Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • State and Federal Policy Advocate

    Job Locations US
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/26/2018 10:05 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Healthy People and Thriving Communities [403000]
  • 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.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking a State and Federal Policy Advocate to work with the Resilient Communities team. Resilient Communities advances climate strategies that also improve the basics of life such as providing affordable transportation choices, lowering energy bills, and providing access to healthy food. The State and Federal Policy Advocate would serve as lead on federal infrastructure advocacy, liaise with the NRDC’s Center for Policy Advocacy, as well as provide support to Resilient Communities’ local initiatives.


    • Track and watchdog legislative and administrative actions related to transportation, housing and other key infrastructure priorities for NRDC.
    • Bring a particular focus to the actions of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
    • Provide support to Healthy People and Thriving Communities Program on Infrastructure Policy, federal and state policy campaigns, and liaise with the Center for Policy Advocacy.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with key administration officials and congressional staff with transportation, housing and infrastructure portfolios.
    • Spearhead the creation of legislative and administrative campaigns to advance NRDC’s institutional strategic goals related to climate and infrastructure.
    • Draft letters to administration and congress, draft blogs about key policy matters, analyze and critique policy proposals and reports in support of key state and federal priorities.
    • Enroll partner organizations in key campaigns, manage coalitions.
    • Participate in other coalitions as warranted and strategic – work with other organizations in coalitions.
    • Engage and leverage NRDC’s many resources to support infrastructure campaigns - Communications, Digital Advocacy, Development, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Center for Policy Advocacy.


    • Strong background in urban planning and policy, transportation planning and policy, strong preference for 5 years + experience;
    • Strong writing, public speaking, communications and analytical skills;
    • Strong project management skills;
    • Familiarity and demonstrated relationships with DC non-profit and advocacy organizations as well as key congressional and administrative staff;
    • Ability to work independently a must, ability to take initiative to problem solve critical. Self-starter to thrive in an entrepreneurial culture.
    • Ability to work in collaborative contexts, effectively as a member of a team, regular communication with team members essential.
    • Demonstrated experience and success developing and winning issue based campaigns and attendant political strategy in the past.
    • Passion for changing rules, investments, policies and programs to support sustainable urbanism, with an eye towards equity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is essential.


    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.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. 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 Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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