Manager, State Affairs SW Region

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Environmental Defense Fund

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30+ days ago

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 :

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 800 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.

Overall Function

The Manager, Southwest Region State Affairs has two main areas of responsibility. The Manager is responsible for the helping to develop and leading the implementation of policy advocacy strategies that support attainment of EDF’s program goals in New Mexico. Secondly, the Manager will also work closely with the Associate Vice President, Water Policy and State Affairs to provide strategic guidance and coordination of State Affairs activities in Nevada and Arizona. These duties will be executed in coordination with the national political team and EDF programs, to achieve EDF’s overall strategic goals including by developing EDF’s credibility, value, and influence with Members of Congress from the region and federal officials.

The Manager’s responsibilities may include managing consultants and lobbyists, identifying internal and external synergies and conflicts, coordinating and allying with partner organizations, and relationship development with influential decision-makers especially but not limited to, in New Mexico. The Manager will work closely with the AVP, as well as with EDF program and Political Affairs staff and other resources, to help ensure that all policy advocacy, communications, and relationship management in the region are consistent, aligned with EDF organizational goals, and mutually reinforcing and supportive across EDF program strategies. The Manager will report to the AVP, Water Policy and State Affairs.


Up to 25% Travel expected


This position is Remote; Preferred New Mexico locale with convenient access to an airport.

Key Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the Senior Director, identify policy and political objectives for State Affairs in the Southwest Region and help design and lead the implementation of, strategies for effective state and federal policy engagement in New Mexico.
  • Coordinate and oversee various State Affairs activities in Arizona and Nevada while providing related strategic guidance, decision-support, cross-EDF coordination, and internal reports.
  • Lead various collaborative efforts across EDF programs, affiliated groups, and the national political team to deliver effective advocacy in support of programs’ goals in the region.
  • Embed with EDF program teams as required to shape advocacy goals and strategies through synthesis of issue research, policy analysis, and political perspective.
  • 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 the region, including leading implementation of the EDF State Affairs strategy in New Mexico.
  • Work to ensure that State Affairs strategies and activities also support the development of EDF’s credibility, value, and influence with the New Mexico Congressional Delegation and priority federal agency officials, and with such decision-makers from Arizona and Nevada as opportunities arise, in alignment with EDF Political Affairs’ strategic approach, priorities and operations.
  • Develop and manage the execution of strategic communications plans, in partnership with EDF Marketing and Communications and Political Affairs staff and consultants based in the region.
  • Develop workplans for teams and project groups, including managing consultants and lobbyists, to ensure accountability for deliverables and critical tasks.
  • Attend, participate, and represent EDF in events, workshops, and meetings with policymakers, advocacy coalition partners, community-based and environmental justice groups, and various other external stakeholders.
  • Play a leading role in managing relationships with policy makers in New Mexico, and also supporting relationship management with policy makers in Arizona and Nevada as opportunities arise.
  • In collaboration with team members, produce grant application and report materials, and 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's values.


  • At least six years of professional experience with a bachelor’s degree, or advanced degree with at least four years of experience
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and experience managing teams and workgroups
  • Strong preference for previous advocacy and/or political campaign experience
  • Preference for previous experience in water and natural resources policy, management, and/or related campaigns
  • Detail oriented, organized, self-starter, able to adapt to frequent change and prioritize effectively
  • Creativity, energy, and the ability to multi-task and get work done under pressure
  • Ability and willingness to work as a strong team player, while at the same time able to work independently
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Adaptable and flexile while working with a diverse team from varied backgrounds
  • Good judgement, initiative, and ability to anticipate problems and follow through with confidence
  • Commitment to Environmental Defense Fund's mission of protecting public health and the environment
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to build effective coalitions and 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.