Environmental Defense Fund

Manager, Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds

Job Locations US-NC-Raleigh | US | US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 4 months ago(4/5/2022 4:22 PM)
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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?


The Manager is a member of the EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds team within the People and Nature Program. EDF’s Coasts and Watersheds team works in a bold and collaborative manner to ensure resilient ecosystems and communities along coasts and rivers thrive with water and are safe, equitable and prosperous places to live, work and play. This multi-faceted team deals with the many complex challenges associated with restoring natural systems to create sustainable communities in the U.S. and globally.


The locations for this role are North Carolina and Coastal Virginia.



Overall Function

The Manager’s primary role will be to oversee development and implementation of strategic priorities to align science, policy, funding, and capacity to build landscape and community resilience across Eastern North Carolina and Virginia. The Manager will conduct analysis and foster collaboration on the science and hydrology of coastal, riverine, and compound flood risks and solutions to inform planning, policy, and community engagement. The Manager will use experience and knowledge to independently engage with federal, state, and local partners to develop and share best practices so that state and federal programs and policies reflect the best available science.


This position will report to the Director, Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds. The Manager will work within a matrixed team and will coordinate with staff and consultants from multiple EDF Teams in Virginia and North Carolina.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead operations of several ongoing projects, establishing work plans and project goals, assigning tasks, monitoring progress, monitoring budgets, convening periodic strategy meetings and facilitating strong communication about progress and results with consultants and other partners, stakeholders, and within EDF.
  • Advance natural infrastructure and other natural solutions through work with coalitions at state level including with key government agency staff, nongovernmental organizations, university researchers, rural communities, and business interests to advance resilience.
  • Manage internships or junior team members and provide ongoing support and feedback to ensure high quality deliverables, successful project outcomes and meaningful work experiences.
  • Direct robust research, analysis, and evaluation of existing and/or proposed resilience programs and policies to identify and prioritize strategies, goals, and tactics.
  • Facilitate science-based solutions and engagement across the watersheds of Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Establish yourself as the primary source of information on coastal and riverine flooding and resilience for state agency and NGO partners across North Carolina and Virginia, represent EDF at external meetings and conferences.
  • Support the development and execution of initiatives to advocate for integrating sound science into planning, construction, and operation of restoration projects performed by federal, state, or local entities.
  • Independently research and provide recommendations to program leadership on potential avenues for program growth, coordinate across the team to identify opportunities for collaboration and application of successful strategies in new geographies and assist with the development of a vibrant and innovative program.
  • Participate effectively in science, policy, and communications discussions about People & Nature program's activities.
  • Develop timely, comprehensible, materials for internal and external flood and resilience science communications including reports, media communications, and position papers for a variety of audiences including local governments, farmers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in close coordination with relevant EDF staff,
  • Lead the production of development materials as needed to support leadership’s fundraising activities.
  • 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 values.



  • At least six years of experience in coastal dynamics, hydrologic modeling and/or other disciplines related to coastal and riverine flooding and Bachelor’s or an advanced degree with at least four years of direct experience. 
  • Working knowledge of hydrologic models or processes to evaluate ecological restoration and/or natural infrastructure projects.
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate the complex hydrologic impacts to human and natural systems at multiple scales to a wide professional audience, verbally and written.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • An ability to lead on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and collaboratively as a member of small teams in a dynamic and creative environment.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Preference given to a demonstrated understanding of the interaction of science and policy.
  • Preference given for an existing familiarity with Virginia and/or North Carolina landscapes. Regular travel will be expected within Virginia and North Carolina and occasional travel outside of the region anticipated when in-person meetings become safe and accepted.



This position will be located in Raleigh, NC or Coastal Virginia.


Minimum Salary

USD $82,000.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $90,000.00/Yr.

EEO Information

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.


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