Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Senior Attorney/Renewable Energy Advocate

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/27/2018 8:56 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Climate and Clean Energy [402000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   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 of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking a Senior Attorney/Renewable Energy Advocate to join the Midwest Region team of the Climate & Clean Energy Program, to be based in NRDC’s Chicago office.


    • Provide written and oral advocacy with a focus on NRDC’s renewable energy and climate priorities in the Midwest before utility regulatory commissions, state legislatures, state agencies, and the executive branch;
    • Serve in a leadership role in developing and nurturing strong relationships with state-level decision makers, elected officials, coalition allies, and local partners, to advance and defend strategic clean energy and climate priorities, policies and laws, on state, regional and local levels;
    • Conduct policy research and analysis to develop and support positions;
    • Coordinate and represent NRDC in coalitions on renewable energy and climate issue-areas;
    • Provide strong expertise and experience to inform strategy, campaign activities, and stakeholder engagement;
    • Represent NRDC’s regional and state clean energy vision in the media through press interviews, op-ed pieces, and blog postings;
    • Develop advocacy materials to amplify NRDC’s message in coordination with NRDC’s Communications department;
    • Work with the Climate & Clean Energy Program’s Midwest Region Director and other members of the team, as appropriate, to set priorities, budgets and timelines and effectively deploy consultants and partners to meet project timelines and objectives. As appropriate, manage state and regional budgets;
    • Coordinate with NRDC colleagues to strengthen effective relationships with key federal officials as needed;
    • Be a central part of a strong and collegial team that is both focused on meeting project expectations and using the full range of expertise at NRDC and among its partners to effect change at the regional, state and federal levels.


    • Juris Doctor or Master’s Degree in relevant field required;
    • 7-10 years’ experience in renewable energy and climate policy, and/or relevant governmental, regulatory or legislative experience;
    • A sense of mission and passion for protecting the environment and advancing NRDC’s policy priorities;
    • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment and professionalism;
    • Track record of cultivating high-level relationships with non-profit, political and philanthropic leaders;
    • Strong quantitative and analytical skills;
    • Significant project management experience;
    • Willingness to travel to states within the Midwest region, as well as to other NRDC offices and U.S. locations as needed.

    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 iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit



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