With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.
EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.
The Director will play a lead role on a growing domestic team, helping to shape EDF’s vision for effective and equitable federal and state climate policy including advancing strategies to reduce carbon pollution as well as health-harming air pollution from the electric power sector. The role will focus on identifying, managing, and executing day-to-day research and analysis critical to informing and advancing our climate policy positioning as well as leading the development of economic analysis, technical reports, and analytical tools. The Director will ideally be based in Washington, D.C. (though other EDF offices and remote work is an option for the right candidate) and report to the Associate Vice President, U.S. Climate, while working in close collaboration with a range of EDF’s climate, economic, legal, and political experts and managing work across a matrixed organization. The Director will have a specific focus on developing the analytics to support securing deep reductions in carbon pollution from the electric power sector over the upcoming decade.
- Develop and execute rigorous economic and technical analysis related to a range of climate, clean air and clean energy policy proposals – including federal regulatory programs for the power sector, state carbon pricing proposals, and sector-specific state regulatory and legislative policies;
- Identify research and analytical needs to be met through external experts, consultants, and partners;
- Manage workflows of consultants as well as multiple cross-cutting staff including analysts and economists;
- Help inform EDF’s U.S. state and federal climate policy objectives and advocacy positions on major policy design elements;
- Write and prepare white papers, technical reports, policy briefs, and communications materials aimed at external audiences;
- Develop and deploy analytical tools designed to educate external stakeholders (e.g., federal and state environmental regulators) and inform internal thinking on policy design;
- Present analysis and findings through clear and compelling oral presentations to both internal and external audiences;
- Participate in advancing EDF diversity, equity, and inclusion goals so that people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
- Develop timely, comprehensible, politically salient materials for policy makers, media outlets, and other stakeholders (including analyses, fact sheets, answers to specific queries, and other information as needed) in close coordination with relevant EDF staff;
- Provide rapid response review and evaluation of externally produced policy-relevant economic analysis;
- Draft internal decision memos, policy documents, testimony, talking points, etc;
- Represent EDF in external settings (e.g. meetings with policy makers, Congressional staff, other environmental organizations, research institutions, or businesses);
- Coordinate closely with EDF’s legal and regulatory team on climate, clean air and clean energy progress and core analytics under existing law;
- Contribute to funding proposals and reports.
- We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated ability to oversee and conduct rigorous research and technical analysis in the area of climate, clean air and energy policy. Candidates must have exceptional problem-solving skills and a demonstrated ability to ensure consistency and quality of research products.
- Graduate degree in engineering, energy systems, economics or related field with significant quantitative coursework, and at least 10 years of experience working on climate, clean air and/or energy policy issues, including relevant research or analytical work.
- Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all aspects of work.
- Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- A deep understanding of the electric power sector, including analytical or policy experience in both competitive and vertically integrated markets.
- A strong working understanding of market-based climate policy, especially carbon pricing, and relevant fundamentals of economic theory and practice.
- Demonstrated success in managing and conducting rigorous energy and economic analysis.
- Proven ability to lead small teams, oversee multiple complex projects, and to work collaboratively across programs in a complex multidisciplinary organization.
- Strong ability to effectively synthesize and communicate technical and policy findings in a clear and concise manner to colleagues internally and to external non-technical audiences.
- Excellent writing, analytical, and communication skills.
- Enthusiasm and aptitude for understanding politics and working within political context.
- Passion for environmental protection, coupled with a focus on pragmatic, results-based policy solutions.
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.