Online Platforms and Technology Lead
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) - New York, NY

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Job Description

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. But all that great brainpower is wasted if we can't provide compelling information online to influence important debates and win key battles. That's why we need you.Over the last year, we've built an online team that's focused on metrics and user experience, and we're undertaking a comprehensive website re-build (no legacy code to manage). We care about performance and innovation, and are invested in agile development, responsive design, usability, and testing. We have very capable in-house tech staff and a trusted bench of outside contractors.

We're looking for someone who can be the in-house Tech Lead to ensure we are always building "best in class". The Tech Lead will oversee the evolution of our technology platforms, through hands-on implementation and managing colleagues and contractors. It is a great opportunity for someone looking to use their technical skills to help support our health and environmental protection. You'll be helping to promote policies and drive grassroots engagement on the most important issues of the day. You'll be making a big difference.

This position reports to the Director of Online Communications (Matt Howes ) and will be located in either our Washington DC or New York office.

Primary Responsibilities:

You'll be the person responsible for the technology of our website and related systems. You'll make sure we can handle the traffic when Robert Redford (one of our board members) gives out our url on national television. You'll help ensure our online projects -- whether on clean air or drinking water quality -- are developed quickly and perform well.

Specific roles include:
  • Lead, coordinate and/or implement online projects as needed.
  • Supervise production staff and freelancers who design and produce webpages and online tools.
  • Provide guidance in use of web protocols including html, css, javascript and graphics programs.
  • Manage infrastructure upgrades such as re-architecture of existing properties, transition to CSS-based programming and web standards compliance.
  • Coordinate with and manage relationships with vendors and consultants including project managers, web designers and developers, database specialists, Internet hosting services, photo researchers, etc.
  • Provide long-range technical planning guidance and leadership.
  • Fulfill other management responsibilities including staff reviews, reporting on web department goals and achievements, occasional travel and some writing/editing of web copy in rapid-response situations.
Required Skills

You have hands-on technical experience, with a minimum of four to seven years managing websites with significant traffic and complexity. You also have:
  • Experience supervising staff and freelancers; ability to coach staff in their professional development and to encourage an effective team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of and employ best-of-breed web tools and online best practices.
  • Good design eye and understanding of information architecture. Strong communication skills.
  • Familiarity with CRMs and Content Management Systems. Knowledge Convio and Drupal desirable.
Job Location

Washington, District of Columbia, United States