Overview

Overall Function

The Manager will oversee development and implementation of key aspects of EDF’s efforts to reduce lead in drinking water through equitable lead service line replacement, including developing partnerships, conducting policy analyses, and fostering collaboration among NGOs, federal and state agencies, water utilities, community partners, and others. Under the leadership of the Senior Director of Safer Chemicals, this position uses experience and knowledge to independently guide and manage efforts to reduce exposure to lead.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify and develop relationships with key stakeholders in lead service line replacement and lead poisoning prevention with the goal of fostering trust, gathering information, developing project ideas, and recruiting partners.
  • Manage and oversee budget for project work, develop workplans, and negotiate project agreements to conduct project work and meet deliverables.
  • Manage relationships with community-based organizations, especially those focused on lead poisoning prevention and environmental justice.
  • Lead the implementation of projects in collaboration with EDF staff, policymakers, environmental groups, community based organizations and water utilities.
  • Develop materials and processes for sharing findings and critical information with stakeholders, media and public through reports, interviews, presentations, and other communication methods.
  • Engage in the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative, a joint effort of 28 national public health, water utility, environmental, labor, consumer, housing, and state and local government organizations co-founded by EDF.
  • Develop and apply appropriate means for measuring the success of EDF’s efforts to reduce lead in drinking water.
  • 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.
  • In addition to these responsibilities, the incumbent will play an integral role in other activities including fundraising, evaluating, and recommending new project ideas; disseminating and communicating project results; and being a team player in the development of a vibrant and entrepreneurial program.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in public health, environmental health, public policy, engineering, chemistry, or a related field
  • At least six years program or related experience, or advanced degree with at least 4 years of direct experience
  • A broad understanding of environmental health issues including the health impacts of chemical exposure and environmental justice as well as specific expertise on lead
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail
  • An ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of small teams in a dynamic, fast-paced, and creative environment
  • Strong analytical skills and experience performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work
  • Possess a high degree of diplomacy to influence and manage key stakeholders and teams
  • Ability to effectively communicate scientific/economic information in an advocacy setting both to internal and external audiences
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • 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.

 

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.