Manager, Air Quality Projects

  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • Mar 03, 2017
Full time Air Quality Climate Change/GHG Environmental Science/Engineering

Job Description

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.


EDF has been exploring unique and innovative ways to collect, assess, and disseminate air quality information using new and, often, still developing technologies. The project is multifaceted and spans across several EDF programs including science, policy, and health. The facet of this expansive project that the Manager will oversee explores innovative data collection and analysis using mobile data collection and low cost stationary monitors in a handful of cities around the US, primarily Houston.  


NOTE: This is a 2-year term position.


Overall Function


The Manager will oversee development and implementation of key aspects of this project, develop partnerships, foster collaboration among NGO’s, agencies, and partners, with the overall goal of leading teams to collect, analyze and interpret, and ultimately disseminate scientifically robust air quality information. Under the leadership of the Associate Chief Scientist, this position uses experience and knowledge to independently guide and manage air quality data collection and policy projects in a variety of domestic locations, primarily Houston.


Key Responsibilities


  • Identify and develop relationships with key stakeholders in regulatory, academic, and non-profit sectors including community groups with the goal of fostering relationships, gathering information, developing project ideas, recruiting partners, and generally forwarding the overall strategic vision of the project through partnerships and collaboration.
  • Manage relationships with technical vendors, corporate partners and local community partners.
  • Support project goals by overseeing budgets for project work, developing workplans to meet objectives established by management, negotiating project agreements and scopes of work, identifying and working with other decision makers to procure necessary resources, project work and deliverables where gaps are identified.
  • Lead interdisciplinary teams comprised of staff from various programs and external organizations, with members across multiple time zones, including internationally.
  • Regularly develops and leads group meetings.
  • Serve as EDF representative and technical expert in external settings such as conferences, workshops, and partnerships.
  • Lead and communicate various project goals and results to EDF staff, companies, policymakers, environmental groups, the media and the public through reports, interviews, presentations, and other methods.
  • Develop and apply appropriate means for measuring the success of project
  • 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.
  • Translate program and project needs into actionable items to forward program decision-making and liaise with programs to facilitate information sharing, identify synergies, and improve collaboration.
  • In addition to these responsibilities, the incumbent will play an integral role in other activities including fundraising, evaluating and recommending new project ideas.
  • Disseminating and communicating project results. and being a team player in the development of a vibrant and entrepreneurial program.




  • At least six years program or related experience, or advanced degree with at least 4 years of direct experience.  Experience or education related to air quality management, air pollution science, or environmental health a plus.
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail required.
  • Independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize a diverse workload.
  • Experience balancing the needs of multiple diverse stakeholders including regulators and community organizations.
  • 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.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical subject matter both in writing and orally.
  • Expected to present professional material to small or large groups orally and in formal presentations.
  • A high level of strategic thinking is required, in order to synthesize complex information to identify and deploy action plans.
  • Possess a high degree of diplomacy to influence and manage key stakeholders and teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently recommend and determine approaches to completing projects and managing processes where precedents are not always available.
  • Ability to effectively communicate scientific/economic information in an advocacy setting both to internal and external audiences
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Willingness to travel.


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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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