Company Name: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Job Industry: Writing and Editing
Job Type: Full time
WorkPlace Type: remote
Location: United States
Required Candidates: 1
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.


NRDC is seeking a Director of Fundraising Equity work with the Foundation Relations team in our U.S. offices.


Position Summary

The Director of Fundraising Equity leads NRDC’s efforts to raise funds for and build the capacity of our partners, especially those that are under-resourced. The Director will work closely with NRDC’s Foundation Relations team and the Environment, Equity & Justice Center (EEJC) team to identify and pursue opportunities for funding to directly support the work and operations of NRDC’s partners. The Director will also work to build the independent fundraising capacity of partners by coordinating trainings, helping partners establish their own relationships with foundations and developing resources and reference materials. The Director will serve as a senior thought leader who will help promote equity and movement building in NRDC’s fundraising operations.



  • Lead fundraising efforts with partners, meeting an annual target of raising at least $500,000 directly for partners
  • Collaborate with EEJC staff to identify which partners and coalitions we can support
  • Work with Foundation Relations and Prospect Research staff to identify opportunities for raising funds for those partners
  • Manage the process for fundraising opportunities, which can range from institutional letters of support to full proposals
  • Become a liaison to and resource for identified partners
  • Build relationships with fundraising contacts for partners
  • Engage partners in exploring opportunities, creating a shared, agreed upon work plan that establishes clear roles and goals for NRDC and partners and aligns with existing institutional commitments to partners.
  • Serve as a consistent resource and thought leader for partners, including by participating in coalition and advocacy meetings in coordination with NRDC’s EEJC staff
  • Provide fundraising technical assistance to partners, with support from a Senior Grant Writer and Senior Development Associate
  • Coordinate trainings and provide resources to build the independent fundraising capacity of partners
  • Serve as senior thought leader on equitable fundraising
  • Consistently elevate issues to the Managing Director of Foundation Relations and EEJC and propose solutions to identified challenges
  • Promote equity and movement building in NRDC’s fundraising work including by sharing case studies, approaches, and lessons from the work above




  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 8+ years’ experience in development, with direct experience in foundation fundraising
  • 8+ years’ experience in working with partners and coalitions
  • Direct experience with Salesforce preferred


Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to center equity and build strong and trusting relationships with partners, colleagues, and foundations
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental, racial, and/or social justice advocacy and fundraising
  • Strong communication, writing/editing and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build consensus and forge common ground
  • Strong big-picture and strategic thinking skills
  • Organizational skills; ability to prioritize and simultaneously oversee multiple streams of work to meet overlapping deadlines
  • Ability to analyze, innovate, and improve operations
  • Detail oriented with high standards of excellence
  • Knowledge and ability to train partners on proposal writing, grant management, budget preparation and expenditure reporting
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and foundation donors


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 benefit, 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 $ 131,000 to $ 150,00.


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 www.nrdc.org/careers 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 www.nrdc.org.


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