Media Assistant

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Remote (Chicago, IL, USA)
  • Nov 19, 2020
Full time role

Job Description

The Natural Resources Defense Council (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 staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Media Assistant to work with the Media Relations team in our Chicago office. Our fast-paced communications team is seeking a Chicago-based assistant to support our media team members across the country. The Media Assistant will provide administrative support in a variety of capacities, including invoice and expense processing, budget accounting, and travel arrangements. The Media Assistant will also work on research, list building, writing, copy editing, media strategy, and pitching reporters on stories. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, with strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with overlapping tasks and deadlines. Experience with media/PR a plus.



  • Completing expense reports for our communications staff; arranging travel as needed; scheduling meetings and conference calls
  • Processing invoices
  • Managing budgets and updating budget trackers
  • Developing contracts and license agreements


  • Building and maintaining press lists
  • Distributing press releases through Cision; posting press releases on NRDC website
  • Fielding reporter calls
  • Pitching stories; following up with reporters
  • Coordinating TV and radio interviews
  • Tracking and analyzing media coverage


  • 1-3 years previous administrative or professional experience
  • Strong interest in media relations, communications and/or journalism
  • Bachelor Degree required
  • Outstanding organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, set priorities, follow institutional procedures and perform undirected work
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Close attention to detail and follow through on tasks
  • Ability to work accurately and with composure under deadline pressure
  • Willingness to be available for occasional overtime work
  • Must possess a high-degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Interest in environmental issues or social justice advocacy a plus 
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.


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 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 commensurate with skills and experience.  The salary for this position could range from $43,925 to $48,925.


To apply, please visit 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. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. 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.

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Advocacy & Activism