Project Manager, 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 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 that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, 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 the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

Program

EDF+Business team is a cross-cutting program within EDF that engages the private sector to drive large-scale environmental change. For more than 25 years, we’ve worked with leading companies - including Walmart, KKR and FedEx - to transform business as usual in their products, operations, supply chains and advocacy. Our world needs healthy environments and healthy businesses to thrive. EDF+Business is forging solutions that benefit both. For more information, visit https://www.edf.org/partnerships/business-and-industry.

 

Overall Function

The Project Manager will be a significant contributor to EDF’s Corporate Climate Leadership initiative, which is building business support for federal climate policy. He or she will contribute to a growing knowledge base and set of activities to accelerate Congressional action on climate change, enabling us to improve our effectiveness, increase our reach and respond quickly to new developments as they arise. The Project Manager 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. He or she 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

  • Inform strategy by tracking key company information including:

    • Commitments and actions related to climate and energy (e.g., goals and progress toward them, climate and energy policy positions, climate risk disclosure).

    • Relationships with and influence on target lawmakers.

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

    • Membership in trade associations and other industry groups, and those groups’ positions on climate and energy policy.

    • Strategic issues facing companies, their employees and investors.

  • Track climate and energy policy developments; identify where corporate influence would be helpful and create opportunities for companies to engage.

  • Maintain regular communication with target companies and manage selected company relationships in coordination with other EDF staff and consultants.

  • Monitor the activities of other stakeholders that influence corporate advocacy on climate and energy policy (e.g., other NGOs, trade associations and other industry groups, investors, employees); identify opportunities for collaboration and coordinate our work with theirs.

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

     

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, business or related field with four or more years of relevant professional experience (e.g., legislative affairs, government relations, political organizing), or master’s degree with two or more years of relevant experience.

  • Strong understanding of the political process and what motivates elected officials.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to convey complex 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. Ability to see patterns across large volumes of data and synthesize key conclusions.

  • 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 inside and outside EDF.

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

  • Experience working with a variety of business stakeholders (e.g., NGOs, investors, employees).

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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