Analyst, Clean Air & Innovation

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 630 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 that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

EDF+Business Overview

EDF pioneered the NGO/corporate partnership model and has proven its worth with measurable financial and environmental results across industries and business disciplines. We challenge businesses across the globe to take bold moves to adopt green practices and technologies that transform industries and improve the bottom line. Our partnerships achieve aggressive environmental goals - and set new industry standards. To multiply the benefits, we widely publicize the innovations, motivating competing companies to reach and exceed these new standards.


Overall Function

Air pollution kills nearly 5 million people a year and makes millions more sick.  The burden of air pollution and climate change falls the hardest on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and this work aims to create win-win solutions to relieve this burden and help business and the environment prosper.


To date, we’ve done a poor job measuring and communicating the significance of air pollution, making solutions hard to implement and evaluate. However, new insights about local air pollution will make the problem personal and the status quo untenable. Pollution levels, sources and health impacts will be traced to  the source, identifying opportunities to slash pollution and creating accountability. Newly empowered champions will build the public, private and political support needed to take action to protect people and the environment. Because the best actions will protect health and mitigate the risk of climate change, local insights can provide the springboard for local, regional, national and even global impact through widespread adoption in peer-to-peer networks.


Under the supervision of a Senior Manager on the EDF+Business team, the Analyst will play a significant role in supporting EDF’s efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution 25% by 2025. The Analyst will help conduct research, build the organization’s knowledge base, develop strong partnerships, and communicate internally and externally.


Working on a dynamic team with colleagues from across EDF, the Analyst will design and execute research projects targeted at businesses and other key audiences to define the value of understanding and acting to address both climate change and air pollution. Over time, the Analyst will help transform this research into opportunities for collaboration with leading companies, innovators, cities and networks to enable commitments and accountability to reduce harmful pollution. The Manager will also assist EDF+Business in expanding innovation projects and best practices to other EDF programs.  


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide analytical and research support to the Senior Manager, as well as other stakeholders across EDF;
  • Assist with internal and external communications and written work product such as blogs, proposals and reports;
  • Prepare information and respond to inquiries from a variety of stakeholders, including internal staff and corporate partners;
  • Develop work plans and timetables, identifying and procuring necessary resources, and manage project work and deliverables;
  • Assist with strategy and capacity building;
  • Organize meetings and workshops



  • Master’s degree preferred with 0-1 year of experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, environmental studies, political science, or public policy required with 2 years of relevant work experience;
  • Undergraduate experience must include some university-level science coursework (e.g., engineering, physics, computer science).
  • Strong management skills: ability to manage projects independently, exercising judgment about seeking assistance. Meeting deadlines and managing multiple deliverables
  • Analytic skills: ability to design and implement complex analysis
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills: ability to distill complex analysis, ideas and strategies in straightforward, common language. Ability to turn around written assignments quickly at a consistently high level.
  • Business interest: commitment to directing business skills and private leadership to environmental impact.
  • Commitment to air pollution/environmental health/climate: passion for creating new opportunities for business to protect health and the planet
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an entrepreneurial, dynamic and creative environment
  • Strong presence and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners (both internal and external) from diverse communities, cultures, backgrounds and experience

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.