Senior Labor Economist, Climate and Equity



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Mid-level industry position

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.

Program Overview

The Office of the Chief Economist is the nexus of economics at EDF, ensuring that the economic thinking that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available knowledge. To be most effective in this role, the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) provides support for other programs throughout EDF and fosters relationships with economists outside the organization.

Overall Function

Work closely with the U.S. federal climate team and other EDF programs developing and advocating for specific climate policy proposals that will help ensure a just transition, and exploring potential pathways to net zero emissions that support high wellbeing of all communities. The Senior Economist will identify, lead and oversee research and analysis critical to informing and advancing EDF’s climate policy positioning and supporting program engagement and advocacy by creating and deploying analytical tools to provide evidence on the employment and other human well-being implications of climate policy options. The Senior Economist reports to the Chief Economist, Suzi Kerr.


Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Lead, oversee and conduct rigorous economic and technical analysis related to a range of federal climate and energy policy proposals – with a focus on quantitative research on the employment and other wellbeing implications of a transition to clean energy and movement toward net zero emissions across all emitting sectors, and potentially including land use related mitigation, sequestration and storage
  • Provide thought leadership on effective policies and actions for a just transition to net zero emissions
  • Identify research and analytical needs to be met through external experts, consultants, and partners
  • Collaborate effectively with OCE staff and program staff, particularly the U.S. Climate Program
  • Develop and deploy analytical tools designed to educate external stakeholders (e.g., Congressional staff) and inform internal thinking on policy design
  • Write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and reports/fact sheets/blog posts for general audiences on the employment and wellbeing implications of climate transition
  • Maintain and build ties to the academic/research communities, through outreach, presentations at workshops and conferences, informal contacts, etc.
  • Provide rapid response review and evaluation of externally produced policy relevant economic analysis
  • Draft internal decision memos, policy documents, testimony, talking points, etc.
  • Support development of new projects for potential funding opportunities and write drafts of funding proposals and reports
  • Present results and represent EDF at meetings with policy makers, academic conferences and workshops, and gatherings of advocacy organizations and the general public
  • Use independent judgment and scientific expertise to plan and prioritize an ambitious workload and set day-to-day priorities for meeting project goals and deadlines
  • Potentially managing a junior staff member or intern
  • Participates 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


  • A recent PhD in Economics, or related policy discipline with interest in working at the interface of economics and policy, with 3+ years of related experience preferred
  • Strong analytical, programming, statistical and synthesis skills
  • Deep knowledge of labor, regional or wellbeing economics
  • Demonstrated record of research and success in managing and conducting rigorous economic analysis
  • Familiarity with issues relating to market-based climate policy and decarbonization of economies and their well-being implications an asset
  • A track record of high-quality published research, leadership of a collaborative research project, and presentations at conferences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong ability to effectively synthesize and communicate technical and policy findings in a clear and concise manner to colleagues internally and to external non-technical audiences
  • Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due
  • Demonstrate initiative, creative thinking, and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds


New York or Washington DC, other US offices, or remote


Permanent or potential for a 1-year position if preferred

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter, writing sample and resume to the EDF application. Please list three professional/acedemic references.  

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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Posted on

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Mid-level industry position


1875 Connecticut Ave

DC 20009 Washington , United States