Project Manager, EDF + Business Program





With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.


About the EDF+ Business Program:


EDF pioneered the NGO-corporate partnership model, and over the past twenty-five years has worked with leading companies such as Walmart, McDonald's, FedEx and KKR to drive pragmatic solutions to environmental challenges. Our projects are designed to achieve significant environmental results, generate business benefits for our private-sector partners and create scalable industry-wide best practices. EDF understands that business and a better world don’t have to be at odds. As a result, we’re doubling down on our efforts to engage leading companies to drive innovation, leverage supply chains, unlock capital flows, and advocate for the policy change needed to achieve our strategic goals. In order to meet these ambitious goals, EDF is building up its capacity to drive innovation.


In our innovation work we define the problem and the environmental criteria of a solution, attract new talent and investment, and screen and iterate winning solutions with the help of advisors, experts and corporate partners.


For example, EDF’s Methane Detectors Challenge is a groundbreaking partnership to use open source innovation to catalyze new technologies that continuously detect methane leaks. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas—84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over 20 years, and responsible for 25% of the warming we now feel.


EDF is also focusing on the agriculture supply chain to eliminate fertilizer pollution from commodity crop production. Fertilizer is the engine of agriculture, but its inefficient use creates air and water pollution.


For more information on our work, see .


Overall Function


The EDF + Business Program seeks a highly motivated, analytically rigorous project manager to join EDF’s Washington D.C. office. The Project Manager will be a key member of the team, conducting research and analysis in a breadth of environmental topics. Working directly with the Manager and Director, the Project Manager will lead research and analysis to develop and execute projects, as well as manage specific tasks and projects independently. 


Specifically, the Project Manager will help EDF speed up the pace of innovation and adoption by bringing the latest and greatest technology innovation insights to solve environmental challenges. In particular, the Project Manager will help design and run one or more innovation processes. This could include working with existing accelerators, incubators and corporate partners to integrate “entrepreneurs in residence” into existing innovation programs, or running EDF technology challenges, business case competitions, or other innovation processes. The solutions needed may be hardware, software, or business process-based, or a combination of all three. The Project Manager will also assume significant responsibility for ongoing innovation workstreams concerning methane detection and individual chemicals exposure assessments.


 Catalyzing innovation is a relatively new field for EDF. The Project Manager will also assist the Manager, EDF + Business, to craft EDF’s innovation strategy, build key innovation capabilities, and strengthen new and existing relationships. Because environmental advocacy and technology change is fast-paced and unpredictable, the Project Manager will be expected to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions and responsibilities.


Key Responsibilities

  • Independently research innovation processes, potential partners, and policies that support innovation and adoption
  • Assist with timely in-house analyses for EDF staff
  • Evaluate and recommend new project ideas, including developing work plans and timetables, identifying and procuring necessary resources, and managing project work and deliverables
  • Develop materials to describe project results and generate support for future work, including blog posts, presentations and research white papers
  • Prepare information and respond to inquiries from a variety of stakeholders, including internal staff, corporate partners, the media and the public
  • Assist with innovation strategy and capacity building
  • In conjunction with development staff, participate in developing funding proposals and interim reports, when appropriate
  • Organize meetings and workshops



The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  • Undergraduate degree including university-level science coursework (e.g., engineering, physics, computer science)
  • At least five years of work experience, including working with startups, incubators and accelerators, and early stage funding vehicles
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated ability in creative problem-solving and managing complex projects
  • Experience catalyzing innovation
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail
  • Excellent research and analytical skills and an interest in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills




Two years.




Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.




Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

March 20, 2017
Fixed Term Contract
Washington, DC, United States