Program Coordinator

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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 Program Coordinator to work with the New York Regional team in our New York office.

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking a Program Coordinator based in the New York office to help support the New York Regional team. The Program Coordinator will provide administrative and advocacy support to the team in a variety of capacities, including budget and grants management, invoice and contracts processing, scheduling of internal and external meeting, making travel arrangements, proofreading and preparing written materials, and performing basic research and advocacy work as needed. On occasion, addressing general needs within these programs will require collaboration with program assistants in other NRDC offices. NRDC’s New York work exemplifies our strength in combining strong place-based advocacy with deep subject matter expertise—as well as a theory of change rooted in deep collaboration with regional and grassroots groups and allies. Partnering with communities, local stakeholders, and governments, our staff works towards larger systems-level change to ensure equitable access to clean food and water, fight the fossil fuel industry, and defend against toxic chemicals in our environment.
  • Serve as a critical member of the New York Regional team by providing general administrative and logistical support to New York Regional Team staff
  • Budgeting and accounting support including processing invoices and monthly expenses, tracking budgets, and maintaining contracts and financial records
  • Work with internal subject matter experts to coordinate grant proposals, renewals, and report submissions
  • Managing and maintaining paper and electronic filing systems and databases
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings and assisting with event planning and management, which may require working with external parties
  • Proofreading, formatting, and helping prepare and track legal documents, advocacy letters, reports, fact sheets, and other project materials
  • Researching questions related to advocacy as needed
  • Assisting with the advocacy efforts of the team as needed
  • Assist with the development and/or drafting of blogs and reports
  • Assisting the receptionist and other program assistants as needed
  • Occasional travel
  • Performing other duties as assigned
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous administrative experience
  • Highly detail-oriented with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Ability and willingness to work with a diverse set of personalities
  • Ability to work independently, follow organizational procedures and perform accurately under deadlines
  • Self-directed with the ability to prioritize, manage and follow through on multiple tasks
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, Teams, and PowerPoint
  • Strong facility with spreadsheets and databases
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Willingness to be available for occasional overtime work
  • Interest in environmental issues
  • Excellent project management and project coordination skills
  • Ability to organize and manage external events

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 $63,000 to $72,000. 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.

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