The Kentucky Resources Council (KRC) combines smart policy and legal advocacy to protect the Commonwealth's natural resources and ensure environmental justice for Kentucky's most vulnerable people and communities. Since 1984, KRC has worked to ensure that individuals adversely affected by environmental decisions have a voice in the policy-making process. KRC represents a diversity of clients from individuals, to community organizations, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and civic groups.
KRC seeks an attorney who has the experience and expertise to provide executive strategic leadership and pro-bono legal services in pursuit of environmental justice matters for KRC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The ideal candidate will be an experienced and licensed attorney, a self-starter, strategic thinker, and strong communicator. The applicant must have the ability to obtain a Kentucky law license within 6 months of the start of employment, if not currently licensed in Kentucky.
KRC’s cases include impact litigation, which may have statewide implications, as well as administrative matters, and cases in circuit court, federal district court, and in the appellate courts representing individuals in environmental and energy matters. More information about KRC’s cases and programs is available at www.kyrc.org.
The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership for the organization and serve as lead counsel. The Executive Director will supervise administrative and development employees, a part-time staff attorney, part-time office staff, volunteers, and a contract lobbyist.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.
Legal Services - 70%
- Focused representation of individuals, community groups, governmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations in a variety of environmental, energy, and land use matters. Provide strategic and legal assistance to community and neighborhood organizations and local governments.
- Work with staff and volunteers to analyze and track bills during legislative sessions and provide testimony and other legislative advocacy as needed.
Development and Outreach - 20%
- Create formal and informal presentations on environmental and energy-related issues and develop fact sheets and background papers on topics related to the KRC mission.
- Build a compelling case for supporting KRC and its mission to protect Kentucky’s built and natural communities.
- Proactively scout for and respond to issues and trends that affect environmental justice or threaten Kentucky’s built and natural environments.
- Build relationships with individual donors and foundations to support KRC’s mission and develop partnerships in advocacy with other organizations.
- Serve as KRC’s primary spokesperson.
- Direct fundraising activities and work with staff to execute annual development activities.
Supervision of Staff, Contractors, Volunteers, and Interns; Coordination with Board of Directors - 10%
Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree or its equivalent and be licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction. The candidate must have the ability to become licensed in Kentucky within six months of hire if not already licensed to practice in the Commonwealth.
The ideal candidate would have the following additional qualifications:
- Enthusiasm for KRC’s mission, values, and goals.
- Outstanding research and writing skills and excellent oral communication.
- Experience litigating cases from start to finish in state and federal court and in administrative proceedings.
- Strong interpersonal skills including ability, enthusiasm, and respect for working with diverse groups of people.
- Ability to communicate in a professional manner with the press, community, staff, donors, and KRC members.
- Computer literacy and technical proficiency including working knowledge of word processing software, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, Google Suite, and cloud-based case management systems, and ability to work in a paperless, remote office.
- Good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
- Excellent problem-solving and negotiation skills.
- Ability to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities, to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team.
- Management and leadership skills necessary to direct, supervise, and oversee a diverse group of staff, contractors, and volunteers working remotely.
- Environmental and energy law experience
- Development and/or fundraising experience
Compensation and Benefits:
Benefits include a remote office and necessary equipment, health insurance, and retirement benefits.
Twelve paid holidays (New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas;flexible religious holiday observation)
Ten days PTO.
Must reside in Kentucky. Remote office. Physical presence required at development events, administrative meetings, board meetings, and as otherwise required by the job duties.