Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

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Strategic Communications Manager

Strategic Communications Manager

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US-CA-Santa Monica
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Communications [102000]

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a leading nonprofit environmental group with more than three million members and online activists. We have offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montana, and Beijing, and a staff of 600+ including lawyers, scientists, and policy analysts-- all working to protect the environment and public health.  NRDC tackles a wide array of health and environmental issues, including food.  NRDC’s Food and Agriculture Initiative focuses on protecting the food supply from unsafe pesticides, reforming industrial livestock practices and promoting more plant-based food, making school food healthy and sustainable, conserving precious soil resources and slashing the amount of food that goes to waste.



Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Strategic Communications Manager to focus on California environmental and advocacy issues representing the Santa Monica office on our national media team. 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 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.
  • 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 (from TV networks and cable television to the trade press and activists-bloggers).
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills essential.
  • Strong relationships with major regional and national reporters and bloggers are a plus.
  • Proven record of securing placements with traditional and digital media.
  • Strong social media skills/understanding.
  • At least 2 years supervisory experience.
  • Proficiency of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Thorough knowledge of social media tools, including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Knowledge of media database tools, including Cision/Vocus.
  • 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.


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. 


If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.


For further information about NRDC, please visit