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Deputy Director, Facilities Operations and Administration

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New York, NY


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Jul 7, 2021

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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 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 staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Deputy Director to work with the Facilities team in our NY office. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Managing Director of Real Estate and Workplace Strategy on the overall strategy and management of the Facilities Department. This position will help to streamline related internal processes to ensure the department is operating as effectively and efficiently as possible. The Deputy Director will work with external vendors as needed in relation to contracts, procurement, and budgeting issues.



  • Assist the Managing Director in overseeing the day-to-day facilities operations of a roughly 200K square foot portfolio consisting of seven offices worldwide with nearly 700 staff members.
  • Assist the Managing Director in setting and managing strategic priorities.
  • Assist with developing and implementing NRDC’s future of workplace strategy to ensure smooth rollout and communication, taking a holistic approach to health and wellness, increased collaboration, mobility, ergonomics, space efficiency, and technology.
  • Manage, develop, and streamline departmental policies and processes to ensure efficiency, productivity, and accountability.
  • Work closely with Facilities Managers and collaborate with appropriate staff across the organization on various projects.
  • Assist with the creation of capital and maintenance plans for our two owned facilities and five leased office spaces.
  • Optimize NRDC’s processes to anticipate future headcount growth and plan accompanying real estate requirements.
  • Assist with long-term planning for NRDC’s real estate plan to optimize and space use and find cost savings.
  • Assist with the integration of the strategic vision and implementation of the NRDC Sustainable Operations plan into the overall daily operations for Facilities and Administration.
  • Assist in providing oversight to award-winning, and environmentally leading construction practices to our interior office buildouts across the portfolio.
  • Assist the Managing Director with overall team management and development.
  • Manage overall department annual budget and create appropriate reports as needed.
  • Ensure sustainability initiatives such as energy management, carbon offsetting, and health and wellbeing projects are highly coordinated with overall day-to-day operations in Facilities.
  • Organize and manage regular development team meetings and periodic retreats.
  • Complex projects and other duties as assigned.


  • College degree or equivalent years of experience in the various job responsibilities listed above
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • 8-10 years of experience.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Must like to work collaboratively, manage a heavy and diverse workload and independently execute duties.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, organize time, and identify resources for projects as needed.
  • Successful leadership within change management
  • Experience working with environmental and/or social issues, including renewable energy, sustainable procurement, carbon accounting preferred
  • Experience with data management and research analytics
  • High level of intuition, problem solving, creativity, and strategic planning
  • Power user of Excel, databases, PowerPoint, collaborative online tools and electronic communication.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of 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 commensurate with skills and experience. Job grade for this role is Guides 3 with a salary ranging from $130,000 to $150,000.  Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.


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.


If you are having technical difficulty while applying, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


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