Project Manager, EDF+Business

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Environmental Defense Fund

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New York City, NY, United States

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29 days ago

Overview:
Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.

We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.

Our culture,
values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?
Responsibilities :
Locations
New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, U.S. remote

Program Overview
EDF+Business is a cross-cutting solutions team that develops and deploys business and investor engagement strategies that accelerate environmental leadership, innovation, and results across industries and supply chains. We are working to create a more sustainable and resilient world where companies, communities and the environment thrive - and we’re making it happen by leveraging the power of the marketplace. We’ve been at the forefront of this change for 30 years, bringing cutting edge science, policy, and economic expertise to high-impact companies to transform business as usual in their products, operations, and advocacy.

For more information on our work, visit business.edf.org.

Overall Function
Investors represent a powerful force in accelerating the shift to a more sustainable and resilient economy. They influence the flow of trillions of dollars and are under increasing pressure to use their influence to drive change at carbon-intensive companies and to align investment portfolios with a more resilient future. Our vision is that by 2025, leading investors will be competing for climate leadership and using their influence and capital to drive change across carbon-intensive industries and scale investment in low carbon solutions.

Reporting to the Director of Investor Influence, the Project Manager will lead and support a growing set of initiatives with investors and financial institutions of interest to EDF’s Investor Influence team. This role will support the team in driving climate progress by working with leading investors and leveraging the financial sector’s power, product offerings, and the regulatory landscape to consistently demand and support rigorous corporate net zero targets, plans and investments, while backing the public policies necessary to accelerate action.

In growing and nurturing EDF’s investor work, this role will help to inform and amplify the new “ESG By EDF: Actionable Insights for a Decarbonizing World” platform, which aims to leverage EDF’s world-leading expertise in climate science, economics, and public policy to inform rigorous assessment and constructive engagement with carbon-intensive industries. Through this platform, we intend to equip the financial community with the independent analysis and tools needed to manage climate risk, assess opportunities, and accelerate urgent action in the sectors that matter most.

Key Responsibilities
  • Under the Director of Investor Influence, brainstorm, develop, and execute investor-oriented research on the energy transition.
  • Build and manage relationships with peer NGOs focused on climate finance and the energy transition.
  • Build and manage relationships with large banks, asset managers, private equity firms, and endowments.
  • Coordinate joint work on financial regulation and climate risk with the EDF Legal and Regulatory Affairs team, advancing EDF’s legal priorities with private sector partners and integrating investor perspectives in EDF’s regulatory engagement.
  • Support EDF’s work with banks, investors, and energy companies in designing climate-aligned mergers and acquisitions in upstream oil and gas.
  • Report progress on key strategic priorities to the EDF Development team.
  • Partner with members of the EDF Marketing and Communications team to develop and promote high-impact thought leadership that compellingly communicates our analysis, insights and recommendations to the financial sector.
  • Participate 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.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of relevant work experience, or Master’s degree and at least two years of relevant experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of investment management.
  • Demonstrated interest in climate change and/or experience with corporate sustainability and its intersection with the financial services industry and capital markets.
  • Experience working for a bank and/or strong understanding of the banking system and how it is affected by climate issues.
  • Excellent outreach, communications and relationship management skills in support of highly visible work.
  • Willingness to take initiative and able to multi-task under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in managing projects.
  • Expert writing and editing skills targeted at financial sector audiences.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
EEO Information:
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.