Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • City Engagement Manager

    Job Locations US | US-CA-Santa Monica | US-CA-San Francisco | US-DC-Washington | US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 5 months ago(8/17/2018 11:58 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.

     This is a term limited position expected to go through 12/31/2020


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking a City Engagement Manager with the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) in the Healthy People and Thriving Communities program. The ACCC is an unprecedented opportunity for 20 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. The City Engagement Manager role serves as an internal bridge between city advisors and the Challenge team, delivering resources from the Challenge team to the cities and raising issues and opportunities that arise from the cities. The position is responsible for overseeing, coordinating, and connecting efforts across multiple cities, identifying opportunities for scalable solutions and efficiencies. This position also serves as the project manager for multiple city advisors, to ensure their optimal effectiveness and to provide guidance and assistance when needed.


    Learn more about the ACCC at:


    • Strategy Development and Advocacy: In coordination with the NRDC ACCC Leadership Team, develop and execute building and/or transportation advocacy strategies for up to five cities  
    • Stakeholder Engagement and Education: Serve as lead advisor for cities on engaging with local and national partners and stakeholders. Coordinate with the ACCC Network Manager to localize and apply new national resources at the local level.
    • General Project Management: Serve as the front-line for cities and coordinate resource support with other City Engagement Managers, the Lead Technical Strategists, and the Resource Associates. Schedule and hold regular coordination calls and meetings with Challenge participants.
    • Resource Development & Communications: Develop written resources on behalf of the American Cities Climate Challenge


    • Minimum of a bachelors degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred
    • At least 2 years of related experience at the city level
    • At least 3 years of experience advocating for or implementing clean energy/climate/transportation policy and programs
    • Experience overseeing individuals and being part of large, cross-sector, multi-partner initiatives
    • Experience in coordinating with coalitions of NGO advocates, private sector allies, and/or government partners
    • Relevant network among key stakeholders
    • Ability to participate in teams that work collaboratively towards shared outcomes
    • Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker
    • Willingness to travel to participating Challenge cities throughout the United States, as well as to other NRDC offices and U.S. locations as needed

    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



    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed

    Need help finding the right job?

    We can recommend jobs specifically for you! Click here to get started.