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Marketing & Communications Manager, Environmental Defense Fund - Washington, DC or Boston, MA

Marketing & Communications Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Location: Washington, DC or Boston, MA

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

About EDF Corporate Partnerships Program. EDF pioneered the NGO-corporate partnership model, and over the past twenty-five years has worked with leading companies such as Walmart, McDonald's, FedEx and KKR to drive pragmatic solutions to environmental challenges. Our projects are designed to achieve significant environmental results, generate business benefits for our corporate partners and create scalable industry-wide best practices. For more information on our work, see www.business.edf.org.


This is a management position reporting to the AVP of Strategic Marketing for the Corporate Partnerships Program (CPP) at Environmental Defense Fund. The Marketing and Communications Manager plays a significant role in the success of the EDF Corporate Partnerships program by:

  • Utilizing expert marketing, PR and content experience to set strategy and manage execution of holistic campaigns that drive measurable results for our programs.
  • Ensuring close collaboration with EDF program leadership to identify opportunities, efficiencies and scalable processes to drive increased awareness and engagement for EDF’s work with business.
  • Applying seasoned managment and mentoring of marketing and communications staff and leadership of cross-functional teams.
  • Applying independent problem solving and decision-making based on thorough knowledge of the program’s initiatives and past professional experience.
  • Ensuring exceptional operations for the CPP marcom team through effective management of meetings, budgets, negotiations, contracts and processes.


As a leader on the CPP Marketing & Communications team, the Marketing and Communications Manager’s accountabilities will include:

  • Building thought leadership through effective and creative outreach, marketing and communication to measurably drive increased awareness of and engagement with EDF’s work with business.
  • Management and execution of top-notch marketing and communications strategies for our corporate work with the oil and gas industry.
  • Independent accountability and decision making for marketing and communication strategy, execution and reporting for all assigned projects.
  • Shared accountability for attaining program and marketing goals for CPP.
  • Cross-functional collaboration with EDF programs and communication teams.
  • Clear and effective communication of CPP marcom intitiatives and success stories across EDF, to EDF leadership and to EDF funders.
  • Management of CPP-wide editorial and conference calendars.
  • Management of junior staff, agencies and consultants.


Qualified Candidates must have:

  • The proven ability to create, implement and report out on holistic marketing campaigns, encompassing PR, digital and content marketing, direct marketing, social media, event marketing and speaking enegagements
  • Expert writing and editing skills
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
  • The ability to lead, manage and mentor staff and cross-functional teams
  • Independent problem-solving skills and the ability to react quickly and effectively to rapidly changing program initiatives and media landscapes
  • The ability to utilize results, feedback and analytics to optimize marketing strategy and drive process efficiencies
  • Exellent project management and organizational skills
  • Comfort in working cross-functionally and communicating with all levels of the organization


Education Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in marketing or communications plus a Masters degree, M.B.A. or equivalent experience.


Experience Requirements:

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of marketing communications experience is essential, preferably in an agency, large corporation or NGO
  • Minimum 5 years of project management, staff management, and outside agency, consultant and budgetary oversight
  • Minimum 3 years marketing and communications experience working with the oil and gas industry
  • Demonstrable, hands on experience with media outreach, social media, messaging and content creation, and audience segmentation


Responsibility and Accountability:

  • Level of Independence and Decision-making: This position is responsible for independent decision making around marketing strategy, campaign planning and execution, budget allocation, staff development and cross-programmatic communications
  • Analysis and problem-solving: Ability to problem-solve on the fly and in sometimes stressful, deadline driven situations will be the norm. This person is expected to use the information at hand, the expert support of their colleagues and their prior experience to take advantage of in the moment opportunities as well as defend against media attacks. 
  • Management and Leadership: This person will take a leadership role in the CPP marketing department, with key responsibilities for the success of the Natural Gas, Sustainable Finance and Behind the Label projects. This person will have joint responsibility for the overall success of EDF+Business marketing and communications.
  • Impact:This person will have significant impact on their assigned projects as well as for the team as a whole.
  • Budget and staff: This person will have joint budgetary oversight of the CPP marketing budget and will manage 1-2 direct reports, take a leadership role on up to 4 cross-cutting teams, and manage 2-4 consultant and/or freelance relationships for each team.



Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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