Senior Communications 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 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


About EDF+Business: We believe companies, communities and the environment can thrive in unison - and we’re making it happen by forging unexpected partnerships that catalyze environmental leadership and collaboration across companies and supply chains. We combine cutting-edge science, economic expertise and unexpected partnerships to help high-impact companies - including BP, Legal & General Investment Management, Lyft and Sephora - transform business as usual.


Overall Function


This position reports to the Director of Communications, EDF+Business. The position will play a critical role in a new investor influence initiative, aimed at leveraging the financial sector’s power, product offerings, and the regulatory landscape to accelerate private sector leadership in achieving net zero targets through the clean energy transition.


The Senior Communications Manager will play a significant role ensuring the success of the investor influence initiative and EDF’s broader work with business by:

  • Utilizing expert marketing, PR and content experience to develop and execute strategies as well as tactical marketing and communications plans for EDF’s projects, partnerships, websites, content development and other activities with the financial sector.
  • Communicating with target audiences in timely, relevant, and compelling ways, focusing on priority issues for the investor influence initiative.
  • Raising the profile of the EDF+Business team’s financial experts with our target audiences, donors, and influencers, positioning EDF as a go-to organization for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and helping EDF to stand out in a crowded ecosystem.
  • Mentoring junior staff and coordinating/collaborating with program and communications experts across EDF, especially in the policy and energy arenas.
  • Ensuring exceptional operations for the communications team and the investor influence initiative through effective management of meetings, budgets, and contracts.


This is a one year fixed term contract.


Key Responsibilities


As a leader on the EDF+Business Marketing and Communications team, the position’s responsibilities will include:

  • Working with communications counterparts across EDF and with external PR agencies and/or other contractors to help design and execute communications strategies.

  • Pitching/placing EDF experts for influential publications and speaking opportunities to reach financial sector decision makers, including print and digital media, events, conferences, and podcasts.

  • Supporting efforts to build bridges with external parties that increase dissemination of EDF investor-facing content through existing platforms, coalitions, and channels.

  • Developing compelling content such as blogs, digital/social media, reporter memos, infographics, etc.

  • Translating complex, technical subject matter into language that resonates with and helps drive desired behavior by investor audiences.

  • Deploying a data driven approach to assess impact, learn from successes and failures, and continuously improve effectiveness of marketing and communications efforts.

  • Participate 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.


  • Proven ability to create, implement and report out on holistic marketing campaigns, encompassing PR, digital and content marketing, direct marketing, social media, event marketing and speaking engagements.

  • Expert writing and editing skills targeted at financial sector audiences.

  • Demonstrable success in cultivating financial and/or business media interest.

  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills.

  • The ability to lead, manage and mentor staff and cross-functional teams.

  • Independent problem-solving and crisis communications skills.

  • Excellent project, time management and organizational skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 8 years of marketing communications experience is essential, preferably in an agency, large corporation or NGO. Experience in the financial sector and/or ESG required.

  • Minimum 8 years of project management, staff management, and outside agency, consultant and budgetary oversight.

  • Demonstrable, hands on experience with media outreach, social media, messaging and content creation, and audience segmentation.

  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and background.

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.