Manager, Global Clean Air (Health)

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 700 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 where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Program Overview


EDF’s Health Program is committed to improving the public’s health by dramatically reducing exposures and disproportionate health impacts of toxic chemicals and air pollution that increase the risk of disease and death. We work on a range of legislative, regulatory, scientific, and market-oriented projects aimed at improving chemical safety and air quality. EDF has also long been a leader in reducing air pollution in the United States by strengthening and defending health-based policies, promoting market-based incentives, and building a broad based, grassroots advocacy campaign through our partner, Moms Clean Air Force. In recent years, we have expanded our efforts to harness new air pollution sensing tools and technologies to tackle air pollution within cities around the world. EDF is working with a diverse network of researchers, companies, advocacy partners, and government officials to scale new air pollution monitoring and mapping technologies to advance our understanding of health impacts, and empower local actors to identify, advocate for, and implement clean air policies around the world.   


Overall Function


The Manager will oversee development and implementation of key aspects of this program, develop partnerships, and foster collaboration among NGO’s, agencies and partners, with the overall goal of leading teams to collect, analyze, interpret, and ultimately disseminate scientifically robust air quality information. Under the leadership of the Director of Program Operations, Health, this position uses experience and knowledge to independently guide and manage air quality data collection and policy projects in a variety of global locations. Specifically, this role will include management of the science elements of the Source Awareness Module in the USAID Clean Air Catalyst (CAC) project. 


Key Responsibilities


  • Identify and develop relationships with key stakeholders in regulatory, academic, and non-profit sectors with the goal of fostering relationships, gathering information, developing project ideas, recruiting partners, and generally forwarding the overall strategic vision of the project through partnerships and collaboration.
  • Manage relationships with technical vendors, academic partners, corporate partners, and local community partners as needed.
  • Support project goals by overseeing budgets for project work, developing workplans to meet objectives established by management, negotiating project agreements and scopes of work, identifying and working with other decision makers to procure necessary resources, project work and deliverables where gaps are identified.
  • Lead interdisciplinary teams comprised of staff from various programs and external organizations, with members across multiple time zones, including internationally.
  • Manage complex projects, creating workplans and ensuring that varied teams stay on track to meet deliverables and objectives.
  • Lead group meetings.
  • Serve as EDF representative and technical expert in external settings such as conferences, workshops, and partnerships.
  • Lead and communicate various project goals and results to EDF staff, companies, policymakers, environmental groups, the media and the public through reports, interviews, presentations, and other methods.
  • Develop and apply appropriate means for measuring the success of project
  • Independently troubleshoot problems where precedents are not always available using an original arrangement or interpretation of complex information or activities to arrive at logical conclusions.
  • Translate program and project needs into actionable items to forward program decision-making and liaise with programs to facilitate information sharing, identify synergies, and improve collaboration.
  • In addition to these responsibilities, this position will play an integral role in other activities including fundraising, evaluating, and recommending new project ideas, disseminating and communicating project results, and being a team player in the development of a vibrant and entrepreneurial program.
  • 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.




  • Bachelor’s degree and at least six years program or related experience, or advanced degree with at least 4 years of direct experience required.  Experience or education related to air quality management, air pollution science, or environmental health
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail required
  • Independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize a diverse workload
  • Experience balancing the needs of multiple diverse stakeholders including regulators and community organizations
  • Strong ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams in a dynamic, fast-paced and creative environment
  • Strong analytical skills and experience performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical subject matter both in writing and orally
  • Strong oral presentation skills for both small and large audiences
  • A high level of strategic thinking is required in order to synthesize complex information to identify and deploy action plans
  • Possess a high degree of diplomacy to influence and manage key stakeholders and teams
  • Demonstrated ability to independently recommend and determine approaches to completing projects and managing processes where precedents are not always available
  • Ability to effectively communicate scientific/economic information in an advocacy setting both to internal and external audiences
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience with US Government grants preferred

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.