Manager, Board Relations

Manager, Board Relations

Natural Resources Defense Council

New York, NY   |   January 7, 2020

About Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We believe the world’s children should inherit a planet that will sustain them as it has sustained us. NRDC works to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the and the wild, and to prevent special interests from undermining public interests.

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 600 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.

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The Manager, Board Relations Opportunity

The Manager supports the Chief Board Relations Officer and Director in meeting planning and logistics, board management and trustee communications. The Manager serves a key role in a team that is the primary liaison between the Board of Trustees and the organization.

The Manager will work with the Director to plan and execute quarterly board meetings, retreats, and other board-related events, and will manage associated communications and materials. The Manager also supports the Director in creating and implementing systems and processes to increase efficiency in the board relations team and to enhance the Board of Trustee’s access to information. In addition, the Manager supports the Chief Board Relations Officer in managing various board committees, including preparing workplans and communicating directly with trustees on committee work. The Manager will also be responsible for drafting and managing internal and external communications such as reports, decks, and other presentations, as needed. The Manager supervises assistants in trustee and board meeting-related tasks and provides guidance on scheduling, trustee communications, and meeting logistics.

The Manager is supervised by the Director of Board Relations. This is a full-time position located in New York, NY.

Key Responsibilities
  • Under the Director’s leadership, ensures smooth and successful quarterly board meetings and retreats
  • Assists the Chief Board Relations Officer in supporting board committees and by coordinating/preparing agendas and other key information for internal meetings with leadership teams and the Board
  • Provides key support to department leadership in meeting planning, in drafting materials, and trustee management
  • Serves as a resource within the organization for board-related matters
  • Acts as gatekeeper to ensure that the Chief Board Relations Officer involvement in projects or processes occurs at key times
  • Supports the Chief Board Relations Officer in maintaining strong relationships with trustees and arranges meetings and communications to support ongoing relationship building
  • Oversees cross-functional projects or initiatives; brings together important stakeholders and help drive decisions; may collect data from across the organization to create concise schedules and dashboards
  • Proposes the creation of new systems and processes to streamline operations of the Board Relations team

Desired competencies and characteristics of the Manager, Board Relations of NRDC to include:

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience working in administration, operations and/or events planning.
  • Nonprofit administration and/or fundraising at mission-driven nonprofit or philanthropic organizations;
  • Strict attention to detail;
  • Strong written and in-person communication skills;
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate to a diverse set of stakeholders;
  • Strategic thinker;
  • Excels at managing complex relationships; and
  • Has the ability to prioritize while balancing a high volume of tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and NRDC offers a generous benefits package.


NRDC has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Shelby Woods here.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of 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 underrepresented 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.

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