Southeast Regional Campaign Manager

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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.

NRDC is seeking a Southeast Regional Campaign Manager to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy team in either our Washington, DC office or remote in Georgia, North Carolina or Virginia.

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking an experienced Campaign Manager to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy’s Campaigns team working out of our Washington, DC or remote in Georgia, North Carolina or Virginia.  The Center for Policy Advocacy organizes and guides governmental lobbying, campaigns, and strategic partnerships to advance the institution’s environmental policy goals.  Reporting to NRDC’s Southeastern Director of Campaigns, the Southeast Campaign Manager will develop advocacy strategies and implement public engagement tactics to influence federal and state policymakers in the southeast states.

The Southeast Campaign Manager will also manage priority campaigns for the NRDC Action Fund, whose mission is to build political support for advancing the environmental goals of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Develop and implement regional and state campaign plans and budgets for advocacy and accountability initiatives in close collaboration with Program, Advocacy, and Communications partners and with NRDC’s federal campaign teams.
Manage campaigns and provide strategic leadership to other NRDC departments to achieve NRDC’s policy goals.
Typically engage in 3 or more concurrent priority issue campaigns per state.
Organize partnerships as needed with state and locally based organizations to achieve campaign objectives.
Organize campaign briefings and reports for internal and external interested parties.
Manage campaign consultants and vendors as assigned.
This position has no direct reports, but there’s a great deal of horizontal management required.
Expect regular out-of-state travel (usually 5-8 business days per month).
Expect occasional late night and weekend work with short notice.

Required Qualifications

Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
We are targeting 6-8 years or 3-4 election cycles of experience in politics and advocacy.
Must have managed (i.e. congressional, statewide, coordinated) or served as a director on one or more major issue advocacy or statewide political campaigns.
The ideal candidate is experienced in and adept as a political strategist, relationship manager, and public engagement tactician. They should be experienced in and well-prepared to frame issues, use polling and other research to guide advocacy tactics, and organize outreach to stakeholders and coalition partners.
Proven experience in managing staff, budgets, internal processes, and project teams.
Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and convey them in writing and through oral presentations.
Track record of cultivating high-level relationships with political, non-profit advocacy, and philanthropic leaders, with a well-established professional network in politics, government, and non-profit advocacy.
Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment, and professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications

Recent experience working in or having a professional network in a state within the southeast region, especially Georgia, Virginia and/or North Carolina, would be especially attractive, although not required.
Professional exposure to energy and environmental issues is not required, but passion for our issues is. We are looking for innovative, cutting-edge campaign and public affairs professionals, first and foremost.
Professional exposure to working with federal and state legislative lawmakers and staff or gubernatorial administrations is desirable. The ideal candidate is a seasoned, politically experienced campaigner who might have legislative advocacy experience.
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 $113,000 to $130,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.


Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, we ask them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues.  We call this purposeful presence.


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.


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