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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 State Industrial Advocate to work with the Industry and Emerging Technologies team within the Climate & Clean Energy Program in our Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, or Chicago office.

Position Summary

The State Industrial Advocate will execute NRDC’s state-level industrial decarbonization strategy as well as identify and pursue new opportunities through coalition-building, thought leadership, strategic communications, and research and analysis to fill information gaps. This person will also conduct direct outreach to policymakers and serve as a spokesperson for NRDC on industrial decarbonization (particularly as it relates to state-level policies and progress), including with media and funders. In addition, this person will work on the strategy for and execution of NRDC’s multi state-level industrial decarbonization advocacy across a variety of industrial subsectors (e.g., cement and concrete, steel, aluminum).

The State Industrial Advocate will report to and work in close collaboration with the Policy Director for Industry.

  • With the guidance of the Policy Director for Industry, work on the strategy and execution of our industrial decarbonization advocacy across multiple states (e.g., NY, CA) and industrial subsectors (e.g., cement, concrete, steel, aluminum).
  • Develop policy approaches to reduce emissions from in-state industrial production (e.g., public procurement, emissions reduction requirements, public grants & incentives).
  • Liaise with other relevant teams within NRDC (e.g., government affairs, communications, state- and regional-specific advocates, transportation and buildings teams). Our current sub-sectors of focus are cement, concrete, steel, and aluminum, though we'll likely expand into new sub-sectors over time.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for NRDC on industrial decarbonization (particularly as it relates to state-level policies and progress), including with the media and funders.
  • Participate in fundraising activities, including contributing to proposals, regularly reporting to funders, and liaising with funders that support the industrial decarbonization portfolio.
  • Be a central part of a strong and collegial team that is focused on collaboration, approaches advocacy with innovation and optimism, and is committed to leveraging the full range of expertise within NRDC and among its partners to drive change.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a safe, inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from marginalized or underrepresented groups, especially in the field of environmental conservation, to apply. We understand that some candidates may be discouraged by an extensive list of job requirements that they may not fully meet – however, we encourage you to apply regardless. We do not seek a "perfect" candidate, but rather individuals who embody our core values and display the competencies to succeed in the role. If you are passionate about the role, thrive in a culture like ours, and are determined to push boundaries to achieve success, we invite you to apply.
  • 4-6 years of working experience in policy advocacy and/or a related technical field required.
  • A graduate level degree in a related discipline(s) including public policy, law, engineering or a related field, or equivalent demonstrated experience engaging in policy advocacy.
  • Experience in state-level climate advocacy.
  • Experience navigating diverse stakeholders, building consensus on policy issues, and driving toward positive outcomes within a team, in a coalition, and with other external partners, in particular partners that reach beyond the traditional environmental community.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, understand, and translate complex scientific, legal, and policy matters for advocacy purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Experience managing complex projects involving many moving parts and teams.
  • Flexibility to travel to NRDC’s U.S.-based offices, and to other locations as needed, approximately 10-15% annually.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values and passion for advocating for the public interest.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, and pursue, research and analysis to fill information gaps in order to enhance advocacy.
  • Experience contributing to fundraising proposals and regularly engaging with foundations and/or major donors.
  • Familiarity with the industrial sector and its main decarbonization levers.
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 commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $113,000 to $121,000. Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.

In February 2022, NRDC’s offices reopened after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently 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.

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