Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • California Campaign Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 2 months ago(6/6/2018 1:54 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 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, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC has over 700,000 members and activists in California with a staff of nearly 150 working in or San Francisco, Santa Monica and Sacramento offices.  We are hiring an experienced campaign manager to join the Campaigns team in the Center for Policy Advocacy department, working with our California Advocacy team out of our San Francisco, CA office.  Reporting to Western Campaigns Director, and working closely with our in-state program staff on a full range of priority environmental and public health issues, the California Campaign Manager will develop and implement advocacy tactics to influence federal and state policy and decision makers in California, and potentially the Pacific Northwest.


    • Develop and implement state campaign plans and budgets for advocacy and accountability initiatives in close collaboration with Western Campaigns, Program, California Advocacy, Government Affairs and Communications partners.
    • Typically engage in 2-3 concurrent priority campaigns, including for the NRDC Action Fund.
    • Develop and maintain an array of partnerships and represent NRDC and the NRDC Action Fund on coalitions, as needed with state and locally-based organizations to achieve campaign objectives.
    • Organize campaign briefings and reports for internal and external interested parties.
    • Manage campaign consultants and vendors as assigned.
    • This position does not have direct reports but there is a great deal of horizontal management required in the role.
    • Expect regular in-state travel (usually 7-10 business days per month), with occasional out-of-state travel as the position requires.
    • Expect occasional late night and weekend work with short notice.


    • 5-8 years of experience, or 3-4 election cycles in political and issue advocacy campaigns. Those with less than the minimum years or experience will not be considered.
    • Must have managed or served as a director on one or more major issue advocacy, federal or statewide political campaigns.
    • The ideal candidate is experienced in and adept as both an organizer and as a communication tactician. S/he should be experienced in and well-prepared to frame issues, use polling and other research to guide advocacy communications, and organize outreach to stakeholders and coalition partners.
    • Proven experience in managing internal processes, project teams and budgets.
    • Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, adopt plans and tactics as conditions change, and convey them in writing and through oral presentations. A writing and presentation test may be requested of finalists.
    • Flexibility as changing political circumstances may require.
    • Track record of cultivating high-level relationships with political, non-profit advocacy, and philanthropic leaders, with a well-established professional network in politics, government, and non-profit advocacy.
    • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment, and professionalism.
    • A bachelor's degree.


    Preferred Additional Qualifications

    • Recent experience working in and having desirable professional networks in California, Oregon, and Washington state would be especially attractive, although not required.
    • Professional exposure to energy and environmental issues is not required. We are looking for innovative, cutting edge campaign and public affairs professionals, first and foremost.
    • Some professional exposure to working in Congress or in a state legislature or in a gubernatorial administration is desirable but not required. We are not looking for a lobbyist, long-time legislative or government staffer with minimal campaign experience. The ideal candidate is instead a seasoned campaigner who might have a year or more of legislative experience.
    • Fluency in Spanish 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 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 1-800-899-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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