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Administrative Director, Development

Administrative Director, Development

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# of Openings 
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US-NY-New York
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Development [201000]

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is one of the nation’s most effective environmental action organizations. We use law, science, and the support of some 2.4 million members and activists to protect human health and the environment which supports it, as well as the planet’s wildlife and wild places.  Founded in 1970, NRDC staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws. Today, our staff of nearly 600 passionate environmental advocates – including lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, the development team and others – work to protect and create environmental progress at home and abroad from offices in New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Managing Director of Development, the Administrative Director will direct and manage the administrative functioning of a large and growing national Development team, including but not limited to matters relating to human resources, budgeting, contracts and procurement, staff training, and internal communications. This is a new position that will help to streamline related internal processes to ensure that the Development office is operating as effectively and efficiently as possible. The Administrative Director will work closely with colleagues in HR, Finance, Accounting, and Communications, among other areas. In addition, the Administrative Director will work with external vendors and partners as needed and in relation to contracts, procurement, and budgeting issues.


  • Streamline and manage the annual expense budgeting process for Development.
  • Develop internal development policies related to procurement and travel as an augment to existing institutional policies.
  • Shephard contracts with Development vendors through the internal process at NRDC and liaise with vendors as needed.
  • Serve as primary point person for HR and outside search partners as we substantially as expand NRDC’s development team.
  • Work with HR and external partners to put in place a tiered program for employee training and development.
  • Create and manage new methods of internal development communications to improve overall functioning of Development team.
  • Organize and manage regular development team meetings and periodic retreats.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of related experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong planning and project management skills.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of business contracts and negotiations.
  • Vendor management skills.
  • Budget management skills.

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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