Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Operations and Budget Manager

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Communications [102000]
  • 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:


    The Budget and Operations Manager will be responsible for overseeing the operations responsibilities of a large and growing communications department, with an emphasis on budget management. Other areas of work will include but not be limited to contracts, staff training, and internal communications. This is a new position created to ensure the smooth functioning and budgeting of the Communications Department. The Operations Manager will work closely with colleagues in HR, Finance, Accounting, and Development, among other areas. In addition, the Operations Manager will work with external vendors and partners as needed and in relation to contracts, procurement, and budgeting issues.


    • Streamline and manage the annual expense budgeting process for Communications.
    • Oversee income and grant management for the Communications department—tracking, reporting, and managing all Communications Department income.
    • Produce regular reports on expense tracking; develop systems for regular reporting on budgets to managers and throughout the Communications Department.
    • Create templates and other tools to allow for a consistent system of budget management throughout the department.
    • Train others on budget management systems and processes to ensure a net of strong budgeting and tracking throughout the department.
    • Act as point person within the Communications Department for reporting on financial management, including writing grant reports, writing/reviewing new proposals, and tracking income.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
    • 5+ years of related experience.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong planning and project management skills.
    • Knowledge of the fundamentals of business contracts and negotiations.
    • Vendor management skills.
    • Budget management skills.

    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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