Program Assistant

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Washington, DC, United States

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17 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 Assistant to work with the International and People and Communities programs in our Washington, D.C. office.

Position Summary

The Program Assistant will provide administrative support to the International Program’s Global Strategies Division, whose work covers international climate advocacy including through multilateral negotiations as well as efforts aimed to reduce carbon emissions in key countries and sectors. The individual in this position will provide administrative and logistical support to assist the programs’ advocacy efforts.
  • Providing general administrative and logistical support to policy and scientific staff across multiple offices.
  • 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 large meetings, 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.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • 1-2 years entry level experience with administrative, expense, accounting, organizational, and basic research skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team setting, managing multiple priorities and projects, and navigating a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently, and accurately under deadlines
  • Proactive and detail-oriented problem solver with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with professional software tools such as Microsoft Office, including Outlook and Excel.
  • Desire to contribute to the work of dynamic teams and pitch-in to take on discrete tasks when required
  • Interest in social justice and environmental issues
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of and competency in equity and inclusion, including contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

  • Experience with budgeting, accounting, and finance systems
  • Professional level fluency in a second language a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required
  • Strong project management skills a plus
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 $50,000 to $58,000.

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.

If you experience technical problems while applying or if you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.

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