Water Policy Advocate
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.

NRDC’s national Water Program focuses on securing safe and sufficient water for humans and ecosystems in the face of existing and emerging threats. The program involves staff in all of NRDC’s U.S. offices and fully integrates our water resources work so that it addresses water supply and water quality, surface water and groundwater, human health and ecosystem issues. The Program’s staff is organized into four teams focusing on Clean Water Solutions, Water Use Efficiency, Water & Climate, and developing a new water paradigm in California. The four program teams work together to implement a portfolio of strategies that maximize efficiency and minimize waste, prevent pollution, and protect and restore the ecosystem.

Position Summary :
NRDC is seeking a Water Policy Advocate in our Washington D.C. or Chicago office to work as part of the Water Program. The successful candidate will be expected to play an important role in formulating and implementing NRDC’s efforts to advocate for improved policies addressing the water-related impacts of climate change at a local and state level and to promote and defend sensible national water policies. The successful candidate will collaborate with a team of attorneys, policy analysts and other staff engaged on these issues.

Responsibilities :
Develop and implement advocacy strategies that advance NRDC’s Water Program priorities.

Advocate for climate preparedness strategies at a local and state level in the U.S.

Build and maintain effective relationships with policy-makers, the media, partner NGOs and others essential to advancing the Water Program’s priorities.

Clearly and persuasively communicate the goals of the Water Program to members of Congress, their staffs and Administration officials as well as with the media, the public, and with NRDC supporters and donors.

Mobilize the public to support national, state and local water program objectives.

Supervise the work of contractors and interns.

Assist with select water efficiency or clean water solution team activities.

Travel as necessary to implement work plan objectives in geographic areas of focus.

Required Skills

Advanced degree in public policy, law, water resources, engineering, hydrology or a related subject.

Minimum of 5 years work experience in environmental conservation or advocacy.

Strong state or local advocacy and organizing experience on environmental issues.

Knowledge of water policies and issues, including the intersection between climate change & water.

Excellent persuasive verbal and written communication skills.

Experience in building collaborations with non-traditional allies and in working with local, state or federal water agencies.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a team to build upon strengths of the program

Fluency in Spanish 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.

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

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org

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