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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 Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C.

NRDC is seeking a Managing Director of Government Affairs to work within the Center for Policy Advocacy team in our Washington, DC office.

Position Summary
NRDC is seeking a dynamic and impactful legislative and regulatory strategist to lead the organization’s federal and regional/state government affairs teams to achieve public policy goals in close collaboration with programs and capacity teams across the organization. The incumbent is an internal and external leader who will also closely advise the President & CEO and other institutional leaders and colleagues on policy and advocacy matters. Government Affairs is organized in the Center for Policy Advocacy department, which also houses Campaigns, Outreach, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) affiliate, and the 501(c)(4) NRDC Action Fund.

This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned government and political professional who wishes to make a meaningful difference on climate, nature, health, and equity at one of the nation's premier environmental advocacy organizations.
  • Direct and oversee federal and regional/state government affairs teams to achieve NRDC’s policy goals in close collaboration with policy, campaign, partnership, and communications teams across the organization’s programs and capacities.
  • Oversee the development and decision-making of NRDC’s federal and regional/state policy priorities, work plans, and budgets.
  • Ensure active monitoring, analyses, and response to relevant legislation and regulation.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with and authoritatively represent the organization to congressional offices, federal administration, partner organizations, trade associations, and coalitions.
  • Actively participate in major conferences and other events to maintain a strong network of job-relevant relationships with government and political actors.
  • Support Development and Board Relations efforts when called upon, this may include producing memos, presenting on governmental advocacy and emerging issues.
  • Regularly serve as a press spokesperson.
  • Serve as a senior advisor to the 501(c)(4) NRDC Action Fund’s electoral programs in a limited capacity and as legally appropriate.
  • Prepare and staff the President & CEO in high impact external political meetings.
  • Report to the Chief Policy Advocacy Officer.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • A minimum of 15 years of directly relevant work experience, including substantial and contemporary job function related to advancing both federal and state legislative and regulatory policies to do with climate change, energy, environment, and public health.
  • Significant job experience in cross-functional leadership and staff and project management.
  • Expert understanding of the federal legislative process and calendar.
  • Extensive network of contemporary relationships on Capitol Hill and in the Administration.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree or higher.
  • Ability to build relationships, effectively collaborate and engender trust from peers and colleagues.
  • Ability to handle complex and sensitive discussions and processes with diplomacy.
  • Aptitude for developing talent and supporting a positive and diverse team culture.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective management and leadership skills, including people management and project management.
  • Aptitude for developing and sustaining a coherent and collective external advocacy message.
  • Ability to manage advocacy risks with programs and ensure programs have good political input.
  • Skills with managing and coordinating internal operations in the organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and competency in racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. principles, including contributing to an inclusive working environment and advancing DEI
  • Commitment to environmental justice, NRDC’s mission and values.
  • The ideal candidate has headed government affairs for another major national NGO, business, association, or public affairs agency focused on environmental and energy policies; is or has been a chief of staff or committee staff director in Congress; and/or has headed congressional affairs for a federal agency with significant jurisdiction on environment and energy issues.
  • Advanced degree in public policy or related field is preferred but not required.
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. Internal equity will be reviewed and considered to determine a final offer . For this position, the salary range is $200,000 to $230,000 .

Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, and 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.

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