Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Eastern Campaign Manager (Post-election Opportunity)

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 8 months ago(6/19/2018 11:02 AM)
    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 is hiring a politically experienced campaign manager to join the Regional and State Campaigns team in the Center for Policy Advocacy department in its Washington, DC office.  Reporting to the Eastern Campaign Director, the Eastern Campaign Manager will develop and implement advocacy tactics to influence federal and state policymakers in Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and other Eastern states.


    • Develop and implement regional and state campaign plans and budgets for advocacy and accountability initiatives in close collaboration with Program, Advocacy, and Communications partners and with federal campaign teams.
    • Typically engage in 2-3 concurrent priority issue campaigns.
    • Organize partnerships 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.
    • These positions do not have direct reports but there is a great deal of horizontal management required in the role.
    • Expect regular out-of-state travel (usually 5-7 business days per month).
    • Expect occasional late night and weekend work with short notice.


    • Have managed or served as a director (Field, Communications, Digital, Finance or Political) on one or more major issue advocacy or political campaign.
    • Have developed and implemented a budget and work with a wide-variety of internal and external stakeholders.
    • Developed and managed a campaign using tactics such as paid media, earned media, digital, field, or other tactics.
    • The ideal candidate is experienced in and adept as a political strategist, relationship manager, and campaign 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 staff, budgets, internal processes, and project teams.
    • Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and convey them in writing and through oral presentations. A writing and presentation test may be requested of finalists.
    • 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 & Information:

    • Recent experience working in or having a professional network in a state within the Eastern Region (Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, or North Carolina) 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 – particularly with a wide-range of work from local, state, and federal backgrounds.
    • Professional exposure to working with state administrators or legislative lawmakers is desirable but not required. We are not looking for a long-time legislative or government staffer with minimal campaign experience.  The ideal candidate is instead a seasoned, politically experienced campaigner who might have a year or more of legislative advocacy experience. 
    • We are looking to make the hire as soon as possible after the 2018 General Election. In October we will be looking to do a 30 minutes interview and then in-person interviews in Washington, DC in November & December. 

    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. 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.


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