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The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is currently recruiting one communications manager and one staff attorney. Details about the positions and instructions for applying are below.

Communications Manager

Communications Manager

Location: New York City 

The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law is seeking a Communications Manager. 

Why Work With Us: We are a small, collaborative team that specializes in state clean energy, climate, and environmental justice work. We work closely with state Attorneys General (the top lawyers in a state) in this work and regularly host events, write reports, share news on social media, and publish a newsletter. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for our staff. Our office is located at NYU, but remote work is possible. We offer a generous benefits package through NYU, which includes tuition remission at certain NYU schools, retirement benefits, and more. Salary $70,000-80,000

Who We Are Looking For: We are looking for a creative self starter who is interested in supporting advocacy around clean energy, climate, and environmental justice. Our ideal candidate is creative and collaborative, as well as comfortable translating legal and technical concepts for different audiences, and working on op-eds, writing press releases, and building relationships with reporters. We are looking for someone with 4-6 years of communications experience and who is ready to grow professionally as a supervisor of our digital and communications team. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and encourage women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply. 

Please see our full job description below for more information. 

Ready to Apply? Please send your resume and cover letter to stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu. The Center is unable to review applications submitted through alternate methods, such as LinkedIn. Please send your application as a single PDF file saved as LastName.FirstName.pdf. 

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Position Description

The State Impact Center is recruiting a Communications Manager to begin immediately. Our offices are located in New York City, and we are following NYU Law School’s return to in-person work plans, with remote accommodations available, as needed. The Communications Manager will play a key role in furthering the Center’s mission of promoting and amplifying the work of state attorneys general on climate, clean energy, and environmental issues. This will include outreach to media contacts, press events, and reports to highlight important issues and attorney general activity within our subject areas. The Communications Manager will be responsible for developing creative and captivating messaging around climate, clean energy, and environmental issues, including working with the team’s digital specialists. 

Our small, collaborative team values each person’s contributions to reports, newsletter topics, and other work, and the Communications Manager would be involved in planning, leading, and executing the Center’s range of communications projects. The Communications Manager will have a supervisory role over a small digital and communications team. 

Diversity is a core value of the Center. We are building an environmental justice practice to provide support to AG offices that are growing their work in this area, and we are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for our staff. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Communications: driving development of communications strategy for the Center, including around press releases, media contacts, events, and digital presence. 
  • Media Relations: developing and maintaining relationships with reporters covering climate, energy, environmental, and environmental justice issues; developing story ideas and pitching reporters.
  • Messaging and Content: packaging legal content and analysis for a variety of audiences; working with the Center’s subject matter experts to provide media interviews and draft content; drafting talking points, reports, op-eds, newsletters, and other materials. 
  • Alliance Building: conducting outreach to communications counterparts in attorney general offices and other organizations.
  • Project Management and Team Supervision: supervising the digital and communications team, including providing feedback and pursuing opportunities for professional development for team members; collaborating with attorneys and other Center staff on joint projects. 
  • Events: planning events, conferences, and press events with multiple attorneys general, and representing the Center at these as well as other events hosted by other organizations.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Experience: 4-6 years of communications experience in the legal, public policy, government affairs, campaigns, or related fields.
  • Communications Strategy: experience in developing and executing communications strategic plan with ability to track progress.
  • Outreach: experience in connecting with members of the press and other communications professionals. 
  • Writing: ability to communicate clearly/coherently, including digesting and translating topics for a lay audience.
  • Project Management: experience developing and leading reports and other communications products; experience at planning events; collaborative and team-oriented; shows judgment and seeks input as needed; experience supervising is a plus.
  • Editing: ability to edit material drafted by subject matter experts for appropriate audience; attention to detail (e.g., polishing and finalizing documents).  
  • Deadlines: ability to triage tasks and complete time-sensitive work (e.g., drafting and posting time-sensitive items on the Center’s social media, responding to press inquiries).
  • Design: familiarity with graphic design in Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, or Canva is a plus.  

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Salary: $70,000-80,000

Interested candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu. The Center is unable to review applications submitted through alternate methods, such as LinkedIn. Please send your application as a single PDF file saved as LastName.FirstName.pdf. 

