The Chisholm Legacy Project (11-50 Employees, N/A 2 Yr Employee Growth Rate)
The mission of The Chisholm Legacy Project (“The Project”) is rooted in the Just Transition Framework. The Project serves as a vehicle to connect Black communities on the frontlines of climate justice with resources to traverse the path from vision to strategy to action plan to implementation to transformation. In support of frontline leadership, The Project seeks to link movements and mainstream entities with the tools necessary to advance systems change
centered in equity and justice. With Black women on the frontlines of advancing systems change, The Project ensures that these leaders have the support they need as they transform society from extractivism to a living economy that cares for sacred relationships between people and with Mother Earth, through regenerative, cooperative, democratic systems.
The role of the Just Transition Legal Fellow will include:
• Conducting background research for work with frontline communities. Some examples are investigating the guidelines around developments in floodplains;
investigating the background on land acquisition through the FEMA buyout program; and looking into avenues for legal support around blocking pipelines or oil and gas plant permits.
• Assisting communities that are setting up cooperative agreements and/or community benefits agreements.
• Working with The Project’s external advocacy counsel and providing any additional support that the general counsel team might need, including but not limited to:
o Preparing testimony for zoning boards or public utilities commission meetings;
o Drafting municipal ordinance or state level legislation; and
o Conducting a state-by-state review of policies or regulations relating to air, water, or land management.
o Reviewing cases and interpreting laws related to The Project’s goals 6/17/2022
Education, Experience, and Interests
The ideal candidate will have most, if not all the following education, experiences, and interests:
• Applicants must have earned a J.D. or equivalent LL.M. or have completed a law apprenticeship and be eligible to sit for a state bar.
• Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.
• Commitment to environmental justice matters.
• Understanding and dedication to regenerative, cooperative, and democratic systems.
• Willingness to learn from colleagues and situations, while contributing from one’s
own education and experience to support The Project’s mission.
• This position is full time (based on a 40-hour workweek).
• This position is expected to have a one-year term contingent upon grant funding.
• Annualized compensation will be $60,000, payable in accordance with the payroll processing schedule of The Chisholm Legacy Project.
• Benefits package provided based on a full-time employment status.
• There will be the potential for moderate travel, as well as overtime and non-standard hours worked to meet the organization’s needs.
• Position is classified as exempt as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible for overtime compensation.
• The position reports into the Chief Program Officer of The Chisholm Legacy Project and collaborates with external advocacy counsel.
• To be considered for employment, and to maintain employment if hired, all candidates must agree to abide by
The Project’s COVID policy (provided below) as currently structured, and as the policies may be amended in the future to address the conditions of the virus.
• August 15: Due date for submission of resume and cover letter via email to the Executive Assistant team at [email protected]
• August 22: Interviews conclude no later than this date
• August 25: Candidate selection expected to be finalized
• September 5: Anticipated employment start date
Although an offer of employment and continued employment is not contingent upon a candidate being fully vaccinated, we are committed to following all health department guidelines and contractual requirements associated with venues as well as internal TCLP travel protocols where Chisholm events may be held. Therefore, those who are unvaccinated may be limited in their ability to participate in staff retreats, in-person staff meetings, conferences and meetings with certain organizations, etc.