Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Facilities Manager

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/28/2019 11:17 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Facilities [202000]
  • 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:


    The Natural Resources Defense Council is seeking a Facilities Manager to oversee the general management and efficient day-to-day operation of the Chicago and remote offices. The position is responsible for ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for staff, developing policy and procedures, managing projects, planning and improving work-spaces, responding to emergencies, engaging in long-term planning for the office, managing renovations and participating in developing institutional projects that impact all offices. The successful candidate will maintain a high level of customer service, support a workplace that embodies sustainability and health and wellness practices, have a holistic and innovative approach to facilities management and ensure that office policies and procedures are aligned with the Facilities Team mission and goals.


    Institutional Support

    • Collaborate with Facilities Leadership Team on institututional projects that are focused on improving efficiency and, areas such as purchasing and real estate, with the objective of being efficient with resources, planning for long-term, and improving staff experience.
    • Ensure alignment of organizational goals and implementation of Sustainability, Health and Wellness practices and Community Building efforts.
    • Manage NRDC’s roughly growing trend of remote staff and small remote offices.

     Facilities Management

    • Oversee facility maintenance and repairs, maintaining related building logs and follow up with building management and ownership.
    • Work, along with Facilities Leadership, on capital projects related to office exansions, renovations and moves.
    • Manage and review space needs and process for space assignments and ensure alignment with NRDC’s Workplace values.
    • Oversee purchasing, maintenance and installation of equipment and furniture.
    • Develop and execute annual administrative plan and budget with full review of operations and maintenance costs.
    • Manage the processing, review and approval of Facilities invoices and expenses.
    • Oversee emergency management for the Chicago office including updates and protocols, coordinating workshops and acting as the main point of contact for emergency related issues.
    • Contract and coordinate vendors including security & life safety, cleaning, HVAC, and various maintenance and repair trades.
    • Oversee reception and mail services.
    • Organize monthly all staff meetings and staff engagement through staff events that support Community Building.
    • Manage communication for the Chicago office for all Facilities related issues.
    • Conduct office policy orientation for new employees, interns and volunteers.
    • Maintain NRDC energy management software for the Chicago office.
    • Additional related duties as assigned.


    • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
    • Desire to provide excellent customer service to office staff.
    • Ability to work collaboratively, manage a heave and diverse workload and execute duties independently.
    • Computer literacy essential: spreadsheets, databases and electronic communication required.
    • Aptitude for facilities management and be detail oriented.
    • Must have the ability to lead, plan and delegate responsibility and function under pressure.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with staff and external contacts.
    • Knowledge of sustainability, LEED system, LBC standards
    • Interest in environmental and/or social issues

    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 /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. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. 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.


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    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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