NRDC- Midwest Campaign Manager


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action 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 a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is hiring an experienced campaign manager to join the Campaigns team in the Center for Policy Advocacy department, which organizes and guides governmental lobbying, campaigns, and strategic partnerships to advance the insitution’s environmental policy goals.  Reporting to NRDC’s Midwest Campaign Director in our Chicago, IL office, the Midwest Campaign Manager will develop and implement advocacy tactics to influence federal and state policymakers in the Midwest states, with emphasis given to Michigan and Ohio. The Midwest Campaign Manager will also manage priority campaign for the NRDC Action Fund, whose mission is to build political support for advancing the environmental goals of the Natural Resources Defense Council.


This position will be based in Michigan.

This position is term-limited through March, 2022 - with the potential for extension dependent upon project funding/resources.


  • Develop and implement regional and state campaign plans and budgets for advocacy and accountability initiatives in close collaboration with Program, Advocacy, and Communications partners and with federal campaign teams.
  • Typically engage in 2-3 concurrent priority campaigns, including for the NRDC Action Fund.
  • Organize partnerships with state and locally-based organizations to achieve campaign objectives.
  • Organize campaign briefings and reports for internal and external interested parties.
  • Manage campaign consultants and vendors as assigned.
  • These positions do not have direct reports but there is a great deal of horizontal management required in the role.
  • Expect regular out-of-state travel (usually 3-5 business days per month).
  • Expect occasional late night and weekend work with short notice.


  • 6 years of experience in politics and advocacy. 
  • Preference given to those that have managed or served as a director on one or more major issue advocacy, federal or statewide political campaign.
  • The ideal candidate is experienced in and adept as both an organizer and as a campaign tactician. S/he should be experienced in and well-prepared to frame issues, use polling and other research to guide advocacy communications, and organize outreach to stakeholders and coalition partners thru a variety of paid and earned campaign tactics.
  • Proven experience in managing internal processes, project teams and budgets.
  • Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and convey them in writing and through oral presentations.
  • Track record of cultivating high-level relationships with political, non-profit advocacy, and philanthropic leaders, with a well-established professional network in politics, government, and non-profit advocacy.
  • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment, and professionalism.
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.


Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Recent experience working in and having strong governmental/political/professional networks in Michigan and Ohio would be especially attractive, although not required.
  • Professional exposure to energy and environmental issues is not required. We are looking for innovative, cutting edge campaign and public affairs professionals, first and foremost.
  • Some professional exposure to working in Congress, a state legislature or in a gubernatorial administration is desirable but not required. We are not necessarily looking for a long-time legislative or government staffer with minimal campaign experience.  The ideal candidate is instead a seasoned campaigner who might have a year or more of legislative experience.


NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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