Deputy Managing Attorney (Northeast)


New York, NY, US

Earthjustice is accepting applications for a Deputy Managing Attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates working at the Northeast Regional Office in New York City.  Candidates should have at least ten years of litigation experience, as well as experience supporting the professional development of less senior attorneys and litigation support staff through training and mentorship.  The position will be located in New York City.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; speed the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy; and to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; and to combat climate change.  We partner with other organizations, supporters, and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and to bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

The Northeast Regional Office is dedicated to protecting public health and ensuring a healthy environment for all in the Northeast; combatting the climate crisis; and securing a swift and equitable transition to zero emissions, 100% clean energy.  Our current focus areas include protecting families from toxic chemicals in their drinking water and homes; cutting climate-destabilizing greenhouse gas emissions and toxic pollution from the power, industrial, and transportation sectors; supporting efforts to accelerate clean energy; and implementing New York State’s ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). We focus on matters in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and also take on mission-critical work out of this region. The Northeast Regional team currently consists of sixteen staff people including five Staff Attorneys and three Associate Attorneys.


Management (approximately 60%)

  • Responsible for direct management of the Associate Attorney program, including managing workload; providing continuous and consistent performance feedback; mentoring and assisting in career advancement; and working with Associate Attorneys to create and achieve professional development goals.
  • Responsible for direct management of litigation support staff.
  • Work with Managing Attorney to create or identify opportunities and events for team-building and staff engagement activities.
  • Contribute to the office’s learning culture by, e.g., encouraging and facilitating debriefing after completion of significant stages of projects and ongoing collaborative learning.
  • Work with the Managing Attorney and other staff to recruit, evaluate, and hire qualified candidates for open positions.
  • Help ensure the advancement of Earthjustice’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and values.
  • Work with the Managing Attorney and Senior Legal Practice Administrator to implement internal effective operational policies and procedures.
  • Work with the Communications Department to advance our work both in the New York office and, as needed, organization-wide.
  • Work with Managing Attorney to support the efforts of the Development Department; engage with new and existing funders.

Litigation (approximately 40%)

  • Work with Managing Attorney and team to develop litigation and advocacy strategies to support programmatic goals, including alignment with organization-wide strategic plans, core values, priorities, policies and guidance.
  • With the support of attorney colleagues and professional staff, handle all aspects of litigation, from case investigation, administrative processes, legal analysis, brief writing and argument.
  • Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
  • Cultivate new and diverse allies and coalition partners in support of our program goals, and that advance our efforts to ensure that equity and social justice considerations inform every aspect of our work.
  • Communicate with reporters in connection with litigation work.
  • Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation, to achieve program goals.


  • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree.
  • A minimum of 10 years of litigation experience, preferably in environmental law and in federal court, and in a position that involved supervision and mentorship of less senior attorneys for a substantial part of that tenure.
  • Excellent writing and legal analysis skills; strong professional judgment.
  • Licensed to practice law in New York, or willing and qualified to apply for and be admitted to the New York bar within 14 months of employment.
  • Excellent management skills, including ability to promote the career development of associate attorneys, foster effective communication, collaboration, decision-making, and mutual respect.
  • Ability to effectively manage and/or work with a diverse team with strong emotional intelligence and cultural humility.
  • Ability to give and receive regular formal and informal feedback in a timely, constructive, respectful, and consistent manner and to incorporate debriefing into the team’s operations.
  • Strong team mentorship and communication skills.
  • Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and talents to meet the evolving needs of an organization.
  • Strong capacity for strategic thinking, both at the programmatic level and in the context of specific cases.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations.
  • Commitment to, and experience in, developing team skills and talents to meet the evolving needs of the office and clients.
  • Strong skills in communicating litigation and advocacy goals and messages to the media and supporters preferred.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest, and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Ability to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Salary range is dependent on experience and location.
Salary range for this position in New York, New York is $181,200 – $201,294 (based on experience and location)
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following via Jobvite:

  • Resume.
  • One- to two-page cover letter that explains your interest in both Earthjustice’s mission and in the Deputy Managing Attorney position, and that describes your approach to effective management and mentorship.
  • Writing sample that demonstrates your own legal analysis and writing.
  • List of three references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.