Eastern Clean Energy Advocate

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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

Overview:
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 an Eastern Clean Energy Advocate to work with the Climate & Clean Energy team in our New York or D.C. offices (or remotely in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region).

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking an Eastern Clean Energy Advocate to join the Eastern Regional team of the Climate & Clean Energy Program, with a focus on utility commissions and regulatory proceedings.

Our team is committed to transitioning our eastern economy to clean energy and addressing environmental and energy inequities through partnership, building the environmental movement and ambitious, effective policies. This position will be an integral part of the program’s advocacy success. This role requires a commitment to advancing a just, equitable, and sustainable clean energy future for the East and requires working collaboratively, and in a team-based setting with both internal and external partners, the ability to represent NRDC in the media and other public forums with credibility and enthusiasm, an interest in cultivating relationships with state and local elected officials and staff and state agencies, and the willingness to occasionally travel to various eastern state capitols (NY, NJ, PA, VA, NC) to advance NRDC’s policy goals. The position may be based in NRDC’s New York or Washington D.C. office (or based remotely in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic) with an expectation to travel to NRDC offices on occasion for team meetings, etc., as needed.
Responsibilities:
  • Work with NRDC’s Eastern Climate & Clean Energy team to build support at the state level to equitably advance the organization’s climate and clean energy policy priorities;
  • Lead (and/or assist with) NRDC’s work in certain critical utility commission proceedings related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, rate cases, electric vehicle infrastructure, and other priority policy areas;
  • Provide written and oral advocacy to further NRDC’s priorities with utility commissions and state environmental agencies;
  • Collaborate with a multi-faceted internal team of Climate & Clean Energy state leads, campaign, communications, public engagement, and policy experts at NRDC to further the organization’s state and regional policy priorities;
  • Conduct legal and policy research and support analyses to develop and support positions;
  • Collaborate with other NRDC staff and diverse stakeholders on regional efforts to advance multi-state climate and clean energy policies such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI);
  • Coordinate utility outreach efforts in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic to advance our clean energy goals;
  • Be a central part of a strong and collegial team that is focused on collaboration, approaches advocacy with innovation and optimism, and is committed to using the full range of expertise within NRDC and among its partners to drive change.
Qualifications:
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values;
  • Masters, Law, or other graduate level degree in a related discipline(s);
  • 5-7 years’ of work experience related to environment, climate, energy policy, or a related field;
  • Experience intervening in utility commission and related regulatory proceedings is preferable;
  • A sense of mission and passion for public interest and environmental advocacy;
  • Experience navigating diverse stakeholders, building consensus on policy issues, and driving toward positive outcomes within a team, in a coalition, and with other external partners, in particular partners that reach beyond the traditional environmental community;
  • Broad-based interest in climate and clean energy work, including the ability to quickly get up to speed on NRDC’s policy priorities;
  • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment and professionalism;
  • Strong oral and written advocacy skills, including a willingness to represent NRDC in a variety of public forums and in the media;
  • Willingness and ability to register as a state lobbyist;
  • Flexibility to travel to various Eastern State capitols as well as NRDC offices in NYC and D.C.
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 $104,000 to $130,000. 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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