Mid-Atlantic
via Environmental Defense Fund

Job Opening - Director, Virginia Coastal Resilience

The Virginia Director, Coastal Resilience is a member of the EDF’s Coastal Resilience team within the Ecosystems Program. EDF’s Coastal Resilience program works in a bold and collaborative manner to ensure resilient ecosystems and communities along coasts and rivers thrive with water and are safe, equitable and prosperous places to live, work and play.

This multi-faceted program deals with the many complex challenges associated with restoring natural system to create sustainable communities with improved infrastructure and robust economies.

EDF’s Coastal Resilience, Virginia program works to safeguard the ecology, economy and communities of the Tidewater Region in the face of impacts from climate change. Working under the direction of the Senior Director, Coastal Resilience, the Virginia Director’s primary role will center on overseeing the program initiative and achieving program outcomes.  The Virginia Director, Coastal Resilience will play a pivotal role in building and maintaining collaborative partnerships that work together to advocate for comprehensive, ambitious, science-based and equitable coastal planning and policies for the Tidewater Region. This will require managing a team of supporting staff and consultants, continuing to build a strong alliance of advisors and collaborators, and raising the public prominence of resilience approaches and specific strategies. The Virginia Director will interact regularly with senior management and other staff members to maintain a well-functioning and effective team to tackle the political, economic and scientific challenges of building coastal resilience in the face of climate change.

Key Responsibilities

  • The Director will have the primary responsibility for executing strategy and contributing to the development of effective policies and practices.
  • Direct the execution and refinement of EDF’s Virginia Coastal Resilience team strategy including strategy development, partner outreach, project management, and deliverables oversight.
  • Create and cultivate strong partnerships with a diverse set of interests and backgrounds to build wide-spread support to advance resilience policies and funding.  Develop a collective advocacy platform.

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