Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Senior Congressional Strategist

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/28/2019 3:10 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 seeking a Senior Congressional Strategist reporting to the Senior Director of Federal Affairs in our Washington, DC office.  This is position will join NRDC’s Federal Affairs team to help craft federal governmental advocacy strategies, advocate on a range of environmental issues and represent NRDC in Congress and with partner organizations and coalitions. This is a senior level position and a strong understanding of Congress and the legislative process are desired.


    • Serve as a senior member of the Federal Affairs team, working to build NRDC’s influence with members and staff of Congress, partner organizations and coalitions.
    • Work closely with Program substantive experts to design effective strategies and federal policies and advocate for that federal policy agenda before Congress.
    • Create strategies to forward positive environmental outcomes on appropriations, budget and other special priorities. Coordinate NRDC’s annual Appropriations and Budget strategies.
    • Formulate and execute engagement on the Hill, including briefings and preparation of materials.
    • Implement federal rapid response in close collaboration with policy, communications, and campaign colleagues.
    • Conduct legislative research, respond to inquiries from Congress and develop and work with coalitions to enhance advocacy.


    • This is a senior level position. Experienced knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes critical.
    • Must possess at least eight years of Hill or association advocacy experience, preferably with strong emphasis on environmental issues, or significant experience in other positions that involve working closely with Congress.
    • Knowledge of appropriations and budget processes
    • Experience in formulating environmental policies, external communications, and managing coalitions.
    • Persuasive oral and written communication.
    • Experience in conducting media interviews.
    • Good judgment, strong work ethic, empathy.
    • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree is desirable.


    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 iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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