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Aug 23 / BARD CEP

Northeast Communications Manager

Organization: Environmental Defense Fund

Position Title: Northeast Communications Manager, US Climate & Energy

Location: New York City

Hours and Compensation: full-time, starting as soon as possible

Application Deadline: none given


Organization Overview

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.


The Northeast Communications Manager will work with experts in EDF’s New York office to develop, implement and manage strategic communications plans in order to advance the goals of Environmental Defense Fund, helping to achieve policy objectives and maintain EDF’s leadership role on environmental and energy policy in the Northeast.  He/she will also assist the Communications Director of the US Climate and Energy program with national communications initiatives as necessary.


  • Developing and executing regional 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 Northeast region-related 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 in the Northeast;
  • Garnering, tracking and marketing earned media exposure in regional media outlets;
  • Researching and pitching EDF experts for thought-leading environment and energy-related speaking events across the region; and
  • Helping to maintain electronic files, including media lists, press clips, collateral, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or marketing; Master’s degree is a plus
  • A minimum of seven years communications experience, preferably in a political or issue advocacy context
  • Proficiency with social media tools and outlets required
  • Proficiency in Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Internet 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

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