Senior Communications Specialist

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.

Overall Function

The Senior Communications Specialist will be responsible for supporting strategic communications campaigns, earned media outreach initiatives, content creation and marketing campaigns that persuasively connect with our target audiences both domestically and in the countries where we operate. S/he will assist with project management, graphic design and persuasive writing in support of advancing the work of EDF Oceans. 


The Senior Communications Specialist will report to the Communications Director for EDF Oceans and coordinate closely on a day-to-day basis with Oceans Program staff.  


Key Responsibilities

  • Execute communications strategies and outreach materials including blogs, social media, press releases, reports, PowerPoints, major thought leadership events, videos, infographics and other content
  • Assist with project management of team outputs and workflows
  • Coordinate and track project outputs and metrics on communications efforts for EDF Oceans and generate reports on a monthly and quarterly basis
  • Manage content on EDF Oceans Twitter handle and other social media platforms
  • Support management of the story budget and editorial calendar for the EDF Oceans blog and assist with marketing it to key audiences
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with targeted online, print and broadcast journalists, editorial writers and columnists, as well as with other opinion leaders and engage in regular media pitching to key media outlets
  • Generate, track and market earned media exposure in key media outlets
  • Research and pitch EDF experts for thought leadership events and promote speeches, conferences, white papers and other outputs developed by key Oceans team members in a variety of countries
  • Develop and implement systems and processes to track Oceans Program work and identify strategic opportunities for communications support.
  • Support project management of a variety of communications materials and outputs in a face-paced environment, often executing on tight deadlines;
  • Support maintenance of electronic files, including media lists in Cision, press clips, brochures, fact sheets, etc.
  • Serve as a liaison to Oceans team members, assisting with their communications needs


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or marketing with a minimum of four years’ experience; or advanced degree with at least two years’ experience
  • Proficiency with social media tools and outlets
  • Experience with graphic design and web design
  • Practical, real-world experience in environmental media and communications
  • Experience working on global campaigns and initiatives preferred
  • Superior creative and opportunistic media outreach abilities
  • Excellent writing, proofing and editing skills
  • Experience managing contractors (i.e. Web and graphic designers, communications consultants, etc.)
  • Excellent telephone, oral communication and presentation skills
  • High degree of fluency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience using a variety of marketing and media tools including Cision, Google Analytics, and media monitoring software
  • Meticulous attention to detail and outstanding organizational skills, including ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines 

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.