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Community of Practice Manager

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Community of Practice Manager

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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 seven hundred 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 Community of Practice Manager to work with the Resilient Communities team in the People & Communities program.

Position Summary

The Community of Practice Manager will join the Resilient Communities division of the People & Communities program focuses on building and activating partnerships, advancing holistic policies and climate solutions that provide strong health, economic and social benefits, and seeing them through investment and implementation. We aim to support historically underrepresented communities, BIPOC communities, EJ communities, and communities most impacted by climate action and inaction, specifically related to infrastructure, buildings, power, and transportation. We believe to make lasting and far-reaching progress on climate change, we must form inclusive partnerships and coalitions to drive wide-ranging and effective change, explicitly designed to benefit people in the places they work and live.

Resilient Communities’ matrixed team is made up of advocacy, equity, technical, community engagement, and partnership experts who collaborate to advance equitable climate action throughout the country. It includes a Place-Based Integrated Solutions team (or Place-based), an Equity, Networks & Partnerships team (ENP), and Center of Excellence (or Sectors) teams for Transportation, Buildings, and Energy.
The ENP team works across the Resilient Communities division to elevate and operationalize justice and equity in our work. The team supports capacity building amongst team members to advance equitable policies and approaches while holding colleagues accountable for equity practices. The team also builds new, and strengthens existing, relationships with partners as well as participate in and contribute to networks and various coalitions.


The Community of Practice Manager serves the key role of coordination, connection and knowledge dissemination amongst Resilient Communities community-based partner organizations, cities and other professional organizations and advocates. The position is responsible for managing the platform for interaction, technical assistance, shared-learning, peer cohorts and best practices. They will help coordinate and connect efforts across multiple cities, identifying opportunities for scalable solutions and efficiencies that center equity and racial justice.

  • Community of Practice Management: Oversee learning activities, relationship building, developing a participatory virtual community, connecting members in peer-to-peer learning, while assessing needs and supporting the sector and place-based teams. Work with equity and other consultants as needed to support the Community of Practice planning and implementation.
  • Strategy Development: Serve as advisor for colleagues in Resilient Communities working with the cities and states on how to engage with local and national partners and community-based organizations on buildings, energy, and transportation policy.
  • Education: Develop structures and curriculum offerings for the partners in consultation with the NRDC’s Center of Excellence. Maintain an ongoing agenda in coordination with partner priorities.
  • Partnerships: Support the development and cultivation of relationships and partnerships with community and national level stakeholders.
  • Liaison: Serve as the liaison to national learning networks and other national philanthropic initiatives.
  • Resource Development & Communications: Identify resource needs and coordinate with the team members in the sectors and place-based teams to develop them.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by direct manager or as part of the matrixed Resilient Communities team


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field; or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 5-7 years of progressive, related work experience
  • At least 3 years of experience advocating or organizing partners to implement sustainability/clean energy/climate/ transportation policy and programs
  • Experience managing and leading a community of practice or similar work with teams who are part of large, cross-sector, multi-partner initiatives
  • Experience with facilitating networks of cities or individuals with common goals
  • Experience in coordinating with coalitions of NGO advocates, private sector allies, and/or government partners
  • Connections to a national network of network mission-driven advocacy, non-profits, professional and academic organizations.
  • Deep understanding and demonstrated commitment to and competency in integrating and holding equity and racial justice principles in your work.,
  • A commitment and understanding to contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment and experience with advancing DEI
  • Ability to participate in teams that work collaboratively towards shared outcomes
  • Facilitation skills and experience in designing and leading meetings for equity
  • Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker
  • Willingness to travel throughout the United States, including to other NRDC offices as needed
  • 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 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 benefits, 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 $113,000 to $122,000.
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 highlight 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 1-800-889-4422.

For more information about NRDC, visit www.nrdc.org.

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