Manager, Climate Resilient Food Systems

Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.


We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.


Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?



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The Manager is a member of the EDF’s Climate Resilient Food Systems (CRFS) Team within the People and Nature Program. The CRFS Team aims to catalyze transformation of our global food system to one that can feed and nourish the warming world’s growing population in an equitable and environmentally viable way, that simultaneously helps to mitigate climate change, build resilience, and abate biodiversity loss. This strategy is based on three nesting pillars:

  • Transforming three archetypes – through partnerships with local organizations and individuals, we will work to participatorily develop and implement new and existing interventions to transform three real-world food systems wherein the challenges can be thought of as archetypal of key food system challenges faced the world over.

  • Build a broad constituency of champions and partners – we will build a compelling campaign that can unify diverse, influential, and vocal actors in support of the alignment of finance, production, and nutrition policies at national and international scales to reframe the global dialogue and scale impact.

  • Elevate the needs and perspectives of small-scale and Indigenous food systems actors, as well as women and other marginalized and disenfranchised groups – in both our archetypal projects and our policy-level engagements, we will begin with and prioritize the needs and perspectives of historically marginalized food system actors, and we will work to amplify their voices to global funders and policymakers.


This role can be performed either 100% remotely or on a hybrid arrangement out of any EDF office within the United States or European Union. 



The Manager will play a critical role in implementing the Climate Resilient Food Systems strategy. They will support the team in the development and implementation of pathways to transform the global food system, with a goal of nourishing people sustainably, righting inequalities in food and nutrition security, combatting climate change, and enabling humans and nature to thrive.


Under the leadership of the Senior Director, Climate Resilient Food Systems, the Manager will use experience and knowledge to independently conduct research and policy analyses, develop partnerships, and engage with community members, NGOs, government agencies, multi-lateral development agencies, and other food system actors. This position sits within a matrixed team and will coordinate with staff and consultants from multiple EDF Teams and Programs.



  • Direct and execute robust research, analysis, and evaluation of existing and/or proposed pathways toward transformation of food systems in different contexts, and with attention to the impact of climate change and the needs of food and nutrition insecure and vulnerable populations.
  • Develop materials and processes for sharing findings and critical information with stakeholders, media and public through reports, interviews, presentations, and other communication methods.
  • Identify and develop relationships with key stakeholders in global food systems, with the goal of fostering trust, gathering information, developing project ideas, and recruiting partners.
  • Help to develop and implement systems to track progress toward strategic goals and priorities.
  • Manage interns and provide ongoing support and feedback to ensure high quality deliverables, successful project outcomes and meaningful work experiences.
  • Develop a deep understanding of food systems challenges and opportunities and stay abreast of cutting-edge science in the field.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to a broad range of EDF teams.
  • Engage with diverse food system actors, including small-scale producers, marginalized groups, and/or their representative organizations, as part of our work to facilitate participatory design and implementation of transformative food system solutions.
  • Serve as EDF representative in external settings such as conferences, workshops, and partnerships.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
  • Undertake and complete special projects as assigned by the Senior Director, Climate Resilient Food Systems.



  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in relevant field of study, with at least 4+ years’ related experience, is preferred; Bachelor’s with at least 6 years of related work experience required.
  • Strong research skills and experience performing rigorous analytic work in support of highly visible products.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to translate technical and scientific findings to non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated project and people management skills, including the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience.
  • Commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in their work.
  • Commitment to environmental sustainability, and an interest in the connections between food system sustainability and human well-being.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaborate with a team in a fast-paced, dynamic and creative environment.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Experience managing a diverse workload. 
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel, up to 20%, both domestic as well as international
  • Bilingual proficiency in a language other than English would be a bonus
  • Previous international experience or contextualized cultural training is a bonus
  • Proficiency in the use of standard business software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 82,000 - 90,000 USD which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

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.