Manager, Energy Transition, EDF+Business


The Environmental Defense Fund is working towards creating a vital earth for everyone, which will critically require a bend in the curve of global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel production and use by 2030. This will necessitate an accelerated phaseout of existing oil and gas production and the prevention of investment in new fossil fuel projects that are misaligned with achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. In addition, an accelerated phaseout will still need to balance the potential consequences for people, energy, and the planet.

To support this goal EDF’s +Biz Energy Transition Team engages with investors and industry towards accelerating the path towards an effective and orderly energy transition. The team leverages its partnerships and relationships to mobilize change across the industry, often drawing on cutting-edge science and rigorous economic and financial analysis.

The Energy Transition Manager will lead the development of a new flagship initiative to accelerate the phaseout and decarbonization of oil and gas by providing granular data and specific recommendations for decision-makers across industry, finance, and policy. In a multi-faceted role, the Manager will (1) manage and direct the initiative’s resources, including internal and external collaborators with global energy expertise in science, economics, policy, and data, (2) support the development of robust datasets and research methods, (3) communicate and engage with experts and stakeholders across the energy transition landscape, and (4) promote the adoption of the initiative’s outcomes with key audiences.

The Manager will play a key role in catalyzing EDF’s strategy to unlock the rapid phaseout and decarbonization of the oil and gas sector, building on the team’s efforts to collaborate with investors and industry to reduce global methane emissions. The initiative will be crucial to elevating EDF’s expertise and role in the energy transition by expanding its thought leadership, research and analysis, and influence.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the Manager will also play a supporting role in building a strategy to deliver on methane emissions reductions from the Asia Pacific oil and gas supply chain by leveraging EDF’s financial sector and corporate partnerships network and expertise.

Key Responsibilities

The Energy Transition Manager will work under the Director, Energy Transition, EDF+Business. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage an innovative and high-profile new initiative to build an actionable and analytically rigorous roadmap for decarbonizing the oil and gas industry in-line with the Paris Agreement. 
  • Collaborate closely with EDF’s world leading energy industry and climate experts including on EDF’s science, economics and energy transition analytics teams in order to build a global model for oil and gas industry decarbonization pathways.
  • Oversee external consultants providing analytical and modeling support to the project, including by offering guidance on modelling goals, ensuring meaningful data inputs are utilized, and securing a high-quality final product that is delivered in a timely manner.
  • Write and publish new cutting-edge research and analysis on key energy systems decarbonization topics, including energy transition capital allocation, hydrogen, carbon capture and sequestration that would expand EDF’s presence with both oil and gas industry and financial sector audiences.
  • Maintain and grow EDF’s relationships with global policy makers, financial sector actors and global oil and gas supply chain companies, with the goal of delivering meaningful insights to stakeholders with the decision-making power to drive action.
  • In partnership with other members of EDF’s Energy Transition and +Business teams, build bespoke oil and gas supply chain and financial industry engagement strategies in China, Japan, Korea and Australia to drive rapid and long-lasting methane emissions reductions from these jurisdictions.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Support other initiatives in the EDF+Business program as needed, including ongoing projects and "rapid response" to incoming inquires or new issues related to our work.
  • Participate in program or organizational strategy and planning efforts, including developing workplans and strategies, overseeing budgets, and financial accountability, negotiating contracts, agreements and scopes of work, contributing to fundraising activities.
  • Communicate project results to EDF staff, corporations, donors, the media and various stakeholders through reports, presentations, blogs, and other methods that build EDF thought leadership.
  • Participates 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.


  • At least six years program or related experience, or advanced degree with at least 4 years of direct experience.
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Experience accessing and working with diverse datasets as well as an ability to think critically about data quality to ensure robustness.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead an initiative and produce measurable results.
  • Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to structure and test hypotheses to innovate new solutions for persistent, challenging issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Ability to navigate high-level engagements with industry representatives, investors, environmental NGOs, and other key stakeholders.
  • eneral knowledge of the global oil and gas industry – priority geographies, critical stakeholders, operational practices and key news and trends is desired but not required.
  • Demonstration of interest in global financial industry – its key players, touch points with large extractive industries, and business models is also desirable.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.

Pay range

$84,000 - $94,000 USD/Yr.


Regular Full Time


New York


May 15, 2023


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.

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