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.

SAFER PRODUCTS LIAISON

Organization: Green Science Policy Institute
Location: Berkeley, California
Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience
Position Type: Consultant or Employee

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 and other chemicals of concern in furniture, electronics, and other consumer products worldwide. To learn more about the Institute, visit http://GreenSciencePolicy.org/primer and www.SixClasses.org.

Job Description

The Institute is hiring a part- or full-time Safer Products Liaison. This person would build relationships and coordinate communication between our Institute, large purchasers, and manufacturers to move markets towards safer products.  We are looking for an individual with business and project management experience, creative ideas, strong written and verbal communication skills, and a passion for facilitating more responsible use of chemicals in consumer products and building materials.  The Safer Products Liaison will work closely with the Institute’s scientists and will be based part or all of the time in our North Berkeley office.

The Institute has created the Six Classes approach to reduce the use of classes or  families of harmful chemicals in products. This visionary program brings together decision-makers from academia, government, business, and the nonprofit sector to develop and implement innovative strategies to reduce exposures to these chemicals worldwide. By educating stakeholders about entire classes of potentially harmful substances, this approach can prevent “regrettable substitutions” for phased out chemicals and help move markets towards healthier products and materials.

For more information, visit: www.GreenSciencePolicy.org/primer.

The Safer Products Liaison will:

  • Build relationships with manufacturers, retailers, and purchasers.
  • Educate decision makers from a variety of business sectors about chemical classes of concern and reducing their use.
  • Develop joint strategies with business to move toward healthier chemicals and products.
  • Work with our scientific staff to develop educational and communications materials.
  • Contribute to monthly conference calls of the Material Buyers Club. This network of large purchasers (including Facebook, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and the San Francisco Department of the Environment) aims to leverage their combined purchasing power to drive increased ingredient transparency and decreased use of chemicals of concern in building materials, furnishings, and other products.
  • In collaboration with Institute scientists, organize research projects, including timeline, sample collection, and strategic communication of results.
  • Contribute to project planning and progress reports.

Position Expectations and Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • Three or more years’ business experience
  • Three or more years’ project management experience
  • Passion about our mission to protect health and the environment worldwide
  • Superb written and verbal communications skills to foster productive relationships across multiple sectors and industries
  • Ability to think creatively, exercise good judgment, and solve problems
  • Demonstrated efficiency, organizational skills, and resourcefulness, with a record of on-time delivery of high-quality work
  • Attention to detail, persistence, and flexibility
  • Ability to work both independently and within a small team environment
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry and biology

DESIRED

  • Knowledge of business, trade association, and manufacturing processes and networks
  • Experience with managing collaborative interdisciplinary work
  • An advanced degree or extensive experience in business, design, manufacturing, and/or sustainability

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send your resume and a short cover letter explaining your interest in the position to jobs@GreenSciencePolicy.org. Please include “Safer Products Liaison 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.

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Organization: Green Science Policy Institute
Location: Berkeley, California
Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience
Position Type: Consultant or Employee

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 from exposure to toxic chemicals. We carry out scientific research designed to change policy, write peer-reviewed papers in high impact publications, communicate our results widely, and promote policy and purchasing change in the public interest. Our research and policy work has contributed to preventing the use of hundreds of millions of pounds of harmful chemicals in furniture, electronics, 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 Institute is hiring a part time Communications Specialist. This person will lead our communications work, devise and carry out strategies to reach appropriate audiences for our projects, draft and edit written materials; and maintain our websites and social media accounts. We are looking for a talented and committed individual with creative ideas, superb writing and editing skill, and a passion for our mission to protect health and the environment worldwide.

The Communications Specialist will work with the Institute scientists and Executive Director to:

  • Draft and edit written materials such as press releases, our monthly newsletters. blogs, magazine and newspaper articles, event invitations, and flyers.
  • Lead communication campaigns associated with publication of our peer-reviewed papers.
  • Manage our press relationships and database.
  • Maintain and update our websites.
  • Oversee the editing and finalization of communications materials.
  • Coordinate with our graphic design and website consultants.
  • Coordinate social media posts.
  • Develop marketing strategies to promote our initiatives and educational materials.

Position Expectations and Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • Three or more years’ communication or journalism experience
  • Superb written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to synthesize and translate information on scientific and policy topics into compelling and easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience
  • Ability to frame messages that inform and influence a variety of target audiences
  • Passion about our mission to protect health and the environment worldwide
  • A degree or experience of journalism, communications or a related field
  • A degree or knowledge of chemistry, biology, public health, toxicology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Creativity, attention to detail, persistence, and a cooperative flexible attitude
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Word and internet research

DESIRED

  • Experience with HTML, WordPress, InDesign, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Experience in fundraising and development

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and a writing sample to jobs@GreenSciencePolicy.org. Please include “Communications Specialist” 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.