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Program Manager, Rewrite the Future

Company: Natural Resources Defense Council
Location: Santa Monica
Posted on: November 19, 2022

Job Description:

Program Manager, Rewrite the Future

Job Locations

US-CA-Santa Monica

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# of Openings



Communications [102000]


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 Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. NRDC is seeking a Program Manager to work with the Communications team in our Santa Monica office.Position SummaryNRDC is seeking a Program Manager for Rewrite the Future (RTF), an initiative that helps Hollywood tell more compelling stories about the climate crisis through industry dialogue and education, climate story consultation, and help with project development. RTF is a unit within NRDC's Communications Department. The Program Manager will report to the Director of RTF and be based in NRDC's Santa Monica office. The Program Manager's responsibilities will be split between project management (roughly two thirds) and creative/strategy (roughly one-third). We are looking for someone with experience managing complex projects and working with creative professionals, preferably in Hollywood.


Project Management duties:

  • Manage ongoing RTF projects and priorities. Develop project plans, set clear timelines & deliverables, coordinate and execute work.
  • Manage event production, including conceptualization, participant engagement, marketing, vendor management, etc.
  • Manage and track funding deadlines and project deliverables, in coordination with Development and the RTF team.
  • Coordinate work with NRDC staff in Communications and other departments for product development, promotion, etc.
  • Coordinate work with external consultants.
  • Oversee audience engagement tools & outreach for RTF.Creative/strategy duties:
    • Critique film and TV scripts, treatments, outlines, and rough cuts and provide feedback and suggestions to improve them, with particular focus on climate and environmental justice stories.
    • Generate ideas for and cultivate entertainment industry partnerships and projects that promote climate/EJ storytelling
    • Help develop climate and EJ stories for on-air shows through research, subject expert consultations, etc.
    • Help write and edit materials to advance RTF advocacy in entertainment, media and academic spaces.
    • Research climate and climate-storytelling content for ongoing ideation and engagement opportunities.


      • Passion for environmental issues.
      • At least 7 years of professional experience in entertainment, social impact, PR/communications, marketing, partnerships, or similar NGO or cultural institution experience.
      • Strong project management skills, with the ability to coordinate multiple projects and shifting requests.
      • Knowledge of and interest in pop culture, visual arts, and/or the entertainment industry.
      • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
      • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
      • Commitment to NRDC's mission and values.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. For this position, the salary is $90,000 to $105,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer. Since March 2020, NRDC's offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements. 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 and upload your resume 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 resume 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

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