Project Manager/Officer, Provincial, Climate and Energy Project

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Beijing, China

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23 days ago

NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking a Project Manager/Officer, Provincial to work with the China Program’s Climate and Energy Project team in our Beijing office.

Position Summary

The Project Manager/Officer will be responsible for the design and implementation of NRDC’s subnational energy transition strategy. Serving as the principal liaison to national and local research and government entities, this Project Manager/Officer will collaborate with partners to conduct rigorous policy research and ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all research products and outreach activities.

This is a full-time position. The position will be for an initial term of two years, with the potential to extend based on program needs and funding availability.
Strategy Development
  • Lead the development and implementation of a provincial strategy driven by local needs and circumstances in support of coal reduction and energy transition efforts in the province.
  • Develop annual work plans setting our research projects and activities in the province, and update the work plans as needed to reflect target deliverables and outcomes.
  • Contribute to annual budget development.

Project Management
  • Identify and cultivate partners and stakeholders for provincial coal reduction and energy transition efforts, including research institutes, policymakers, industry and business leaders, and other experts in the field.
  • Support and provide guidance to partners in preparing research proposals, budgets, contracts, and compliance materials.
  • Work with partners to deliver high-quality, impactful research products with concrete real-world economic, environmental and policy relevance.
  • Take the lead in monitoring and evaluation of provincial research projects. Organize expert review meetings and provide feedback and guidance to partners to improve research quality. Monitor and report on performance and propose creative solutions to challenges as they arise.
  • Provide input for progress and financial reporting to funders in an accurate and timely manner, and ensure execution of contract deliverables according to plan.
  • Provide effective staff management as needed.

Research and Advocacy
  • Provide expert analysis and take the lead in drafting policy notes and technical reports on provincial coal reduction policies and recommendations, taking into account research from project partners.
  • Represent NRDC in conferences and workshops to introduce and explain research findings and recommendations for provincial energy transition.
  • Work closely with the Communications team to effectively communicate research findings to stakeholders through reports, blogs, articles and other means.
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest developments in energy transition in China and internationally and their relevance for provincial coal reduction and energy transition efforts.

  • Participate in and contribute to fundraising efforts for programmatic work in targeted provinces.
  • Support the team leader in cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with donors, partners, and decision-makers.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Master’s degree in energy, environment, business/public administration, or a related field (or bachelor's degree with 3 additional years of relevant experience).
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant, full-time work experience related to energy and environment. Candidates with more than 5 years’ work experience may be considered for Project Manager.
  • Strong research, writing, and speaking skills in both Chinese and English.
  • Extensive knowledge of China’s clean energy development and climate change policies, as well as the ability to conduct in-depth data and policy analyses.
  • Strong interpersonal and cooperative skills, as well as the ability to work well with policymakers, research institutions, universities, companies, and other NGO partners.
  • Ability to efficiently and independently perform various tasks in a fast-paced work environment.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications NRDC receives, we will only contact candidates we would like to progress through the search process. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes, or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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