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
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.
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%)
Community Liaison (30%)
Public Relations (20%)
Strategic Insights, Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)
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:
Please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to email@example.com
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.