Project Manager, North Carolina Political Affairs

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Responsibilities :
Program Overview

The State Affairs program of the Political Affairs department leads EDF’s efforts to achieve our policy goals through the legislative, regulatory, and political engagement at the state and local levels. Our lobbyists, communicators, organizers and experts work together to achieve progress on our priority issues.

Overall Function

The Project Manager will oversee development and implementation of key aspects of EDF’s North Carolina-based work, including the implementation of effective policy and advocacy strategies that support EDF’s program efforts in North Carolina. Reporting to the North Carolina State Director, the Project Manager’s responsibilities will include the collaborative design and implementation of effective education and policy advocacy campaigns in North Carolina. This work will entail managing consultants, coordinating with partner organizations, and building relationships with key stakeholders, influential decision makers and government agencies. The Project Manager will implement practices for tracking progress toward key objectives to ensure campaign deliverables and objectives are met. Flexibility and willingness to learn and develop functional subject matter expertise in the areas of climate change, resilience, sustainable agriculture, environmental and public health, and environmental justice will be required. Initial priority areas of focus may include climate and clean energy policy, community and ecosystem resilience, and medium and heavy-duty vehicle electrification.

The Project Manager will coordinate internal and external cross-functional and geographically dispersed teams and independently guide and manage research and policy projects. Independent judgement is required to plan, prioritize and organize workload within this busy program. Ideal candidates are driven self-starters with the ability to learn and implement workflow processes quickly and work well within a team.


This is a hybrid role located in EDF's Raleigh, NC office.

Key Responsibilities
  • In consultation with the North Carolina State Director, identify political and policy objectives and help design and implement strategies for effective federal and state policy engagement, education, and advocacy in North Carolina.
  • Manage collaborative efforts across EDF programs, departments, and national political team to deliver effective advocacy support of program efforts in NC.
  • Embed with EDF program teams to shape advocacy goals and strategies through synthesis of issue research, policy analysis, and local political perspective and prepare materials in furtherance of EDF’s advocacy agenda, strategic communications efforts, and other purposes.
  • Lead key elements of EDF’s policy and advocacy strategy in North Carolina, including serving as the main point of contact for EDF’s consultant lobbying team.
  • Develop and manage the execution of strategic communications plans, in partnership with EDF Marketing and Communications staff and consultant(s).
  • Effectively communicate policy recommendations to a variety of audiences, including the media, through various channels including blogs, white papers, fact sheets, and public presentations.
  • Attend, participate, and represent EDF in meetings with policymakers and advocacy partners, with responsibility for documenting, identifying and tracking key takeaways and next steps, including research needs.
  • Identify and develop relationships with key stakeholders in regulatory, academic, environmental justice, private and non-profit sectors with the goal of fostering relationships and learning, developing project ideas, recruiting partners, and advancing shared goals through partnerships and collaborations.
  • Collaborate effectively with project teams of internal and external partners to encourage alignment, track and monitor progress, and ensure that milestones are met within timeline and budget; proactively identify potential issues, challenges, or conflicts and communicate with Director to propose solutions.
  • Support the development and use of necessary documents and tools to streamline project management, foster project flow, and maintain efficiency.
  • In collaboration with team members, produce grant application and report materials.
  • Develop and manage discrete project budgets to support advocacy goals.
  • 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.
  • Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned.

  • Master’s degree and at least 2 years of work experience in community organizing, environmental policy and/or advocacy campaigns preferred; Bachelors plus at least 4 years of experience required.
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail required.
  • A high level of strategic thinking is required to synthesize complex information to identify and deploy action plans.
  • Possess a high degree of diplomacy to influence and manage key stakeholders and teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, build effective coalitions, and work within diverse communities.
  • Creativity, energy, and the ability to multi-task and get work done under pressure and respond quickly to changing opportunities.
  • Strong and persuasive verbal and written communication skills.
  • Presence, confidence, integrity, creativity and a sense of humor.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a strong team player, together with a demonstrated capacity to work independently and as a self-starter.
  • Highly proficient computer skills, including MS Office Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Environmental Defense Fund’s mission of protecting the natural environment and limiting humankind’s impact on the planet.

Please include a Cover Letter with your submission.
Pay Ranges:
We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

The pay range for this role is shown below.

Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.

Minimum Salary: USD $68,000.00/Yr. Maximum Salary: USD $76,000.00/Yr. 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.