Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Communications Assistant

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/29/2018 2:28 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Communications [102000]
  • Overview

    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:


    The Communications Assistant will provide administrative and research support to the Federal Communications team in our Washington DC office. Beyond possessing the necessary administrative skills, the ideal candidate is one with a demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment, prioritize assignments, work as a member of a fast-paced team and proactively interface with individuals from all departments throughout a 600+ member organization. The successful candidate must be an excellent multitasker and possess strong written, verbal communications and basic research skills. A working knowledge of the fast-changing world of the news (and social) media would be a plus.


    • Assisting with project management and tracking of advocacy communications work.
    • Assisting with the editing, formatting, production and distribution of press releases, editorial board statements, reports, and other documents.
    • Scheduling and facilitation of various staff and general meetings.
    • Fielding inquiries from the press and general public by phone and e-mailing efficiently and with a professional demeanor.
    • Processing invoices, monthly business expenses on behalf of staff members.
    • Providing general administrative support for federal communications staff members, including making travel arrangements, recording meeting notes, and coordinating catering.
    • Providing coverage for other staff assistants and reception when needed.
    • Developing and coordinating press coverage reports, helping draft and circulate summaries of weekly press hits.
    • Assisting with the distribution of blogs and other communications to the press.
    • Assisting with research on press coverage, the media landscape, specific policy issues, and other topics.


    • 1-3 years previous administrative or professional experience.
    • Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills.
    • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be detail oriented.
    • Must have the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks accurately and according to procedure.
    • Must possess a high degree of proficiency with the Microsoft office suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
    • Willingness to be available for occasional overtime work
    • Interest in environmental issues 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




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