Senior Manager, Regulatory & Legislative 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 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
The goal of the EDF Energy Program is to bend the curve on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production and use by 2030, while meeting the world’s energy needs cleanly and equitably. We are achieving this through a defined set of objectives targeted at 1) reducing emissions from oil and gas production, delivery, and use, and 2) reducing demand for oil and gas in power generation, transportation, buildings, and industry. To achieve our goal, we seek reforms in law, regulation, and/or business practice through a set of strategic corporate partnerships, direct engagement with policymakers, and mobilizing investor and public sentiment in favor of change. In achieving our objectives, we facilitate cutting-edge science, technical innovation, and rigorous economic and financial analysis to develop durable solutions.

 

Overall Function

The Senior Manager, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholders, works to drive the deployment of medium and heavy-duty electricity vehicles (MHDEV’s) in major cities in Texas to reduce health and climate pollution. The Senior Manager is charged with building and maintaining key relationships with industry, government and NGO stakeholders, identifying the key policy (e.g., public fleet transition timelines) and collaboration  (corporate engagement) opportunities to advance MHDEV deployment and executing strategies to secure that advancement. The Senior Manager reports to the Senior Director & Senior Attorney, Energy Transition Strategy.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with EDF staff on the project to craft and implement an advocacy strategy that includes (1) building and fostering key relationships with relevant policymakers, influencers and stakeholders; (2) defining meaningful and achievable policy goals and objectives that will result in progress toward project goals (3) proactively searching for opportunities to advance goals; (4) developing specific strategies to achieve such policy goals; and (5) executing on such strategies.
  • Work effectively with EDF’s team of attorneys, scientists, communicators, other experts and consultants and our allies to achieve Texas Energy program goals related to MHDEV’s in Texas and coordinate with all other EDF policy teams working in Texas.
  • Become fluent in the goals, objectives, strategies and tactics of EDF and our strategic partners.
  • Set a course to align EDF’s program goals with the interests of the communities in Houston and Dallas that have been overburdened by the pollution impacts of transportation in the region.
  • Supervise the Texas energy project team of internal staff, external consultants and others as needed; consult regularly with Energy program senior staff.
  • Create and maintain constructive working relationships with all other EDF policy teams working in Texas, including Political Affairs and Health and create and maintain working relationships with the state advocacy, communications and analytics teams for the EDF Energy program in other states, while also integrating decision making and strategy execution within the processes and goals of those teams.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with EDF development staff, respond to requests in a timely manner, and coordinate with key program staff on new and existing fundraising efforts.
  • Ensure that all development opportunities are calibrated to achieve program and organizational goals.
  • Be point of contact on budget and administrative matters related to the Texas MHDEV effort and coordinate with the Director, Vehicles & Freight Strategy.
  • Participates 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.
  • Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 8 years of working to effect change in policy issues or regulatory processes, including a demonstrated history of success in achieving state environmental policy reforms through negotiations with industry, regulators, elected officials and other public-interest stakeholders
  • Advanced degree in law, economics, public policy or related fields preferred.
  • Sophisticated understanding of regulatory and legislative structures and the policymaking process; strong strategic sense for influencing public policy.
  • Experience interfacing with companies, industry trade associations, policymakers and community leaders and demonstrated negotiation skills with the ability to garner consensus between disparate groups with conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to think clearly and creatively about technical, scientific and legal issues and use science, law, economics and advocacy to initiate and win positive environmental change.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage programs and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical and policy findings to colleagues, policymakers, other stakeholders and allies, journalists and the general public.
  • Ability to travel regionally.
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental values.
  • Detail oriented, organized, a self-starter, able to adapt to frequent change and prioritize effectively under constant deadline pressure.
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills and judgment.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

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.

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