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Communications Associate

Communications Associate

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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.


For two decades, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of 40 based in our Beijing office, we have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that curb pollution and accelerate China’s transition to a clean, low-carbon economy.  


Position Summary:


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is seeking a full-time Communications Associate to be based in NRDC’s Beijing office..


The Communications Associate will work with China and global teams to provide effective communications support to China Program. The Communications Associate will be based in NRDC’s Beijing office and will be reporting to the China Program Communications Director. The initial term will be one year, with possibility for renewal.


  • Draft and/or edit general China Program communication materials such as newsletters, brochures, website and social media content.
  • Provide project-specific communication support upon request, such as editing factsheets and blogs, drafting event summaries, and assisting with report production, etc.
  • Provide editing support to reports and blogs written by project teams.
  • Provide translation support as needed.
  • Work with other members of NRDC China Program and colleagues in other offices to enhance NRDC’s communications efforts.
  • Support NRDC’s general communications efforts as needed.


  • Excellent writer, with ability to write and edit persuasively, particularly in Chinese.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of traditional media and social media.
  • Demonstrated interest and good knowledge in environmental issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks independently in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field is strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in Chinese and English, with strong oral and written skills as well as bilingual translation ability.
  • Care for details, accuracy and high quality output.
  • Experience working in communications/media, and the public/non-profit sector desired.


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.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 


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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