Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Climate Advisor - San Diego

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/3/2019 11:23 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 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 San Diego (City) as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC). 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 Advisor will work with city officials to develop and execute a robust public engagement strategy to advance policy and programs focused primarily on transportation, with the opportunity to work on buildings and energy. The City Advisor will be part of a network of similar positions located in cities across the country to support these programs and will 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 local government, the transportation sector, utility companies, industry, and other organizations in the community.  

    This position will be based in San Diego, CA


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


    Learn more about the ACCC at:


    • Project Management: Develop and execute a detailed work plan to implement the City’s plans for climate change mitigation through transportation and buildings policies and programs with expertise in performance management. This may include tracking, establishing metrics, analytics, visualization, and reporting.
    • Stakeholder Outreach and Management: Lead various work streams including, but not limited to outreach to stakeholders, drafting internal and public-facing documents; navigating internal city processes in coordination with our partners; develop public outreach and engagement strategies around sustainable transportation and buildings with a focus on transit oriented development and a smart mobility system to help San Diegans find, plan and pay for trips via sustainable modes. This position will also assist on a municipal energy strategy, energy efficiency policy for existing buildings, building a 100% renewable energy program, and 100% renewable energy consumption for municipal operations. Experience incorporating the perspectives of vulnerable communities and populations  in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of  decision-making processes and program implementation.
    • 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 focusing on a smart mobility system and transit oriented development; successfully support sustainability measures in the face of competing city priorities. Provide policy and program research and analysis on transportation, buildings, and energy priorities. Develop an engagement strategy to better represent San Diego residents and stakeholders on climate issues, focusing on communities that are often underrepresented in civic forums.
    • 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 reporting on progress, joining regularly scheduled calls, participating in online trainings, and attending in-person convenings.


    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred
    • At least 3 years of advocacy experience on climate, clean energy, and/or transportation policy
    • Experience working at the city level or in local government preferred
    • Exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills
    • Experience managing 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
    • Knowledge or experience with inclusive Smart City concepts and initiatives preferred, but not required

    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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