Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Program Assistant

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/5/2018 11:33 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.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC seeks a Program Assistant to provide administrative support to the Health and Food Program in our Washington, D.C. office. The Program Assistant will work closely with a group of NRDC staff working to in the United States to protect families and communities from toxic chemicals in their food, water, and shelter. The position provides administrative assistance to the various initiatives, requiring strong organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple tasks and willingness to work with diverse personalities and a fast-paced team.


    • Providing general administrative support to staff;
    • Scheduling and organizing meetings and conference calls for program staff;
    • Processing expenses, preparing budget reports, maintaining financial records
    • Serving as an intermediary between the program and NRDC’s finance, accounting, and communications        departments.
    • Maintaining paper and electronic filing systems and databases;
    • Handling incoming and outgoing mail and faxes;
    • Making travel arrangements, including transportation, hotel accommodations, vehicle rentals and conference registration;
    • Responding to and directing inquiries from the general public and outside organizations;
    • Formatting, and compiling edits on letters, action alerts, reports, fact sheets, blog posts, and other project materials;
    • Helping to put together expense reports for funders;
    • Assisting the receptionist and other program assistants as needed.
    • Performing other projects as assigned.


    • Experience in an administrative position preferred;
    • Strong facility with Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, databases, the Internet, and electronic communication;
    • Strong organizational skills to prioritize and carry out multiple tasks, follow institutional procedures
    • Ability to perform undirected work quickly and with meticulous attention to detail with minimal supervision
    • Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to work well with people of varying backgrounds in a team setting;
    • Willingness to be available for occasional overtime work; and
    • Interest in food, health, and environmental issues

    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. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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