Southeast Mobility Choices Advocate

17 days ago
Full time role


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of ...

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Job Description


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 Mobility Choices Advocate to work with the Healthy People, Thriving Communities team, remote in the Southeast, with a preference for North Carolina or Georgia


Position Summary

The Southeast Mobility Choices Advocate will lead NRDC’s work to advocate and create low-carbon, equitable transportation choices in the Southeastern United States, with a particular focus on partnerships and policy opportunities in North Carolina and Georgia. With a once in a generation opportunity presented by implementation of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) transportation funds over the next several years, the Southeast Mobility Choices Advocate will work to demystify the process of federal funds flowing to community infrastructure in southeast priority states, with a particular focus on watchdogging the work of state Departments of Transportation. The Advocate will build coalitions to pressure state agencies to prioritize equitable, transparent processes for allocating the state’s IIJA funds, and help to build capacity within other organizations to engage and shape outcomes and investment portfolios by sharing briefings and trainings on state transportation planning and programming processes. This position joins the Resilient Communities’ Transportation team, and works as part of a matrixed team including place-based advocates; an Equity, Networks and Partnerships team; a Center of Excellence that includes Buildings and Renewable Energy teams in addition to the Transportation team; and a National Policy team.


  • In collaboration with Clean Vehicles and Fuels, Resilient Communities’ Place-based team and CPA and communications, drive implementation of NRDC’s Transportation Climate Strategy in the southeastern United States.
  • Track executive actions and priority legislation related to transportation, climate, cities in priority geographies, advocate for/against in line with NRDC’s Climate Strategy.
  • In partnership with priority communities and cities, set and advocate specific priorities for spending IIJA funds in NC and GA, including process goals around transparent, inclusive decision making.
  • Support scaling up of best practices from Southeast communities to shape and influence NRDC’s state and federal policy advocacy.
  • Collaborate with other Southeast-based NRDC colleagues on intersectional work where transportation connects with topics like building decarbonization, clean energy and good jobs.
  • Lead NRDC’s advocacy with state departments of transportation, legislatures, Governors’ offices, and other relevant administrative agencies to ensure strong climate and equity outcomes from IIJA investments.
  • Collaborate with NRDC colleagues in Center for Policy Advocacy, Communications, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, and Environmental Equity and Justice Center to win on policies and build strong, enduring partnerships.



  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Four to five years’ experience in transportation policy and planning, urban planning, sustainable cities or other similar field.
  • Ability to participate in teams that work collaboratively towards shared outcomes (including remote teams using collaborative software).
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment for transforming transportation systems to become more equitable and climate-friendly.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated professionalism.
  • Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker 
  • Track record of success building coalitions, advocating for policy change in the Southeast.



  • Experience utilizing equity frameworks or working with partners and communities to ensure equitable outcomes of policies and programs. 
  • Relevant network among key sustainable transportation stakeholders in Georgia and/or North Carolina.  
  • Experience working in state and/or local government.


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 $80,000 to $100,000. 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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