Sr. Policy Advocate

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • Mar 07, 2017
Full time Advocacy Climate Change/GHG Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Protection Natural Resources Sustainability

Job Description


    Develop and nurture strong relationships with decision makers, elected officials and allies to advance and defend strategic environmental priorities, policies and laws on state, regional and local levels, and coordinate with colleagues to strengthen effective relationships with key federal officials.
    Provide written and oral advocacy to further NRDC’s environmental policy priorities, including, but not limited to clean energy, utility reform, safe and sufficient water, clean air and wildlife, at state legislatures, state agencies, the executive branch, and before regulatory forums such as the Illinois Commerce Commission and Pollution Control Board.
    Develop state-level support to defend, and further energy and environmental policy; build local partnerships and provide leadership at state policy forums.
    Conduct policy research and analysis to develop and support positions.
    Coordinate and represent NRDC in coalitions on environmental and energy issue-areas.
    Provide strong expertise and experience to inform strategy, campaign activities, and stakeholder engagement.
    Respond to media requests and develop advocacy material to spread NRDC’s message in coordination with NRDC’s Communications department.
    Work with the Director, Deputy Director and other members of the team, as appropriate, to set priorities, budgets and timelines and effectively deploy consultants and partners to meet project timelines and objectives. As appropriate, manage state and regional budgets.
    Be a central part of a strong and collegial team that is both focused on meeting project expectations and using the full range of expertise at NRDC and among its partners to support effective change.


    Master’s Degree or academic/experience equivalent in relevant field.
    7-10 years’ experience in environment, climate or energy policy, and/or relevant governmental, regulatory or legislative experience.
    Experience working on other environmental policies, including safe drinking water, wildlife protection, clean water and/or clean air policies, particularly pertaining to policy development and implementation.
    A sense of mission and passion for protecting the environment and advancing NRDC’s policy priorities.
    Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment and professionalism.
    Track record of cultivating high-level relationships with non-profit, political and philanthropic leaders.
    Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
    Significant project management experience.
    Willingness to travel.

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, 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.

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Nonprofit- NGO