Sr. Manager, State Climate Policy, US Region

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Environmental Defense Fund

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

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 .
Responsibilities :

EDF has long been a leading voice on the design of U.S. climate policy and a champion of market-based solutions to environmental issues, including programs to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. We helped design the sulfur dioxide cap-and-trade program; were instrumental in passing and implementing California's emission trading system under its AB32 law; and played a lead role in the effort to pass comprehensive climate legislation in the U.S. Congress in 2009-2010. EDF's U.S. Climate team continues to be at the center of this policy analysis and development, incorporating economic, scientific, and legal expertise to secure effective and equitable policy change at the state, federal, and regional levels to curb climate pollution.

Overall Function

Under direction of EDF's Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, US Climate, the Sr. Manager, U.S. Region will undertake advocacy activities in targeted states to secure adoption and implementation of state programs to put a firm limit on carbon pollution, and achieve those limits through flexible market-based mechanisms that also reduce conventional pollutants in disproportionately impacted areas.


The Sr. Manager will work with the US Climate team to develop and implement strategies to secure ambitious state climate policies. Primary activities include:

  • Help build and refine strategy and theory of victory in key states.
  • Coordinate efforts of and communicate effectively with EDF staff and consultants across multiple programs, and collaborate seamlessly with external partners critical to the program's success.
  • Lead the engagement with state officials and staff, electric power sector representatives, NGO partners, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Proactively leverage emerging opportunities and adapt to challenges.
  • Speak on behalf of EDF in key external forums, and establish a reputation as a go-to resource for policy makers and other stakeholders.
  • Engage in fundraising support activities and collaborate on proposals and reports required by grantors or other requesting parties.
  • 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.


The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • At least eight years of relevant experience in climate policy, advocacy, or campaigns.
  • Advanced degree in policy, economics or law in areas related to energy and climate preferred, or comparable substantive expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate high-level, high-stakes engagements with senior state officials, environmental NGOs, industry representatives and other key stakeholders.
  • Strong familiarity with the climate policy landscape, particularly at the state level, and a working knowledge of key power sector issues. A working knowledge of greenhouse gas emissions trading programs a plus.
  • Interest in and experience navigating intersecting issues, including environmental justice, equity, public health and worker protections.
  • Working knowledge of the analytical tools used in assessing emission reduction potential, pathways, and costs, and ability to critically evaluate the inputs and outputs of such analysis and to use results to inform advocacy efforts.
  • Keen strategic capacity, and ability to develop and refine as needed an optimized strategy given technical, policy, legal, and political considerations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex projects with numerous team members in a fast-paced working environment, and a high capacity for working collaboratively across multiple programs.
  • Clear, concise and engaging verbal and written communicator.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Travel required (20-30%).
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.