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Litigation Practice Program Manager

Washington, DC
United States

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Chicago, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Litigation Practice Team is based in Washington DC and consists of the VP of Litigation Practice, Director of Legal Training and Development and an Executive Assistant. The team supports Earthjustice’s Litigation Department across all our offices and programs. The Litigation Practice Team focuses on cultivating and supporting our staff by administering training and development programs and providing resources and support to supervisors and staff. In addition the Team develops ethically sound and equitable policies, and establishes processes that enhance effective client representation and ensure excellence in the litigation practice. This position reports to the VP of Litigation Practice.


Project management (40%)

- Develops deliverables that implement the organizational initiatives such as the Revised Roadmap for People and Management and the Earthjustice Strategic Plan.
- Maintains and curates content for Litigation Practice internal and external communications spaces and resource-sharing platforms such as Atlas, Teams, and Zotero.
- Works with the VP and Director of Training and Development to set priorities for the team, scoping projects and tracking their execution.
- Drafts and reviews substantive recommendations, strategy documents, and internal communications on behalf of the Litigation Practice Team.
- Supports stakeholders in the Litigation Department to create forums for staff collaboration, information sharing and resources development.
- Project manages key litigation practice initiatives ensuring deadlines are met and outcomes achieved.
- Undertakes any other duties or projects that may be reasonably required, and deal with matters arising in a timely and effective manner.

Training and Development (45%)

- Develop, execute, and review workflows for training programs and webinars to maximize efficiency and quality.
- Design, develop and/or proofread materials for training programs and webinars, including outlines, handouts, PowerPoint slides, scripts, videos.
- Identify and track data relevant to the training program, including attendance, program participation, and program evaluations. Analyze metrics as necessary to enable the Director to assess and improve the training and development program.
- Serve as producer for virtual training programs and webinars.
- Collaborate with subject matter experts and other stakeholders to deliver successful training events, including assessing staff needs, designing trainings that incorporate best practices in adult learning and instructional design, and evaluating trainings.
- Coordinate with Internal Communications and Events teams and other stakeholders to schedule webinars, trainings, prep sessions and events.
- Assist with CLE compliance, documentation and reporting.

Administrative and Workflow Management (15%)

- Partners closely with and supports the co-leaders of the Managing Attorney group and the Senior VP of Programs to help them plan and coordinate the work of the Managing Attorney group, including but not limited to, developing the agenda and handling logistics during bi-weekly Managing Attorney meeting.
- Attends and helps develop the agenda for the VP’s quarterly meetings with associates, staff attorneys, litigation assistants, and staff scientists and RPAs.


An ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

- Prioritize, manage, and complete multiple complex tasks despite time pressure and unexpected challenges.
- Work comfortably or be willing to learn a range of technology and software programs, including Teams, Office 360, the Microsoft Office suite, Zoom, and Adobe Creative Cloud. Have an openness to learn and manage new programs and systems to improve the team’s outcomes.
- Influence stakeholders, partners, managers and staff to work on projects without having direct authority over them.
- Work comfortably with individuals in varying positions across the organization to gather and disseminate information.
- Exercise excellent judgement and handle confidential and/or sensitive issues tactfully, discreetly, and diplomatically.
- Develop relationships with internal staff across geographies.
Operate with a mentality of service to the organization.
- Think strategically, anticipate challenges, envision growth, reflect thoughtfully, and embrace change.
- Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

The candidate must have:

- An eagerness to understand Earthjustice’s mission and program priorities.
- A sense of curiosity about how technology systems work and a willingness to troubleshoot.
- A desire to work for an organization committed to environmental and racial justice.
- Humility, empathy, and a sense of humor.
- Self-motivation and a drive for excellence.
- A knack for seeing the big picture and the skill to carefully attend to the details.
- The ability to work well independently and with autonomy, and to collaborate with the team and a broad cross-section of stakeholders.
- A positive, outgoing, and “can-do” attitude.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- An interest and ability to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Education and Additional Experience:

- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- A minimum of 3 years of professional experience.
- Experience learning about and adopting newer scheduling, planning, and productivity technologies such as Teams and other Office365 apps.
- Understanding of training, policy development, project management, and change management a plus.
- Experience with public interest legal work, and/or environmental law and policy a plus.
Familiarity with Earthjustice’s mission, structure and culture is a plus.

There is a strong preference for the position to work out of the Washington DC office, although applicants seeking to work from other locations will also be considered. The incumbent will work remotely (inside or outside Washington DC) while Earthjustice’s offices are closed due to COVID-19.

Salary is commensurate with experience and location.

Salary range in Washington DC: $107,800 - $119,800

To Apply:

Interested candidates must submit a resume and a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and discussing the qualities, skills and interests they possess that make them well suited for the job. The cover letter should also note whether the candidate is willing to work in the Washington DC office once Earthjustice reopens its offices (tentatively set for September 2021).

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by March 16, 2021. After that date, applications may continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Interested candidates should submit requested documents online via the Jobvite system. Check posting on our website for a link to apply through Jobvite:

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Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.