Senior Policy Analyst, Federal Climate Innovation

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Environmental Defense Fund

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Washington, DC, United States

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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 1,000 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.

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 :
Application Details
We'd like to request for individuals interested in this role to please submit a cover letter with their applications. Additional writing/work sample attachments are optional but also highly appreciated - all provided application materials will be evaluated cumulatively when selecting our slates.

Overall Function
EDF's Climate team seeks a Senior Policy Analyst to provide critical research and analysis in support of our U.S. focused efforts to advance ambitious policy solutions to address climate change and facilitate a transition to a net-zero economy. The Senior Policy Analyst will support our advocacy as we lay the foundation for federal climate legislation and implementation of federal programs relevant to innovation and a net-zero economic transition. The Senior Policy Analyst will report to the Director, US Climate Policy, and work in close collaboration with a range of EDF's climate, economic, and political experts.

Job Details
While there is a preference for candidates who reside in or near Washington D.C., this position can be performed 100% remotely or on a hybrid arrangement out of any other EDF office location in the United States.

Key Responsibilities
  • Conduct research and analysis related to implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, as well as other elements of U.S. climate and energy policy such as Congressional appropriations
  • Prepare economic and policy analysis of a range of U.S. federal and state policy proposals and potential legislation
  • Develop and deploy analytical tools designed to educate external stakeholders (e.g., Congressional and Administration staff) and inform EDF's internal thinking on policy design
  • Review and synthesize academic literature and analysis as well as policy proposals on topics relevant to climate innovation
  • Develop timely, comprehensible, politically salient materials for policy makers, media outlets, and other stakeholders (including analyses, fact sheets, blogs, answers to specific queries, and other information as needed), in close coordination with relevant EDF staff
  • Present analysis and findings through clear and compelling oral presentations to both internal and external audiences
  • Write and prepare white papers, technical reports, policy briefs, and communications materials
  • Respond to "rapid-response" queries relating to U.S. climate policy and/or economics from press/media, government, external partners, and internal sources
  • Develop policy proposals and coordinate their advocacy and implementation across EDF, and with a range of external partners
  • Represent EDF in external settings (e.g., meetings with policy makers, Congressional staff, other environmental organizations, research institutions, or corporations) and collaborate with key partners
  • 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


We are seeking candidates who have an understanding of political processes and a demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and economic analysis across a wide range of environmental and/or energy policy topics. Candidates must have exceptional problem-solving skills, and be detail-oriented and able to ensure consistency and quality of research products.

You should also have:
  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree with at least 2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience working on environmental policy, particularly climate change and energy
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Ability to effectively synthesize and communicate technical and policy findings in a clear and concise manner to colleagues internally and to external non-technical audiences through both written and oral communication
  • Direct experience working with innovative and emerging technology areas, and/or experience working on Congressional or Federal Government programs and processes is highly desirable
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and critical deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with broad strategic guidance, as well as in support of and in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated capacity for self-awareness and willingness to operate in a collaborative environment
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

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.