Corporate Sustainability Senior Research Associate: The Pacific Institute

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  • 654 13th St., Preservation Park, Oakland, CA, 94612, US
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The Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that provides science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. Since 1987, we have worked with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to disenfranchised communities to create and advance sustainable water policies and deliver meaningful results
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The Pacific Institute is seeking a full-time Senior Research Associate to join its global Corporate Sustainability Program. This role supports the development and advancement of corporate water stewardship practice, including ongoing management of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate. This position includes major responsibility for project management and fundraising. The Senior Associate will direct junior and midlevel research staff on specific projects, and is expected to work with minimal supervision. The Senior Associate will collaborate with all research staff of the Institute and partnering organizations as warranted by specific projects. This is a full-time position based in Oakland, California.

Core Responsibilities:

Independently and creatively design and manage projects related to corporate water stewardship, and corporate sustainability measurement and reporting in particular

Prepare final reports, corporate guidance documents and tools, and written products in both technical and non-technical areas

Manage relationships and contributions of project team members and co-authors, as well as from a wide range of collaborating organizations

Independently identify funding opportunities, write grant proposals, and secure funding for specific projects

Develop and implement project work plans and manage project timelines and budgets

Widely present findings, recommendations, and best practices at conferences, webinars, and other events.

Anticipated 2016 Programmatic Work:

Facilitate development and implementation of corporate water disclosure best practice among companies and other relevant organizations

Analyze and assess corporate sustainability reports against established frameworks and guidelines

Manage, augment, and enhance the CEO Water Mandate’s Water Stewardship

Write and solicit posts on cutting-edge stewardship practice from companies and government and NGO partners for the CEO Water Mandate’s Water Stewardship Leaders blog

Advanced degree in business, sustainability, water resources, natural resource management, or relevant field

Four to seven years work experience in relevant field, some portion focusing on issues relating to water and business

Excellent written communication skills with a proven record of publishing technical analyses, peer-reviewed reports, and general interest articles

Excellent oral communication skills with extensive public speaking experience

Demonstrated ability to raise funds

Strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds

Additional Qualifications:

Experience with WordPress and ability to edit existing pages and create new posts

Experience with Adobe Illustrator or other means of creating diagrams and infographics that communicate key corporate water stewardship concepts. Travel Domestic and international overnight travel may be required.

Please send a cover letter, writing sample, resume, and contact information for three references to: Ms. Terry Asbury at the Pacific Institute, 654 13th Street, Oakland, California 94612. Submissions by email (tasbury@pacinst.org) are also acceptable. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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