Senior Manager, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

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

Under direction of EDF’s Sr. Director of Regulatory Strategy, the Sr. Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs will be responsible for day-to-day advocacy activities to secure adoption and implementation of state programs to put a firm limit on carbon pollution, and achieve those limits through flexible market-based mechanisms.


The Sr. Manager will work with the Sr. Director of Regulatory Strategy and the rest of the US Climate team to develop strategies to secure ambitious state climate policies and will have day-to-day responsibility for implementing those strategies with the team.

  • Coordinate efforts of EDF staff across multiple programs within EDF, partners from other organizations, and consultants working in multiple state towards shared goals and outcomes
  • Engage directly with state officials and staff, electric power sector representatives, NGO partners, the media, and other stakeholders
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to advance state level work, work with other team members internally on strategic planning and coordination, will provide timely updates to the Sr. Director of Regulatory Strategy and other internal partners and will ensure EDF’s state-based activities are responsive to emerging opportunities and challenges.


The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Advanced degree, preferably in science, policy, economics or law in areas related to energy and the environment or comparable substantive expertise and at least six years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated history of success in working with senior state officials, environmental NGOs, industry representatives and other stakeholders to secure state-level policy improvements on energy, air quality or other environmental issues – especially those related to the electric power or transportation sectors—and a deep understanding of state-based policymaking and politics.
  • A strong working knowledge of Clean Air Act and power sector issues, power market dynamics, and related state policies and politics.
  • A thorough understanding of emissions trading programs.
  • Familiarity with analytical tools used in assessing emission reduction potential, pathways, and costs, and ability to critically evaluate the inputs and outputs of such analysis and to use results to inform advocacy efforts.
  • Keen strategic capacity, and ability to develop an optimized strategy given technical, policy, legal, and political considerations. Ability to continual revise a strategy as new developments arise.
  • A demonstrated capacity to develop and oversee effective state-based campaigns to secure improvements in state energy, air quality or other environmental policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex projects with numerous team members in a fast-paced working environment, and a high capacity for working collaboratively across multiple programs.
  • Clear, concise and engaging verbal and written communicator.

Significant travel required (30-50%).

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.