Program Coordinator, EDF Climate Corps

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

EDF Climate Corps
( is Environmental Defense Fund’s innovative summer fellowship program that places specially trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency.  If improving building energy efficiency were as simple as flipping a switch, organizations could easily cash in on big cost savings and emission reductions. Unfortunately, limited resources, information gaps and organizational barriers prevent many organizations from taking advantage of smart energy investments. EDF Climate Corps overcomes these barriers with ambitious young talent trained to develop customized energy efficiency investment plans for their host organizations. Since the program’s launch in 2008, EDF Climate Corps fellows have uncovered over a billion dollars in energy savings for participating organizations.

Overall Function

The Program Coordinator plays a key role in the success of EDF Climate Corps. S/he is part of a team responsible for organizing key networking and educational events such as the annual fellow training event and network event. S/he will be heavily involved in the development of new network initiatives to engage host organization representatives and current and past fellows as they work to improve their energy management practices. Finally, s/he will directly engage with organizations in advancing energy management practices by managing a portfolio of relationships and directly supporting approximately 15 fellowships each summer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the design, planning, and execution of key events including the fellow energy management training event, the annual fall network event, and regional network events;
  • Recruit top graduate students to EDF Climate Corps by visiting campuses, conferences, and other events;
  • Plan and oversee execution of key processes within the Climate Corps Fellowship program (e.g. fellow recruitment), using large volumes of email, conference calls, and in-person meetings, with a geographically dispersed team;
  • Serve as key point of contact for host organizations throughout the year, providing high levels of customer service, energy management resources, and key connections to the program’s network;
  • Update organization and contact data, prepare reports, and perform other information management activities using;
  • Recruit and reenroll EDF Climate Corps host organizations
  • Manage 15-20 EDF Climate Corps engagements during the summer, including gathering and vetting final project deliverables, with direct responsibility for ensuring high levels of host and fellow satisfaction and high quality energy project results;
  • Track and evaluate program results through implementation check-ins with hosts, surveys, project data analysis, and after-action reviews;
  • Contribute to program content and thought leadership efforts;
  • Communicate program results to internal and external stakeholders through meetings, media and online outreach, conferences, presentations, and other methods; and
  • Support other programmatic functions such as tracking of project expenses, travel, and logistics management.
For the Program Coordinator position, we are seeking a highly organized self-starter with a demonstrated interest in corporate sustainability and/or environmental issues. Specific qualifications include:
  • Bachelor's degree;
  • 3+ years of work experience in the corporate or non-profit sector;
  • Project management experience and/or a demonstrated ability to use independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize a diversified workload;
  • Basic knowledge of the business implications of environmental issues, building energy efficiency, and corporate social responsibility;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience;
  • Ability to organize and analyze information, identify and evaluate solutions, prioritize tasks, and make decisions regarding work activities, with limited oversight;
  • Exceptional personal organization, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial environment;
  • Willingness to travel (up to 10% of the time);
  • Strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint), and database programs; and
  • Training and/or events management and coordination experience a plus;
This position can be located in the EDF offices in San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA, or New York, NY.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer
January 22, 2015
Regular Full-Time
Various, United States