Associate Director of Policy Advocacy
Natural Resources Defense Council - Washington, DC

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NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary :
The Associate Director of Policy Advocacy will serve as chief deputy to the Director of Policy Advocacy. In this capacity s/he will assist the Director of Policy Advocacy on various institutional matters, serve as liaison to NRDC's program and communications staff, interface with NRDC's executive leadership, provide budget guidance, and offer issue campaign advice for NRDC's strategic priorities.

Responsibilities :
The Associate Director of Policy Advocacy will be expected to:

Management Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist in aligning NRDC's campaign efforts with organizational objectives;

Contribute to senior NRDC institutional committees and help in the development and implementation of overall issue campaign strategies;

Provide budgetary review and assistance;

Assist Director with staff management and preparation of materials;

Assist Director in facilitating coordination among campaign experts in programs and communications and collaboration with senior leadership across NRDC;

As needed, represent NRDC in various contexts to external stakeholders, coalition partners, the general public and the media;

Programmatic Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide strategic advice to NRDC programs and departments;

Review and offer input on program campaign plans to achieve priority objectives;

Collaborate closely with Program Director, Director of Government Affairs, and communications staff on political strategy;

Required Skills

The Associate Director, Policy Advocacy should have the following experience and qualifications:

Demonstrated ability to build consensus, develop effective coalitions and manage collaborative projects'

Strong communication/writing skills;

Ability to work collegially, be a self-starter, prioritize multiple projects, and perform well under deadlines;

Broad knowledge of environmental policy a plus;

10+ years of political, policy advocacy or issue campaign experience;

Advanced degree in environmental policy, public administration, non-profit management, related field or equivalent is preferred.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter and current resume to the following individuals; do not apply through this website.

Lauren I. Gumbs
Senior Partner
Gumbs + Partners


Merle Pollak
Senior Search Consultant
Gumbs + Partners

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