Overview

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.

Healthy Communities

EDF’s Healthy Communities impact area is committed to improving the public’s health by dramatically reducing exposures to and health impacts of toxic chemicals and air pollution among communities and individuals that bear the greatest burden of exposure and/or health risk. By advancing scientific insights, policies, and market-based leadership and working with diverse partners and collaborators from companies, researchers, and community-based groups to government agencies and elected officials, we seek to make evident inequities in chemical- and pollution-related health impacts, and to develop, support and implement solutions that promote healthy communities and individuals.

OVERALL FUNCTION

The Senior Scientist advises program staff on a breadth of scientific issues relevant to EDF’s Safer Chemicals strategic initiative and works to translate complex scientific findings into actionable ideas that can help advance our goals. The Safer Chemicals initiative seeks to drive significant reductions in the use and exposure to toxic chemicals especially among vulnerable populations and communities at greatest risk by securing lasting solutions that target long-standing inequities in exposures and associated health impacts. The Sr. Scientist also introduces, integrates and advises on cutting edge environmental health concepts and insights as needed to support EDF’s organizational priorities. The Sr. Scientist is responsible for supporting EDF’s reputation as a center for high caliber science work by building scientific collaborations, initiating new lines of research on issues relevant to our environmental health work, and upholding and preserving the scientific integrity and quality of EDF’s advocacy.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Provide scientific oversight and support to core strategies within EDF’s Safer Chemicals initiative that aim to reduce exposures, uses and releases of toxic chemicals with a focus on reducing disparities.

  • Advise staff and leadership on emerging issues in environmental health, specifically as it relates to the health impacts of chemical exposures, in order to keep EDF at the cutting edge of science in this area.
  • Establish and maintain external scientific partnerships and relationships.
  • Lead the development and execution of collaborative scientific initiatives that advance the field.
  • Lead scientific analyses in support of policy priorities including the production of secondary literature reviews, technical public comments and white papers.
  • Conduct scientific evaluation of chemical hazard and risk assessments and evaluations to support EDF policy positions.
  • Lead multi-discipline science-focused projects.
  • Manage fellows and/or research consultants as needed.
  • Contribute to reports, blogs, written comments and other communications materials to provide effective translation of complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • Represent EDF in a variety of settings, including in domestic and international government forums, legislative and regulatory proceedings, meetings with corporate executives, and interactions with other NGOs.
  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A PhD in a science-related field and 3-5 years of related experience (not including a post-doctoral fellowship) or a Master’s with at least 10 years of related experience. Expertise in environmental health relevant field preferred.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage multi-faceted scientific projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and/or mentor others.
  • Commitment to scientific integrity
  • Commitment to advancing environmental justice and equity. Relevant experience integrating justice and equity into research practices and partnerships preferred
  • Commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace and building trust in relationships.
  • Creative and strategic thinker with a track record of successful implementation of projects
  • Demonstrate the cultural awareness and emotional intelligence essential to creating and maintaining a productive and inclusive workplace
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

How to Apply

Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter on our careers site at https://www.edf.org/jobs/senior-scientist-health

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.

About Environmental Defense Fund

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 five 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.