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Strategic Communications Manager

Strategic Communications Manager

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US-NY-New York
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Communications [102000]

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of over three million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. 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 of more than 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, MT and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Strategic Communications Manager to focus on a cross-section of local and national policy advocacy, lifestyle and brand public relations. The Strategic Communications Manager will develop proactive communications plans, messaging strategy and press materials that achieve media results, support advocacy goals and promote NRDC’s experts and executives as leaders in local, regional and national environmental policy, litigation, and advocacy space. This individual must possess a strong work ethic and commitment to NRDC’s core values and mission. S/he will identify and work with local, national and sometimes international media outlets and cultivate relationships with reporters, bloggers, editors and other media professionals to publicize and communicate NRDC’s strategic priorities. The Strategic Communications Manager will also coordinate closely with various coalitions to advance NRDC’s work.



  • Manage media operations for targeted state campaigns, as assigned by the National Media Director.
  • Work with legal, scientific and other advocacy program staff to develop effective message and communications strategies for a range of environmental and energy policy goals.
  • Promote NRDC executives as thought leaders in their respective fields, with a concentrated focus on broadcast media
  • Advance NRDC’s brand in cultural and lifestyle media space
  • Regularly conduct targeted outreach to local, state, regional and national reporters and bloggers, develop key relationships with press and secure top tier media hits.
  • Respond in real time to media inquiries on a range of issues
  • Prepare and place news releases, op-eds, letters to the editor and other editorial products.
  • Collaborate with other environment groups in joint efforts.
  • Provide and implement crisis communication strategy as needed.
  • Act as on the record spokesperson for NRDC as needed.
  • Provide media relations coaching and training to staff and prepare NRDC experts for interviews and other public appearances.
  • Oversee and mentor communications program assistant to meet media team’s goals.


  • Minimum of 5-7 years or more of relevant experience in journalism, media relations and/or communications.
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master's degree in journalism, communications or related field.
  • Ability to speak and write in a clear and understandable manner for internal/external relations.
  • Excellent news writing and editing skills required, preferably involving public policy, with an emphasis on science and/or environmental issues.
  • Experience in executive leadership promotion
  • Strong organizational and project management skills essential.
  • Strong media connections; broadcast and lifestyle are a plus
  • Proven record of securing placements with traditional and digital media.
  • Strong social media skills/understanding.
  • Proficiency of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Thorough knowledge of social media tools, including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Spanish-language skills are 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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