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Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.
We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.
Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?
ENERGY TRANSITION OVERVIEW
The goal of EDF’s Energy Transition Team is to bend the curve on global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel production and use by 2030, cleanly and equitably. We will achieve this through a defined set of strategies targeted at 1) reducing emissions from fossil fuel production, delivery, and use, and 2) reducing demand for fossil fuels in power generation, transportation, buildings, and industry. To achieve this goal, we seek reforms in law, regulation, and/or business practice through a mix of strategic corporate partnerships, direct engagement with policymakers, and mobilizing investor and public sentiment in favor of change. In formulating and achieving our strategies, we will work in close collaboration with EDF regions, draw on cutting-edge science and rigorous economic and financial analysis, and act on principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to develop durable solutions.
The Director, Energy Transition Operations sits at the nexus between program strategy and operations and is a key leader in ensuring that program operations, including staffing, resource allocation, systems, internal communications, and knowledge management are aligned with strategy to ensure the best possible results for EDF’s Energy Transition department. The Director will establish and implement appropriate adaptive program management systems, maintain program effectiveness, ensure overall program focus, and support collaboration across the organization. The Director will report to the Senior Vice President, Energy Transition, manage administrative staff and business managers, and will work closely with Mission Finance and Energy Transition senior staff.
Support senior staff with ensuring that Energy Transition goals and milestones are effectively tracked and achieved, fundraising responsibilities are addressed, and management and support to staff are provided.
In conjunction with the Energy Transition senior leadership team, work to refine and expand the program’s strategic plans and develop goals, work plans, and relevant fundraising strategies.
Regularly review overall Energy Transition progress and identify and implement needed changes in strategy, resource allocation, staffing, tactics, and staff development, collaborating across teams as needed.
Regularly review budgets, forecasts, and expenses with the Mission Finance team and Energy Transition staff to ensure timely and appropriate use of approved resources.
Develop and implement tools and systems that promote rigorous project management, collaboration, and transparency for the Energy Transition team and other organizational partners.
Ensure Energy Transition team is educated on relevant information, including operations processes and changes to EDF processes or protocols; be an active participate in ongoing process improvement efforts.
Identify and lead coordination for Energy Transition-specific workstreams and help apply strategic lessons learned across the department.
Identify partners and collaborate on developing strategies in response to funding opportunities or other external triggers.
Liaise with Enterprise and Organizational departments (e.g., Legal & Compliance, Procurement, HR, Mission Finance, etc.) to ensure all program processes and activities are compliant within and across relevant geographies.
Manage, lead, and mentor a cross-functional team creating clear accountability, processes, and operations.
Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF’s values.
Additional relevant duties as assigned.
10 years of relevant experience including managing others and an advanced degree required.
Experience managing budgets, working with financial data, and strong Excel proficiency required.
Demonstrated experience working in multi-cultural environments and within diverse, collaborative teams.
Experience with strategies that involve economic and market-based solutions to environmental challenges strongly preferred.
Fundraising experience with grant proposal development and reporting.
Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Excellent problem solving, strategic thinking, and written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to deal with confidential and sensitive issues with tact and professionalism.
Ability to lead in a positive, inclusive, and team-centered manner.
High attention to detail while successfully managing priorities and meeting deadlines.
Strong proficiency in translating our work to a variety of cultural contexts.
Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally – up to 10% of the time.
Fluency in English required; proficiency in additional UN language preferred (French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin or Russian).
We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.
The pay range for this role is shown below.
Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.
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.