Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • National Outreach Director

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/1/2019 3:13 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]
  • 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 hiring an experienced outreach director to join the Campaigns & External Affairs division in the Center for Policy Advocacy department in its Washington, DC office. Reporting to the Managing Director of Campaigns & External Affairs, the National Outreach Director will develop and implement a cross-institutional strategy to increase the effectiveness of NRDC’s advocacy and support NRDC in meeting its strategic plan goals, which emphasize deep and transformational partnerships with new organizations representing diverse constituencies, as well as building out relationships with current partners to address the climate and other environmental crises facing our communities.  The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual with a proven track record of cultivating, growing and maintaining partnerships with a range of organizations and individuals, both in the traditional environmental and broader progressive fields.


    • Devise and implement innovative strategies and new approaches to external partnership building, in accordance with NRDC’s Strategic Plan goals of strengthening and broadening the environmental movement.
    • Build and lead a team of outreach experts responsible for developing and maintaining relationships between NRDC and partners, focusing primarily in 10 priority states.
    • Lead NRDC in building and maintaining transformative relationships with national organizations and their state affiliates that represent communities of color.
    • Shape and showcase NRDC’s collaborative projects with allied groups.
    • Represent NRDC as a spokesperson to internal and external audiences at events, conferences, meetings, and with the media.
    • Develop and maintain internal planning and project management systems supporting outreach and campaign management, including a system for organizing and tracking partners and projects.


    • 10+ years of experience in politics and advocacy.
    • Proven experience in managing people, logistics, budgets, and internal processes.
    • Familiarity beyond environmental allies with progressive voices, especially communities of color, women and underrepresented groups.
    • Extensive experience developing and maintain meaningful relationships with diverse communities and a deep understanding of cultural, gender and socioeconomic differences.
    • Ability to interact with senior leaders across NRDC as well as external partners.
    • Exceptional communication skills. (Fluency in Spanish a plus.)
    • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment, and professionalism.
    • A bachelor's degree. 


    NRDC’s Center for Policy Advocacy (CPA):

    CPA’s mission is to build and leverage the institution’s advocacy and social influence to advance NRDC’s environmental policy goals.  Specifically, CPA campaign and external affairs staff are charged with:

    • Systematically organizing advocacy and public affairs strategies and tactics to achieve policy and power-building goals, organized as campaigns nationally and across the regions of the U.S.
    • Proactively advancing policy priorities in government on federal, state, and local levels.
    • Directing campaigns to educate the public concerning lawmakers’ actions and hold them accountable for such.
    • Directing and organizing external relationship-building toward influential partnerships and alliances.
    • Representing NRDC and the NRDC Action Fund and guiding participation in strategic coalitions.


    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. Consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, 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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