Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Political Director

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/22/2019 2:50 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Action Fund [302000]
  • 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 NRDC Action Fund is seeking a Political Director who will guide and implement its 2020 electoral program. This position reports to the Action Fund’s Executive Director and will also be guided closely by Action Fund Advocacy Campaigns and Government Affairs leaders.


    • Guide and manage the Action Fund’s 2020 electoral program with internal colleagues, and with external partners.
    • Develop the multi-cycle electoral strategy and plan in close collaboration with Advocacy Campaigns and Government Affairs teams and the Director of PAC & Candidate Services.
    • Run cross-functional processes that are efficient but sufficiently inclusive and maximize consensus.
    • Work with the Executive Director and the Development Director to support fundraising for electoral programs, including through the development and presentation of proposals.
    • Represent the Action Fund externally in coalitions and partner convenings and spearhead its relationship-building with partners in the progressive community.
    • Interface with the Action Fund Board of Directors as needed and appropriate.
    • Serve as a senior advisor to the Action Fund Executive Director on internal and external matters.
    • Co-supervise a junior associate and manage consultants.
    • Other responsibilities as directed by the Action Fund Executive Director.


    • At least 10 years of experience in campaign politics, including as a campaign manager on federal or statewide races and/or directing political programs at major national organizations.
    • Successful track record of managing high performing teams and juggling multiple priorities.
    • Deep experience in formulating political campaign strategies and tactical plans.
    • Superior communication and presentation skills for use in settings with donors, VIPs, and partners.
    • Exceptional judgment, strong work ethic, and collegiality.
    • Willingness to travel >30%.
    • A bachelor’s degree.


    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. 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. 


    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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