Green Science Policy Institute Jobs

Operations Manager

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

The Green Science Policy Institute is seeking a collaborative and organized Operations Manager to facilitate day-to-day operations and ensure that our Institute employees have a productive, efficient, and enjoyable work experience.

This position offers the opportunity for advancement and increasing responsibility for the right candidate, as well as the potential to contribute to our project work.

Overview of the Green Science Policy Institute

The Institute brings together scientists, government, industry and non-governmental organizations to share scientific research in order to reduce the use of harmful chemicals. Working globally to protect our health and environment, the Institute has changed government policy and business practices to prevent the use of billions of pounds of toxic flame retardants and other harmful chemicals in consumer products.

The Institute is a growing organization with a current staff of six and several long-term consultants. We are a team-oriented organization with a culture of everyone participating as needed to ensure success of all projects and staff.

We are hiring a full-time Operations Manager who is committed to our mission and will support our dedicated team of scientists and policy experts to protect our health and environment.

Operations/Operating Procedures:
• Ensure smooth day-to-day operations and enhance efficiency through the development, refinement and implementation of office policies and procedures
• Act as primary point person for staff regarding operations and office management
• Act as liaison with service providers (e.g. property manager/landlord, custodian services, etc.)
• Lead the planning and execution of organizational events including our annual symposium
• Manage the in-house Access database, including the supervision of data entry
• Supervision of administrative staff
• Manage updates of website
• Work with staff to monitor office equipment and supplies inventory, assist with calendars, travel and event scheduling, and ensure office cleanliness and organization.
• Working with the development director to support fundraising work

Board & Governance:
• Act as primary liaison for board meetings
• Work with Executive Director, Board President, and other staff as needed to plan, prepare for, and execute board meetings
• Manage board calendar and communication with board members

Human Resources:
• Act as point person for Human Resources matters, including development of job descriptions, staff recruitment, on-boarding of new staff, and other staff and consultant support as needed.
• Work with benefits broker to ensure staff are aware of benefits and assist in the Institute’s administrative role in open enrollment.

Budgeting & Finance:
• Approve all invoices prior to payment
• Oversee receipt of and recording of donations, tax and thank you letters, etc.


• Bachelor’s degree
• Three or more years of operations and/or management experience
• Superb interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills with a positive attitude
• Strong organizational and time management skills with the intuitive ability to juggle multiple tasks
• 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
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
• Experience with collaborative tools such as DropBox and Google Apps
• 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

• Prior experience working in a non-profit or academic environment
• Experience with Microsoft Access
• Experience with email marketing software (e.g., Constant Contact or MailChimp)
• Website management experience
• Communication experience with press and other media

Application Instructions
Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject title: Operations Manager 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

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 and

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

• 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

• 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

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 [email protected]. Please include “Science and Policy Associate” 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.

To learn more about the Green Science Policy Institute, visit