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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.
The policy publications editor works with NRDC's experts and partners to produce research, policy, advocacy, and fundraising materials. Under the direction of the Senior Policy Publications Editor, the editor will work closely with authors to craft persuasive policy arguments on clean energy, wildlife protection, clean and safe water, international climate action, and other environmental issues. The editor will also help to coordinate production from intake through layout and web posting.
This role requires both an adept, flexible project manager as well as a thoughtful and meticulous editor who relishes the challenge of shifting priorities and dense, but important, material. The right candidate is a skilled wordsmith who can build relationships with authors and is unendingly curious about environmental issues down to the smallest details and up to the broadest implications. The editor should also be able to demonstrate a keen understanding of pervasive inequities (race, gender, socioeconomic status) and how they can intersect with environmental issues.
While this position will mostly be responsible for policy publications, they will occasionally be asked to bring their editorial expertise to bear for other institutional content streams, including internal and donor communications .
Applicants should apply with a resume and cover letter to www.nrdc.org/jobs. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting. EOE.
- Shape NRDC policy publications (fact sheets, issue briefs, reports, etc.) with authority, including substantive structural and line-editing of peer-reviewed material. Occasional copy editing will be required as well.
- Work patiently with expert authors to strike the delicate balance between upholding the integrity and nuances of their work while also creating the strongest, most persuasive argument possible
- Craft probing and clarifying queries that contribute to the development of full and robust narratives with a keen ear for the voices of vulnerable and marginalized communities, including people of color, indigenous, women, and low-income communities
- Collaborate with authors and freelancers to create info-graphics and data visualizations. Includes identifying content to draw out and emphasize, translating facts and statistics into easily understood visual material, and working with production designers to execute.
- With senior editor, track publications' progress through peer review, editorial, and production pipeline and determine day-to-day priorities
- Manage production, including copy editing, layout, review, and web posting.
- Designate optimal web locations for policy resources and write accompanying text for policy resource pages
- Manage and build a robust pool of key freelancers, including designers, copy editors, and translators
- With the senior editor and other key stakeholders, revamp style guidelines and other author guidance materials and enforce new intake systems
- Oversee the maintenance of an archive of all printed publications.
- Additional responsibilities as assigned by Communications Department leadership.
- Copyedit internal newsletter and write short blurbs to communicate about the policy publications to the rest of the organization.
- As requested, edit content intended for donors and Board members
- At least 3–5 years of relevant editorial experience is required, particularly experience with policy, science, research, or environmental issues
- Strong organizational skills, prioritization, and project management capacities are essential.
- Both print and online content experience is highly desirable.
- Candidates must be able to see both the forest and the trees as they craft well-structured sentences and connect each publication’s overall narrative to other NRDC priorities and broader issues in society
- Candidates must have a proven ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize effectively, and meet strict deadlines simultaneously.
- Candidates should also be self-directed, resourceful, and skilled at working independently and as a good team player.
- Tight production deadlines may occasionally require evening and/or weekend hours.
- Familiarity with Microsoft office, Adobe Creative Suite, and digital project management platforms.
- Familiarity with Drupal or other web content management systems a plus
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 1-800-899-4422.
For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org
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