Senior Attorney/Senior Policy Analyst
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 has an immediate opening for a Senior Water Attorney or Senior Policy Analyst who will play a central role implementing the strategic plan for NRDC’s national Water Program. Based in our Washington, D.C. or Chicago office, the successful candidate will direct the Program’s Water & Climate Team and will be expected to play a lead role representing NRDC before federal, state and local government agencies. The Water & Climate Team’s primary goals are to slow down the water-related impacts of climate change while accelerating climate preparedness. The successful candidate will lead NRDC’s efforts in this core area of focus and will direct a team of staff engaged in these issues.

Essential Functions:
Serve as a senior representative for NRDC in a variety of regulatory, administrative, and collaborative settings, advocating for improvements in climate & water policy and preparedness. Review and comment on draft legislation, agency reports, draft rules, and represent NRDC before Congress and federal agencies, such as EPA, FEMA, and DOI. Conduct or supervise litigation (if a lawyer) and analyze policy, research and write NRDC reports, and assist in the preparation of media materials. Manage the Water & Climate team of advocates and the related team budget and play a principal role in fundraising for the team. Play a lead role in communications for Program work, through both traditional and new media. The position will also include identifying strategic priorities, setting goals, and developing a plan to achieve those goals. Administrative responsibilities will include program planning, budgeting, fundraising, and participation in NRDC institutional committees, as appropriate.

Required Skills

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

Minimum of 10 years work experience in a related field.

Broad and deep knowledge of water policy, ideally including the intersection between climate and water.

Strong environmental advocacy experience.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Experience in building collaborations with non-traditional allies.

Federal legislative or regulatory advocacy experience.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to supervise staff while working as a member of a team to build upon the strengths of the program

Successful development/fundraising experience.

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.

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