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Southeast Regional Director, Environmental Defense Fund

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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
Contact Name
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 Southeast Regional Director will serve as the regional executive,with responsibilities for expanding the political influence, visibility, and effectiveness of EDF in the southeast region He/she will work closely with EDF’s strategic partners across multiple programs – US Climate and Energy, Ecosystems, Oceans and Political Affairs and shall beconversant on all EDF program priorities including climate change, energy, ecosystems, environmental health, environmental justice, and oceans work. He/she will also be responsible for managing the NC Advisory Board and environmental NGO relationships.


  • Provide EDF leadership in organizational planning, fundraising, political strategy, and communications that will advance EDF goals across multiple programs in the Southeast region and nationally.
  • Formulate priorities and implement plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment.
  • Work with senior development staff to create new and exciting ways for the funder/donor community to contribute.
  • Identify and implement partnerships with members of the environmental community, academia and stakeholders to achieve key programmatic goals.
  • Leverage public speaking and other external opportunities to enhance Environmental Defense Fund goals in the broader spectrum and establish self as a “subject matter expert” on program area issues.  
  • Demonstrate strong political skills with a track record of building non-partisan alliances and a strong understanding of public policy.
  • Promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust and embraces diversity.
  • Lead and manage staff in the Raleigh office to ensure that activities here, and in other priority EDF states in Southeast, are pursued in coordination with overall EDF strategy.
  • Work closely and consult with the NC Advisory Board, EDF NC’s most important strategic partner in the state and region.   
  • Partner with the EDF national political team to coordinate and prioritize political strategies in the region in concert with EDF goals. 
  • Manage and resolve regional issues internally and externally with the environmental community, supporters, and other constituencies key to EDF success. 
  • Oversee the efficient delivery of policy, lobbying, political relationships, and emergency responses to the full array of EDF program and development priorities in the Southeast. 
  • Broad understanding of EDF’s Clean Energy, Ecosystems and Political Affairs goals
  • Create a culture in the regional office which promotes EDF core values of respect, results, innovation, integrity, and optimism.


  • Advanced degree (Master, J.D., or Ph.D) required
  • 10 or more years of experience in both technical area and in managing people and processes to achieve objectives
  • A collaborative leadership style, with proven ability to empower and inspire staff and encourage staff development
  • Experience as a senior level manager of large teams, preferably in an organization with national, regional, and/or international components
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a strategic vision
  • Proven ability in fundraising and nurturing donor relationships
  • Strong entrepreneurial capabilities and ability to foster innovation
  • Excellent communication skills, experience with public speaking and working with the media
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining effective relationships with relevant outside stakeholders, including media, elected officials, and academic institutions
  • A strong understanding of public policy with a proven track record of building alliances and working with policymakers
  • Successful experience in leading and implementing social change programs
  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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