Press Secretary

Washington, DC, US
about 1 month 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 Press Secretary to work with the Media team in our Washington, D.C. office.

Position SummaryNRDC is seeking a Press Secretary to work with the Communications team from our Washington, DC office. The position occupies a key role in the Communications team, projecting NRDC and its positions on a wide variety of environmental issues. The target audiences include media that reach not only the general public but also the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court, as well as interest groups and stakeholders.


The position will promote a wide array of issues within NRDC’s federal agenda, which could include issues around climate change, clean air, clean water, clean energy, transportation, and health issues. The position will focus on developing and executing media strategies to advance our legislative, Administrative, and international policy solutions. The position reports directly to NRDC’s Senior Media Director to develop proactive communications plans, messaging strategy and press materials that achieve media results, support advocacy goals and promote NRDC’s experts as leaders in local, regional and national, and international environmental policy, litigation, and advocacy space. The position sits within the institution’s media team, focused primarily on press outreach, but working in close coordination with communications professionals employing a variety of tools to elevate NRDC’s profile, as well as attract new supporters and allies to our advocacy efforts. This individual must possess a strong work ethic and commitment to NRDC’s core values and mission. They will identify and work with local, national, and sometimes international, media outlets and cultivate relationships with reporters, bloggers, editors and other media professionals to publicize and communicate NRDC’s strategic priorities. The position will also coordinate closely with various coalitions to advance NRDC’s work.


  • Manage media operations for a variety of campaigns.
  • Develop, disseminate, and coordinate with Communications colleagues on production of diverse communication tools, including, but not limited to, press pitches, editorial board memos, press releases, statements, Op-Eds, paid media, and some digital materials.
  • Work with Communications, legal, scientific, and other advocacy program staff to develop effective message and communications strategies.
  • Develop key relationships with press and secure top tier media hits.
  • Respond in real time to media inquiries on a range of issues.
  • Drive coordination and development of emerging messaging opportunities.
  • Potentially manage external vendors.
  • Collaborate with other environmental, health, science, and justice groups in joint coalition efforts.
  • Act as on-the-record spokesperson for NRDC, as needed.
  • Provide media relations coaching and training to staff and prepare NRDC experts for interviews and other public appearances.       
  • Other duties as defined by Senior Media Director.



  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Minimum 5-7 years or more of relevant experience in media relations and/or communications, or a combination of equivalent education and/or experience
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master's degree in journalism, communications, or related field.
  • Experience developing and implementing communication plans.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills required, preferably involving public policy, with an emphasis on science and/or environmental issues.
  • Strong relationships with major regional and national reporters and bloggers are a plus.
  • Proven record of securing placements with traditional and digital media.



  • Experience with political and policy advocacy at the federal and/or state levels is preferred.
  • Ability to speak and write in a clear and compelling manner for internal/external relations.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills essential.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Spanish-speaking a plus.
  • Excellent news writing and editing skills required, preferably involving public policy, with an emphasis on science and/or environmental issues.  
  • Strong organizational and project management skills essential.
  • Knowledge of media database tools, including Cision/Vocus. 


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 $100,000 to $104,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.


Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.


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 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.


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