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Oceans Policy Manager

Washington DC

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 that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, 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 the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.



The Oceans Program works to find constructive solutions to the most critical problems threatening the world’s marine environments. At the national, regional, and international levels, our team of scientists, attorneys and economists are working with fishermen to establish fair and sensible limits on their catch that will allow fisheries to recover. EDF’s Oceans Program works to improve the health of the oceans via innovative and durable solutions to today’s toughest fishery management challenges. Our Oceans Program has focused on fisheries in the waters of the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean and Europe and is now implementing its strategy to influence fisheries reform globally to ensure more fish in the water, more food on the plate, and more prosperous communities.

Under the direction of the Chief Counsel, Oceans, the Policy Manager will be responsible for helping create and implement advocacy strategies to leverage U.S. and international policy to help the Oceans program reach ambitious sustainable fisheries goals.



Providing sophisticated and well-informed analysis of legislative and policy questions related to the Oceans program’s top political and policy challenges, including defending the key conservation tenets of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, climate change impacts on fisheries, and sustainable management of fisheries domestically and internationally.

In conjunction with EDF staff from multiple geographies, developing and implementing appropriate strategies to work with the administration, multi-lateral institutions, and other policy makers in support of international initiatives with a U.S. policy component.

Undertaking outreach to policymakers, including on Capitol Hill, in the administration, and with multi-lateral institutions, in support of sustainable fisheries management in the United States and around the world.

Developing appropriate written products including comment letters, one-pagers and talking points on key issues.

Building and participating in coalitions and collaborations with diverse partners including organizing congressional fly-ins and other outreach in conjunction with key allies.

Representing EDF at important internal and external events.

Manage broadly defined policy projects, bringing together people and resources from multiple disciplines, both inside and outside of EDF, to advance EDF’s legislative objectives.

Conduct and/or oversee research and analysis involving complex activities and multiple data sets, and utilize results to develop and manage communications strategies (including paid, earned, and social media) that build support for clean air policies at the federal and state level.

Perform policy analysis and development for legislation and regulations, write research memos, communications pieces, and internal reports.

Oversee focused accountability work on issues, including coordinating among lobbying and non-lobbying communications, field, managing external consultant relationships, and partnering with other organizations and coalitions.

Identify near-term leverage points and opportunities in the policy and political landscape for improving rules governing projects and reducing environmental and community impacts.

Map pathways and strategies for improving regulation and industry performance over for each of EDF’s core policy goals, as well as solutions for existing and new obstacles to achieve the goals.

Oversee the development and maintenance of relationships with state elected officials, regulators and agency staff, energy producers and service companies, local officials and community leaders, environmental NGOs, reporters and other opinion leaders

Work in collaboration with EDF’s national policy team, field directors in other regions, and technical consultants and legal staff to achieve core policy goals.



Minimum of six years’ experience working to affect change in policy issues or regulatory processes, including a demonstrated history of success in achieving state environmental policy reforms through negotiations with industry, regulators, elected officials and other public-interest stakeholders.

Graduate degree, or equivalent work experience, in science, policy, economics or law in areas related to the environment and/or energy.

Experience with legislative and regulatory structures, and solid understanding of the political dynamics surrounding a broad range of clean air issues and the wider political context in which they operate.

Demonstrated project management experience, including ability to: develop vision, mission and strategies; and plan/manage activities of project team.

Strong written and verbal skills, analytic capabilities and ability to manage a diverse workload in a rapidly evolving environment.

Strong understanding of state and regional policymaking, structure and political processes.

Existing relationships with many of the following stakeholder groups strongly preferred: state officials and staff; leadership and staff at relevant state agencies; oil and gas operators, including executives, public affairs staff and HSE staff; oil and gas industry trade association leadership; business groups; staff at local, state and national environmental NGOs; local/regional officials and civic leaders; leadership of state associations of city and county officials.

Thorough knowledge of environmental and regulatory issues related to oil and gas production strongly preferred, particularly those dealing with climate, air quality, well integrity, water and waste management, infrastructure development, impacts to ecosystems and communities, and compliance and enforcement.

Demonstrated experience crafting strategy for and managing public affairs campaigns, including: managing consultants and field staff; message development and communications strategy; constituency outreach; multi-stakeholder coalition building.

Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues. Ability to recognize and build on political opportunities for progress.

Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience. Able to prioritize and be flexible.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Note: This position requires extensive travel.



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Posted September 6, 2019

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