Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Clean Energy and Equity Advocate

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/14/2019 1:24 PM)
    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.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking a Clean Energy and Equity Advocate to join our Western Energy and Energy Efficiency for All project (EEFA) teams. This position will develop and oversee California strategies, policies, funding proposals, and long-term advocacy solutions to drive the deployment of affordable energy efficiency, health measures, renewable energy, and other clean energy resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve living conditions for low-income families. It will also support NRDC’s expanding focus on ensuring access to quality jobs and that the transition out of a fossil fuel dependent energy economy will be just and equitable for all communities.


    Our Western Energy team advocates for deep cuts to carbon pollution by ending our dependence on dangerous, climate-warming fossil fuels that pollute the air and water and harm public health and communities. We work for clean energy solutions that will lower consumer energy bills, create jobs, and build our economy.


    EEFA unites people from diverse sectors and backgrounds to collectively make multifamily affordable buildings healthy, as well as energy- and water-efficient, to improve housing in low-income communities so they can receive their share of environmental and economic benefits. We build power to change policies and practices by seeding and supporting coalitions in 12 states including California as well as providing a platform through a national network so diverse sector leaders can convene, learn from one another and develop collective solutions.


    • Advance building policies for existing single and multifamily residential properties, especially for low- and moderate -income customers, as well as small and medium businesses in California underserved communities by:
      • Leading NRDC advocacy through direct engagement with utilities (public and private), the Legislature, the Governor’s office, local boards or city councils, and with the energy and climate agencies, including direct advocacy with Commissioners and staff.
      • Improving existing policies or developing new ones, such as energy data transparency, benchmarking, savings targets, and other related energy efficiency policies needed to ensure a robust and successful program.
      • Creating and overseeing diverse coalitions of housing, energy, and environmental justice advocates to advocate for these policies.
      • Collaborating with government, private, and non-profit stakeholders and allies to build support for new energy-saving policies and to develop effective proposals.
    • Coordinate energy affordability efforts across California.
    • Collaborate with other NRDC efforts to support a skilled workforce as well as to ensure a just and equitable transition from fossil fuel energy sources such that NRDC’s clean energy policies also lead to quality jobs for all.
    • Undertake quantitative and qualitative analyses in the form of research papers, fact sheets, blogs, or other materials to support successful advancement of NRDC’s objectives.
    • Lead NRDC’s work at the California Legislature, including analyzing bills or writing bill proposals.
    • Author comments, testimony, and briefs as well as represent NRDC at all relevant hearings.
    • Manage contracts for multiple consultants providing program advocacy support.
    • Support fundraising efforts at the regional, state, and local level.


    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
    • 5 years minimum of related professional experience.
    • Familiarity with energy efficiency, affordable housing, and coalition-building preferred.
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Coalition-building and partnership engagement skills
    • Ability to handle multiple work streams and competing deadlines under pressure.
    • Self-starter who can work independently in a fast-paced environment.
    • Team player with a professional manner, positive attitude, and sense of humor.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work discretely with sensitive information.
    • Willingness to travel frequently within California.
    • High proficiency with Microsoft office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.


    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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