Manager, Climate Change
The Manager, Climate Change will serve a dual role as content specialist on climate change and supervisor of climate program activities. Reporting to the Director of Climate Change, this key staff member will be an external face of the organization, helping to identify and build new partnerships. Working closely with both the Director, Climate Change and the Director of Policy and Communications, s/he will serve as a strategic collaborator to advance initiative planning and explore future opportunities to innovatively address the climate crisis.
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Primary Responsibilities and Key Priorities:
Content Specialist and Program Management:
- Supervise all climate program activities at the Fund
- Represent the Fund at external meetings as a content expert, and identifying key opportunities and investments for the Fund and the Jeff Skoll Group
- Oversee a staff of between 3-5 people, including full-time and temporary employees
Strategic Collaboration and Leadership:
- Helping define strategic direction for the Climate Learning Initiative
- Looking for new areas beyond the initiative for collaboration to advance the climate change work
Partner Identification and Relationship Building:
- Play a critical role in identifying, cultivating, and structuring partner relationships within government, NGOs, foundations, and non-profit sectors
- Attend meetings where new relationships and ideas can be envisioned
- Lead the effort to nurture, initiate, innovate and respond to needs of alliances
Knowledge Network Management:
- Oversee the development of a network for building and sharing the data and knowledge that emerges from the Climate Learning Initiative
- With programmatic and technical support, help define a structure for public-private access to the information produced and shared within this network; build the community to use it
Qualifications and Abilities:
- Intelligent, systems thinker who shares the organization’s urgency and passion for creating innovative approaches to improving public engagement around climate change
- Outstanding communication skills that manifest in high quality written documents, presentation and meeting materials, and verbal communication
- Comfort expressing opinions in a setting that encourages a vibrant exchange of ideas and the ability to act as a sounding board and thought partner with the Director, Climate Change
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, with proven success managing staff and building strong alliances
- Strong climate change network in the policy and funder environment and a comprehensive understanding of climate issues
- Capacity to creatively address problems and find solutions
- Independent and self-motivated, able to take initiative in an entrepreneurial environment
- Diplomatic, yet confident, doer who is creative, resourceful and takes ownership for staff management and program deliverables
- Professional decorum and the discretion necessary to work with highly confidential information
Education and Experience:
- A minimum of ten years experience working on climate change issues, either in advocacy, policy or research
- Knowledge of the major players in the U.S. policy and funder environment
- Understanding of U.S. climate engagement
- Fluency in quantitative and analytical process
- Program management experience and familiarity building knowledge networks
- Diversity of experience, in grant making, philanthropy and the private sector
- A Master’s degree in public policy, social or environmental science
The Skoll Global Threats Fund is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send a 2-page resume and cover letter expressing how your interest and accomplishments align with our needs and mission. Please use the reference code UNC346 in the email subject line and email to Melissa Merritt at email@example.com for immediate consideration.
Social Science Researcher
We are seeking a creative and energetic team player to help develop and lead the research efforts of our new Climate Learning Initiative. The Researcher will design and conduct experimental research in U.S.-based advocacy campaigns. The Researcher will also be responsible for keeping track of new research and tools used in the area of behavior and cognitive science, communications and public engagement; summarizing and translating relevant research for network partners; and identifying and leading some original research. The Researcher must be flexible and able to contribute to and help to shape an evolving initiative plan. He/She will report to the Director of Climate Change.
Primary duties and responsibilities
Working closely with the Director of Climate Change and the Director of Policy and Communications, the Researcher will:
- Lead our effort to integrate experimentation into public outreach efforts, and develop an evidence base for effective campaign and communication strategies.
- Provide content expertise in social science and related tools related to campaign analytics, public engagement, and persuasion.
- Manage research efforts carried out by contractors and grantees’ work on campaign analytics, polling and experimentation.
- Maintain an online collaborative space for research and program activities.
Knowledge, skills, and assets
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience.
- Minimum of Masters Degree in political science, cognitive science, decision support, or related field.
- Significant expertise in quantitative social science methodologies and tools such as randomized controlled experiments, survey development, and polling.
- Demonstrated experience applying quantitative tools to political campaigns or public engagement efforts.
- Familiarity with statistical programming languages such as R, and statistical packages such as Stata, SPSS, and SAS.
- Excellent research and analytical skills.
- Systems thinker; experience working with interdisciplinary teams.
- Knowledge of climate and sustainability issues a plus.
- Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and concurrently manage a variety of activities effectively.
- Excellent written and verbal skills, presentation skills and teamwork skills.
- Strong attention to detail, organizational and project management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with positive attitude; desire and ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
- Ability to problem-solve and find creative solutions.
- Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
- Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion.
The position is a one-year term position with possibility of renewal. Benefits include paid parking or transit subsidy.
The Skoll Global Threats Fund is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. For immediate consideration, please send your resume and a cover letter expressing your alignment with the mission and your fit for the role to Karen Rea at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is October 4, 2013.