Tennessee Managing Attorney

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation: SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental non-profits, and an excellent benefits package.




United States


       The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking a managing attorney for its office in Nashville, Tennessee. This is a rare opportunity to join one of the nation's most effective environmental organizations, and to lead the Nashville office in addressing a broad range of important and challenging environmental issues.


About SELC: SELC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact. 

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. It currently has a staff of over 130 individuals, with over 70 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. 

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board. We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South. The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity. To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff. We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people. 

About the position: The managing attorney will have significant responsibility for the success of SELC’s advocacy in the state of Tennessee, and for the day-to-day management of the office. He/she also will be a key SELC representative and point person in Tennessee and will be an important part of the institutional development team in the state. The managing attorney will report to the Director of Litigation and Regional Programs in the Chapel Hill Office and the Executive Director in SELC’s regional headquarters in Charlottesville.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing, implementing, and leading the legal and policy advocacy program in Tennessee.
  • Supervising Nashville office staff.
  • Serving as a lead SELC spokesperson in Tennessee. 
  • Maintaining and further building positive relationships with the environmental community and key state leaders.
  • Developing expertise in issues of special importance to Tennessee.

Qualifications: We are seeking a talented, multifaceted lawyer with proven legal and leadership skills. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding lawyer with 10 or more years of experience; significant litigation experience; policy advocacy and/or environmental practice experience; good presentation and people skills; a strong personal commitment to SELC's mission; and an understanding of Tennessee and its environmental challenges and opportunities.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


To Apply: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your letter of interest, resume, law school transcript (with date of birth and social security number redacted), and at least three references to Laura LaFleur, Southern Environmental Law Center, 48 Patton Ave, Suite 304, Asheville, NC 28801, or e-mail tnjobsma@selctn.org.

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.