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Program Assistant

Chicago IL

Job ID: 2019-4133


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 seeking a Program Coordinator for the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) in the Healthy People and Thriving Communities program. The American Cities Climate Challenge is an unprecedented opportunity for 20 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. The Program Coordinator position will provide support for the project team, including providing logistics support on convenings and meetings; facilitating information flow; and managing key administrative functions. Additionally, this position will provide day-to-day research support on other Challenge activities. THIS IS A TERM LIMITED POSITION THROUGH 12/31/2020

Learn more about the ACCC at: https://www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge/



Support the team’s daily operations by managing calendars and meetings, booking travel, and providing other general administrative assistance.

Process and manage expenses, invoices, and contracts.

Manage grants and project budget reports.

Manage contracts with consultants and vendors.

Provide logistics support on convenings and meetings.

Track metrics for the ACCC team for regular reporting within the project and partners

Facilitate information flow within the ACCC team, including taking and distributing notes and keeping files organized on Dropbox and Google Suite.



Bachelors degree in a related field.

1-3 years administrative experience.

Familiarity with clean energy and climate policy and programs at the city level preferred.

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Ability to handle multiple work streams and competing deadlines under pressure.

Self-starter who can work independently in a fast-paced environment.

Team player with a professional manner, positive attitude and sense of humor.

Ability to maintain confidentiality and work discretely with sensitive information.

High proficiency with Microsoft office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.


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.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers 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. 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, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org

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Posted February 8, 2019

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