Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Executive Assistant to the Chief Program Officer

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Chief Program Office [401000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of two 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, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking an Executive Assistant to work with the Chief Program Officer (CPO) in our Washington, DC office. Under the guidance of the Chief Program Officer this position manages the office of the CPO and a variety of special projects. S/he will provide full day-to-day administrative support to the CPO including calendar management and scheduling, planning travel logistics, and meeting coordination. S/he will also play a key role in effectively coordinating a number of projects overseen by the CPO, particularly in budget planning, research, and communications. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, quick learner and knows how to manage his or her own work and balance assignments. The individual in this role must be comfortable working in an independent, flexible, and efficient manner in a fast-paced work environment and be able to prioritize projects. Excellent research, writing, interpersonal, and project coordination skills are required. The candidate must be skilled at working in a collaborative culture and possess good judgment and tact.


    • Provide administrative support to the CPO including calendar management and scheduling, processing of correspondence, invoice and expense reporting, and file maintenance
    • Manage material gathering, administer the collaborative online space for materials and agendas, and participate in meetings to take notes
    • Organize and coordinate meetings and events with internal and external parties and oversee logistics, scheduling and technology of programmatic meetings and retreats
    • Manage departmental budget ensuring accurate tracking of spending and frequent reporting with finance staff
    • Coordinate travel arrangements and occasionally support the CPO during travel
    • Prepare briefing materials, conducts research, and draft documents
    • Provide ad-hoc hands-on support for a variety of projects and roles


    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience
    • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be detail-oriented
    • Strong project management and project coordination skills
    • Proactive, detail oriented, problem solver with the ability to deliver high-quality results on-time
    • Experience working with multiple teams, priorities and projects at the same time
    • Strong skills in MS PowerPoint, Excel, Word
    • Strong writing and researching skills
    • Experience using Adobe InDesign a plus

    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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