Senior Attorney - Sierra Club in Oakland, CA, Washington, DC, or Remote

Job Title:  Senior Attorney 

Department: Environmental Law Program - Conservations

Location: Oakland, CA, Washington, DC, or Remote

Scope: Sierra Club is seeking a Senior Attorney to join the Environmental Law Program, its national legal team. Under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director or a Managing Attorney, the Senior Attorney serves as a legal resource for the Clean Transportation for All and Beyond Coal Campaigns; litigates environmental and energy cases supporting the Campaigns; helps design and implement legal strategies; and coordinates with campaign staff, policy staff, coalition partners, technical experts, and outside counsel. The Senior Attorney incorporates Sierra Club’s commitment to equity and social justice in all aspects of work.


  1. Litigates key Sierra Club lawsuits under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director or Managing Attorney; acts as lead attorney for Sierra Club in litigation and regulatory proceedings.
  2. Helps evaluate proposed litigation to advise national volunteer and staff leadership on the scope of Sierra Club participation in legal actions.
  3. Helps develop and plan programmatic litigation campaigns to support the objectives of Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation For All and  Beyond Coal Campaigns; and assists in drafting legal components of strategic plans and reports.
  4. Advises federal and state policy teams on legal and equity issues that arise in federal, state, and local policy initiatives.
  5. Provides legal advice to Sierra Club membership; helps Chapters and groups with their local climate and energy-related legal programs and objectives.
  6. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed, including fund-raising and donor relations.


  • JD degree or equivalent and license to practice law, with at least 10 years of experience
  • Excellent writing and analytic skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and consensus-building skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Knowledge of environmental and energy law.
  • Passion for Sierra Club’s mission to enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed for case work, court appearances and Sierra Club meetings.

In 2015, Sierra Club formalized its vision for an internal transformation to become a more equitable and inclusive organization. Sierra Club and its Environmental Law Program recognize that the environmental movement and the field of law have historically been white, wealthy, and male-dominated, and given that history, we are committed to creating a workplace where people from all social identities and backgrounds feel welcomed and can thrive. We strive to become an organization that attracts, retains, and celebrates people from all avenues of life who share our values. Sierra Club has adopted the Jemez Principles, a set of guidelines designed to help people from different cultures, communities, politics, and organizations work together in solidarity. The Environmental Law Program strives to conduct litigation in accordance with the Jemez Principles and in furtherance of Sierra Club’s vision of becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization. For more information about our commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice, please visit:

To Apply: The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. Please attach a cover letter, resume, three references, and writing sample to the online application. In addition, please provide a separate statement of 250 words or less addressing steps you’ve taken or experiences you’ve had that have deepened your understanding of social or environmental justice issues, and your past work or other experience that demonstrates your commitment to equity,  inclusion, and justice.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 2 exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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