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Federal Regulatory Director

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Washington, D.C.


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Mar 30, 2022

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The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking a Federal Regulatory Director with at least eight years of experience to join its Government Relations team in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental issues facing the Southeast and the nation.


About the Position:

SELC’s government relations team works with Congress and federal agencies to advocate for laws and policies that enhance environmental protection and quality of life in the Southeast.  The Federal Regulatory Director will help SELC apply its deep bench of issue expertise to advance federal environmental policy, focusing on issues SELC is in the best position to influence.  The Federal Regulatory Director reports to the Director of Federal Affairs and is intricately connected with attorneys in offices across SELC’s region.

This new position will develop and execute strategies to advance SELC’s mission in the Executive Branch. SELC’s advocacy with federal agencies blends substantive legal expertise, direct advocacy with agency staff, and grassroots outreach to achieve SELC’s policy objectives.  Using contacts at agencies and in the advocacy community, the Federal Regulatory Director will help SELC navigate a crowded field of environmental advocates and ensure that SELC’s unique voice and perspective is heard, while helping to create similar opportunities for SELC’s partners and impacted communities.



We are seeking a highly motivated individual with at least eight years of experience in federal regulatory decision-making, and a strong work ethic and sense of initiative. Competitive applicants will have existing networks of contacts with federal agencies and the skills to further develop them.  Broad contacts in the environmental and conservation community are also an advantage.  Candidates must have a personal commitment to protecting the environment and our natural resources, preferably in the South. Significant experience in the regulatory process at an agency or in the advocacy community is required, as is a JD. The successful applicant will have excellent academic credentials, strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission.


About SELC:

The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to protect our region’s air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of 170, including 90 attorneys, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., with offices in Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.


SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at


SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment. We are looking for people to join us in this effort. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.



The salary range for this position is $90,000-110,000, commensurate with experience, and a strong benefits package.


To Apply:

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to be directed to an online application where you may upload your application materials. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. Interested persons should apply immediately.

We intend to fill this position as soon as possible and will accept and review applications until the position is filled.


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