Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • HR Communications Manager (Contract) - Any Office

    Job Locations US
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/19/2019 4:42 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Human Resources [204000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science, policy expertise and the support of more than 3 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 600 lawyers, scientists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York; Washington, DC Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Bozeman, MT; and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    The Human Resources Department at NRDC is looking for a Communications/Marketing professional to help build a short and long-term communications strategy to assist with a transformation effort, “brand” the work of the department, and provide creative assistance in shaping key HR communications, including plans to improve transparency and engagement with staff and the rest of the institution.  Location is open to our DC, Chicago, LA and SF office.  This will be a one-year Contract position.


    The HR Communications Manager will envision and execute communications strategies and key messages through diverse tactics and channels and will support and advance Human Resources strategic priorities through the development, management and execution of effective internal communications.  They will work closely with the HR team to lead a strong internal communications program which ensures that staff and senior leadership at NRDC are involved in and kept apprised about our strategy and initiatives. They will drive engagement across the organization to bolster staff and senior leadership input into and understanding of HR's key priorities and initiatives. This role will help effectively position Human Resources programs and services to ensure a positive, motivating employee experience.  The HR Communications Manager will drive messaging on key priorities such as diversity, talent, learning and development and wellness, and also promote HR programs through creative messaging, promotion/marketing plans and communication programs.  Other duties include:

    • Proactively working with the HR team to develop and execute internal communications and executive-level updates. Partnering closely with key stakeholders within HR and across the institution to develop and deliver a holistic communications strategy to engage all levels.
    • Creating varied content and developing innovative delivery channels, e.g. intranet, newsletters, FAQs, manager toolkits, emails, staff events, to increase the agility, impact and speed of communications to stakeholders.
    • Develop a content calendar to manage communications for projects and annual programs, e.g. compensation updates, annual benefits enrollment, annual performance management, promotions, and any organizational change announcements as necessary.
    • Helping create a mechanism for feedback, discussion and promoting open communication within the HR function and across the institution to foster community and facilitate collaboration and decision-making. This may include survey creation, leveraging digital tools, or hosting focus groups and listening sessions.
    • Ensuring that all messaging is aligned with other communications approaches across NRDC and builds partnerships with functional partners to ensure alignment and appropriately tailoring of messaging that is consistent across all mediums.
    • Fostering and maintaining active partnerships with senior leaders and key partners (e.g. HR partners, program leadership, etc.) to drive the development and ongoing management of communications plans and strategies.
    • Identifying key metrics and measurement plans to ensure communication activities are comprehensive, effective and scalable.
    • Using strong influence skills to drive critical change through the communication process. The quality, clarity, accuracy and timeliness of communications are critical.


    • Exceptional writing, editing and storytelling skills – especially with engaging with diverse audiences gained through internal and/or external communications and marketing experience.
    • Presentation development and design, experience with PowerPoint and visual storytelling; Photoshop or other design tools a plus.
    • Excellent project management skills to own a campaign/program/event from creative inception through execution. Experience working within a large / complex organization is highly desired.
    • Effective listening, problem-solving skills; ability to build alignment to shared vision, drive change and build relationships.
    • Knowledgeable in strategic communications planning methodology; leading edge practices, trends, etc. to build a brand, create guidelines and process and execute a strategy.
    • Ability to work autonomously and act independently.
    • Must be well organized, able to prioritize work, manage time effectively, and follow through on commitments.
    • An individual with 5+ years of strong communications, marketing and/or branding experience.
    • Bachelor's Degree required.
    • Master's Degree preferred in communications, journalism, or marketing.
    • Experience, familiarity or interest with Human Resources, employee engagement and/or organizational culture is highly desired.
    • Candidates will be required to submit a draft project plan/proposal after meeting with key individuals at NRDC.

    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, religious creed, religious observance, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, military service and veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition as defined by applicable state or federal law, physical or mental handicap or disability, genetic information or predisposition, arrest or conviction records, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances.  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 Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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