Director, Congressional Affairs, Climate and Clean Energy

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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 Director, Clean Energy and Climate with deep experience and expertise to lead the congressional team within the Climate and Clean Energy Program. This position will be based in our Washington, DC office and will focus on developing and leading the team’s legislative strategy and advocacy to advance clean energy deployment and curb climate change. Expertise in clean energy and climate policy is essential, as is extensive congressional experience.
  • Internally, the Director will lead a strong and collegial team responsible for developing and implementing the Climate and Clean Energy Program’s congressional agenda and strategy. This will involve coordination with subject matter experts and other leaders from the Program, and it will require working with teams across the organization to advance NRDC’s broader legislative goals.
  • Externally, the Director will develop, strengthen, and leverage NRDC’s relationships with Congressional policymakers and other elected officials to advance our advocacy. The Director will also cultivate relationships with other stakeholders, and represent NRDC in a variety of coalitions, at public events, and with the media.
  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in political science, energy/environment policy, law or a field relevant to the position.
  • At least 7+ years of experience working with federal and other policy makers on energy and climate policy.
  • Deep understanding of congressional procedure and politics.
  • Exceptional writing, research, and oral presentation skills; must be comfortable interacting with the media.
  • Ability to interpret scientific and technical concepts.
  • Demonstrated experience building and cultivating relationships with legislators and their staff, developing legislative proposals, and guiding them through to enactment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teamwork; previous experience managing a team is a plus.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated success in navigating diverse coalitions, building consensus on policy issues and driving toward positive outcomes within a team, in a coalition, and with other external partners.
  • Candidates much approach advocacy with innovation and optimism with a commitment to using the full range of expertise within NRDC and among its partners to drive change.
  • 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 a diversity of 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 commensurate with skills and experience. Salary range for this position is $150,000 to $175,000.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be attached to the Washington, DC office, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support staff with remote working arrangements.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications NRDC receives, we will only contact candidates we would like to progress through the search process. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes, or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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