About the Center

The State Impact Center is a nonpartisan academic think tank that specializes in clean energy, climate change and environmental issues. We undertake academic research, hold workshops, and issue special reports that advance legal and policy analysis. We also support State Attorneys General in defending and promoting clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies.  The Center provides assistance to AGs in a number of ways, including:

  • Providing legal assistance to interested attorneys general on specific administrative, judicial or legislative matters involving clean energy, climate change and environmental interests of regional and national significance.
  • Working with interested attorneys general to support NYU Law Fellows who serve as special assistant attorneys general in state attorney general offices, focusing on clean energy, climate and environmental matters.
  • Serving as a centralized public source of information for ongoing attorneys general initiatives and helping to enhance the public’s understanding of the importance of the clean energy, climate change and environmental matters that attorneys general are pursuing.
  • Undertaking academic research, holding workshops, and issuing special reports that advance legal and policy analysis on clean energy, climate change and environmental issues.
Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Location: New York City 

Why Work With Us

Join a small, collaborative team committed to environmental justice, climate, and clean energy work. We offer the opportunity to think creatively about legal issues, build expertise, and work on significant environmental matters, including addressing environmental degradation that often has inequitable impacts. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for our staff. We offer a generous benefits package through NYU, which includes tuition remission and retirement benefits. Salary: $80,000-$90,000

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for a self-motivated attorney to work with us on environmental justice, climate, clean energy, and other environmental legal issues. The attorney will be involved in many of the Center’s activities, including working collaboratively with state attorney general offices, researching legal matters, conceiving programs and events, and developing academic and other writing projects. 
 
The ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm for working on issues in environmental, energy, climate, or civil rights law and policy areas; 2-4 years of legal experience; and enthusiasm for working in a small-team, entrepreneurial office setting. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and encourage women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

About the Center

The State Impact Center is a nonpartisan academic think tank that specializes in clean energy, climate change and environmental issues. We undertake academic research, hold workshops, and issue special reports that advance legal and policy analysis. We also support State Attorneys General (“AGs”) in defending and promoting clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies.  The Center provides assistance to AGs in a number of ways, including:

  • Providing legal assistance to interested attorneys general on specific administrative, judicial or legislative matters involving clean energy, climate change and environmental interests of regional and national significance.
  • Working with interested attorneys general to support NYU Law Fellows who serve as special assistant attorneys general in state attorney general offices, focusing on clean energy, climate and environmental matters.
  • Serving as a centralized public source of information for ongoing attorneys general initiatives and helping to enhance the public’s understanding of the importance of the clean energy, climate change and environmental matters that attorneys general are pursuing.
  • Building an environmental justice resource area focused on promoting a just transition to clean energy.

Detailed Position Description

The State Impact Center is recruiting a Staff Attorney to begin immediately. Our offices are located in New York City, and we are following NYU Law School’s return to in-person work plans, with remote and hybrid accomodations available, as needed. The Staff Attorney will play a key role in furthering the Center’s mission of supporting the work of state attorneys general on climate, clean energy, and environmental issues, with a focus on environmental justice. This will include legal research and writing projects, following administrative and judicial proceedings, and developing reports and other materials to support and highlight the work of state AGs. 
 
Our small, collaborative team values each person’s ideas and contributions. The Staff Attorney would be involved in identifying and executing legal research and writing tasks, as well as thinking creatively about reports, events, and other projects. 
 
Diversity is a core value of the Center. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for our staff. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Legal Research: conduct legal research on issues related to environmental justice, climate, clean energy, and environmental matters.
  • Legal Writing: draft legal memoranda and other documents outlining relevant issues.
  • Issue Identification: review and track relevant case materials, such as briefing and comments, to identify key legal issues for attention.
  • Projects: draft, review, and collaborate on Center publications.  Other duties as assigned. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Education: J.D. from an accredited law school and admitted to practice in or willing to seek admission in New York. 
  • Experience: 2-4 years of post-graduate legal experience, including environmental, climate, energy, or civil rights work; demonstrated familiarity with administrative and regulatory processes; public interest commitment. 
  • Research and writing: excellent research, analytic, and writing skills; the ability to tailor written products to different audiences and effectively communicate legal issues to lawyer and nonlawyer audiences; experience editing work of others as well as incorporating feedback.
  • Judgment: exercises sound judgment and affirmatively raises concerns; self-directed; demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to diverse backgrounds and perspectives. 
  • Collaborative: ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment; ability to contribute original ideas as well as research and support projects developed by the team. 
  • Deadlines: ability to manage simultaneous issues, multitask, and prioritize; ability to develop and adhere to a schedule to complete a project. 

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Salary: $80,000-$90,000Benefits offered include medical/dental/vision, tuition remission at certain NYU schools, retirement benefits, and more. 

Interested candidates can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu. Please send your application as a single PDF file saved as LastName.FirstName.pdf. If chosen as a finalist, a writing sample and reference will be required. The Center is unable to review applications submitted through alternate methods, such as LinkedIn or Indeed. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are encouraged to apply. 

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