E2 Western States Advocate

San Francisco, CA, US
10 days ago
Full time role


Natural Resources Defense Council

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Job Description


NRDC is seeking an E2 Western States Advocate to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy team in our San Francisco office.

Position Summary

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) is hiring a Western States Advocate to be based in San Francisco. The E2 Western States Advocate will develop and implement E2’s advocacy work in the Western region (California and the Pacific Northwest) in alignment with E2 and NRDC institutional priorities. The Western States Advocate will manage the recruitment, engagement and deployment of E2 members in those states.


For more than 20 years, E2 has led the environmental community in organizing investors, entrepreneurs and other business leaders across every sector of the economy to make the business case for smart climate and environmental policy at the federal and state levels. E2 is a national organization of business people who advocate for policies that advance both environmental and economic objectives. E2 is an affiliate of NRDC, and coordinates closely with NRDC on select policy issues and campaigns where a business perspective is valuable. To learn more about E2, please visit www.e2.org.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the following essential functions: 


  • Work with the E2 team to help business leaders engage in lawmaker meetings, public events and in the media in support of robust climate action and the economic benefits that come with it.  
  • Lead by identifying, organizing and amplifying good business messengers on the benefits of clean energy for the economy throughout the Western Coast.  
  • Build relationships with business leaders and lawmakers, developing communication pieces (e.g., op-eds, press releases, amplifying E2 job reports with media), and coordination with other in-state partners.  
  • Serve as point person on developing strategy to build E2’s California and Pacific Northwest Chapters by collaborating with E2 Chapter Directors. 
  • Identify and recruit business leaders for advocacy purposes and be willing to travel throughout the West Coast. 
  • Engage business leaders on an ongoing basis through outreach and by organizing region specific programs and events, such as 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. 
  • Collaborate with other “clean energy” business/trade association groups throughout the west by attending networking events and maintaining relationships. 
  • Coordinate with NRDC staff to make sure that the efforts of the E2 business advocates are aligned with institutional priorities. 


The above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under this position’s responsibility. Other duties may be assigned.  


  • Minimum 5-7 years of relevant work experience 
  • Experience recruiting and engaging businesspeople for advocacy purposes, with appreciation for community-building elements of the endeavor. 
  • 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 organizing 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 strong working relationships 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Highly organized, able to take initiative and engage in follow-up  
  • Experience working with clean energy companies or the private sector and/or experience building and managing volunteer-led organizations.  
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission, values, and DEI principles 
  • Demonstrated competency in racial equity, diversity, and inclusion principles, including contributing to an inclusive working environment and advancing DEI. 


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 $121,000. 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.


To apply, visit www.nrdc.org/careers 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 www.nrdc.org.

Natural Resources Defense Council

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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