Natural Resources Defense Council
Senior Policy Manager, Health & Environment Program
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental
advocacy organization, is seeking a Senior Policy Manager, Health &
Environment Program to be based in San Francisco, California
About the Natural Resources Defense Council
Natural Resources Defense Council is one of the nation's most effective
environmental action organizations. They employ legal, scientific and with
1.3 million members and online activists, to protect human health as well as
the planet's wildlife and wild places. The staff of more than 400 lawyers,
scientists and policy experts work out of offices in New York, Washington,
Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.
more than two decades, NRDC has been leading the scientific charge to reduce
use and exposures to toxic chemicals that cause disease. NRDC’s efforts have
resulted in major reductions in diesel emissions, critical legislation to
limit mercury pollution, removal of some of the most toxic pesticides from
the market, bans of endocrine disrupting chemicals in toys, and promotion of
sustainable agricultural practices. Health and Environment Program
scientists, lawyers, and advocates investigate the largest sources of toxic
contaminants, identify safer alternatives, and then deploy their unique
skills to pressure regulators, legislators, the courts, and businesses to
reduce emissions of harmful pollution.
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About the Health & Environment Program
Environment and Health Program has worked for over two decades to safeguard
families and communities by reducing use and exposures to toxic chemicals
that cause disease. And although we've seen substantial progress in public
health over the past generation, certain environmentally linked diseases,
such as asthma, autism, infertility, and many types of cancer have
increased. From soot and smog to toxic metals and pesticides. NRDC’s health
program works to protect air, water, food, and shelter.
Health & Environment’s Campaigns “Take Out Toxics” and “Fix FDA” campaigns
are aimed at the most toxic chemicals that surround us every day, from
bisphenol A in food containers and baby bottles and triclosan in hand soaps,
to flame retardants in household furniture and hormone disrupting phthalates
also working to reduce the use of toxic pesticides in homes to protect
children and pets through “its “Green Paws.” Campaign, NRDC is focused on
protecting children's health as well as the most vulnerable among us.
Pollution from other countries contributes substantially to our own air
quality problems and can enter our food chain through fish and imported
produce as well. NRDC’s “Clean by Design” campaign targets multinational
corporations manufacturing abroad to promote environmentally protective
business practices and green their supply chain. The NRDC Health Program has
also just completed work with the United Nations to produce a binding treaty
among countries to reduce global mercury use.
Finally, climate change is one of the most serious public health threats
facing the nation, but few people are aware of how it will affect them. NRDC
is working simultaneously to prepare for and help address the impacts of
climate change, such as worsening air quality, extreme heat, and more
frequent extreme weather events. As NRDC works to stop climate change, the
organization is also developing policies to minimize human suffering.
Outdoor air pollution is associated with over one million deaths and
countless illnesses each year across the globe. The Health & Environment
Program is working to clean up toxic hotspots including major industrial
polluters as well as dirty diesel transportation hubs. The goal is for all
children to be able to play outside without fear of asthma attacks or
stunted lung growth -- and for all communities to enjoy safe and healthy air
quality, eliminating the race and income gaps in access to clean air.
Health & Environment Program employs cutting edge science in order to
advance sensible and innovative e public policy policies to address critical
issues impacting population health in the United States and abroad. It
litigates where laws have been broken by polluters or by state or federal
governments. It collaborates with willing partners in industry where
opportunities exist to find common ground. And it reaches out to the
concerned public, to educate and galvanize public concern, about threats to
the environmental health of our nation.
Senior Policy Manager
seeks a leader to join the Health and Environment Program. Current priority
issue areas in the program include chemical policy reform, sustainable food
production, safe drinking water, global mercury pollution, green supply
chains, and air toxics. Although the majority of work focuses on government
policy reform at the state and Federal level, work to directly impact
corporate environmental policies and practices in the U.S. and abroad is an
increasing emphasis in the Health and Environment Program portfolio. The
Senior Policy Manager will be based n San Francisco.
Health & Environment Program has a staff of twenty-two people based mostly
in Washington, DC and San Francisco, with one person based in New York City
and two people located in Beijing. The Health and Environment Program raises
about 80% of its budget with proposals for restricted grants, and the rest
comes from institutional unrestricted giving.
broad objectives for the Senior Policy Manager are as follows:
Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes
provide strategic guidance and political analysis and help develop and
implement new creative, effective strategies and tactics to promote
Health & Environment policy agenda, including plans that incorporate
multiple influencing mechanisms at the State and Federal level.
provide strategic leadership in driving critical policy and litigation
activities designed to prevent environmentally linked diseases such as
cancers, asthma and brain impairments by reducing exposure to
attract, retain and manage a team of professional staff who possess the
capacity to fulfill the mission of the Health & Environment Program.
expand the reach, influence and public recognition of the Health &
Environment Program as the nation’s premier science-based environmental
act as a spokesperson for NRDC at multiple public fora including: media
interviews, legislative hearings, etc.
continue to expand the financial base of Health & Environment Program,
pursuing philanthropic funding sources and other creative sources of
revenue for the program.
Senior Policy Manager should ideally possess the following professional
experience and personal attributes:
Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes
- In-depth knowledge of the legislative process; demonstrated lobbying
success and campaign wins; demonstrated level of experience working with
state and federal public policy leaders’ congress or with policy making
- Experience managing an advocacy department or team demonstrating strong,
collaborative management skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced
environment on a multitude of issues simultaneously.
- Strong communication skills, which are capable of reaching across
organizational hierarchies, structures and geographical distances.
- Articulate, with proven ability to write effectively and speak
persuasively to groups of all sizes and types.
- Ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas - a sense of
inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity.
Advanced degree in law, environmental or public health is highly
salary for this position is commensurate with experience. NRDC offers
excellent benefits and a pleasant working environment. Interested candidates
should email a cover letter explaining how their skills and background fit
this position and a resume to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at
Refer to NRDC in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.
NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.
They are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or
employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin,
citizenship, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability,
veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or
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