Federal Energy Regulatory Attorney

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking a Staff or Senior Attorney to focus on federal energy regulatory matters as part of our Clean Energy & Air team. The position is expected to be based in either our Washington, D.C., or Charlottesville, Virginia, office, although other cities with SELC offices might be considered. This is an excellent opportunity to join a highly successful, nationally recognized organization that is uniquely positioned to help the nation meet the global challenge of climate change.

About the position:

The Clean Energy & Air team is SELC’s largest program area. Our driving goal is to bend down the arc of greenhouse gas emissions in the South’s energy sector while ensuring that the new clean energy economy will relieve, not reproduce, the environmental and financial disparities of the old one. We work across a range of venues, including state and federal court, state utilities commissions, environmental regulatory agencies, and legislative bodies.

This work has long included engagement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on issues such as solar power, natural gas pipelines, transmission planning, and wholesale electricity markets. However, we have never had an attorney primarily focused on federal energy regulatory matters.  We now seek to fill such a position.  The chief responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Working with the team, develop and lead a FERC-focused advocacy strategy that advances our programmatic goals, including wholesale market reform.
  • Contribute to the team’s work in other venues, such as federal court, Congress, state commissions, PJM, and stakeholder processes, involving issues that fall within the scope of FERC’s authority.
  • Track issues as they arise at FERC that are relevant to our in-region energy work.
  • Serve as SELC’s principal representative with allies and partners engaged on similar federal energy regulatory matters.


We are seeking a talented, multifaceted lawyer who is capable of both steering our federal energy regulatory work and dovetailing that work with our existing advocacy on energy issues. The ideal candidate will be an excellent lawyer with at least four years of experience and:

  • Knowledge of energy regulation and energy policy, particularly concerning the electric power sector, and familiarity with wholesale energy market issues.
  • Significant experience in FERC, RTO/ISO and/or state utility commission proceedings.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to translate technical and legal issues into plain English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a diverse set of clients and partners.
  • Strong organization and project management skills.
  • Ability to identify and prioritize strategic objectives.
  • Strong independent initiative and the ability to contribute effectively as a member of a team and collaborate across organizations.
  • Oral advocacy experience and comfort speaking in varied settings, legal and non-legal alike.
  • A strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission, including SELC’s deep commitment to being an open, welcoming, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.

Salary and Benefits:

SELC offers salaries competitive with other leading environmental non-profits nationally, and provides an excellent benefits package. For more details please visit, https://www.southernenvironment.org/about-us/careers/.

About SELC:

With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, Va.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Washington, D.C.; Birmingham, Al.; Nashville, Tn.; Asheville, N.C.; and Richmond, Va.), SELC is widely recognized as the South’s foremost environmental leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of more than 170 individuals, with 80 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information is available at www.southernenvironment.org.

SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflect the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment. We are looking for people to join us in this effort. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to be directed to an online application where you may upload your application materials. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. Interested persons should apply immediately.

There is no deadline for applications. We intend to fill this position as soon as possible and will accept and review applications until the position is filled.