Director, Strategy and Results

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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New York City, NY, 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 Director, Strategy & Results to work with the Chief of staff and strategy team in our New York or Washington D.C. office.

Position Summary

NRDC is working to achieve a more sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous world—one in which
we are standing up for climate, nature, and equity. To meet our most pressing environmental
and public health challenges, we are building bold solutions to fight climate change by
decarbonizing the power, transport, buildings, industry, and other key systems; protect
endangered species and wilderness; create a roadmap for sustainable cities; eliminate toxic
chemicals in the air, food, and water; and engage millions of people in the movement for a
healthier world.

The newly-created Strategy & Results team will:
  • Facilitate the process for developing strategies and annual plans across the programs,
    capacities, and operational units
  • Facilitate the process for documenting, recognizing and evaluating results (outcomes),
    including the identification of NRDC’s top outcomes and sharing those outcomes and
    stories/lessons with the broader organization, so staff are recognized and all are able to learn
  • Undertake periodic (independent) evaluations of NRDC’s advocacy in order to critically
    assess what works and what doesn’t, and ensure these lessons inform future strategy
  • Support the executive team in facilitating institutional strategic planning
This is an exceptional opportunity for a strategic and collaborative leader who brings proven
experience of strategic planning and delivery of impact.

Critical skills include identifying new strategic opportunities, articulating institutional value,
building strategies around mission-driven requirements, and addressing solution gaps.
The Director of Strategy & Results will be relentless in advancing NRDC's mission and strategy
and will:
  • Collaborate with the leadership of the organization to guide innovation, forward-looking
    perspective, and best practice, identifying strategic opportunities and delivering compelling
    plans that achieve impact in alignment with NRDC’s overall organizational goals and
  • Design and implement the strategic and annual planning process including the development
    of key milestones and dashboards.
  • Work closely with NRDC Leaders to define the institutional priorities.
  • Collaborate with the NRDC Programs and Capacities teams to develop strategic plans and
    execution pathways that address priorities.
  • Participate in a cross-team planning process, effectively liaising with multiple functions to
    problem-solve and develop innovative new strategies and programs.
  • Develop solutions and make recommendations based on an understanding of the
    organizational mission and stakeholder needs.
  • Think in terms of transformation and innovation that drives real institutional change.
  • Establish themselves as a trusted advisor.
  • Develop and deliver high organizational performance and continual learnings.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Proven track record and experience leading strategic planning teams and processes, while
    delivering on long- and short-term results.
  • Prior experience in a mission-driven environment would be advantageous.
  • Strong leadership, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • A coach and collaborator with a proven ability to effectively influence across organizational
    boundaries and deliver results
  • Ensures alignment between values, behavior and work in a manner that fosters diversity,
    equity and inclusion.
  • Seen as a trusted advisor to senior leaders for making decisions and implementing strategic
  • Regularly connects work to NRDC’s purpose, sets inspirational goals, defines clear expected
    outcomes, and ensures clear accountability for follow through.
  • Skilled at conducting research and analysis required to inform strategic recommendations
    and considers the “big picture” when assessing whether a course of action is advisable in
    terms of the group and organizational goals.
  • Ability to break down strategic problems, and analyses data and information to provide
    insights and recommendations.
  • Collaborative and skilled in working with internal & external stakeholders to provide
    context in the design, develop and implementation of programs & solutions.
  • Applies expertise and thinks creatively to address unique or ambiguous
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 $170,000 to $200,000.

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.

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