Green Science Policy Institute Jobs

Associate Director

Organization: Green Science Policy Institute
Location: Berkeley, California
Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience
Position Type: Full-time in Berkeley office

Overview of the Green Science Policy Institute (The Institute)

The Institute brings together scientists, representatives of government, business, and non-profits to protect human health and the global environment from exposure to toxic chemicals. Our research and policy work has helped prevent the use of hundreds of millions of pounds of harmful chemicals, such as flame retardants, in furniture, electronics, and children’s products and other consumer products worldwide. To learn more about the Institute, visit http://GreenSciencePolicy.org/primer.

Job Description

The Institute is hiring a full-time Associate Director to manage our Six Classes program. We are looking for a talented and committed individual with at least three years’ management experience, superb writing skills, and a technical background to play a key role in advancing our mission to facilitate more responsible use of chemicals in consumer products and building materials. The Associate Director will be based in our Berkeley office.

The Institute has created the Six Classes approach to reduce the use of families of toxic chemicals found in everyday products. This visionary program brings together decision-makers from business, academia, government, and nonprofits to develop and implement innovative strategies to reduce exposures to these chemicals worldwide. By educating purchasers, producers and consumers about these six broad classes of potentially harmful chemicals, this approach can help shift markets towards healthier products and materials. For more information, visit: www.SixClasses.org.

Responsibilities

The Associate Director will design and lead Six Classes activities, including:

  • Prepare, lead, and follow up on monthly conference calls and occasional in-person meetings of the Material Buyers’ Club. This network of large purchasers (e.g., Facebook, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and the San Francisco Department of the Environment) leverages their joint purchasing power for increased transparency and decreased use of chemicals of concern in building materials and furnishings.
  • Plan our annual three-day Six Classes Toxics Reduction Retreat, where leaders from diverse sectors meet to develop innovative strategies to reduce the use of chemicals of concern.
  • Collaborate with our Six Classes Advisory Board of leading thinkers to help provide direction for our activities.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary “Information Exchange” calls with participants from business, government, and NGOs; and “Science and Policy” calls for scientists.
  • Draft and publicize scientific consensus statements on chemical classes.
  • Supervise 2-3 staff and/or consultants working on Six Classes projects.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with businesses, academics, government, and other NGOs.
  • Represent the Institute at scientific and partnership meetings, including preparing and presenting Six Classes concept talks.
  • Research and co-author scholarly manuscripts, op-eds, and other publications, as well as materials for educational and other presentations.
  • Write grant proposals and progress reports, and assist with development activities.
  • Communicate with the media and respond to press inquiries.
  • Contribute to monthly newsletters and blogs.

Position Expectations and Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • An advanced degree in chemistry, biology, environmental engineering, public health, public policy, toxicology, environmental science, law, architecture or a related field
  • Three or more years’ experience managing complex projects
  • Three or more years’ supervisorial experience
  • Passion about our mission to protect health and the environment worldwide
  • Superb written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to think creatively, exercise good judgment, and take the initiative to solve problems
  • Work experience demonstrating efficiency, organization, and resourcefulness, with a proven track record of on-time delivery of high-quality work
  • Attention to detail, persistence, and flexibility
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to research and synthesize information on scientific and policy topics
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Team player with a willingness to take on diverse roles and responsibilities, as needed

DESIRABLE

  • Experience with managing collaborative interdisciplinary work
  • Knowledge of business and manufacturing processes and networks
  • Knowledge of NGO and/or government processes and networks
  • Content knowledge specific to the Six Classes project, such as having conducted research of one or more chemical classes
  • Experience in fundraising and development

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience. We also provide a health package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.

The Green Science Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send your resume, a 1-2 page cover letter explaining your career objectives and your interest in the position, and a writing sample for which you are the sole author to jobs@GreenSciencePolicy.org. Please include “Associate Director Position” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.

The Green Science Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Science and Policy Associate

Organization: Green Science Policy Institute
Location: Berkeley, California
Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience
Position Type: Full time in Berkeley office

Overview of the Green Science Policy Institute (The Institute)

The Institute brings government, business, scientists and citizens together worldwide to support policies which protect human health and the global environment. Our research and policy work has contributed to preventing the use of hundreds of millions of pounds of harmful chemicals such as flame retardants in furniture, electronics, and children’s products and other consumer products worldwide. To learn more about the Institute, visit http://GreenSciencePolicy.org/primer and www.SixClasses.org.

Job Description

The Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) is hiring a full-time Science and Policy Associate to contribute to our scientific research and policy work. GSP is looking for a motivated, organized, and capable individual to work with our team of science and policy experts and play a key role in advancing our mission.

