Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Communications Associate

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/1/2018 12:37 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Action Fund [302000]
  • Overview

    Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.  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 – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


    The NRDC Action Fund is an affiliated but separate organization from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The NRDC Action Fund’s mission is to build political support in the United States for protecting the planet and its people. We mobilize influential constituencies, experts, community leaders and others to directly advocate for clean air and water, public health, biodiversity, and a stable climate. We support candidates who stand up for environmental protection, and we expose those who side with polluters rather than the public good.


    Position Summary:


    The Communications Associate will work closely with the Communications Director to create content for strategic communications and branding materials, manage digital communications, facilitate internal communications, copy-edit, produce social media and blogs, and conduct political and issue research. The Communications Associate works closely with multiple consultants, sometimes directly or indirectly managing them depending on projects. These include: a social media firm, a digital advocacy firm, designers, researchers, writers, and editors. The Communications Associate will also be responsible for managing the work of the NRDC Action Fund’s political research intern. The ideal candidate is an excellent writer, creative team player and fast learner with an interest in the intersection of politics and the environment.



    • Create and distribute operations reports and weekly board updates
    • Draft board book materials and presentations
    • Copy-edit
    • Pitch and write blog posts
    • Online communications / social media manager
      • Manage vendor relationships and workflow
      • Draft, edit and post Facebook and Twitter content regularly
      • Update/upload YouTube account with new videos
      • Manage WordPress for website updates/blogs/press releases
    • Provide support to the Communications Director to:
      • Provide backup for directing press to the relevant expert
      • Create written content
      • Develop strategic communications and branding materials
      • Manage special communications projects / campaigns



    • Conduct assigned research projects
    • Draft race and candidate memos
    • Create politician bios
    • Track candidates’ issue positions/ rankings
    • Draft monthly and ad hoc Political Activities Committee materials
    • Attend candidate meetings / interviews
    • Create issue factsheets for grasstops


    • Bachelors degree in Communications, Political Science or other relevant area
    • 1- 3 years of communications experience
    • Excellent writing and copy-editing skills 
    • Strong knowledge and understanding of social media (including Twitter, Facebook) and blogging
    • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks independently in a fast-paced environment.  
    • Experience in political research and an intellectual curiosity in the intersection of politics and environmental policy
    • Knowledge of WordPress software
    • Highly self-directed

    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 identity and expression, 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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