Are you passionate about climate action and eager to educate decision-makers about the facts? Are you a skilled manager with experience in law, policy, or science? If you are up for the challenge of helping grow a dynamic initiative helping judges develop a basic familiarity with climate science to keep pace with the climate issues emerging in courtrooms and the law, then the Environmental Law Institute needs you as our Senior Manager, Climate Judiciary Project.

What Would You Be Doing Exactly?

As a part of the Climate Judiciary Project (CJP) you will be involved in fostering a better understanding of climate science and the law in the judicial community through educational programs. To do this you will engage with diverse constituencies of scientists, judges, and policy experts. As the Senior Manager you will be directed by the Director of Judicial Education and the Project Leader, and your role will be managing all aspects of the program including:

  • Operational Planning and Management of Implementation. Lead, in collaboration with CJP team, the development of, tracking of progress, and reporting on a plan for execution of multiple programs to deliver over several years.  Create a master tracking schedule for simultaneous and sequential completion of tasks (operational plan), manage the implementation of the tasks, and report on and update that schedule as programs and products are delivered and plans evolve.  Activities will include:
    • Curriculum development. Oversee and manage production of module elements by tracking progress, coordinating drafting and editing process, in communication with in-house team, authors, and contractors.  Oversee production of video presentations, compilation of materials, and publication of the curriculum.
    • Workshop convening. Plan and execute multi-day training programs in various locations; coordinate with hosts and other partners, drive agenda development, recruitment, and administrative and logistic tasks.
    • Coordinate network of judicial climate science educators. Support the selection of judicial focal points, coordinate communications with them, and contribute to the development and convening of in-person and virtual events.
  • Relationship management. Maintain relationships with program partners, curriculum advisory committee, funders, scientists, legal scholars, experts in climate impacts, and other partners including judges and appropriately represent the Project.
  • Evaluation. Work with team to create and then manage the ongoing evaluation of the Project.  Write or coordinate writing of periodic reports to address progress, milestones, and meeting of goals for the program for continuous improvement of the project.
  • Web management. Serve as content editor for CJP web presence in coordination with the ELI communications team and web design contractor, providing original and regular updates of content including modules, videos, bibliographic material, news, etc.  Develop public and controlled-resource sites for different users.
  • Reporting. Write narrative reports on progress of CJP to funders and others.  Track and periodically report on achievement of deliverables as grants require.
  • Supervise Science Fellow and Project Coordinator jointly with the Director of Judicial Education (and Project Lead) to assign them work as needed to accomplish relevant tasks.
  • Monitor Financial Expenditures of the Project, alert project team to significant variances at appropriate intervals, and recommend actions to address these.

This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Research & Policy. Given the Covid-19 public health emergency and ELI’s commitment to prioritizing the health and wellness of its employees, the ELI staff is currently teleworking. However when ELI resumes a normal in-office staff presence, this position will be based in our Washington, DC office.

What do you need to thrive in this role?

ELI is looking for someone with a Master’s or equivalent degree, although experience can substitute for a post graduate degree. You need to have at least five years of experience managing multi-faceted projects and it would be ideal if those projects were related to policy, law, science, or the environment. You need to be familiar with science and policy as it relates to climate and the environment and be able to quickly pick up new knowledge and skills. You need to be an effective communicator in a variety of mediums and with a broad range of people, including representing ELI publicly in a manner consistent with our mission and values. Because you will be managing a large project in a fast-paced environment, superb planning, management, and organizational skills will be key. The CJP team is collaborative by nature and you must be able to work directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We employ anti-racist practices and principles while striving to support ELI’s culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Because swift and efficient action is needed to help address climate change, the ability to manage people and projects effectively with moderate supervision while producing high quality results on deadline and within budget is essential. You need to be proficient with standard office software including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Who is ELI?

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is a research and education “think and do” tank that makes law work for people, places, and the planet. We envision a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law.  Our mission is to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress.

What can you expect from ELI?

The annual salary for this position is $60-70,000 annually and is commensurate with experience. ELI’s total compensation includes excellent benefits including:

  • Health/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employer-paid life insurance & disability insurance
  • Long Term Care insurance
  • Pre-tax transportation benefit
  • Fitness Incentive
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Account with employer match
  • Paid time off

Ready to apply? Here’s how…

Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system. Simply visit to get started. Note that your submission must contain the following uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as follows:

  • Cover letter, addressing your personal goals and interests, as well as your experience and interest in carrying out the duties outlined above.
  • Short sample of a management report or communication that demonstrates your writing ability.
  • Current CV or resume.

Candidates passing the initial applicant screening process will be requested to provide references.

ELI will accept applications for this position until 11:59 pm EST Friday, June 18, 2021. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the post may be filled prior to the closing deadline. You must use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery.

ELI is an equal opportunity employer firmly committed to achieving an inclusive, diverse workforce that values every individual. We firmly believe that hiring individuals with varying perspectives and backgrounds contributes to our success as an organization, and we strive to create an environment that fosters inclusiveness. As such, minority candidates and candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.