Manager Legislative & Regulatory Affairs (US Climate)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Washington, DC or Boulder, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Overall Function

Under direction of EDF’s Sr. Director of Regulatory Strategy, the Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs will be responsible for day-to-day advocacy activities 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.


The Manager will work with the Sr. Director of Regulatory Strategy and the rest of the US Climate team to develop strategies to secure ambitious state climate policies and will have day-to-day responsibility for implementing those strategies with the team.

  • Coordinate efforts of EDF staff across multiple programs within EDF, partners from other organizations, and consultants working in multiple state towards shared goals and outcomes.
  • Engage directly with state officials and staff, electric power sector representatives, NGO partners, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to advance state level work, work with other team members internally on strategic planning and coordination, will provide timely updates to the Sr. Director of Regulatory Strategy and other internal partners and will ensure EDF’s state-based activities are responsive to emerging opportunities and challenges.
  • Significant travel required (30-50%).


The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Advanced degree, preferably in science, policy, economics or law in areas related to energy and the environment and at least four years of experience.
  • Demonstrated history of success in working with senior state officials, environmental NGOs, industry representatives and other stakeholders to secure state-level policy improvements on energy, air quality or other environmental issues - especially those related to the electric power or transportation sectors—and a deep understanding of state-based policy making and politics.
  • A strong working knowledge of Clean Air Act and power sector issues, power market dynamics, and related state policies and politics.
  • A thorough understanding of emissions trading programs.
  • Familiarity with 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 an optimized strategy given technical, policy, legal, and political considerations.  Ability to continual revise a strategy as new developments arise.
  • A demonstrated capacity to develop and oversee effective state-based campaigns to secure improvements in state energy, air quality or other environmental policies.
  • 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.