Senior Manager, Regulatory Policy, US Climate Legal and Regulatory

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.

Overall Function
Environmental Defense Fund's Washington, D.C. Office is seeking a Senior Manager of Regulatory Policy in the U.S. Climate and Air Legal and Regulatory Advocacy program. The Senior Manager of Regulatory Policy will develop and implement well-designed policies to mitigate carbon pollution and other harmful airborne contaminants, and accelerate the transformation of the industrial sector to the clean, efficient, and safe industrial economy of the future. This individual will work closely with major stakeholders, NGOs, and policy makers to secure strong regulatory policies.

Key Responsibilities
As Senior Manager of Regulatory Policy, the candidate will be responsible for planning and conducting extensive engagement with key external stakeholders, particularly power companies and other regulated industries, clean energy innovators, and public officials. This will include applying communication skills to persuade and influence executives in regulated industries and policy makers in government; as well as making formal presentations to senior executives internally and externally to EDF. Through this advocacy, the Senior Manager will build support for strong regulatory policies by informing effective policy design and facilitating broad and diverse engagement between the regulated industries and EDF as well as with policy makers. This work will require highly effective written and oral communication skills as well as excellent public speaking capacity.

The Senior Manager of Regulatory Policy will report to the Director of Regulatory Policy, and will work closely with the Director to identify and implement strategies to achieve Program goals for securing and maintaining strong clean air standards.

The Senior Manager of Regulatory Policy will independently identify and assess the implications of different policy design choices for advancing clean energy and pollution reductions, in order to guide the Program’s advocacy positions. The Senior Manager will manage (and where appropriate, contribute to) extensive qualitative and quantitative analytical research (internal and external) to inform policy design, advocacy, and outreach. Often this research will involve questions both novel and complex, and the ability to identify innovative solutions will be critical to success. The Senior Manager will use this research to identify critical policy design features, and communicate the implications of the analytical work to inform the team’s overall advocacy approach. If resources enable the team to be expanded to include individuals with technical skills, they will be managed by the Senior Manager. The Senior Manager will be responsible for ensuring that analytic work provides effective support to the broader advocacy strategy.

The Senior Manager will also be responsible for developing and executing plans to engage the regulated sector to support key policy initiatives in target states and nationally. This will require professional judgment to weigh the pros and cons of policy alternatives, to understand the constraints and concerns of regulated industries, and to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. If successful, the Senior Manager’s work will persuade key stakeholders to support policy design and regulatory improvements of national significance.

  • Advanced degree and eight or more years professional experience working on technical, policy and regulatory issues related to air pollution mitigation and clean technology deployment.
  • Experience managing large complex projects with numerous team members within the organization as well as external consultants and co-collaborators.
  • Extensive expertise working with the power sector, power market dynamics, and power sector regulation.
  • Rigorous analytical capacity, qualitative and quantitative
  • Able to solve complex and challenging problems.
  • Strong knowledge of the federal Clean Air Act, and ideally a background in environmental policy development.
  • Strong relationships within the power sector including power companies and clean energy innovators.
  • Clear, concise and engaging communicator with demonstrated ability to maintain strong and productive working relationships with colleagues and external allies.
  • Results-oriented leader with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.
  • Demonstrated track record of professional success, including delivering tangible results and leading major projects.


Washington, DC

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
August 22, 2014
Regular Full-Time
Washington, DC, United States