Equity Advocate

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Washington, DC, United States

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14 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 an Equity Advocate to work with the Climate & Clean Energy team in our DC, NY, SF office.

Position Summary

The industrial sector produces many of the products and materials we rely on. It takes mined inputs like limestone, iron ore, and alumina and turns them into raw materials like cement, steel, and aluminum that are used all throughout the economy. The manufacturing processes by which many industrial materials are made require very high temperatures and very large amounts of energy. Today, these processes depend primarily on burning fossil fuels in applications that cannot be electrified.

Further, a large proportion of the greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in the sector is from process emissions from unavoidable chemical reactions necessary to produce goods from raw materials. The result is that in the U.S., heavy industry is responsible for roughly one-quarter of economy-wide GHGs and that is expected to increase through 2050 - the timeframe by when scientists tell us the global economy must achieve net-zero emissions if we are to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

Under business as usual, the industrial sector is on track to become the largest source of U.S. GHG emissions within the decade. At the same time, products like cement and steel are foundational to modern life and have few, if any, viable substitutes. Thus, promptly decarbonizing heavy industry will be essential to meeting our climate goals.

At the same time, federal and private opportunities and funds are rapidly being funneled into hydrogen development and hubs. Green hydrogen, produced from renewable energy and water, could prove a particularly valuable tool for sectors where technical hurdles prevent decarbonization via direct electrification – such as aviation, maritime shipping, and select heavy industries. However, hydrogen development also has the potential to be employed as a greenwashing tool, encouraging near-term investments in fossil fuel infrastructure premised on future repurposing to hydrogen or offering a lifeline to fossil fuel incumbents.

As a result, this role will support our efforts to advance more equitable industrial decarbonization and hydrogen policies as well as provide internal support for broader equity and environmental justice initiatives.
  • Working with the growing Industry, Hydrogen, and Innovation team to advance the principles of equity and justice in industrial decarbonization and hydrogen policies.
  • Working closely with the Climate & Clean Energy progam's Director for Equitable Policy to increase our internal and external capacity to build more equitable partnerships, processes, and policy.
  • Working with federal, state and subject matter teams to provide guidance and support on building and deepening relationships with environmental justice and equity groups.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop technical expertise and translate it to different audiences.
  • Proven experience collaborating with partner groups to build coalitions and to co-design and engage in joint advocacy - preferably with community and environmental justice partners.
  • 2-4 years of experience.

  • Interest in the industrial sector and the climate-aligned deployment of hydrogen and a strong desire to figure out how to pursue deep decarbonization while building bridges with EJ groups and local communities.
  • Significant experience working with local groups and/or environmental justice groups to build equity, justice, and/or low-income priorities into policy work and campaigns.

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 $80,000 to $100,000. 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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