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Feb 13 / BARD CEP

Sustainable FERC Project Advocate-NW, DC, WA.

Organization: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Position Title: Sustainable FERC Project Advocate

Location: NW, DC, WA

Hours & Compensation: Full time

Application Deadline: Not listed


Job Description:

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 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 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking an Advocate to work with the Sustainable FERC Project team in our Washington, DC office(alternative NRDC office locations may be a possibility).The Sustainable FERC Project is an initiative housed in NRDC’s Energy and Transportation Program that represents many national and regional environmental organizations on transmission grid regulations related to the deployment of renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency, distributed generation and energy storage. The Project serves as the voice of the environmental community at FERC and in FERC-jurisdictional fora such as RTOs, ISOs on electric system policies and regional transmission grid planning processes. The Project’s current priorities include effective implementation of FERC’s Order 1000, ensuring comparable treatment for non-wires options like demand response and energy efficiency in grid planning, creating market reform in the RTOs/ISOs to ensure a level playing field for renewable energy and demand-side resources, and facilitating swift coal unit retirements by ensuring reliability analyses keep coal units on line for as little time as possible after announced retirements. Find out more

The role calls for the combination of leadership and advocacy skills with the flexibility, diplomacy, organizational and communication skills necessary to facilitate coalitions of many organizations and allies around different issues. Successful candidates will have demonstrated strong independent initiative, ability to contribute effectively as a member of a team and collaborate across organizations.


The Sustainable FERC Project Advocate will support the FERC Project coalition and assist the Project’s two senior attorneys in coordinating the Project coalition, identifying key regulatory grid issues and developing strategies to address those issues, and advocating for change in line with those strategies. Specific responsibilities will include: written and oral advocacy, developing relationships with key allies, monitoring rulemakings and key stakeholder processes, monitoring and distributing relevant news and FERC decisions, facilitating calls of the Project’s steering committee, and maintaining the Project’s social media presence.



  • Minimum two years experience and a graduate level degree; JD preferred but degree in related discipline such as energy, public policy, finance, economics, or engineering will be considered
  • Excellent legal writing skills and the ability to grasp and translate technical transmission grid issues into plain English
  • Oral advocacy experience and comfort speaking in varied settings, ranging from working groups to conferences
  • Strategic thinking and strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to travel (estimated 30% or more of the time)


  • Experience in FERC, RTO/ISO and/or state utility commission rulemakings and/or other related proceedings
  • Experience in coordinating coalitions of NGO advocates and private/government sector allies
  • Demonstrated interest in clean energy policies/goals

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, 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.

How to apply:

To apply, please visit 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 1-866-927-2472.

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