Senior Social Media Editor

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.  

Overall Function


The successful candidate will manage a roster of freelance contributors, help lead and execute on the vision of EDF’s brand social accounts, and create content that engages our growing audience across all major social platforms. 


The Senior Social Media Editor will assign tasks to freelance writers and video producers but is more than capable of writing crisp, shareable posts and video scripts themselves, sometimes on very short notice. 


You will also help cultivate collaboration between the social media team and EDF’s world-renowned subject matter and communications experts. You will be highly adept at cross-functional collaboration and coordination. The role also requires a very strong project manager skilled at using project management software to track production.


Experience at a news organization is highly recommended, as the volume and velocity of EDF’s social media production resembles a newsroom more than a traditional marketing function. Most importantly, you must have a love of storytelling. EDF is communicating the urgency of the climate crisis, and it is through timely, accurate storytelling and thought leadership that EDF will reach and connect deeply with audiences. 


The Senior Social Media Editor will report to the Associate Vice President of Social Media.

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing a roster of freelance writers and video creators
  • Writing and editing social posts across all major platforms
  • Writing and editing video scripts and proving feedback
  • Taking a leading role in rapid response social posting
  • Identifying opportunities for EDF to position itself in response to breaking news events, ranging from extreme weather events to major policy changes across the globe
  • Frame breaking news events with EDF’s perspective
  • Supporting EDF’s robust schedule of campaigns and produce short-form thought leadership.
  • Proactively learning EDF positions on major issues
  • Coming up with fresh, exciting ideas for campaigns and daily production
  • Maintaining a clear editorial calendar for content that can be planned ahead
  • Working cross-functionally, including with subject matter experts, to produce content that articulates the aims of EDF mission teams
  • Tracking expenses to ensure social teams operates within budget
  • Participating 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. 


  • At least 8 years of experience managing social or editorial content operations
  • Minimum 4 years experience managing, mentoring and evaluating staff
  • Minimum 4 years project management and budgetary oversight responsibilities
  • Published work as either a writer or video creator
  • Experience with Wrike, Jira, or other project management software is a plus
  • News organization experience preferred but not required
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

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.