Senior Policy Manager, Health & Environment Program
Natural Resources Defense Council San - San Francisco, CA

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Natural Resources Defense Council
Senior Policy Manager, Health & Environment Program

The 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

The 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.

For 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

NRDC's 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.

The 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 in toys.

NRDC is 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.

The 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

NRDC 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.

The 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.

The broad objectives for the Senior Policy Manager are as follows:
  • To 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.
  • To 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 environmental pollutants.
  • To attract, retain and manage a team of professional staff who possess the capacity to fulfill the mission of the Health & Environment Program.
  • To expand the reach, influence and public recognition of the Health & Environment Program as the nation’s premier science-based environmental advocacy organization.
  • To act as a spokesperson for NRDC at multiple public fora including: media interviews, legislative hearings, etc.
  • To continue to expand the financial base of Health & Environment Program, pursuing philanthropic funding sources and other creative sources of revenue for the program.
Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes

The 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 organizations.
  • 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.
  • An Advanced degree in law, environmental or public health is highly desirable.

The 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 local law.