Senior Manager, Federal Affairs

Environmental Defense Fund
1875 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C., DC 20009
United States
Job Description

The Senior Manager, Federal Affairs, is a senior member of EDF’s lobby team and represents the organization’s interests on several EDF priorities on Capitol Hill. The person in this role is responsible for planning and executing a creative lobbying strategy that advances the mission and goals of EDF, especially as it pertains to safer chemicals and improved air quality along with other priorities of the Healthy Communities team.

The Senior Manager, Federal Affairs has knowledge and experience to drive legislative strategy forward, collaborates effectively with team members across EDF programs, may manage staff, and cultivates external relationships with key stakeholders and policymakers. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Political Affairs and is part of the Federal Affairs team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships with policymakers, thought leaders, and other key stakeholders in the areas of safer chemicals and clean air. 
  • Promote equitable, just and inclusive policies and practices that reduce toxic chemicals and air pollution on the Hill and with the administration.
  • Manage the day-to-day relationships with Members of Congress who serve on key committees in the House and Senate and their personal and committee office staff. 
  • Represent EDF on various coalitions; identify and advocate for EDF’s policy priorities within these coalitions and find creative pathways that achieve policy goals. Partner with trade associations, think tanks, policy organizations, and NGOs.
  • Work directly with EDF political and programmatic teams to identify policy goals and strategies to achieve success. 
  • Work with federal affairs team on budget and appropriations related to reduction of toxic chemicals and air pollution.
  • Manage 1-3 direct reports who work on various issues for the Healthy Communities team.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEIJ 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 values.


  • Bachelor’s plus minimum eight years of experience, including experience working in or with the federal government, including as staff for the U.S. Congress or a federal agency, or with an NGO (or business) as an advocate or lobbyist.
  • Experience working on the development and/or execution of environmental policy and/or environmental health policy preferred.
  • Commitment to advancing Environmental Justice.
  • Extensive knowledge of Congressional politics, legislative process, and administrative actions
  • Strong understanding of coalition building (preferably within the environmental community). 
  • Able to identify viable legislative or administrative pathways for policy priorities and develop effective strategies to utilize those paths.
  • Experience with managing direct staff and leading project teams.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative, inclusive workplace.
  • Ability to bring together multiple perspectives into a cohesive effort.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with an ability to create materials and/or presentations that represent the organization’s positions and priorities.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships quickly.
  • Willingness to work across the political spectrum and develop positive bipartisan and bicameral relationships. 
  • Willingness and ability to register as a federal lobbyist.
  • Flexibility and sound judgement.

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.

Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.


1875 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. DC 20009
United States