Analyst, Clean Air & Innovation

  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Dec 28, 2018
Air Quality Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description


Air pollution kills nearly 5 million people a year and makes millions more sick.  The burden of air pollution and climate change falls the hardest on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and this work aims to create win-win solutions to relieve this burden and help business and the environment prosper.

To date, we’ve done a poor job measuring and communicating the significance of air pollution, making solutions hard to implement and evaluate. However, new insights about local air pollution will make the problem personal and the status quo untenable. Pollution levels, sources and health impacts will be traced to  the source, identifying opportunities to slash pollution and creating accountability. Newly empowered champions will build the public, private and political support needed to take action to protect people and the environment. Because the best actions will protect health and mitigate the risk of climate change, local insights can provide the springboard for local, regional, national and even global impact through widespread adoption in peer-to-peer networks.

Under the supervision of a Senior Manager on the EDF+Business team, the Analyst will play a significant role in supporting EDF’s efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution 25% by 2025. The Analyst will help conduct research, build the organization’s knowledge base, develop strong partnerships, and communicate internally and externally.

Working on a dynamic team with colleagues from across EDF, the Analyst will design and execute research projects targeted at businesses and other key audiences to define the value of understanding and acting to address both climate change and air pollution. Over time, the Analyst will help transform this research into opportunities for collaboration with leading companies, innovators, cities and networks to enable commitments and accountability to reduce harmful pollution. The Manager will also assist EDF+Business in expanding innovation projects and best practices to other EDF programs.  


  • Provide analytical and research support to the Senior Manager, as well as other stakeholders across EDF;
  • Assist with internal and external communications and written work product such as blogs, proposals and reports;
  • Prepare information and respond to inquiries from a variety of stakeholders, including internal staff and corporate partners;
  • Develop work plans and timetables, identifying and procuring necessary resources, and manage project work and deliverables;
  • Assist with strategy and capacity building;
  • Organize meetings and workshops


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, environmental studies, political science, or public policy required; Master’s degree preferred. Undergraduate experience must include some university-level science coursework (e.g., engineering, physics, computer science).
  • 1-3 years relevant work experience
  • Strong management skills: ability to manage projects independently, exercising judgment about seeking assistance. Meeting deadlines and managing multiple deliverables
  • Analytic skills: ability to design and implement complex analysis
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills: ability to distill complex analysis, ideas and strategies in straightforward, common language. Ability to turn around written assignments quickly at a consistently high level.
  • Business interest: commitment to directing business skills and private leadership to environmental impact.
  • Commitment to air pollution/environmental health/climate: passion for creating new opportunities for business to protect health and the planet
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an entrepreneurial, dynamic and creative environment
  • Strong presence and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners (both internal and external) from diverse communities, cultures, backgrounds and experience

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