Western City/State Advocate

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Denver, CO, 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 Western City/State Advocate to work with the Programs team in our Denver, Santa Monica, San Francisco office.

Position Summary

The Resilient Communities division of the People & Communities program focuses on building and activating partnerships, advancing holistic policies and climate solutions that provide strong health, economic and social benefits, and seeing them through investment and implementation. We aim to support historically underrepresented communities, BIPOC communities, EJ communities, and communities most impacted by climate action and inaction, specifically related to infrastructure, buildings, power, and transportation. We believe to make lasting and far-reaching progress on climate change, we must form inclusive partnerships and coalitions to drive wide-ranging and effective change, explicitly designed to benefit people in the places they work and live.

Resilient Communities’ matrixed team is made up of advocacy, equity, technical, community engagement, and partnership experts who collaborate to advance equitable climate action throughout the country. It includes a Place-Based Integrated Solutions team (PBIS), an Equity, Networks & Partnerships team (ENP), and Center of Excellence (COE) teams for Transportation, Buildings, and Energy.

The PBIS team is comprised of regional teams who support NRDC’s long-term regional climate and equity priorities. They collaborate with local governments, city, state and federal policy experts, local community groups, other non-profits, and national partners to create and expand the impact of climate and equity policies and programs at the city and state level.

The Western City/State Advocate serves as a bridge between community groups and local and/or state governments on matters of policy advocacy, community engagement, and campaigns. This position advocates (both offense and defense) at the local, state, and federal level on behalf of and in collaboration with communities in NRDC’s Climate Strategy priority states (with a focus on Tier 1+2 places). Activities include: deepening and expanding relationships with community partners, coalitions, and decision-makers, leveraging NRDC’s technical and relational expertise; advocating directly with cities, states and the federal government to pass policies and secure investments in NRDC's building, housing, transportation, energy and other Climate Strategy priorities; securing equitable, transformational policies and regulations; and ensuring successful implementation by building the infrastructure on the ground necessary for long-term sustainable implementation.

The Western City/State Advocate collaborates with colleagues in Resilient Communities’ COE and ENP teams, as well as with other programs and centers throughout NRDC, to manage the delivery of advocacy, communications, and campaign support from NRDC. The position is responsible for overseeing, coordinating, and connecting efforts across multiple cities, identifying opportunities for scalable solutions and efficiencies. The role will also support city-state and city-federal policy integration on NRDC policy priorities.
  • Advance local policies and programs that accelerate equitable climate action through collaboration with cities, national and local partners, and community-based organizations
  • In coordination with the Western Regional Lead, along with partners throughout assigned state, work to advance state level policies and programs that accelerate equitable climate action
  • Collaborate, coordinate with and share lessons learned with other cities and states in the region
  • Coordinate and support NRDC experts and advocates, core partners and community leaders to co-design legislation, program design or implementation efforts, stakeholder engagement processes, and advocacy and campaign efforts
  • Engage local environmental justice, frontline communities, housing, public health, labor, economic development and inclusion and other groups to help ensure widespread access to benefits from local climate policies
  • Support local and/or state government by engaging local and national partners and a breadth of stakeholders to identify best practices in localizing climate strategies to the needs of communities
  • Support equity assessment and frameworks, processes, and other activities to ensure policies and programs achieve climate and equity impacts
  • Liaise with state and federal experts at NRDC and core partners to scale the impact of local climate policies
  • Contribute to the development of resources for both internal and external audiences
  • Represent NRDC through active participation in coalitions, providing collaboration and guidance to maximize effectiveness and grow support for needed policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned by direct manager or as part of the matrixed Resilient Communities team
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Bachelor's degree in sustainability, environmental science, policy, public administration, or a related field or equivalent work experience; advanced degree or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • At least 4 years of related experience at the city level
  • At least 5 years of experience advocating for or implementing clean energy/climate /transportation policy and programs
  • Experience being part of large, cross-sector, multi-partner initiatives
  • Experience in coordinating with coalitions of NGO advocates, private sector allies, and/or government partners
  • Demonstrated ability to have and hold authentic relationships with communities of color and work in diverse teams
  • Experience utilizing and implementing equity frameworks or working with partners and communities to ensure equitable outcomes of policies and programs.
  • A strong and broad network among key stakeholders
  • Ability to participate in teams that work collaboratively towards shared outcomes
  • Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker
  • Willingness to travel within assigned region, as well as to other NRDC offices across the United States as needed
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission

  • Experience cultivating relationships with Community Based Organizations working on a variety of justice centered issues.

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 $130,000 to $150,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.

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.