Pennsylvania Staff Attorney

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a PA Staff Attorney to be based at its PA State Office located in Harrisburg, PA.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary. With over 230,000 members, an annual operating budget of $26 million, a $55 million endowment, CBF’s 185 full time staff work in offices in Annapolis and Easton, MD; Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA; Harrisburg, PA; Washington, DC; and in 15 field education program locations across the Bay watershed

CBF's headquarters - the Philip Merrill Environmental Center – in Annapolis is the world’s first USGBC LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach; the Brock Center is the tenth certified Living Building and one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

Context of the Position

Serves as main legal advisor and coordinates legislative affairs on all aspects of State Office policy and advocacy programs. Assists State Office Executive Director with the formulation and implementation of positions on environmental legislation and regulations. Advocates CBF positions to legislators, agencies, business/community, decision makers, and the public. Coordinates State Office legal issues, including litigation, liability, contracting, and lobbying. Provides legal advice for the development of goals and objectives for PA office on state, regional, and national issues.

Essential Functions

1.    Develop pro-active legal advocacy for laws, regulations, and policies.

  • Monitor and respond to regulatory proposals and developments that affect the health of PA waters and the Bay.
  • Interpret codes and statutes, relevant caselaw, state/federal regulations.
  • Lead legal reviews and analysis of permit files.
  • With the support of technical staff, prepare robust comments on laws, regulations, guidance, policy, permit applications, etc. 
  • Serve as primary PA liaison with special counsel and CBF’s Litigation Department.
  • Explore and strategize potential litigation opportunities with PA and departmental senior staff.
  • Assist in preparation of memoranda outlining any proposed litigation, including necessary resources, potential impacts, and anticipated outcomes.
  • Manage PA legal intern program.

2.    Support PA CBF legislative and policy priorities.

  • With assistance of the PA office staff, monitor, analyze, develop, and coordinate strategies for advancing legislative and policy goals. 
  • Advocate PA CBF’s position with affected industry/community leaders, government representatives and personnel, peer organizations, and other concerned individuals.
  • Integrate PA efforts with CBF Federal Affairs staff.  
  • Represent PA CBF on state and regional environmental committees and organizations and internal teams, as assigned.

3.    Support PA litigation. 

  • Work with PA ED, senior EPR, and Litigation staff to assess litigation opportunities in PA.
  • Assist Litigation with preparation of Litigation Memoranda for CBF staff and Board decisions. 
  • Coordinate with Litigation staff in seeking PA Counsel as necessary, review CBF briefs and motions on PA litigation, provide expertise on PA legal process.

4.    Support other general legal matters.

  • Assist in the preparation and review of contracts, request for proposals, agreements, and other legal items for CBF PA programs.
  • Assure compliance with PA lobbying reporting requirements.

5.    Other duties as assigned.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Graduate-level law degree and admission to PA state bar required. Educational background in science, ecology, or related topics helpful. At least five years’ experience in negotiation of complex environmental law issues. Experience with non-profit advocacy group(s) preferred. Demonstrated ability to analyze public policy proposals, including the drafting of legislative or regulatory language. Knowledge of state and federal court and lobbying rules, and state General Assembly procedures. Knowledge of business and 501(c)(3) law helpful. Excellent public-speaking and written communication skills.

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements to:

Human Resources/FY18-006-PASA
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Position is open until filled

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.                                       

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