Environmental Equity & Justice Specialist

Position Start: January

Position Type: Full-time

Location: Charleston, Columbia or Greenville, SC

Salary Range: $50-70k, based on experience

Benefits: 100% Medical, Dental & Vision; 5% Retirement Plan Match

 

Summary

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) is now accepting applications for an Environmental Equity & Justice Specialist. SCELP was founded in 1987 to meet the critical need for specialized non-profit legal services for environmental protection and justice in South Carolina.

As a non-profit public interest environmental law firm, we use our legal expertise to protect land, water and communities across South Carolina and to achieve a vision where our land, water and communities are protected and SC laws and policies prioritize life sustaining natural systems.

SCELP has a main office in Georgetown and satellite offices in Columbia, Greenville and Mt. Pleasant.

 

Description

Ever since its founding, SCELP has strived to create and enforce environmental protections by offering our legal expertise to those in need, giving them an effective voice and legal muscle in processes when they would otherwise be financially foreclosed or procedurally marginalized. Our 2022-2026 strategic plan put front and center our obligation to carry forward our motto “no case is too small” whenever a vulnerable or frontline community seeks assistance in our areas of expertise.

There can be no lasting environmental protection without justice and equitable environmental outcomes. Environmental justice is the most systemic solution to complex problems like climate change, wildlife and habitat loss, and pollution.

SCELP is seeking a new team member to strengthen, expand and deepen our environmental justice operations by, among others, refining and guiding the services and assistance that SCELP can provide to underserved and overburdened communities, and engaging with relevant organizations and community leaders across the state. Candidates do not need to have any legal background and will gain an understanding of how SCELP uses legal advocacy tools through on-the-job learning.

The position will be responsible for coordinating SCELP’s existing casework, research, communications and outreach for our environmental justice operations, and for assisting the SCELP Board and leadership in building out new initiatives that help advance environmental justice in South Carolina as SCELP becomes a more inclusive workplace.

The position will report to the Executive Director for general matters and to the Lead Attorney for each SCELP case or project and will have the opportunity to work closely with all staff across different offices.


The goals and key responsibilities of this position include the following:

Program Management (40%)

  • Work with the executive team to review and implement existing environmental justice operations and strategies and to develop new action plans for SCELP to counter environmental inequity
  • Review current cases and projects to identify accomplishments and lessons learned and to build on SCELP’s ability to better represent environmental health concerns and advocate remedies for affected communities
  • Map issues and communities, challenges and opportunities who are or should be on SCELP’s radar, and help develop and implement an outreach plan for communities, organization, civic leaders to support and advance environmental justice
  • Work with the legal team to help refine our skills, areas of expertise and the corresponding level of intervention that SCELP is expected to provide to environmental justice communities

Community Liaison (30%)

  • Work with clients, consultants, communities, groups and organizations dealing with environmental justice issues in the state to facilitate delivery of SCELP services
  • Assist with planning and attending fairs, community events, conferences, coordinating scheduling, logistics and follow up with attendees, as needed

Public Relations (20%)

  • Coordinate with the Communications Team to better integrate environmental equity and justice in our communications and marketing plans, channels and messaging
  • Help plan and execute special PR campaigns to educate the media, elected officials and decision-makers about the critical role of environmental justice in dealing with the climate and other environmental crises
  • Contribute to press kit materials, including press releases, pitch letters, case studies, feature articles, and trend stories relating to SCELP’s environmental justice operations

Strategic Insights, Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)

  • Conduct research on relevant topics and emerging issues to ensure SCELP’s EJ strategies and actions remain relevant and effective
  • Contribute to SCELP’s evaluation, monitoring and metrics work and assist with Board reporting as needed

Qualifications & Experience

The Environmental Equity & Justice Specialist should be current and knowledgeable about the history of environmental justice and some of the most relevant challenges for vulnerable and frontline communities in South Carolina. Specific requirements for this position include:

  • Experience working with value-driven organizations to fight oppression, racism and injustice, working across lines of race and class
  • Strong leadership, strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Experience in project management, case management and/or execution of PR campaigns
  • Good communicator, familiar with both traditional and digital media
  • Demonstrated commitment to SCELP’s mission and environmental protection
  • Must be flexible, proactive, very well organized, and able to prioritize and work efficiently under deadlines
  • Good sense of humor

  

To Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to filippo@scelp.org

The cover letter should express your understanding of this position and experience in working on racial and economic justice issues in the context of conservation and environmental protection. What, in addition to your resume, makes you the right person for the job?

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.

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