Senior Advisor, Climate and Energy


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. For two decades, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 30 people based in our Beijing office, NRDC China Program have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that conserve natural resources, curb pollution and accelerate China's transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China. 

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking a Senior Advisor to work with the Climate and Energy team in our Beijing office. 

The Senior Advisor for Climate and Energy will guide our strategic engagement and cooperation with Chinese partners under NRDC’s China Coal Cap Project to promote and implement national, provincial and industry/enterprise plans, policies, and piloting and scaling-up of clean technologies to reduce China’s coal consumption and replace it with clean energy to support China’s goals for ecological civilization, carbon peaking and carbon neutrality, and high-quality development. 

The Senior Advisor will help develop and articulate our vision for how China can move beyond coal nationally, in key sectors and provinces, and guide a platform for cooperation on this vision with Chinese and international partners; represent NRDC publicly in our work to accelerate China’s coal to clean energy transition, including with partners, stakeholders, media and funders; and help develop the deep research foundation and partner engagement needed to accelerate China’s transition to clean energy and carbon neutrality in key sectors and provinces. 

The Senior Advisor position will involve regular travel (assuming doing so safely is possible) to partner provinces. This position will be based in NRDC’s Beijing office and will be an integral part of the NRDC China Coal Cap Project and China Program. The position will report to the Senior Director for China. 


The Senior Advisor will be responsible for: 

Partner and Stakeholder engagement 


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. 

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. 

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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