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Program Assistant, Regional and State Campaigns

Program Assistant, Regional and State Campaigns

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Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]

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Program Assistant, Regional & State Campaigns

Chicago, IL


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 seeking an entry-level Program Assistant to provide important administrative and day-to-day operations support for the Regional and State Campaigns team in the Center for Policy Advocacy department in its Chicago, IL officeThis is a heavily administrative entry level role, not a policy or strategy role.


  • Scheduling and facilitating internal and external meetings
  • Managing calendar appointments and meetings
  • Coordinating travel arrangements
  • Processing invoices and business expenses
  • Tracking Midwest Campaigns team income and spending and driving resolutions of discrepancies
  • Ensuring communication, collaboration, and information-sharing within the department and with other institutional partners
  • Drafting, editing, formatting, and proofreading internal memorandum and legal documents
  • Providing research and writing support
  • Providing general operational support and performing ad hoc projects for the Midwest campaign managers



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Superior personal organization, time management and multi-tasking ability
  • Good judgment; attention to details; follows instruction well; can-do attitude
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Strongly proficient computer skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • 1 cycle of campaign experience preferred


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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