Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Director of Learning and Development

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Human Resources [204000]
  • 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 looking for a Director of Learning and Development. This new position will be located in our New York office and will have strategic and operational responsibilities across the US. The position reports to NRDC’s Chief Human Resources Officer.


    We are looking for an experienced professional to create a staff education and development program to meet assessed needs; and, to develop and deliver content using internal and external resources. The ideal candidate has demonstrated success in the development and implementation of initiatives including leadership education, diversity & inclusion training, train the trainer initiatives, and building job based curricula. He or she must have the ability to succeed in a fast-paced work environment, be able to multi-task and to effectively balance strategic and tactical priorities.


    The successful candidate will work effectively with NRDC’s leadership, along with teams of administrative professionals, lawyers, scientists and policy analysts who protect public health and the environment through advocacy, action and education.


    • Assess NRDC’s short and long term development and education needs.
    • Develop a comprehensive education and training plan to support and enhance NRDC’s strategic growth, diversity & inclusion and effectiveness.
    • Design content to support the education plan, using internal and external resources, as appropriate.
    • Deliver content, using internal and external resources, as appropriate.
    • Identify and leverage both well established and innovative education tools, programs, delivery mechanisms to meet NRDC’s needs.
    • Simultaneously make progress on short term needs and the development of longer term strategies.


    • Minimum 10 years training, development, staff education experience. Varied experience, e.g. in house, consulting, for profit, nonprofit useful.
    • Minimum 5 years experience successfully designing and implementing staff education strategies.
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Degree or experience in Education, Training, Human Resources, or Organization Development a plus.
    • Some travel required.

    Professional Skill Requirements:

    • Excellent communication, facilitation and writing skills.
    • Demonstrated track record in training, education, staff development.
    • Well acquainted with established and innovative management development programs and other education content.
    • Familiar with various training platforms and delivery mechanisms, e.g. webinars, cloud based content.
    • Success leveraging training and education into demonstrated skill acquisition and behavioral growth.
    • Ability to understand organizational needs and culture and to translate them into education and development strategies.
    • Strong change management and organization influence skills.
    • Desire to work in a collaborative, team based environment.

    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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