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.
Senior Manager, Federal Climate Innovation
Location: While a hyrbid arrangement out of our Washington, D.C. office is preferred, this role can be performed out of any EDF office or 100% remotely from home for U.S. based candidates.
EDF has long been a leading voice on the design of U.S. climate policy and a champion of pragmatic and forward-looking solutions to environmental issues. EDF’s Federal Climate Innovation (FCI) Team, a part of the EDF U.S. Region Initiative Hub, is focused on strengthening our tools to create and improve climate solutions, including the development and deployment of key climate technologies and the policy frameworks that can facilitate an equitable and just energy transition. The team works across EDF and with a variety of external stakeholders to build support toward key opportunities.
The Senior Manager will play a lead role on a growing team, helping to shape EDF’s vision for effective and equitable federal climate innovation policy and program implementation. This includes identifying and overseeing 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 Senior Manager will ideally be based in Washington, D.C. and report to the Senior Director for Climate Innovation & Technology, while working in close collaboration with a range of EDF’s climate, economic, and political experts.
- Oversee rigorous economic and technical analysis related to a range of federal climate and energy policy proposals, with a primary focus on federal climate innovation and implementation of programs and policies
- Identify research and analytical needs to be met through external experts, consultants, and partners
- Manage workflows of consultants as well as cross-cutting staff including analysts and economists
- Help inform EDF’s U.S. 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., Congressional staff) and inform internal thinking on policy design
- Present analysis and findings through clear and compelling oral presentations to both internal and external audiences
- 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, businesses, or media)
- Manage and mentor junior staff, supporting their production of high-quality work and professional development
- Contribute to funding proposals and reports.
- Participate in advancing EDF 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 EDF values
We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated ability to oversee and conduct rigorous research and technical economic analysis in the area of climate innovation and/or clean energy policy. Candidates must have exceptional problem-solving skills and a demonstrated ability to ensure consistency and quality of research products. You should also have:
- Graduate degree in finance, economics, public policy, or other relevant field and 6 years of experience preferred, or comparable combination of education and applied work experience in climate and/or energy policy issues, including relevant research or analytical work.
- A deep understanding of climate policy, especially market-based solutions to address environmental problems
- Expertise in a key area such as climate finance, climate and clean energy innovation, the development and analysis of Congressional legislation, and/or federal government program implementation is highly desired
- Demonstrated success in managing and conducting rigorous energy and economic analysis
- Demonstrate the cultural awareness and emotional intelligence essential to creating and maintaining a productive and inclusive workplace
- 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
- Creative thinking ability, including strong policy advocacy and/or analytical intuition
- Collaborative instincts and comfort adopting a “team mentality”
- 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
- Strong ability to set priorities and take initiative consistent with broad strategic guidance and to execute in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and critical deadlines.
- Ability to work with colleagues and partners of various backgrounds and experiences
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.