Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Communications Assistant, Federal Communications

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 1 week ago(10/7/2021 3:56 PM)
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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy 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 the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. 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. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Communications Assistant to work with the Federal Communications team in our Washington, D.C. office. We are looking for a detail-oriented multitasker with excellent written and verbal communication skills to provide administrative, media outreach and research support. It’s a fast-paced team and environment, so under direct supervision the ideal candidate will be able to work under pressure, exercise independent judgment and prioritize when faced with overlapping tasks and deadlines. The job includes communicating externally with members of the press and internally with departments throughout the organization. Media duties include but are not limited to: Pitching reporters on stories, maintaining press lists, doing research, copy-editing, as well as occasional writing and assisting with media strategy. Administrative tasks include but are not limited to: Processing invoices and expense reports, handling budget accounting, arranging meetings and travel. Experience with journalism, media, social media and/or public relations desired.



  • Fielding inquiries from the press and general public by phone and email, efficiently and with a professional demeanor
  • Building and maintaining press lists
  • Editing, formatting, producing and distributing press releases through Cision; posting releases on NRDC’s website
  • Pitching stories; following up with reporters
  • Assisting with the distribution of blogs, op-eds, editorial board memos, reports and other communications to the press.
  • Coordinating TV and radio interviews
  • Tracking and analyzing media coverage and compiling reports, as well as research on overall media landscape and specific policy issues
  • Helping draft and circulate summaries of weekly press hits.
  • Scheduling and facilitating meetings
  • Providing coverage for other assistants when needed



  • Providing general administrative support for federal communications team, including recording meeting notes, setting up group calls and coordinating catering
  • Scheduling meetings and conference calls
  • Completing monthly expense reports on behalf of communications staff members
  • Arranging travel as needed
  • Processing invoices
  • Tracking expenses for the Federal Communications team
  • Developing contracts and license agreements


  • Strong interest in communications, journalism and/or media relations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 1 to 3 years of professional or administrative experience 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organizational skills, ability to set priorities, perform undirected work
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure handling multiple tasks accurately, with composure, and according to procedure.
  • Willingness and availability to do occasional overtime work
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as Google Suite
  • Interest in environmental issues and/or social justice advocacy a plus
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.


NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. Salary minimum is $48,000; salary midpoint is $51,500.  Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.


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, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


For further information about NRDC, please visit


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