Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Climate Advisor - Austin

    Job Locations US-TX-Austin
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/30/2018 7:08 AM)
    Job ID
    2018-4077
    # of Openings
    1
    Group
    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 Air Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our climate and clean energy cases have played a major role shaping current climate 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 Climate Advisor to work with the City of Austin as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC). The American Cities Climate Challenge 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 Climate Advisor will work with city officials to assist with the execution of initiatives designed to advance carbon reductions through policies and programs focused on transportation and building energy efficiency.  The Climate Advisor will be part of a network of similar positions located in cities across the country to support these building, energy, and transportation initiatives and will therefore be engaged at the local, regional, and national levels to advance the city’s goals. The position will interface with key influencers and decision-makers within city government, including Austin Energy, Austin Transportation Department, Building Services Department,  the business community, and other organizations in the community.

    Location: Austin,TX  

     

    This is a limited term role through 12/31/2020

     

    Learn more about the ACCC at: 

    https://www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge/

    Responsibilities

    • Project Management: Develop and execute a detailed work plan to implement the city’s plans for climate mitigation through transportation and buildings policies and programs with expertise in performance management.
    • Stakeholder Outreach and Management: Lead various work streams including but not limited to outreach to stakeholders, both internal to city government and the broader community of private sector, non-profit, philanthropic, and community partners; drafting internal and public-facing documents; navigating internal city processes in coordination with our partners; develop public outreach and engagement strategies for transportation priorities including transportation demand management,  parking management, adoption of electric vehicles, and promotion of new low carbon mobility options.  Work closely with staff to build on success of the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Ordinance to drive energy efficiency in existing buildings.   Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.   
    • Education and Policy Engagement: Educate city stakeholders and the local community on the importance of addressing climate change through transportation and buildings policies and programs. Successfully support sustainability measures in the face of competing city priorities. Provide legislative review and policy research and analysis, with a focus on transportation and buildings policies and programs, specifically parking management, transportation demand management, EV promotion, bicycle and pedestrian networks and energy efficiency in buildings. Develop an engagement strategy to better represent Austin residents and stakeholders on climate issues, focusing on frontline communities that are often underrepresented in civic forums.  
    • Financing Tools and Strategies: Assemble options and best practices, including examples from other cities, to finance the incremental costs of carbon reduction strategies and programs. Financial tools could include those available to municipal government as well as the private sector. Familiarity with innovative financing tools as well as fiscal justification including cost benefit analysis and life cycle cost models.
    • Network Development: Develop and manage strong relationships with the city government, key stakeholders, and partners in the community. Maintain appropriate communication and information flow with community partners.
    • Challenge Participation: Actively participate in the ACCC network of cities. This includes joining regularly scheduled calls, participating in online trainings, and attending in-person convenings.

    Qualifications

    ● Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred

    At least 3 years of advocacy experience on climate change, transportation and energy efficiency policy preferred.

    ● Experience working with or collaborating with municipal government preferred.

    ● Exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills.

    Experience managing cross-functional projects in a team setting, including developing project plans and managing timelines.

    ● Experience working at the intersection of equity and environment preferred.

    ● Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to achieve goals.

    ● Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker with an ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.

     

     

    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 www.nrdc.org/careers 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.

     

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