Environmental Defense Fund

Project Manager, New Jersey State Affairs

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 6 days ago(9/27/2022 9:10 AM)
Job ID
Job Family
Government Relations
Time Type
Full Time


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?


Project Manager, State Affairs, New Jersey


Location: Hybrid 2-3 days or as needed in the New York City office


Overall Function

The Project Manager, State Affairs, New Jersey reports to the New Jersey State Director and is responsible for the implementation of effective policy and advocacy strategies that support EDF’s program efforts in New Jersey. The project manager’s responsibilities may also include managing consultants/lobbyists, identifying internal and external synergies and conflicts, coordinating with partner organizations, and relationship development with influential decision makers. The Project Manager will work closely with the New Jersey State Director, program staff, and core consultants that round out the NJ-based policy and advocacy team. 


Ideally this position would be based in New Jersey, but also open to qualified candidates located in neighboring states with easy access to New Jersey and willingness to travel in-state frequently.


Key Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the New Jersey State Director, identify political and policy objectives and help design and implement strategies for effective state policy engagement in New Jersey.
  • Lead collaborative efforts across EDF programs, departments, and the national political team to deliver effective advocacy in support of program efforts in NJ.
  • Embed with EDF program teams to shape advocacy goals and strategies through synthesis of issue research, policy analysis, and political perspective and prepare materials in furtherance of EDF’s advocacy agenda, strategic communications efforts, and other purposes.
  • Lead key elements of EDF’s policy and advocacy strategy in New Jersey, including serving as deputy lead for EDF’s consultant lobbying team.
  • Develop and manage the execution of strategic communications plans, in partnership with Marketing and Communications staff and NJ-based consultant(s). 
  • Develop workplans for teams and project groups, including managing consultants, to ensure accountability for deliverables and critical tasks.
  • Attend, participate, and represent EDF in meetings with policymakers, advocacy coalition partners, and other various external stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with team members, produce grant application and report materials, and develop and manage discrete project budgets to support advocacy goals.
  • 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 four years of professional experience with a bachelor’s degree, or advanced degree with at least two years of experience
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and experience managing small teams and workgroups
  • Previous advocacy and/or political campaign experience strongly preferred
  • Detail oriented, organized, self-starter, able to adapt to frequent change and prioritize effectively
  • Creativity, energy, and the ability to multi-task and get work done under pressure
  • Ability and willingness to work as a strong team player, while at the same time able to work independently
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Adaptable and flexible while working with a diverse team from varied backgrounds
  • Good judgement, initiative, and ability to anticipate problems and follow through with confidence
  • Commitment to EDF's mission and values
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with 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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