Deputy National Outreach Director

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

The Natural Resources Defense Council (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 staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking a Deputy National Outreach Director to work with the Campaigns and External Affairs team within the Center for Policy Advocacy department in our Washington, DC office (Remote). Reporting to the National Outreach Director, the Deputy National Outreach Director will support the implementation of a cross-institutional strategy to increase the effectiveness of NRDC’s advocacy and support NRDC in meeting its strategic plan goals, which emphasize deep and transformational partnerships with new organizations representing diverse constituencies, with a focus on labor, to address the climate and other environmental crises facing our communities. The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual with a proven track record of cultivating, growing, and maintaining partnerships with a range of organizations and individuals, both in the traditional environmental and broader progressive fields
  • Support the National Outreach Director in implementing innovative strategies and new approaches to external partnership building, in accordance with NRDC’s Strategic Plan goals of strengthening and broadening the environmental movement.
  • Lead NRDC in building and maintaining transformative relationships with national labor organizations and their state affiliates.
  • Manage a team of regional outreach experts responsible for developing and maintaining relationships between NRDC and partners, focusing primarily on select priority states.
  • Identify and develop opportunities to showcase NRDC’s collaborative projects with allied groups.
  • Serve as a spokesperson to internal and external audiences at events, conferences, meetings, and with the media.
  • Develop and maintain internal planning and project management systems supporting outreach and campaign management, including a system for organizing and tracking partners and projects.
  • 7+ years of experience in politics and advocacy, preferable with labor unions.
  • Proven experience in managing people, logistics, budgets, and internal processes.
  • Experience developing and maintain meaningful relationships with diverse communities and familiarity beyond environmental allies with progressive voices.
  • Ability to interact with senior leaders across NRDC as well as external partners.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment, and professionalism.
  • A bachelor's degree.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.
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 $140,000 to $155,000.

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.

To apply, visit 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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