Manager, 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 Manager will play a significant role in supporting EDF’s efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution 25% by 2025. Specifically, the Manager will work with others to catalyze and demonstrate the technologies, business models, and partnerships needed to accelerate action to reduce pollution and improve health outcomes. 

The Manager will play a critical role in (1) catalyzing new approaches to generate hyperlocal insights, including evaluating the most effective and lowest cost technology solutions; (2) designing and testing models for new technology deployment and data collection; and (3) assisting with developing and executing strategies to identify, test and demonstrate the value of hyperlocal insights, leading to commitments to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions.  The Manager will also assist EDF+Business in expanding innovation projects and best practices to other EDF programs.  


Key Responsibilities

  • Catalyze and validate affordable, reliable technology solutions for hyperlocal insights
  • Design, test and grow models for air pollution mapping
  • Build relationships and catalyze strategic partnerships with companies, innovators, social impact and early-stage investors, cities, and networks
  • Participate in program or organizational strategy and planning efforts, including developing work plans and strategies, negotiating contracts, agreements and scopes of work, contributing to fundraising activities
  • Communicate project results to EDF staff, corporate partners, donors, the media and various stakeholders to build EDF thought leadership
  • Support other initiatives as needed, including ongoing projects and “rapid response”
  • Manage and support a team, including consultants and interns.


  • Strong management skills: ability to manage complex projects independently, exercising judgment about when to involve others. Management of interns, consultants, and cross-functional teams.
  • Business acumen: professional experience working with or for entrepreneurs and/or leading global businesses
  • Design thinking, product development, user experience design, start up or incubator experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills: ability to persuade and inspire, and distill complex ideas and strategies in straightforward, common language that upholds a high bar of accuracy. Ability to turn around written assignments quickly at a consistently high level.
  • 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
  • Commitment to air pollution/environmental health/climate: passion for creating new opportunities for business to protect health and the planet
  • Willingness to travel frequently
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, environmental studies, political science, or public policy required; Master’s degree preferred. Undergraduate experience must include some university-level science coursework (e.g., engineering, physics, computer science).
  • At least six years program or related experience, or advanced degree with at least 4 years of direct 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.