Senior Manager, Clean Energy

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 630 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.

Project Overview

In 2017, Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s electric grid, creating a public health emergency and threatening access to clean drinking water, medical services, food security, and other basic needs. Many areas of the island remained without electricity for many months. Both the physical electric grid, and the traditional utility mindset that governs it have failed the people of Puerto Rico, most particularly the rural poor. As climate change makes the frequency and severity of storms like Maria more common, a new approach to providing electricity to the island is needed.

EDF will use a combination of rigorous analysis, business and political partnerships, and grid modernization experience to advocate for rural, low carbon microgrids as a viable and essential strategy. This advocacy will be part of a larger effort to set the electric system in Puerto Rico on a path toward a more resilient, distributed, and cleaner electric system than the one that existed before the hurricane. We will draw on EDF’s extensive experience creating robust coalitions of diverse voices to achieve focused goals.

Overall Function

EDF’s Clean Energy team seeks a Senior Manager to assist in designing and implementing programmatic activities in Puerto Rico. The Senior Manager will develop and decide on recommendations and action steps based on analysis, using advanced knowledge of strategy, operations and environmental management. Reporting to the Senior Director, Clean Energy, and working closely in collaboration with a range of EDF’s experts in energy, climate, finance, law and policy, and political affairs, she/he will shape and advance the program’s priorities and strategies. As a key player on the team, the Senior Manager will be our primary representative in Puerto Rico and will inform and help advance our advocacy as we work with partners to advance a clean energy future for Puerto Rico.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the on-the-ground work in Puerto Rico in full collaboration with EDF colleagues and with local NGOs and other partners.
  • Serve as the Energy program’s lead representative in Puerto Rico with government, communities, NGO partners and other stakeholders.
  • Help design and oversee strategies for demonstrating that low carbon microgrids provide cleaner, less expensive, more reliable electricity to rural communities than traditional approaches to rural electrification, and that microgrids deserve a central role in utility planning in Puerto Rico.
  • Working with EDF colleagues and local partners, participate in utility planning and regulatory reform initiatives to help steer Puerto Rico toward a cleaner, more sustainable, more resilient energy future.
  • Manage on-the-ground efforts to develop and deploy clean, low carbon microgrids in rural areas of Puerto Rico hard hit by Hurricane Maria. Collaborate to build strategic partnerships with local NGOs, communities, public officials, engineering firms, financial institutions and leading energy experts.
  • Manage the necessary budget, personnel and/or consultants required for successful project implementation.
  • Represent EDF at various conferences and other public speaking engagements, and provide expert level information.
  • Ensure that agreed upon goals and milestones are achieved in timely fashion.
  • Participate effectively in science, policy, and communications team discussions as well as in strategic planning, program design and evaluation for the Energy program.
  • Engage in fundraising support activities and collaborate on proposals and reports required by grantors or other requesting parties.


  • Degree in engineering, law or an MBA with at least 8 years’ of related work experience. Experience in environmental and/or energy policy, economics, or a closely related field, such as environmental management, or public policy a plus but not required.
  • Project Development experience in the public or private sector.
  • Demonstrable project and people management skills, including the proven ability to work both independently and on a team in a fast-paced, dynamic and creative environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to give presentations to large audiences. Fluency in both Spanish and English is required.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills and ability to gather and summarize data for reports, policy papers and outreach materials.
  • Creative and innovative thinker willing to challenge the status quo and propose new ideas and opportunities.
  • Experience managing a diverse workload.
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail. Self-motivated, able to work with minimal guidance while managing various tasks.
  • Proven ability to build a network of stakeholders and support for a project.
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and manage unexpected issues.
  • Experience writing grants and a successful track record of funding.
  • Experience designing and leading workshops and developing participatory processes to advance conservation projects.
  • Proficiency in the use of standard business software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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.