The Greenlining Institute – Legal Counsel – Energy Equity

Summary: The Legal Counsel supports Greenlining’s advocacy for equitable clean energy opportunities in communities of color, by representing Greenlining in regulatory proceedings and engaging in related advocacy. The position will focus on a cohesive, related subset of the Energy Equity team’s body of work. This position also supports the team and the organization in communications, fundraising, and leadership development.   

About The Greenlining Institute: Founded in 1993, The Greenlining Institute envisions a nation where communities of color thrive and race is never a barrier to economic opportunity. We advance economic opportunity for people of color through advocacy, community and coalition building, research, and leadership development. We work on a variety of major policy issues because economic opportunity doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Rather than seeing these issues as being in separate silos, Greenlining views them as interconnected threads in a web of opportunity.   

Primary Responsibilities:   

  • Represent Greenlining in clean energy-related proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission. Collaborate with team to identify policy goals and develop and execute our broader advocacy strategy.   
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Greenlining Coalition members, ally organizations, energy utilities, policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders.   
  • Participate in Greenlining’s legislative advocacy on energy matters, through lobbying, research support, and other activities as needed   
  • Testify or present at hearings, workshops, conferences, and similar events.  
  • Collaborate with Energy and Communications teams in media and communications efforts.   
  • Mentor and supervise Academy participants (summer associates and fellows), and assist with applicant selection process.   
  • Support grantwriting and other development/fundraising activities, including Greenlining’s annual Economic Summit.    

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Demonstrated committed to racial and economic equity, clean energy and environmental justice, and leadership development and mentorship.   
  • 2+ years of experience in California climate or clean energy policy, state or local level, preferred but not required.   
  • Admitted to the California Bar.   
  • Track record of successful collaborative relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders.   
  • Strong research, writing and communications skills, for a variety of audiences. Ability to present complex information in a meaningful, compelling way.   
  • Strong work ethic, ability to manage a significant workload and prioritize tasks.   
  • Team player mentality, ability to work independently and also support the team’s goals and members.   
  • Ability to think on one’s feet in response to changing circumstances.    

This job is demanding, and requires common sense, warmth, humor, and the ability to thrive in a dynamic environment.   

Salary: Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan. Greenlining is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace. We strongly encourage women and people of color to apply.  

You will be asked to submit: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) writing sample of 10 pages or less, and 4) 3 professional references.  

To apply, click here.