Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

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Program Assistant

Program Assistant

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Job Locations 
US-CA-San Francisco
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Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]

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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 a Program Assistant to provide administrative and day-to-day operations support for the California Advocacy and Partner Engagement teams in the Center for Policy Advocacy department in its San Francisco, CA office.  This is a heavily administrative level role.


  • Scheduling and facilitating internal and external meetings, managing and resolving schedule conflicts
  • Managing calendar appointments and meetings
  • Coordinating travel arrangements
  • Processing invoices and business expenses in a timely manner
  • Accounting and budget management
  • Ensuring communication, collaboration, and information-sharing within the team and 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 California Advocacy and Partner Engagement teams as needed
  • Manage lobbying activity timesheets and submission of quarterly reports to the State of California. Assist with lobbying compliance.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum two years administrative experience
  • Strong experience with spreadsheets and databases, and experience with accounting, budgeting and/or finance preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Superior personal organization, time management, attention to detail, and multi-tasking ability
  • Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and prioritize
  • Good judgment; follows instruction well; can-do attitude
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Advanced computer skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Social media skills a plus 

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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