Midwest Campaign Director

Natural Resources Defense Council Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago


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 a politically experienced campaign manager to join the Midwest and State Campaigns team in the Center for Policy Advocacy department in its Chicago, IL office. Reporting to the National Deputy Campaign Director, the Midwest Campaign Director will develop and implement advocacy tactics to influence federal, state, and sometimes city, policymakers across the region but with emphasis on Illinois and Ohio. This position will also manage a Regional Campaign Manager based in, and focused on, Michigan.


  • 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 NRDC's federal campaign teams.

  • Typically engage in 2-3 concurrent priority issue campaigns per state.

  • Organize partnerships as needed 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.

  • This position has one direct report, but there's also a great deal of horizontal management required in the role.

  • Expect regular out-of-state travel (usually 2-5 business days per month).

  • Expect occasional late night and weekend work with short notice.


  • We are targeting 5-10 years of experience in politics and advocacy for Regional Campaign Director positions.

  • Must have managed (i.e. congressional, statewide, coordinated) or served as a director on one or more major issue advocacy or statewide political campaign.

  • The ideal candidate is experienced in and adept as a political strategist, relationship manager, and public engagement tactician. S/he should be experienced in and well-prepared to frame issues, use polling and other research to guide advocacy tactics, and organize outreach to stakeholders and coalition partners.

  • Proven experience in managing staff, budgets, internal processes, and project teams.

  • Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and convey them in writing and through oral presentations. A writing and presentation test may be requested of finalists.

  • 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.

Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Recent experience working in or having a professional network in a state within the Midwest Region (preferably Illinois, but also Michigan or Ohio) would be especially attractive, although not required.

  • Professional exposure to energy and environmental issues is not required, but passion for our issues is. We are looking for innovative, cutting edge campaign and public affairs professionals, first and foremost.

  • Professional exposure to working with federal and state legislative lawmakers and staff or gubernatorial administrations is desirable but not required. The ideal candidate is a seasoned, politically experienced campaigner who might have legislative advocacy 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.

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. 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:

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

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Midwest Campaign Director

Natural Resources Defense Council