Outreach Coordinator, EDF+Business

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.

The EDF+Business team is a cross-cutting division within EDF that engages the business community on driving large-scale environmental change. We believe companies, communities and the environment can thrive in unison - and we’re making it happen by leveraging the power of the marketplace. For more than 25 years, we’ve combined cutting-edge science, economic expertise and unexpected partnerships to help high-impact companies - including Walmart, KKR and FedEx - transform business as usual in their products, operations, supply chains and advocacy.

Our world needs healthy environments and healthy businesses to truly thrive - EDF+Business is forging solutions that benefit both. For more information on our work, see www.business.edf.org.

OVERALL FUNCTION

The Outreach Coordinator will play a significant role in informing and implementing EDF’s strategy for building business support for our climate and energy policy goals. He or she will contribute to a growing knowledge base and set of activities to pave the way for federal and state action on climate change, enabling us to improve our effectiveness, increase our reach and respond quickly to new developments as they arise. The Outreach Coordinator will join a dynamic team including staff from the EDF+Business, Political Affairs and Marketing and Communications programs, working under the Managing Director, EDF+Business. The Outreach Coordinator will interface with EDF staff across programs as well as with companies, other NGOs, industry groups and other stakeholders at the intersection of business and public policy.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide research and analytical support to inform our corporate engagement strategy. Monitor and maintain up-to-date information on companies’:

    • Commitments and actions related to climate and energy

    • Engagement in climate and energy policy at the state and federal level

    • Participation in industry groups that advocate on climate and energy policies, and positions taken by those groups

    • Relationships with and influence on key lawmakers

  • Identify potential new activities and opportunities for collaboration with specific companies, industry groups or other partners;

  • Conduct outreach to companies and assist in managing company relationships in coordination with other EDF staff and consultants;

  • Prepare briefings and talking points for conversations between senior EDF and company executives;

  • Identify and develop opportunities for EDF thought leadership at the intersection of business and public policy; contribute to blog posts and other communications;

  • Monitor the landscape of organizations working with businesses on climate and energy and public policy issues and assist in coordinating our work with theirs.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, business or another related field with two to four years relevant professional experience (e.g., government affairs, politics, marketing), or Master’s degree with at least one year relevant professional experience 

  • Strong understanding of the political process; ability to explain complex policies and procedures to a business audience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and convey information clearly and concisely (a writing sample and/or sample work product will be required as part of the interview process)

  • Strong research and analytical skills

  • Attention to detail and ability to see patterns across large volumes of data

  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and critical deadlines.

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with broad strategic guidance, as well as in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams.

  • Professional maturity and comfort working with senior staff

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • An understanding of important stakeholders in the business community (investors, management, employees) is helpful

  • Experience with Salesforce software is helpful

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.

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