Non-CO2 Climate Pollution Reduction Advocate

Washington, DC, US
about 1 month ago
Full time role

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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

Overview

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 Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C.

 

NRDC is seeking a Non-CO2 Climate Pollution Reduction Advocate to work with the Climate & Clean Energy Program team in our Washington, D.C. or New York office.

Position Summary

The Non-CO2 Climate Pollution Reduction Advocate will lead execution of NRDC’s domestic and international strategy to support the successful implementation of the global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a powerful class of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. The Non-CO2 Climate Pollution Reduction Advocate will do so by providing expertise on matters related to HFCs, bringing our advocacy resources and policy expertise to the Montreal Protocol treaty forum, and building and strengthening HFC phasedown commitments in the United States and India. The Non-CO2 Climate Pollution Reduction Advocate will also lead inquiries into opportunities to address other non-CO2 greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide, which is a large and uncontrolled source of emissions.

Responsibilities

The Non-CO2 Climate Pollution Reduction Advocate will lead execution of NRDC’s domestic and international strategy to implement and accelerate the global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), with an emphasis on activities in the United States and India. The Non-CO2 Climate Pollution Reduction Advocate will provide expertise on matters related to HFCs and will report to and work under the guidance of the Technical Director for Industry and Emerging Technologies, with whom the Non-CO2 Climate Pollution Reduction Advocate will coordinate closely to identify new opportunities for NRDC engagement and develop our advocacy strategy.

  • In the United States:
    • At the federal level, engage with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on regulatory actions to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs; reduce demand for HFCs in new equipment; and better manage HFCs from the existing installed base of HFC-using equipment.
    • At the state level, engage with stakeholders to champion updated building codes for climate-friendly HFC alternatives.
    • In coordination with NRDC’s agriculture team, assess the opportunity for NRDC to engage on nitrous oxide and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases and identify the path forward.
  • In India, support the development and implementation of an effective national strategy for compliance with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and support concurrent efforts on appliance energy efficiency and cooling access.
  • Represent NRDC at the Montreal Protocol treaty forum, convene experts, organize side-events and liaise with country delegations to promote NRDC’s priorities.
  • Identify and pursue new opportunities to support and accelerate the global phasedown of HFCs, including through coalition-building, thought leadership, strategic communications, and research and analysis to fill information gaps.
  • Conduct direct outreach to policymakers in the United States, India, and other countries, and engage with industry and other NGOs.
  • Ensure coordination between the Climate & Clean Energy Program and the International Program on related issues; and liaise with other relevant teams within NRDC (e.g., government affairs, communications, state- and regional-specific advocates).
  • Serve as a spokesperson for NRDC on HFCs and the Montreal Protocol, including with the media and funders.
  • Participate in fundraising activities, including contributing to proposals, regularly reporting to funders, and liaising with funders that support the HFCs phasedown work.

Qualifications

Required

  • 6+ years of working experience in policy advocacy and/or a related technical field required.
  • A graduate level degree in a related discipline(s) including public policy, law, engineering or a related field, or equivalent demonstrated experience engaging in policy advocacy.
  • Experience in federal and/or international advocacy.
  • Experience navigating diverse stakeholders, building consensus on policy issues, and driving toward positive outcomes within a team, in a coalition, and with other external partners, in particular partners that reach beyond the traditional environmental community.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, understand, and translate complex scientific, legal, and policy matters for advocacy purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Experience managing complex projects involving many moving parts and teams.
  • Flexibility to travel domestically and especially internationally, approximately 10-20% annually.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values and passion for advocating for the public interest. 

Preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, and pursue, research and analysis to fill information gaps in order to enhance advocacy.
  • Experience contributing to fundraising proposals and regularly engaging with foundations and/or major donors.
  • Experience engaging with industry, U.S. federal agencies, foreign governments, and other NGOs.
  • Familiarity with HFCs, nitrous oxide, and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases.
  • Familiarity with international environmental treaty forums.

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. Internal equity will be reviewed and considered to determine a final offer. For this position, the salary range is $131,000to $147,000.

 

Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, and 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.

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