Midwest Director of Campaigns

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Chicago, IL, United States

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30+ 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 Midwest Director of Campaigns to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy team in our Chicago office.

Position Summary

NRDC is hiring a politically experienced Campaign Director to join the Midwest and State Campaigns team in the Center for Policy Advocacy. Reporting to the Deputy National Campaign Director, the Midwest Director of Campaigns will develop and implement advocacy tactics to influence federal, state, and sometimes city, policymakers across the region but with an emphasis on Illinois and Michigan. This position will also manage two Regional Campaign Managers and an Administrative Assistant.

The Midwest Campaign Director will also manage priority campaigns for the NRDC Action Fund, whose mission is to build political support for advancing the environmental goals of NRDC.
  • Develop and implement regional and state campaign plans and budgets for advocacy and accountability initiatives in close collaboration with Program, Advocacy, and Communications partners and with NRDC’s federal campaign teams.
  • Manage one or more campaign manager(s) and one administrative staff to achieve NRDC’s policy goals, and coordinate closely with regional Government Affairs, Outreach, and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) affiliate.
  • Typically engage in 2-3 concurrent priority issue campaigns per state.
  • Organize partnerships as needed with state and locally-based organizations to achieve campaign objectives.
  • Organize campaign briefings and reports for internal and external interested parties.
  • Manage campaign consultants and vendors as assigned.
  • This position has three direct reports, but there’s also a great deal of horizontal management required in the role.
  • Expect regular out-of-state travel (usually 2-5 days per month)
  • Expect occasional late night and weekend work with short notice.
  • We are targeting 10-15 years or at least four election cycles of experience in politics and advocacy for Regional Campaign Director positions.
  • Must have managed (i.e. congressional, statewide, coordinated) or served as a director on one or more major issue advocacy or statewide political campaign.
  • Candidate should be experienced in and well-prepared to frame issues, use polling and other research to guide advocacy communications, experience developing targeted audience strategies utilizing the voter file and other analytics tools, and organizing outreach to stakeholders and coalition partners through a variety of paid and earned campaign tactics.
  • Proven experience in managing staff, budgets, internal processes, and project teams.
  • Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and convey them in writing and through oral presentations.
  • Track record of cultivating high-level relationships with political, non-profit advocacy, and philanthropic leaders, with a well-established professional network in politics, government, and non-profit advocacy.
  • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment, and professionalism.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.
  • Recent experience working in or having a professional network in a state within the Midwest Region would be especially attractive, although not required.
  • Professional exposure to energy and environmental issues is not required, but passion for our issues is. We are looking for innovative, cutting-edge campaign and public affairs professionals, first and foremost.
  • Professional exposure to working with federal and state legislative lawmakers and staff or gubernatorial administrations is desirable but not required. The ideal candidate is a seasoned, politically experienced campaigner who might have legislative advocacy experience.
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse 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.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $144,000 to $165,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, we ask them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues. We call this purposeful presence.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

To apply, visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your résumé and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs.

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For more about NRDC, visit www.nrdc.org.