Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Learning Community Coordiantor

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/23/2018 10:31 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Healthy People and Thriving Communities [403000]
  • 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.


    Place matters. Where we live has profound implications for our health and well-being. But for far too many people, particularly low-income households and people of color, these places are contributing to their growing inequity in economic opportunity, climate vulnerability and health outcomes.  The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is a transformative effort to create healthy, climate-smart, and opportunity-rich places where low-income people and people of color can thrive. SPARCC supports collaborative and racially-inclusive leadership tables in six metropolitan regions; Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis and the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on changing the underlying systems that shape the built environment. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has partnered with Enterprise Community Partners, the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (together, the SPARCC partners) to implement this bold initiative. Each partner contributes to staffing the initiative, with NRDC responsible for the policy, capacity and systems change components.



    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a national environmental non-profit dedicated to safeguarding the earth – its’s people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. NRDC’s Resilient Communities division works to produce strong, just and resilient communities without contributing to climate change, by providing the support necessary for urban areas to find, fund and implement integrated, equitable and replicable policy and market strategies. Each Resilient Communities initiative builds strategic national and local partnerships, produces toolkits with vetted strategy options and supporting materials, structures learning networks with technical experts and peers, and provides on-site capacity with financial support.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC seeks a Learning Community Coordinator to manage SPARCC’s Learning Community, the platform for interaction, technical assistance, shared-learning, and best practices for activities that help build capacity in six regions across the country to achieve greater racial, health and climate equity. The Coordinator will work deeply with the six SPARCC locations (referred to as sites), NRDC’s SPARCC Director, and broader SPARCC team, to manage and implement learning community activities. We seek a creative, strategic thinker with demonstrated imagination and flexibility.


    The Learning Community Coordinator will report directly to the NRDC SPARCC Director, who is based in Denver, CO. The position would ideally be located in Washington DC, but can be considered in New York, Denver or other NRDC office locations.


    • Develops structure and suggested curriculum offerings for the Learning Community in consultation with NRDC SPARCC Director and team
    • Designs and implements shared learning activities: webinars, in-person convenings, peer-to-peer site visits, and other activities in consultation with peer Program Director and Coordinators. This includes developing agendas and content, securing local participation, speakers, and other detailed logistics
    • Develops and manages the platform for communication with SPARCC sites, technical assistance providers and other resource partners as needed, i.e. listserve and/or resource website.
    • Organizes roundtables and events within the SPARCC network to discuss issues shared by multiple sites
    • Assists in developing technical assistance roster and coordinating with content-level experts
    • Develops and manages the budget for in-person convenings and other Learning Community activities
    • Ensures timely follow-up from network engagement with sites
    • Oversees SPARCC learning community consultant(s), handles contracts and invoices, and grant agreements
    • Presents progress reports on a regular basis to and collaborates with SPARCC Management Team
    • Maintains and updates learning community documents, resource library and other initiative support as needed


    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Strong organizing and coordinating skills
    • Strong critical thinking skills
    • Strong project management skills with effective written, oral communication and presentation skills
    • Strong team skills and ability to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders
    • Ability to work independently and take initiative
    • High proficiency in Office applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook


    Education/Travel Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree is required
    • Experience with facilitating networks, coordinating and organizing events and activities
    • Must be able to travel


    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.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter. No phone calls or faxes please. 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 1-866-803-9663.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit



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