Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Midwest Campaign Manager

    Job Locations US-MI | US-OH-Remote
    Posted Date 6 months ago(12/8/2017 9:14 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]
  • Overview

    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 hiring an experienced campaign manager to join the Campaigns team in the Center for Policy Advocacy department in its Chicago, IL office.  Reporting to a Co-Director of Regional and State Campaigns, the Midwest Campaign Manager will develop and implement advocacy tactics to influence federal and state policymakers in the Midwest states, with emphasis given to Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.


    Considerations may be given to have this position based in Michigan or Ohio.


    • Develop and implement regional and state campaign plans and budgets for advocacy and accountability initiatives in close collaboration with Program, Advocacy, and Communications partners and with federal campaign teams.
    • Typically engage in 2-3 concurrent priority campaigns, including for the NRDC Action Fund.
    • Organize partnerships as needed with state and locally-based organizations to achieve campaign objectives.
    • Organize campaign briefings and reports for internal and external interested parties.
    • Manage campaign consultants and vendors as assigned.
    • These positions do not have direct reports but there is a great deal of horizontal management required in the role.
    • Expect regular out-of-state travel (usually 7-10 business days per month).
    • Expect occasional late night and weekend work with short notice.


    • 7-10 years of experience in politics and advocacy. Those with less than 7 years of experience will not be considered.  No exceptions.
    • Must have managed or served as a director on one or more major issue advocacy, federal or statewide political campaign.
    • The ideal candidate is experienced in and adept as both an organizer and as a communication tactician. S/he should be experienced in and well-prepared to frame issues, use polling and other research to guide advocacy communications, and organize outreach to stakeholders and coalition partners.
    • Proven experience in managing internal processes, project teams and budgets.
    • Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and convey them in writing and through oral presentations. A writing and presentation test may be requested of finalists.
    • Track record of cultivating high-level relationships with political, non-profit advocacy, and philanthropic leaders, with a well-established professional network in politics, government, and non-profit advocacy.
    • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment, and professionalism.
    • A bachelor's degree.


    Preferred Additional Qualifications

    • Recent experience working in and having desirable professional networks in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and/or Ohio would be especially attractive, although not required.
    • Professional exposure to energy and environmental issues is not required. We are looking for innovative, cutting edge campaign and public affairs professionals, first and foremost.
    • Some professional exposure to working in Congress or in a state legislature or in a gubernatorial administration is desirable but not required. We are not looking for a long-time legislative or government staffer with minimal campaign experience.  The ideal candidate is instead a seasoned campaigner who might have a year or more of legislative experience.


    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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