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Climate Task Force Program Director

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
Santa Monica, California, US
Closing date
Dec 13, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
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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 people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. The NRDC Action Fund is an affiliated but separate 501(c)(4) organization from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) with an annual budget of over $20,000,000. The NRDC Action Fund's mission is to build political support in the United States for protecting the planet and its people. We mobilize influential constituencies, experts, community leaders, and others to advocate for clean air and water, public health, biodiversity, and a stable climate. We support candidates who stand up for environmental protection, and we expose those who side with polluters rather than the public good. NRDC is seeking a Climate Task Force Program Director to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy and NRDC Action Fund teams in our Santa Monica, CA office.Position SummaryThe Climate Task Force (CTF) Program Director will build and lead a new Los Angeles-based grasstops advocacy group that will serve to advance the local, state, and federal climate policy goals of NRDC and the NRDC Action Fund. In collaboration with the group's chair and members, the Program Director will set the vision, goals, and strategies of the grasstops advocacy program and leverage the group's access to the political and business leaders whose partnership and support are critical to climate action. This position will report to NRDC's Managing Director of Government Affairs.

Develop the CTF's vision, goals and strategies in coordination with the California Government Affairs, Federal Affairs teams and CTF Chairperson.Oversee effective execution of grasstops advocacy agenda, including regular CTF meetings and lobby trips in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington, DC.Ensure that the CTF applies a racial justice and equity lens to the policies, priorities and partners the group and NRDC supports.Serve as a strategist on climate issues relevant to the grasstops advocacy agenda, including with respect to California-specific, Congressional, and administrative strategy to facilitate high-level engagement with champions in Congress, senior Hill staff and administration officials.Work with the CTF Operations Coordinator to ensure high-quality CTF communications, events and meetings.Community with NRDC's Development team regarding prospective and existing donor relationships and engagement opportunities relevant to the CTF.Travel for staff retreats, donor engagement and lobby visits as needed.

Commitment to NRDC's mission and values.Work ExperienceMust have at least ten years' experience handling environmental policy and/or climate issues, which could include experience in a state or federal legislative office, in the executive branch, or at an advocacy or political organization. Must have prior experience in overseeing a budget, managing a program, and supervising staff. Must demonstrate comfort with managing high-profile grasstops advocates. SkillsKnowledge of federal government relations and the policy-making process.Project management.Excellent written and oral communication skills, including developing campaign plans and delivering public presentations. Organized and attentive to details.Ability to be flexible and handle multiple tasks.Effectively prioritize, and thrive in a fast-paced and occasionally high-pressure environment. Strong interpersonal and communications skills - unflappable, with an ability to develop and navigate relationships with influential individuals.NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse 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 is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $ 153,000 to $175,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer. Since March 2020, NRDC's offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements. As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws. To apply, visit and upload your résumé and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs. If you experience technical problems while applying or if you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422. For more about NRDC, visit
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