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.
ENERGY PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The goal of the EDF Energy Program is to bend the curve on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production and use by 2030, while meeting the world’s energy needs cleanly and equitably. We are achieving this through a defined set of objectives targeted at 1) reducing emissions from oil and gas production, delivery, and use, and 2) reducing demand for oil and gas in power generation, transportation, buildings, and industry. To achieve our goal, we seek reforms in law, regulation, and/or business practice through a set of strategic corporate partnerships, direct engagement with policymakers, and mobilizing investor and public sentiment in favor of change. In achieving our objectives, we facilitate cutting-edge science, technical innovation, and rigorous economic and financial analysis to develop durable solutions.
EDF’s Energy program seeks to reduce oil and gas methane emissions 45% from 2012 levels by the end of 2025. Our long-term vision is that effective government policies and industry practices will virtually eliminate methane emissions from the global oil and gas industry, thereby reducing total anthropogenic methane emissions by approximately one-third. Our goal of reducing oil and gas methane emissions 45% by 2025 represents a first, critical step toward achieving this vision. Oil and gas production from tribal lands in the U.S. are a key piece of this puzzle as methane waste robs tribes of needed revenue and associated pollution puts a disproportionate burden on tribal communities. To help guide its campaign to seek oil and gas methane regulations on the Navajo Nation and to assist in efforts toward federal regulations that will also benefit tribal communities, EDF seeks a Tribal Program Manager, Energy.
EDF seeks a talented and self-motivated Tribal Program Manager to play a critical role in the development and execution of EDF’s Navajo and Federal methane regulatory campaigns. The Manager will be an on-the-ground player in support of program initiatives and will develop and implement an outreach strategy with the Navajo Nation and tribes impacted by oil and gas pollution across the U.S. with the objective of raising awareness around the environmental and health hazards associated with oil and gas development and providing avenues and tools for engaging tribal communities in political and policy processes to reduce methane waste, air and climate pollution. The Manager reports to the Director, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs.
- Lead the Navajo Nation and federal methane campaigns through research, coordination, strategic input, and relationship development and serve as key advisor to Director, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs on these matters
• Develop and implement a community outreach strategy for the Navajo Nation and other tribal communities impacted by oil and gas development
• Build and maintain key partnerships with local community groups, allotees, and chapter house leaders, engaging with and understanding constituents with diverse backgrounds, including tribal members, farmers and ranchers, local and state stakeholders, industry representatives, and environmental policy advocates.
• Manage budgets for project work, develop work plans, help negotiate project agreements and scopes of work, and identify and procure necessary resources
• Conduct relevant policy analysis, research, and writing
• Evaluate and recommend new project ideas; disseminate and communicate project results; and be a team player in the development of a vibrant and entrepreneurial program
• Develop and apply appropriate metrics for measuring the success of project(s)
• Host workshops and community meetings/events, working closely with local partners, local officials, and community groups
• Engage in proactive communications through traditional media, social media, and grassroots outreach
• Apply excellent organizational, communication, and planning skills in preparing internal and external correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information
• Participates 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
• Become sufficiently knowledgeable about the scope and breadth of the program’s activities to participate effectively in science team, policy team, and communications team discussions
• Provide expert advice and contribute to EDF wide strategy on working with diverse communities
• Assist in the development and production of project materials such as case studies, brochures, reports, speeches, PowerPoint slides and other visual presentations
• Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned
- Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, environmental studies, or related fields plus at least 4 years of relevant experience or a BA/BS degree plus 6+ years of work experience in government, community development, or non-profit sectors required
• Detail-oriented and organized self-starter, strong project management, and execution skills
• Excellent strategic thinking skills and judgment; able to professionally represent EDF with varied stakeholders
• Adaptable and flexible, able to adapt to frequent change and prioritize effectively under constant deadline pressure.
• Demonstrated commitment to and experience in community interests in Native American communities
• Solid understanding of environmental justice issues, especially air quality impacts on lower-income and underserved communities. Familiarity with environmental impacts from oil and gas operations
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience
• Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds
• Team-oriented with the ability to work independently as needed, using judgment to plan, prioritize, and organize a diversified workload.
• Demonstrated ability to independently recommend and determine approaches to completing projects and managing processes where precedents are not always available
• Excellent research and analytical skills and an interest in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work is a plus
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.