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LA - Water Program Assistant

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location California - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 30/04/2011
Company Name Natural Resources Defense Council
Contact Name Susanne King
Telephone 3127807434
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit global environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists.
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Program Assistant – Water Program
Los Angeles Office
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit national environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.2 million members and online activists.  We have offices in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Beijing.  Our staff includes attorneys, scientists, policy analysts and educators working to protect the environment and human health through advocacy and education.
Position Summary:
NRDC seeks a Program Assistant to work in our Water Program in the Los Angeles office.  NRDC’s national Water Program focuses on securing safe and sufficient water for humans and ecosystems in the face of existing and emerging threats.  The program involves staff in all of NRDC’s U.S. offices and fully integrates NRDC’s water resources work so that it addresses water supply and water quality, surface water and groundwater, human health and ecosystem issues.  The program’s advocacy efforts spring from the understanding that resolving twenty-first century water challenges demands an integrated view of water resources, explicitly recognizing the connections between efficiency and supply, on the one hand, and quality and sufficiency, on the other.  In addition, designing durable solutions for the coming century necessitates consideration of how climate change has and will affect water resources in the United States, anticipating the challenges we are likely to face tomorrow while working to solve the problems we face today.  The Program’s staff is organized into four teams focusing on Clean Water Solutions, Water Use Efficiency, Water & Climate, and developing a new water paradigm in California.  The four program teams work together to implement a portfolio of strategies that maximize efficiency and minimize waste, prevent pollution, and protect and restore the ecosystem.
The assistant will provide support to the Director of the Water Program and should be able think strategically about efficient ways to run the administrative components of the program. The successful candidate must have excellent organizational skills, good problem solving skills and be able to handle administrative tasks such as managing files, coordinating and booking travel, handling phone calls, scheduling meetings, coordinating department meetings, processing expenses and preparing materials.
Essential Functions:
  • Providing administrative support to Director and program as a whole
  • Proofreading, editing, researching, and preparing legal, scientific, and technical documents, reports, publications, fundraising proposals, etc.
  • Providing member outreach, responding to inquiries from general public and press
  • Preparing expense reports, ordering publications, maps, etc.
  • Maintaining paper and electronic filing systems and databases
  • Making travel arrangements, including transportation, hotel accommodations, vehicle rentals
  • Handling incoming and outgoing mail and faxes
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings for staff
  • Organizing and participating in project conference calls
  • Assisting the receptionist and other program assistants as needed
  • Performing other projects as assigned

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