Communications Manager (Political Affairs & Climate)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)


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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 that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, 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 the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

Overall Function


The Communications Manager, Political Affairs & U.S. Climate is a vital member of the federal communications team, primarily supporting efforts related to EDF and EDF Action’s work on federal policy and climate change.


The Communications Manager, Political Affairs & U.S. Climate, which reports to the Senior Communications Director Climate, Health, and Political  Affairs, will help promote EDF and EDF Actions policy goals on key environmental issues including action on climate change.


Core responsibilities include building and executing communications plans to amplify and boost EDF and EDF Action policy objectives, advance our political and legislative goals, and raise the profile of EDF and its senior leaders on climate, clean energy and other environmental issues. This position will be responsible for producing press releases, social media content, reports, facts sheets, web pages, and other materials in a fast-paced environment and with extreme attention to detail. Of particular importance will be cultivation of reporters in Washington, developing relationships that will assist us in gaining exposure for EDF’s policy positions and senior leaders. We are looking for an energetic, nice, hardworking communications professional who will happily, effectively, and quickly accomplish whatever is necessary to get the job done - from the mundane to more elevated professional responsibilities.


Key Responsibilities

Execute communication strategy, including:

  • Cultivate and maintain contact with key political and policy reporters both in D.C. and beyond the beltway
  • Organize press events and draft media pitches, reporter backgrounders, press releases, op-eds, as needed
  • Pitch stories to reporters and develop media relationships at industry trade publications
  • Participate in planning and idea ­generation to help optimize our digital efforts
  • Identify ways to update existing content for new distribution or audiences
  • Work with consultants and vendors to garner attention to EDF and EDF Action activities
  • Write and edit a variety of other documents - from reports to social media - quickly and well
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • At least six years of work experience in media relations working for political, policy, activist, or non-profit organizations; political campaigns; federal, state or local governments in the legislative or executive branch; or other related entity OR six years of work experience as a reporter covering government, related issues, or politics
  • Strong understanding of advocacy and political communications
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and organize a varied workload, while adjusting to periodic changes to account for new opportunities
  • Knowledge of environmental and climate issues and politics strongly preferred

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.