The Science and Policy Associate implements projects and activities for the organization including scientific research, writing, policy and project management work; drafts materials for publication; and helps maintain relationships with partner organizations. The Associate will have the opportunity to advance to a leadership position in a growing organization.

The Associate will work with minimal supervision to do the following.

  • Contribute to GSP projects such as:
    • “Six Classes” Project working with large purchasers to reduce the use of the most harmful families of chemicals
    • Responsible Disposal for furniture and plastics containing flame retardants
    • Green Building Initiative for safer insulation products
    • International Flammability Standards project
    • The Safe Kids project to reduce toxics in children’s products
  • Co-author scholarly papers, op-eds, and other publications
  • Develop educational and presentation materials
  • Aid in the preparation for and present at Green Science Policy symposia at UC Berkeley, nationally, and internationally
  • Write grant proposals and help with development activities

Position Expectations and Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • An advanced degree in chemistry, biology, environmental engineering, public health, toxicology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Ability to take initiative, think creatively, and solve problems
  • Efficient, organized, resourceful, and a proven track record of on-time delivery of high-quality work
  • Attention to detail, diligence, persistence, and flexibility
  • Superb written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to research and synthesize information on scientific and policy topics
  • Work experience managing projects and people
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office suite, including PowerPoint, Word, Excel
  • Passionate about our mission to protect health and environment worldwide

DESIRED

  • Work experience in chemistry, biology, engineering, toxicology, public health, and/or public policy
  • Experience working with industry, NGOs, and/or government
  • Experience researching and writing peer-reviewed papers
  • Experience teaching or working with undergraduates
  • Website and/or database maintenance and development skills

Compensation and Hours

The Associate should be available to work full time in our North Berkeley office for a minimum of two years. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, email jobs@GreenSciencePolicy.org with “Science and Policy Associate Application” in the subject line. Please send a resume, writing sample, and a cover letter describing your situation, career objectives, and interest in the position. Include the names of three references; your possible start date; your academic transcript if available; and anything else you think we should know about you.

Position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.

The Green Science Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Administrative Specialist

Organization: Green Science Policy Institute
Location: North Berkeley, California, near the UC Berkeley campus
Salary: Depending on experience
Job available: Now (open until filled)

Overview of the Green Science Policy Institute (GSP)

GSP brings together scientists, government, industry and nongovernmental organizations to share scientific research data in order to reduce the use of harmful chemicals. Working globally to protect our health and environment, GSP has prevented the use of billions of pounds of toxic flame retardants and other unneeded and harmful chemicals in consumer products.

GSP is a growing organization with a current staff of six. We have an opening for a full-time Administrative Specialist who will manage the office administration. This position will involve liaising with our key stakeholders in government, industry and academia as well as the press and our donors. The Specialist will work with our dedicated team of scientists and policy experts to make important contributions to our work protecting our health and environment.

We are looking for a new staff member who will maintain an organized and efficient office with minimal supervision. Duties include:

  • Planning the logistics and support for GSP meetings and events
  • Preparing written materials for meetings with government, industry and scientists
  • Writing, editing and sending correspondence
  • Writing, designing, and publishing newsletters
  • Preparing bills and disbursements
  • Collecting and depositing institute donations and receipts
  • Maintaining GSP calendars
  • Supporting fundraising work
  • Maintaining and updating our member and donor databases
  • Assisting Executive Director and staff in travel arrangements and other events
  • Developing and archiving general public, press, and donor materials for events and meetings
  • Supervising changes to our websites, Facebook, Twitter and blog
  • Purchasing office supplies and equipment
  • Communicating with cleaning and maintenance personnel to ensure office upkeep

Position Expectations and Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Administrative and/or office management experience
  • Superb organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent ability to think creatively and solve problems
  • Attention to detail, diligence, and persistence
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • Experience organizing travel, event, and meeting planning
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Experience with collaborative tools such as DropBox and Google Apps
  • Excellent internet researching skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with conflicting demands on your time
  • Passion for working to protect our health and environment from toxic chemicals

DESIRED

  • Prior experience working in a nonprofit or academic environment
  • Financial or accounting experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Access
  • Experience with email marketing software (e.g., Constant Contact or MailChimp)
  • Experience with tech troubleshooting
  • Experience with bibliographic references
  • Website management experience; HTML programming skills
  • Communication experience with press and other media

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter describing your career objectives, including the date when you can start. Include a resume, writing sample, and anything else you think we should know.  Please email to jobs@greensciencepolicy.org with the subject title: Administrative Specialist Application.

The Green Science Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

To learn more about the Green Science Policy Institute, visit www.greensciencepolicy.org