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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.
Summary and Overall Function:
The Moms Clean Air Force Senior Legislative Manager reports to the Public Health Policy Director and is responsible for strategic development, day-to-day management, and implementation of political strategies that support Moms Clean Air Force’s mission and program efforts. A key member of the Moms Clean Air Force team, the Senior Legislative Manager develops and executes an effective and comprehensive government relations and thought leadership strategy on behalf of Moms Clean Air Force. This is a public facing position. Applicant will be expected to represent Moms Clean Air Force on the Hill, attending hearings, visiting lawmakers, meeting with Hill staff, and connecting with partners and allies. The Senior Legislative Manager’s responsibilities may include managing consultants, identifying internal and external synergies and conflicts, coordinating with both external partners and internal EDF Government Affairs team, and assisting the Public Health Policy Director in advocacy and relationship development with influential decision makers.
- Build trusted relationships with Congressional offices, caucuses, and committees.
- Work with Public Health Policy Director to identify political and policy objectives and design and implement strategies for effective federal policy engagement.
- Develop and manage strategies to enhance Moms Clean Air Force relationships and advocacy with decision-makers in Congress, EPA and other agencies, and the White House to advance Moms Clean Air Force’s goals.
- Identify, cultivate and mobilize new federal legislative allies and champions.
- Identify and pursue opportunities to develop legislation that addresses our policy goals with champions on the Hill.
- Manage Congressional outreach and relationships, including but not limited to: Scheduling lawmaker meetings with organizers and volunteers; Preparing talking points for these meetings; Preparing summary of lawmaker’s policies for meeting participants; Working with meeting participants in advance so they are prepared for the discussion; Attending lawmaker meetings and participating in policy discussions as needed; Tracking meetings in database.
- Track Congressional activity on air pollution, climate change, environmental justice, health equity, toxic chemicals, and women’s reproductive health, and identify legislative efforts to support.
- Lead and execute fly-ins (both virtual and in-person), including: Coordinating volunteer supermoms and managing Hill meeting schedule; developing talking points for lawmaker meetings; and training participants to meet with their lawmakers.
- Represent Moms Clean Air Force on committees, workgroups, and coalitions in support of priority policy goals.
- Lead collaborative efforts internally with other EDF programs and departments to implement specific strategies and outcomes to support program efforts.
- Educate federal Lawmakers and staff about Moms Clean Air Force, air pollution, and climate change.
- Collaborate with EDF’s Government Affairs team and program policy staff.
- Participates in advancing DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with Moms Clean Air Force values.
- Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree is required, with at least six years of related experience.
- Capitol Hill experience a plus.
- Demonstrated understanding of the federal political and regulatory process; must be comfortable articulating complicated policies and procedures for a lay audience.
- Deep understanding of environmental issues in a legislative and regulatory context, with demonstrated expertise in climate change policy, environmental justice, air pollution regulations, chemicals policy, and/or environmental health issues.
- Proven ability to build enduring and effective relationships with decisionmakers, regulators, allies, partners, and/or lawmakers
- Strong personal organization, time management and prioritization skills; ability to multi-task and get work done under pressure; and a relentless dedication to follow-up.
- Good judgement, initiative, and ability to anticipate problems and follow through with confidence.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with numerous team members in a fast-paced environment.
- Flexible and able to adapt to frequent change and prioritize effectively to meet deadlines.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to inspire and motivate others.
- Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency, inclusivity, and ability to work with others across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
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.