Position Title: Senior Manager- Community Engagement, EDF

Position Posting: https://www.edf.org/jobs/senior-manager-community-engagement

Location: Remote – US, Austin, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.

About EDF

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.

Overall Function

Environmental Defense Fund is seeking a Senior Manager, Office of Community Collaboration. The Senior Manager is responsible for assisting the VP of Community Collaboration in development and implementation of the overall vision, strategy and priorities of EDF’s work to address global climate change across all domestic programs through stakeholder and community based strategies. The Senior Manager reports to the Vice President (VP) of the Office of Community Collaboration.  The position requires an individual with a can-do attitude who understands how to get things done in a large, complex organization through influence and collaboration. It is also essential that the person have strong writing and communication skills, and to handle sensitive and confidential information. Ideal candidates are growth minded, have an ability to see big pictures and grasp middle of the road solutions as an opportunity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the VP, Community Collaboration and the EDF office of Development to identify and pursue high level opportunities for community collaboration projects across the US Domestic program.
  • Serve as the coordination point with the office of Environmental Justice for any and all EDF community collaboration projects.
  • Communicate effectively with EDF staff across multiple programs and consultants to provide consistent and seamless presence of EDF to our external community collaborators, key constituency groups and stakeholders.
  • Assist in the coordination and management of high-level, high-stakes engagement with senior leaders including, but not limited to; local and state officials, civic group leaders, industry representatives, environmental NGOs, Community Organizations and other key stakeholders,
  • Proactively identify and leverage both existing and emerging opportunities to grow multifaceted community collaboration projects.
  • Attend key consistency meetings & conferences to speak on behalf of EDF in external forums, establishing an emerging reputation and expertise as a resource for community inclusive/community-based solutions.
  • 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


  • A minimum of 8 years’ relevant work experience (non-direct) in community/social science/civic engagement and/or, advanced degree with research experience and 3-5 years of work experience. Climate/Environment focus preferred. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 2 years’ work experience in direct community/civic/political/advocacy/grassroots engagement
  • Demonstrated ability navigate to high-level, high-stakes engagement with senior leaders including, but not limited to; local and state officials, civic group leaders, industry representatives, environmental NGOs, Community Organizations and other key stakeholders
  • Strong familiarly with the current climate policy landscape and demonstrated ability to intersect domestic social, community issues with climate policy.
  • Demonstrated experience navigating intersecting issues, including but not limited to, climate policy, public health, clean energy, workforce development, equity, and environmental justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and technical analysis with the ability to translate said research in economic, regulatory, scientific and civic community.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee complex projects and to work collaboratively across programs in a complex multidisciplinary organization.
  • Creativity, energy, and the ability to multi-task and get work done under pressure.
  • Excellent organizational, administration skills, strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superior skills in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.
  • Presence, confidence and integrity.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a strong team player, while at the same time able to work independently and as a self-starter.
  • 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.

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