Manager, Clean Energy 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.

Program Overview


EDF has long been a champion of market-based solutions to environmental issues, including programs to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. We helped design the sulfur dioxide cap-and-trade program; were instrumental in passing and implementing California’s emission trading system under its AB32 law; and played a lead role in the effort to pass comprehensive climate legislation in the U.S. Congress in 2009-2010. EDF’s U.S. Climate team continues to be at the center of this policy analysis and development, incorporating economic, scientific, and legal expertise to secure policy change at the state, federal, and regional levels to curb climate pollution. Working in concert with our climate team, EDF’s U.S. Clean Energy program is focused on transforming our current energy system in order to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy that provides clean energy access for all. Together, EDF’s Climate and Energy programs are working to leverage breakthrough technologies and innovative “Fourth Wave” tools that provide new ways to solve environmental problems in order to supercharge our efforts to mitigate dangerous climate change.


Overall Function


EDF’s U.S. Climate team seeks a Manager to oversee development and implementation of key aspects of an emerging and growing initiative for EDF focused on federal clean energy innovation. Meeting our ambitious climate goals will require accelerated investment, development, and deployment of critical low/zero-carbon technologies on the path to deep decarbonization.  The Manager will be a key player in building EDF’s capacity to engage on clean energy innovation policy. He/she will conduct rigorous research and analysis, inform the development of EDF policy positions, engage with Congressional staff, and build new collaborations among NGOs, agencies, and partner organizations. Under the leadership of the Director, U.S. Climate Policy & Analysis, this position will work at the intersection of EDF’s climate and energy programs to guide and manage the ramp-up of EDF’s emerging federal clean energy innovation efforts.


Key Responsibilities

  • Build partnerships and collaborate with key organizations focused on clean energy innovation policy
  • Conduct research and analysis on existing and proposed innovation programs and policies at both the federal and state levels
  • Develop recommendations to help advance innovation policy and critical emerging low and zero-carbon technologies at the federal level in the U.S.
  • Organize and coordinate EDF’s efforts on innovation policy, leveraging expertise across the organization in support of advancing a concerted effort focused on federal clean energy innovation
  • Represent and promote EDF’s innovation policy and federal clean energy priorities on the Hill, engaging with members of Congress and congressional staff in collaboration with EDF’s political affairs legislative team
  • Identify and draw on key lessons from state efforts to drive clean energy innovation and to establish policies that support a wide range of low and zero-carbon technology solutions
  • Develop communications materials for internal and external audiences including memos, policy briefs, presentations, blogs, etc
  • Plan and execute events and stakeholder engagement in collaboration with partners focused on clean energy innovation strategies
  • Evaluate and recommend new project ideas and manage project workplans, ensuring deliverables are met
  • Contribute to fundraising strategies, proposals, and reports


  • At least six years professional experience working on climate and clean energy technology and policy, or advanced degree with at least 4 years of experience
  • A deep understanding of energy systems and clean energy technologies
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy and/or the National Labs preferred
  • Knowledge of the federal budget and appropriations process a plus
  • Experience engaging with Congressional staff and Members a plus
  • Strong analytical skills and experience performing rigorous research and analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain complex topics to a non-expert audience
  • An ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience
  • Experience in project management, exceptional organization skills, and attention to detail
  • An ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of small teams or in collaborations with partners in a dynamic fast-paced environment
  • An entrepreneurial approach to developing new policy ideas and strategies to advance ideas and projects both externally as well as internally in a complex interdisciplinary organization

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.