Senior Project Manager, Clean Power Project

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Beijing, China

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30 days ago

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3.1 million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. For two decades, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 40 people based in our Beijing office, NRDC China Program have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that conserve natural resources, curb pollution and accelerate China's transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.

NRDC is seeking a Senior Project Manager to work with the International team in our Beijing office.

Position Summary

We are looking for a well-rounded professional with solid technical and policy analysis capability, strong relationship-building and project management skills. This position supports NRDC’s goal of expediting the peaking of China’s carbon emission. The Senior Project Manager will lead NRDC’s EV-grid integration implementation work in China, which addresses emissions reductions in both the transportation sector and power sector, by promoting greater adoption of electric vehicles (EV) while minimizing their impact on the power grid and helping the power grid to operate more efficiently.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to partner with NRDC’s staff of lawyers, scientists, and policy advocates and analysts, scientists and lawyers who protect the environment and public health through advocacy, action, and education.

  • Lead NRDC’s EV-grid integration implementation, including actively working with utilities, charging infrastructure providers, EV industry stakeholders and local government officials to design and implement and promote EV participation in local demand response pilots.
  • Develop and manage research that support EV-grid integration, including working with partners to prepare research proposals, budgets and contracts, monitoring progress and managing project to timely and high quality completion.
  • Promote knowledge sharing and exchange both internally and externally, including liaising with NRDC’s EV project teams in the U.S. and India to exchange knowledge, share experiences and support the implementation of a multi-region EV strategy.
  • Work with project partners to develop policy recommendations, communicate project findings, develop project case studies and write technical and/or policy summaries and briefs, and develop and/or give presentations at conferences, meetings and workshops as needed to promote a positive policy outcome.
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest policies, industry landscape, business model development and implementation progress regarding transportation electrification in China and internationally, and adjust project strategies as needed with a view toward promoting eventual adoption of truly zero/low carbon vehicles in China.
  • Contribute to NRDC’s climate and clean power strategy development and fundraising efforts, support team to implement and monitor progress, and meet project compliance and reporting requirements.
  • Work collaboratively with team members and partners to create a culture of teamwork, high performance and accountability.
  • Master’s degree or above, with minimum 7 years relevant work experience in energy and/or environmental fields. Candidates with 10 or more years of experience preferred.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic capabilities and the ability to conduct in-depth research and data and policy analyses.
  • Knowledge of China’s transportation electrification and/or power sector transition policies and implementation progress.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups from a wide array of backgrounds and levels of business knowledge.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with cross-functional teams.
  • Fluency in English and Chinese, with excellent oral and written and translation skills.
  • Attention to details a must.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.
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.

Applications will be accepted until filled. For further information about NRDC, please visit and