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Deputy Director of Partnership and Community Engagement

Deputy Director of Partnership and Community Engagement

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Deputy Director of Partnership and Community Engagement

Washington, DC


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of more than 2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals to fight for the planet and its people in the halls of Congress, communities across the country, and nations around the globe.  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 work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is hiring an experienced, highly motivated, and politically well-connected external relations professional and manager to join the Partnership and Community Engagement team in the Center for Policy Advocacy department in its Washington, DC office.  Reporting to the Director of Partnership and Community Engagement, the Deputy Director will organize, manage, and implement plans and staff to build and strengthen NRDC’s relationships with national community-based organizations and leaders, especially those based in Washington, DC.


  • Develop and implement external relations strategies towards community-based organizations and leaders in close collaboration with Program, Advocacy, and Communications partners.
  • Represent NRDC to other community-based organizations and coalitions, organizing partnerships as needed to achieve policy campaign objectives and to advance shared power-building goals.
  • Provide strategic and programmatic support to the Director, who also serves as the Executive Director of Voces Verdes, including preparation and execution of related lobby trips and affiliate events.
  • Manage multiple staff in a growing team of external relations professionals, and coordinate and add value to federal and regional advocacy campaigns.
  • Organize briefings and reports for internal and external interested parties.
  • Manage consultants and vendors as assigned.
  • Potentially serve as a media spokesperson as needed.
  • Expect periodic out-of-state and very frequent in-DC travel to meetings and events.
  • Expect occasional late night and weekend work with short notice.


  • We are targeting 7-10 years of experience in national politics and advocacy for this position. Those with slightly less years of experience will be considered for truly exceptional cases that very closely meet preferred qualifications.
  • Proven record of excellence in managing staff, internal processes, and project teams. Budget management experience is a plus.
  • Track record of cultivating high-level relationships with political, non-profit advocacy, and philanthropic leaders.
  • A well-established professional network in politics, government, and non-profit advocacy, especially among national community-based organizations that are active in resisting the Trump administration and working to build long-term power.
  • Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and convey them in writing and through persuasive oral presentations. A writing and presentation test may be requested of finalists.
  • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment, and professionalism.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus but not required.
  • A bachelor's degree.



Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Professional exposure to energy and environmental issues is not required. We are looking for motivated, persuasive, and well-connected progressive external relations professionals, first and foremost.
  • Those candidates who have worked in the constituency/community/public engagement offices or teams inside the federal government or in political parties or major national campaigns are strongly encouraged to apply. We are not looking for a long-time policy or legislative staffer with minimal community engagement experience.  The ideal candidate is instead a rising operative with deep ties in the national progressive Hispanic/Latino, African American, AAPI, women, LGBT, millennial, faith-based, public health, and allied communities.


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.


If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663.


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