Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Program Assistant to Executive Director of the Action Fund

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(5/23/2018 11:25 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Action Fund [302000]
  • 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 Action Fund is seeking Program Assistant to support the Executive Director and work with our team in NRDC’s Washington, DC office. The NRDC Action Fund is an affiliated but separate organization from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Our mission is to build political support in the United States for protecting the planet and its people. In addition to holding elected officials accountable for their votes and lobbying political leaders to implement the Clean Power Plan, we have endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time, as well as a powerful list of environmental champions for the U.S. Senate. This year will be pivotal in our fight to protect our nation’s environmental legacy.


    The Program Assistant will bring a high level of organization and initiative to supporting the Executive Director and the six-member staff, as well as their interactions with the Action Fund board and the NRDC staff. This position offers the opportunity to learn/gain exposure to political advocacy strategy and management early in their career while also supporting the Executive Director.


    • Provide administrative support for the Executive Director (ED) including travel support, logistical support, expense reimbursements, and timesheets.
    • Manage the ED’s calendar for appointments, meetings, and conferences as needed.
    • Work with ED (and others as necessary) to ensure the preparation of the agendas for the Action Fund’s regularly scheduled, reoccurring meetings.
    • Work with the ED, Director of Operations and others as necessary to ensure that the to-do’s from mtgs are captured, shared and completed by ED and others.
    • Works with the ED and AF team members to provide strategic management and support of the Executive Director’s time with a strong understanding of priorities, ability to serve as a gatekeeper to ensure his time is used for only the highest-value reasons, and support on preparation for and follow up from meetings.
    • Supports the ED in ensuring that the major Action Fund programs and projects are proceeding on a schedule and that important milestones and to-do’s are being met
    • Provides research support and produces first drafts of emails and other documents as directed by the ED.
    • Provide logistical support for Action Fund all-staff meetings, public events, and conferences.
    • Process invoices and other administrative forms


    • Strong interest in issue advocacy and electoral campaigns required.
    • Prior electoral or issue advocacy campaign experience a plus.
    • Strong writing skills
    • Sense of humor
    • Ability to multi-task/juggle multiple responsibilities
    • Strong organizational skills
    • 2-3 years work experience
    • Undergrad degree preferred but not required
    • Demonstrated attention to detail and thoroughness
    • Quick study/fast learner

    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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