Membership Associate

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


Position Summary 

NRDC is seeking an Associate for Mid-level Giving to work with the Membership team in our New York office. This colleague would be responsible for coordinating the weekly acknowledgment program to our mid-level members, answering phone calls, and managing correspondence and database maintenance for the Friends of NRDC, the Council of 1000 and The President’s Circle programs, which raise more than $26M annually to NRDC. Additionally, the Associate for Mid-level Giving will manage a portfolio of members that give at the $500-$1000 level. 


We are looking for a development professional with a minimum of 2+ years’ experience in the field of direct mail and/or mid-level fundraising who is enthusiastic, warm, highly organized, and has a keen interest in nature and the environment. Must have the ability to handle simultaneous, ongoing projects.  


A desirable candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, interest in people, and a desire to significantly increase income from a select segment of NRDC’s Membership. Working knowledge of computer databases and an interest in using new technology for fundraising is required. 


  • Produce and supervise the mailing of the weekly mid-level acknowledgment letters 
  • Act as point of contact for portfolio of mid-level donors and conduct personal outreach to these donors via phone and email 
  • Maintain and update mid-level donor records and files 
  • Track and resolve inquiries from mid-level donors coming in through email, phone, and postal mail 
  • Liaise with the Major Gifts, Donor Relations, and the Donor Systems teams in Development to coordinate stewardship efforts and data management 
  • Assist with member events and webinars 
  • Assist with all fundraising and cultivation mailings - both postal and email - to mid-level donors 
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required  
  • Minimum of 3+ years fundraising or related experience  
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, and can handle simultaneous, ongoing projects  
  • Ability to work independently and with a team  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills  
  • Creative problem-solving skills to engage and cultivate relationships with donors along the pipeline  
  • Keen interest in people and a desire to significantly increase income from a select segment of the mid-level giving program  
  • Efficient multi-tasker and flexible in working towards philanthropy goals  
  • Working knowledge of computer databases and Microsoft Office is required  
  • Keen interest in nature and the environment is preferred 

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 $63,000 to $72,000.  


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 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 

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