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Communications Manager

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name Environmental Defense Fund
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Telephone 1-800-684-3322
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Founded in 1967 as the Environmental Defense Fund, we tackle the most serious environmental problem...a scrappy group of scientists and a lawyer on Long Island, New York, fighting to save osprey from the toxic pesticide DDT. Using scientific evidence, our founders got DDT banned nationwide. Today, we’re one of the world's leading environmental organizations. In the U.S., Fortune magazine called our board one of the country's most influential nonprofit boards. You can see the jobs of the EDF on their website.
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The U.S. is on the verge of a revolution in the way we make, move and use energy. Stronger clean air standards, abundant shale gas, an aging power structure—and the falling cost of solar and wind—are creating an opportunity to transition to a cleaner, more efficient energy system. In an era of powerful new information and communication technologies, the EDF Clean Energy Program is helping transform our country’s electricity system in order to grow our economy, slash harmful pollution and give people control over their energy use and costs. Our clean energy experts are working with regulators, policymakers, clean tech entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in key states to hasten the clean energy economy by modernizing utility business models, making the grid more resilient and less wasteful, leveling the playing field for clean energy and unleashing the power of private capital.

Working closely with and reporting to the Communications Director, Clean Energy, the Communications Manager will utilize media and marketing, technical and persuasive writing, and political strategy skills, among others, to develop, manage and implement social and traditional communications strategies that advance the goals of EDF’s clean energy efforts. The ideal candidate will be a strategic and creative thinker with a strong knowledge of regulatory, political and campaign strategies along with an interest in energy and environmental issues. The Communications Manager will directly manage a Communications Intern and work closely with the program’s Marketing & Communications consultant. The position will be full-time and based in New York, NY. 

The Communications Manager will report to the Communications Director, Clean Energy, and work closely with the communications team and program experts on policy issues related to environmental and energy policy nationally and in our key states. The Communications Manager will be responsible for:

  • Developing and executing environmental and energy policy-related communications strategies and outreach materials, including press conferences, one-on-one meetings with the media and opinion leaders (i.e. elected officials, appointed officials, etc.), press releases, editorial board meetings, placing and writing opinion editorials, writing and promoting blogs and social media promotion;
  • Managing content on EDF’s Energy Exchange blog and @EDFEnergyEX Twitter handle;
  • Building and maintaining positive working relationships with targeted online, print and broadcast journalists, editorial writers and columnists, as well as with other opinion leaders;
  • Researching and pitching EDF experts for thought-leading environment and energy-related speaking events across the region;
  • Garnering, tracking and marketing earned media exposure; and
  • Helping maintain electronic files, including media lists, press clips, collateral, etc.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing offline and online strategic communications plans for campaign and program activities and for targeted branding efforts;
  • Monitoring press response to breaking news and legislative events;
  • Generating environmental and energy policy-related news stories on a systematic basis for feature coverage;
  • Cultivating and maintaining regional reporter relationships, and creating/distributing press materials under deadline pressure;
  • Developing and executing long-term strategic communications planning while maintaining an opportunistic approach to daily, breaking news events; and
  • Assisting the Communications Director, Clean Energy with national communications initiatives as needed.


    • Bachelor's degree, preferably in journalism, public relations, communications or marketing
    • A minimum of six years of professional experience, preferably in an energy and environmental communications context
    • Proficiency with social media tools and outlets required
    • Proficiency in Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required
    • Practical, real-world experience in environmental media and communications preferred
    • Experience working on local and/or statewide press outreach preferred
    • Basic graphic and web design and video editing experience preferred
    • Familiarity with cutting-edge communication technologies preferred (i.e. Vocus, etc.)
    • Superior creative and opportunistic media outreach abilities
    • Excellent writing, proofing and editing skills
    • Experience managing contractors (i.e. web and graphic designers, communications consultants, etc.)
    • Excellent telephone, oral communication and presentation skills
    • Ability to adapt to frequent change and prioritize multiple tasks effectively under deadline pressure
    • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills

Compensation and Benefits
Environmental Defense Fund offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.
This is a full-time, permanent position.
Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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