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Development Assistant (Special Projects)

Development Assistant (Special Projects)

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US-NY-New York
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Development [201000]

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.  NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


Position Summary:


Assist the Director and Manager of the Special Projects department in organizing events, donor trips and promotional activities; manage all event income; and provide general administrative support to the Special Projects Team.


  • Assist with all administrative tasks for the Special Projects department copying, faxing; managing mail merges, coordinating meetings and conference calls, booking conference rooms and meeting spaces; securing av needs, prepping for meetings, and processing Am Ex expenses.
  • Assist with tracking and maintaining department income and expenses;
  • Manage all gift acknowledgements for workplace giving donations, and process miscellaneous and corporate contributions income and acknowledgement letters.
  • Assist with all logistical details for events including rsvp tracking, list management, vendor relations, prepping for night of the event, and preparing event essentials such as nametages, check-in materials, registrations lists, etc.
  • Assist in handling of event contracts, process invoices and appropriate handling of payment to event vendors.
  • Manage, process and record event income; process invoices and appropriate handling of payment to event vendors.
  • Manage secure in-kind donations
  • Respond to and manage inquiries from special event email accounts
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA required - 1-2 years of work experience
  • Experience in event management preferred
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and with minimal supervision
  • High comfort level with fiscal responsibility and tracking
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite is necessary. MS Word, Excel, in particular. Knowledge of Salesforce a plus.
  • Strong verbal, writing and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task at times in high paced settings.
  • Mathematical aptitude, detail oriented, self-directed, takes initiative, self starter are all a plus.
  • Flexible schedule. Will need to come in early or stay late at times.
  • Possible lifting of boxes that may have event supplies. Boxes can range from 10 – 30lbs.


NRDC 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.


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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