Litigation Director

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking an attorney to serve as Litigation Director. This position may be based in any of our offices and will report to SELC’s Deputy Director.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a highly successful, nationally recognized organization that is effectively addressing some of the most pressing and challenging environmental issues throughout the South and the nation.

The Litigation Director will work with attorneys across SELC’s six-state region to ensure that SELC meets the highest standards for environmental  litigation practice. The Litigation Director will have responsibility for convening SELC attorneys to discuss recurring and emerging litigation practice issues; developing and implementing internal procedures and standards for preparing court filings; teaching deposition, oral advocacy, and trial skills; ensuring cases are adequately staffed; promoting effective teamwork among SELC attorneys; and reviewing court filings in major cases. The Litigation Director must also be capable of undertaking specific and important litigation tasks, which may include brief writing and editing, taking depositions, selecting and preparing expert witnesses, arguing motions, and participating in hearings and trials.

SELC currently has a hybrid work model that offers employees the flexibility to work at home two days per week. We require all staff to be vaccinated and boosted and to provide proof of vaccination in order to come to work in our offices. This is a full-time position.

Responsibilities:

SELC’s Litigation Director will:

  • Oversee litigation to ensure proper staffing and execution to meet SELC’s high standards, and to provide guidance in specific cases, as needed.
  • Review litigation approval requests.
  • Develop and implement a formal structure that brings together attorneys who focus on litigation for regular discussion about recurring and emerging litigation practice issues, and about particular cases and strategies.
  • Oversee implementation of standard litigation practices across all offices.
  • Ensure proper mentoring and training to develop and enhance essential litigation skills.
  • Coordinate with the Deputy Director, Program Director, Communications Director, program leaders, and office directors on litigation-related matters  to ensure:
    • That program areas and litigation work are properly staffed and that adequate resources are available and have been allocated for the work.
    • Good communication and exchange of expertise and resources among offices.
    • Strategic, goal-oriented focus to litigation work to promote our programmatic objectives.
    • That we advocate consistent positions and approaches on similar issues across offices and in all jurisdictions.

Qualifications:

  • Eight or more years of litigation experience.
  • Experience litigating in trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level.
  • Demonstrated track record as a mentor and leader of litigation teams.
  • Strong work ethic and a sense of initiative.
  • The ideal candidate will be a highly experienced and skilled trial lawyer with excellent academic and professional credentials, litigation experience, a background in environmental laws, effective communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and commitment to mentoring young lawyers.
  • A strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission.
  • A genuine interest in and commitment to helping SELC create and foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace

About SELC:

The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to protect our region’s air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of over 200, including more than 100 attorneys, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA., with offices in Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, and Washington, DC.

At our core, we are place-based, rooted in our region, and connected with the communities and clients we serve. We believe in an equitable and inclusive workplace that reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of our region and allows diverse perspectives to come to the forefront. We approach our work with the highest level of integrity, holding ourselves to high standards with an emphasis on honesty, accountability, and thoughtfulness. We value collaboration and camaraderie, realizing we are strongest when we work together and knowing that everyone has a critical role to play. We strive for impact through a strategic, bold, pragmatic, and ambitious outlook that is dedicated to achieving powerful results. We believe in these values and in the power of SELC. We hope you consider joining us. Learn more at https://www.southernenvironment.org/.

Compensation:

SELC offers salaries competitive with other leading environmental nonprofits nationally and provides an excellent benefits package. The starting salary range for this position is $145,000 – $170,000, commensurate with experience. For more details about our benefits package, please visit our Careers page.

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, resume, and one writing sample. Interested people 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.

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering an inclusive workplace environment. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this commitment. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.