Environmental Defense Fund

Senior Analyst, Global Transport

Job Locations US-DC-Washington | US | US-CA-San Francisco
Posted Date 3 months ago(7/18/2022 1:17 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 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.


As part of the Energy Transition portfolio, we have a dynamic, active and growing Global Transportation strategy that is working to accelerate the transition to zero-emission fuels, technologies, and modes via two major approaches:  1) A set of global goals and objectives that put in place the standards, rules, and financial commitments that catalyze zero-emission solutions for international goods and people movement -- with a focus on shipping, aviation, medium and heavy duty vehicles and buses, and overall global supply chains; 2) A set of complementary regional strategies – in China, Europe, India and the US, as well as key emerging markets – that address local needs and opportunities, while locking in the national policies necessary to support the global transition.



The Senior Analyst, Global Transport will be a key member of the Global Transportation team, working to develop policies to achieve the program goals and build EDF's capacity to engage on the low-carbon transition on the local, national, and international level. The Senior Analyst will conduct rigorous research and analysis, engage with policy representatives, and build new collaborations with NGOs, agencies, and other partners. The Senior Analyst will adapt planning to meet resource needs and is an expert point-of-contact to colleagues and stakeholders on Global Transport technical issues, including but not limited to aviation and sustainable aviation fuels. Under the leadership of the Director Global Transportation/Lead Sr. Economist, the Senior Analyst uses experience and knowledge to manage collaborations and processes involving multiple outside entities.



  • Work independently and in teams to design, implement, and coordinate a range of quantitative analysis and modeling projects to support the EDF’s efforts on aviation and sustainable fuels such as electrofuels, green hydrogen and biofuels.
  • Work effectively with other staff and collaborators to identify long-term research needed to develop, inform, and support the organization’s advocacy.
  • Write research papers, reports, and advocacy products to communicate analytical results.
  • Serve as EDF representative at the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization, its related bodies and technical committees as part of the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation.
  • Serve as EDF representative in other external settings such as conferences, workshops, and partnerships.
  • Foster work with partners to develop guidance for airlines, corporations and other end-users to select high-integrity sustainable alternative fuels, considering linkages to robust market-based policies.
  • Identify and develop relationships with key stakeholders in regulatory, academic and non-profit sectors with the goal of fostering relationships, gathering information, developing project ideas, recruiting partners, and advancing the overall strategic vision of the project through partnerships and collaboration.
  • Communicate various project goals and results to EDF leadership and staff, donors, companies, policymakers, environmental groups, the media and the public through reports and other methods.
  • Translate program and project needs into actionable items to advance program decision-making and liaise with programs to facilitate information sharing, identify synergies and improve collaboration.
  • 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.



  • Bachelors and at least four or more years of related experience or an advanced degree in engineering or equivalent with at least 2 or more years of experience in the field of climate policy.
  • Experience or education related to aviation or alternative fuels a plus.
  • Strong ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams in a dynamic, fast-paced and creative environment.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Strong analytical capacities and quantitative expertise related to sustainable international transport policies.
  • Demonstrated skill in translating complicated research and analytical concepts for non-technical audiences and to translate results into practical solutions.
  • The ability to learn quickly and think critically.
  • Demonstrated capacity to independently troubleshoot problems where precedents are not always available using an original arrangement or interpretation of complex information or activities to arrive at logical conclusions.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Independent judgment required to plan, prioritize and organize a diverse workload.
  • Experience balancing the needs of multiple diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively with nonprofit colleagues and partners, scientists, economists, industry, regulators and public policy decision makers.
  • A high level of strategic thinking to synthesize complex information to identify and deploy action plans.
  • A high degree of diplomacy to influence and manage key stakeholders and teams.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with and lead colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Minimum Salary

USD $68,000.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $75,000.00/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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