Director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Services

Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
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Job Description

Scenic Hudson seeks a Director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Affairs to lead environmental advocacy campaigns to fight threats to the Hudson River and natural resources that are the foundation of the Hudson Valley’s prosperity. Directs the organization’s legal programs and serves as lead counsel for the organization. Requires a combination of excellent legal and communication skills in the context of litigation, advocacy, risk management, negotiation, public education and coalition-building. Must value and have a commitment to working with diverse communities and treating complex issues with cultural sensitivity.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced attorney and manager who has a strong record of achievement and demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and. The position requires a proven leader with vision, ability to think strategically and strong interpersonal skills.  The candidate will have Juris Doctorate and license to practice law in New York State. Minimum of ten years of legal experience, including at least three years in a management role. Expertise and experience at a senior level in environmental and energy law. Knowledge and experience in broad areas of law including litigation, contract law, corporate/not-for-profit governance, compliance, municipal law, ethics and real estate. Must have a commitment to Scenic Hudson’s mission and environmental justice. Proven experience managing large-scale advocacy campaigns with a track record of success. Strong negotiation skills and experience negotiating complex transactions and agreements. Team management experience and excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work as a leader with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience. Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and in a collaborative manner. Exceptional oral and written communication skills and ability to translate complex legal issues for diverse audiences. Superior presentation and public speaking skills and ability to handle multiple complex projects, cases and deadlines and flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities.

Full Time, salary commensurate with experience and competitive benefits. Salary range is $100,000-$120,000. Send a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Full job description and further information can be found on our website: No phone calls, please.

Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting cultural diversity and excellence. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strive to serve all of the people of the Hudson Valley by evaluating our projects, strategic initiatives and outcomes through that lens.