Program Assistant
Natural Resources Defense Council - Washington, DC

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. 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 :
NRDC is seeking a Program Assistant to work with the Water and Government Affairs Programs in our Washington DC office. This position supports staff involved in legal proceedings, technical issues, public policy, and administrative management.

Responsibilities :
Administrative support duties include processing invoices and expense reports; tracking budgets; assisting with drafting, production and distribution of legislative materials to congressional offices and the Administration; tracking the status of pending legislation; proofreading, formatting, copying, and scanning documents; maintaining and expanding image files; filing and management of court and administrative documents; assisting in hiring and training of interns; scheduling meetings and travel; and assisting other program assistants as needed.

Additional opportunities include blogging, tweeting, maintaining and upgrading web content, drafting and editing reports and presentations, attending hearings, committee mark-ups and meetings on key legislation and planning and assisting with office events.

Qualifications :
Bachelor’s degree required

One year previous administrative experience (or equivalent) preferred

Must be able to perform, or quickly learn to perform, with accuracy tasks such as: proofreading and cite-checking documents; processing and tracking expenses; maintaining calendars and budgets; researching and writing memos; and planning retreats and meetings

Ability to prioritize and efficiently execute multiple tasks, follow institutional procedures, and perform undirected work with meticulous attention to detail

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Superior editing, research and data synthesis skills

Commitment to accuracy and rigor

Ability to maintain composure and sense of humor under deadline pressure

Willingness and flexibility to work overtime

Ability to maintain confidentiality and work discretely with sensitive information

High proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

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.

To apply, please create a profile and upload your resume and cover letter. No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663 .

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