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NRDC Action Fund Political and Advocacy Director

NRDC Action Fund Political and Advocacy Director

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The NRDC Action Fund is an affiliated but separate organization from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The NRDC Action Fund’s mission is to build political support in the United States for protecting the planet and its people. We mobilize influential constituencies, experts, community leaders and others to directly advocate for clean air and water, public health, biodiversity, and a stable climate. We support candidates who stand up for environmental protection, and we expose those who side with polluters rather than the public good.


Position Summary:


The NRDC Action Fund political and advocacy director has lead responsibility for guiding the advocacy strategies for the NRDC Action Fund’s environmental defense campaign. Working with key program, communications, and Center for Policy Advocacy staff, the political and advocacy director will ensure that all activities undertaken by the NRDC Action Fund advance the strategic direction of the organization and are aligned with the work of the communications team and the issue advocacy work of the institution. The political and advocacy director will also work with NRDC Action Fund staff to develop and implement a powerful electoral plan.


Strategic Direction

  • Assist the executive director in the development, drafting and implementation of a strategic plan aimed at achieving joint NRDC/NRDC Action Fund advocacy and accountability goals.
  • Coordinate the integration of advocacy and communications work to secure legislative and policy victories.
  • Help to ensure that all NRDC advocacy and accountability plans incorporate an NRDC Action Fund component where appropriate.

Electoral Strategy

  • Ensure that the NRDC Action Fund’s electoral strategies are integrated and aligned with the NRDC Action Fund’s programmatic work and goals, where legally permissible.
  • Oversee the NRDC Action Fund PAC strategy to ensure contributions are in alignment with the NRDC Action Fund’s electoral strategy.
  • Lead the process for exploring opportunities to expand the NRDC Action Fund’s electoral efforts to the state level.

Communications Strategy

  • Manage the integration and coordination of the communications strategy into the Action Fund’s larger campaign and electoral plans and efforts.
  • Participate in the development of a communications strategy by the communications director.


  • Assist in the development and presentation of fundraising proposals to donors.
  • Provide strategic leadership in the development and management of the NRDC Action Fund’s relationships with the progressive community and other key allies and partners.
  • Develop and author documents meant to advise donors on their political giving.


  1. At least 10-15 years of relevant experience executing and managing issue and/or electoral campaigns
  2. Familiarity with a range of online and offline campaigning strategies, including direct advocacy, grass tops outreach, digital organizing, and earned and paid media outreach strategies.
  3. Familiarity with legislative lobbying concepts and practices.
  4. Excellent writing skills.
  5. Strong project management skills.
  6. Ability to facilitate team discussions and build consensus.
  7. Ability to juggle multiple, complex projects simultaneously and effectively.
  8. Environmental issue knowledge preferred.
  9. Results oriented.
  10. Team player.
  11. Good sense of humor.

The NRDC Action Fund is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  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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