Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Communications Manager

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/1/2018 4:47 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    International [404000]
  • 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 seeking a Communications Manager to work with the International team in our DC office.  NRDC is a global leader on the issue of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASGM) and mercury. In this role, NRDC is executing a global knowledge management and communications project, under of the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development (GOLD) in ASGM program, a UN Environment initiative.  In alignment with NRDC’s strategic focus on healthy and thriving communities both in the US and internationally, the GEF GOLD program will strive to control mercury pollution and other environmental impacts from mercury-based ASGM by replacing this widespread practice with safer, mercury-free methods, without undermining critically needed livelihoods.


    This position will coordinate the communications component of this project. The objective will be to develop social and conventional media strategies, create and maintain outreach and communication for specialized and general audiences. The manager will use targeted communication to educate and garner support among the public, governments, and other stakeholders, for sector reform, increased access to finance and improved markets for ASGM gold.   They will help promote and maintain channels of ongoing communication among practitioners in the global ASGM community. The position will also ensure that all participants and stakeholders can communicate effectively and easily with each other, such as through an online forum and a dedicated listserv, as well as through social media.  Finally, the manager will assist with the development of a PR campaign in conjunction with a downstream user or users of gold, specifically jewelers, to increase awareness and demand for responsible gold.


    The communications manager’s responsibilities will include the following:

    • Collaborate with communications subcontractor: to develop global social and conventional media strategies; create media tools, and other media outreach materials; and utilize media to promote project news;
    • Help create and maintain public outreach and communication by working with UNEP on the GOLD program website;
    • Assist other projects in the GOLD program to populate their page on the program website; to contribute news to global communication platforms (social media, traditional media outreach); to access global media resources
    • In collaboration with communications subcontractor, lead other communications activities with specialized targeted audiences (such as Socially Responsible Investment community and other investors);
    • Lead GOLD program communications network and maintain partner listserv;
    • Assist communications subcontractor with creation and dissemination of: standard program materials; information from other projects in the program using standard project templates; and project annual summaries;
    • Assist with promoting jewelry partnership by carrying out publicity campaign strategy; assist with reporting of results.


    • Advanced degree preferred and career-level professional knowledge in communications/journalism with 5-7 years of public or private sector experience and;
    • Relevant experience or training in international setting;
    • Professional experience in communication strategies, digital media, event management, brand compliance and the dissemination of technical advice;
    • Strong skills in the use of social media and web application software to achieve program and publications goals;
    • Experience working with UN agencies and international development industry (for or non-profit);
    • Excellent leadership and project management skills;
    • Excellent writing and editing skills;
    • Strong oral skills, strategic planning skills and organizational skills;
    • Self-motivation and ability to manage multiple assignments, work efficiently and meet deadlines with limited supervision;
    • High level interpersonal and communication skills;
    • High proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word and Outlook;
    • Ability to travel internationally when needed (up to 20%) and;
    • Fluency in Spanish and/or French are preferred.


    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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