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Managing Attorney, Northeast Office

New York, New York 10005
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Earthjustice is hiring a Managing Attorney to lead and oversee the work and operations of our Northeast Office, based in New York City. The Northeast Office staff of 17 people is currently composed of twelve attorneys and their supporting professionals, with plans to expand to a staff of 24 people in the next two to three years. In addition, the Northeast Office houses more than twenty staff from separately managed programs and departments.

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 achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. 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, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Northeast Office presses for a swift transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, promotes environmental justice in communities overburdened by pollution, and works to keep toxic chemicals out of our food, water, and everyday household items. Although the community-based initiatives and regional work of the Northeast Office currently focus on New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, we often take on cases with national scope or address programmatic priorities that take us outside of our region.



  • Provide litigation leadership by working collaboratively with attorneys to maximize the quality and impact of the office’s litigation.
  • Manage, develop, and implement regional strategies that align with organization-wide strategic plans, core values, priorities, and other administrative policies and guidance.
  • Oversee overall operations of the office, including budgets and facilities.
  • Supervise 5-7 senior staff. Oversee recruitment, hiring, and staff development for the Northeast Office team.
  • Develop practices and policies that promote a respectful and inclusive workplace with a diverse group of lawyers and non-lawyers.
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with clients and other partner organizations.
  • Serving as a primary public face of the office and the organization, in partnership with the communications department.
  • Cultivate relationships with and solicit funding from major donors, professional foundations, and public supporters, in partnership with the organization’s development department.


  • Excellent management skills, including the ability to foster effective communication, collaboration, decision-making, and mutual respect.
  • Ten or more years litigating in environmental or public interest law, or equivalent experience.
  • An understanding and awareness of how race and power dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, and present-day legal systems. Demonstrated history of deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign considered a plus.
  • Experience and interest in coaching, guiding, and mentoring staff.
  • Willingness to prioritize and contribute to fundraising efforts. Direct experience with fundraising in a professional or volunteer capacity a plus.
  • Strong capacity for strategic thinking, including in designing and implementing advocacy that consistently obtains high-quality results. An entrepreneurial approach with the ability to identify and exploit new opportunities, combined with the capacity to work well collaboratively as part of regional and national teams.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary.
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of New York, or willingness to apply for bar admission if needed.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.


Interested candidates should send a substantive cover letter and resume to:

Lauren I. Gumbs, Senior Partner

Gumbs + Partners




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.


Posted: 2019-06-27 Expires: 2019-07-27

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