatic legal campaigns to support Sierra Club’s campaign objectives; help coordinate the litigation work of strategic legal campaigns; assume responsibility for relationships with staff, volunteer leaders, and outside counsel.
  3. Help evaluate proposed litigation to advise national volunteer and staff leadership on the scope of Sierra Club participation in legal actions
  4. Help develop and plan programmatic litigation and advocacy campaigns to support Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Initiative, with a focus on replacing coal and gas with clean energy, progressing in the future to clean energy for all initiatives, including building and transportation electrification; assist in drafting legal components of strategic plans and reports.
  5. Help develop and execute work in a manner that centers on and promotes equity, justice, and inclusion, and intentionally address the history of inequitable environmental and economic burdens carried by communities overburdened by air, water, and climate pollution and disproportionate energy burdens.
  6. Analyze legal cases and trends for Sierra Club management and membership.
  7. Provide legal advice to Sierra Club membership; help Chapters and Groups with their local energy- related legal programs and objectives.
  8. Perform miscellaneous duties as directed.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience: 

  • J.D. degree and license to practice law.
  • 1-4 years of experience as a practicing attorney for Associate Attorney
  • 5-7 years of experience as a practicing attorney for Staff Attorney
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and oral advocacy skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and consensus-building skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstration of a commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Knowledge of environmental or energy law.
  • Passion for the Sierra Club’s mission to enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $87,926 to $134,126 (depending on years of legal experience)

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 3 or 5 exempt, non-represented, professional position.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

To Apply

Please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

We are accepting applications until  09/03/21. 

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