Green Science Policy Institute Hiring Deputy Director

Green Science Policy 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 and other consumer products worldwide. To learn more about the Institute, visit http://greensciencepolicy.org/primer.

Green Science Policy Institute is hiring a full-time Deputy Director to lead our “Six Classes” program in collaboration with our Executive Director. We are looking for a talented and committed individual with at least five 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 Deputy 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 chemicals of concern, the Six Classes approach can help shift markets towards healthier products and materials. For more information, visit: www.greensciencepolicy.org/.

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Deputy 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 San Francisco Department of the Environment, etc.) leverages their joint purchasing power for increased transparency and decreased use of chemicals of concern in building materials and furnishings.
    • Plan our annual Six Classes Toxics Reduction Retreat, where leaders from diverse sectors develop innovative strategies to reduce the use of chemicals of concern.
    • Develop a 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 1-2 staff and 2-3 consultants working on Six Classes projects.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with businesses, academics, governments, and other NGOs.
  • Represent the Institute at scientific and partnership meetings, including including preparing and presenting Six Classes concept talks.
  • Research and co-author scholarly manuscripts, op-eds, and other publications, as well as educational and presentation materials.
  • Write grant proposals and progress reports and assist with development activities.
  • Communicate with the media and respond to press inquiries about Six Classes chemicals.
  • 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
  • Five or more years’ experience managing complex  projects
  • Five years or more supervisory experience
  • Passion about our mission to protect health and 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, diligence, 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 on one or more of the 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

Please click here to apply.

The application deadline is February 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.