Project Manager, 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 Project Manager, Health is a critical support role in the development, execution, and communication of EDF Health’s projects. He/she will manage multiple projects, working with many teams, and managing external partners as well as careful coordination ranging from science and policy workshops to communication related projects. He/she will develop written materials for chemical policy, global clean air and more general environmental health work - including creating and maintaining written materials, working with online and social media channels, and translating complex scientific and policy analyses into written, oral, and visual presentations for broader consumption. The Project Manager, Health will report to the Director of Program Operations, Health and will work closely with other senior Health Directors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support EDF Health Program with focus on relevant policy analysis, research, writing, communications, and translating environmental health policy work for broader consumption.
  • Develop work plans, negotiate project agreements and scopes of work, identify and procure necessary resources, and manage project work and deliverables.
  • In addition to these responsibilities, the Project Manager will play an integral role in other activities including fundraising, project evaluation, identifying new opportunities, thought-leadership development, and disseminating and communicating sector results.
  • Develop and apply appropriate means for measuring the success of Health projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • At least 4 years of experience in related experience or advanced degree with 2 or more years of experience.
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • An ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of small teams in a dynamic and creative environment.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Ability to juggle many tasks and deadlines and to respond quickly to changing opportunities.
  • A broad understanding of environmental issues and demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse scientists and industrial stakeholders in large-scale, multi-initiative studies.
  • Proficiency in the use of PCs and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.).
  • Interest in environmental and health advocacy.

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.