Deputy Director, China Coal Cap Project


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is seeking a full-time Deputy Director for our China Coal Cap Project to be based in NRDC’s Beijing office. NRDC is an international nonprofit environmental organization founded in 1970 in New York State. Its mission is to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. With support from more than 3 million members and online supporters and a staff of about 600 scientists, lawyers and policy experts, NRDC works to promote clean energy development, ecological and environmental protection, and sustainable cities and communities in the United States and internationally, including China. 

NRDC has worked in China for more than two decades. We have been supporting China’s efforts in energy efficiency, renewable energy development, climate mitigation, sustainable urbanization, and strengthening environmental law and governance. We are proud to have effectively collaborated with many Chinese academic, governmental, and non-governmental partners to help accelerate China’s green and low-carbon development. 

Position Summary

This position will support the Director of China Climate and Energy Policy in managing the China Coal Cap Project (hereafter “the Project”), which cooperates with Chinese partners at the national level and in selected provincies and cities on the research, design and implementation of effective coal consumption caps and reduction policies. The new hire will be responsible for managing the Project’s budget, coordinating project implementation, communicating with external partners on work progress and supporting the project’s strategic direction, under the overall guidance of the Director of China Climate and Energy Policy. The position will also support the overall project implementation by working closely with the senior leaders of the project and the overall China Program team. 

This position is based in NRDC’s Beijing office and is an integral part of NRDC’s China team in the International Program. 

Main Responsiblities

In support of the Director of China Climate and Energy Policy, the Deputy Director will Manage the Project’s work planning in response to internal and funder requests; 

• Manage the Project’s budget, including coordinating budget development, monitoring project expenses, and preparing expense reports and analysis for internal and funder purposes; 

• Coordinate the management of the Project’s sub-contracts and deliverables; 

• Lead the preparation of periodic reports to funders on project progress; 

• Lead the development of new fundraising proposals with high quality; 

• Track and coordinate project implementation to ensure the work schedule and progress are on target; 

• Act as direct manager of one or two members of the Project team; 

• Help build and maintain relationships with existing and potential partners and funders for advancing China’s climate and clean energy policies and initiatives; 

• Facilitate and contribute to the development of project strategies; 

• Stay abreast of China’s energy and fossil fuel trends and related policy developments for responding to internal and external inquiries or discussions; 

• Help to shape NRDC's messaging and communications on China coal and climate issues, including advocacy through publications, presentations, and interviews; and 

• Foster team work and help enhance team satisfaction with work and work environment. 

Skills and Knowledge Requirements

• Strong knowledge of China’s and international energy and climate change issues, including the policy and general technical aspects of the issues; 

• Adequate experience in project management and team management in the field of energy, climate change, or environment; 

• Excellent English and Chinese language skills, including the ability to speak and write persuasively in both languages. ; 

• Good skills in using spreadsheet, powerpoint, and other common computer tools; 

• Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with partners and stakeholders; 

• Care for details, accuracy, and quality of work output; and 

• Self-motivated and able to work independently and efficiently with multiple tasks and pressing deadlines. 

Minimum qualifications

• A graduate degree in engineering, science, or economics with close relevance to energy and climate change issues; 

• Five or more years of relevant work experience with management ; 

• Fluency in Chinese and English, with excellent oral and written skills as well as bilingual translation ability; and 

• Work experience in the public or non-profit sector a plus. 

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. 

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