Eastern States Advocate

  • Natural Resouces Defense Council
  • New York, NY, United States
Full Time Communications Government Program Management Research Strategy

Job Description

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.  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 – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) affiliate is the business voice for the environment. E2 is a national, nonpartisan group of business owners, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for the environment and good for the economy. E2’s 850+ members, organized in nine chapters stretching from New England to San Diego, have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies; created more than 500,000 jobs and control more than $100 billion in private equity and venture capital. E2 is a part of NRDC’s Center for Policy Advocacy department.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking an E2 Eastern States Advocate, based in New York, to lead and coordinate E2’s advocacy and chapter organizing work in New York, Pennsylvania, New England and surrounding states, including the recruitment, engagement and deployment of business leaders and other messengers to advance E2’s and NRDC’s advocacy work at the state, regional and federal levels.

Job duties include identifying, organizing, engaging and amplifying business leaders to support our advocacy for climate, clean energy, clean water, smart transportation and other policies at the intersection of the environment and the economy. This includes building relationships with business leaders and lawmakers, recruiting new E2 members, organizing E2 chapter events, helping developing communication pieces and coordinating with E2 and NRDC staff other in-state partners. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with experience working with businesses or the private sector, or has experience building and managing volunteer-led organizations.


The E2 Eastern States Advocate should be a dynamic professional who will:

  • Be point person on developing and executing strategy to build E2’s New York and New England chapters, and helping support E2’s Mid-Atlantic chapters.
  • Manage advocacy consultants in the region.
  • Identify and recruit business leaders for advocacy purposes in key states in the region, with emphasis given to overseeing expansion in Pennsylvania.
  • Engage business leaders on an ongoing basis, through personal outreach and by organizing region-specific programs and events, such as business roundtables, networking receptions, expert forums/workshops and meetings with officials.
  • Identify opportunities to deploy business leaders for direct advocacy and media outreach in support of relevant federal and state-level clean energy/climate policies.
  • Coordinate with allies, including other business /trade association groups.
  • The E2 Eastern States Advocate will report to E2's Director of Member and State Engagement.
  • Expect frequent travel and occasional late nights and weekend work.


  • This is not an entry level position. At least 5 years of relevant professional work experience is required.  Please do not apply if you do not meet this requirement.
  • Experience recruiting and engaging business people for advocacy purposes, with appreciation for community-building elements of the endeavor.
  • Existing relationships with business, clean energy or related organizations in New York, New England and surrounding areas
  • Demonstrated ability to build networks and work in partnership with the private sector, NGOs and volunteer organizations.
  • Knowledge of clean energy and/or climate policy issues, and preferably, issue-based advocacy experience.
  • Respect for the value of the business perspective, and ability to reconcile business and environmental perspectives in a productive fashion.
  • Self-starter, comfortable coordinating with multiple players inside and outside E2/NRDC.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build personal relationships easily.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Highly organized, with strong attention to follow-up.
  • Must reside in New York or be willing to relocate to New York

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.

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/jobs and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. 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. 

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