Communications Director (Oakland)

Position Summary

Global Footprint Network is a growing, international non-profit organization that promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. The Ecological Footprint has become one of the most widely used sustainability metrics in the world. It is the only tool that comprehensively measures human demand on the planet against what the planet can supply, and is increasingly being used by governments and investors to guide decision making in a resource constrained world. 

Global Footprint Network recently completed a renewed organizational strategy which aims to put the organization in front of new international audiences and creates opportunities for growth. To make the most of this critical time, Global Footprint Network has created a new Communications Director position. The Director will take our communications to a new level, and to provide creativity and leadership for the entire organization. Already known for the effectiveness of our messaging and our brand, we now seek a Director to play a central role in the roll-out of our new organizational strategy and to evolve the Department from one with a modest scope to one of much more strategic importance. 

The Communications Director is a creative, strategic, mission-focused individual with the ability and experience to drive impact. This is a hands-on role requiring the ability to create strategic outreach plans, interface collaboratively across departments and offices, motivate and develop staff while personally executing day-to-day activities, such as writing and pitching stories. 

While it is essential that this individual establish efficient and effective communication systems it is also critical that they help retain the entrepreneurial spark that has made Global Footprint Network so successful to date. 

The position will report to the Vice President of Outreach.

Performance Profile

Qualifications

Salary And Benefits

Global Footprint Network offers a benefits package and competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Health insurance, 403(b) and other benefits are provided. This is a full-time position located at Global Footprint Network’s offices in Oakland, CA. Our collegial, open-plan office is located two blocks from Jack London Square with good transit access. Our communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.

Application

To apply send cover letter and resume to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term “Communications Director.”  Also include two to three writing samples. Global Footprint Network is committed to diversity in the workplace. For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: www.footprintnetwork.org.

Resource Accounting Manager

Manager, Resource Accounting (Oakland)

Position Summary

Global Footprint Network promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with our partners, we coordinate research, develop methodological standards, and provide decision makers with robust resource accounts to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits. 

The Manager of Resource Accounting will lead the team in developing our National Footprint Accounts and other fundamental resource accounting calculations and models, which serve as the basis of Ecological Footprint analyses worldwide.  This individual will also be responsible for the continuous improvement of the accounts and will be involved in applying them to projects with governments, businesses and other organizations. Additionally, the Manager will have opportunities to present on the Ecological Footprint method and on the outcome of specific research projects. 

Based in Oakland, the Manager of Resource Accounting will lead members of the National Footprint Accounts team, project managers, and others working to maintain and improve the accounts and to apply the Ecological Footprint. Application activities will require retrieving and analyzing data, generating graphs, and contributing to and writing reports and papers, some of which may be submitted for publication in scientific journals. Additionally, the Manager will work with Global Footprint Network’s team members in Europe to guide them on Footprint applications through data, graphs and maps generation as well as report writing.

The Manager of Resource Accounting will report to the Director of the Research Department. 

Performance Profile

Leadership Function (approximately 50%):

  • Manage Global Footprint Network’s resource accounting practice.
  • Manage the resource accounting group staff:  supervise, empower and coach researchers and help them set priorities, succeed and grow.
  • Coordinate external trainings and manage and/or contribute to internal and external projects.
  • Strengthen and apply quality assurance processes within the resource accounting teams.
  • Represent Global Footprint Network and its resource accounting science externally.
  • Participate in the development of proposals.

Research Support (approximately 50%):

National Accounts

  • Review specific areas of scientific research, and incorporate findings into National Footprint Accounts calculation to improve the accuracy and relevance of the metric.
  • Collaborate with research partners such as government agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to validate and improve the data in the accounts and the calculation methodology, and to develop needed scientific information not otherwise available.
  • Contribute to programming of the National Footprint Accounts.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

Education

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field, such as environmental science, environmental or natural resource management, engineering, econometrics, statistics, macro-economics or ecological economics. Exceptional candidates with Master’s degree and equivalent research experience will be considered.

Experience

  • Demonstrated staff management, interpersonal and team-building skills.
  • Ability to analyze and manipulate large data sets in Excel and MySQL. Proficiency in Excel VBA and MATLAB is desirable. 
  • Ability to work well in a highly interactive team environment and across different time zones.
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, and able to meet project deadlines. 
  • Skilled in both written and oral communication. 
  • Ability to provide leadership to individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Excitement about being part of a small but growing organization whose influence on global movement toward sustainability is rapidly expanding.
  • Interest in global resource issues and sustainability practice. 
  • Expertise with assessments in fisheries, grazing or livestock a plus. 
  • Fluency in European languages other than English a plus. 
  • Working knowledge of LCA and I/O methodologies a plus. 

Travel

This position is based in Oakland, CA (USA), but also requires interactions with Global Footprint Network’s team members in Geneva (Switzerland) and Japan. Occasional travel may be undertaken to attend meetings, conferences, events, and for project scoping, development and implementation.

Salary And Benefits

Global Footprint Network offers a benefits package and competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Health insurance, 403(b) and other benefits are provided. This is a full-time position located at Global Footprint Network's offices in Oakland, CA. Our collegial, open-plan office is located two blocks from Jack London Square with good transit access. Our communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.

Application

Please send your resume, a cover letter explaining how this position would fit into your career goals, and your salary requirements to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term "Manager, Resource Accounting.” Global Footprint Network is committed to diversity in the workplace. 

For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: www.footprintnetwork.org. 

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Position Summary

Global Footprint Network is a growing, international non-profit that promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. The Ecological Footprint has become one of the most widely used sustainability metrics in the world, the only tool that comprehensively measures human demand on the planet against what the planet can supply.  It is increasingly used by governments and investors to guide decision making in a resource constrained world. 

Global Footprint Network recently identified unprecedented opportunities for growth in earned income and is seeking a Business Development (BD) Manager to take our efforts to a new level.  Earned income typically comes from projects, licensing, fees for service, and online products. This position reports to the Director of External Affairs.

Performance Profile

  • Achieve the annual BD goal, the amount of which is currently $1.7 million;
  • Develop and revise annual BD plans in coordination with Director of External Affairs;
  • Manage and coordinate all project opportunities with executive staff, Regional Directors, the Research team, and other staff;  
  • Liaise with European, Asian, American, and Global teams on project opportunities in each region, and assist staff in developing proposals, cultivations, collateral, visits, and events that help move projects towards signed contracts; 
  • Manage the BD pipeline, across both the Oakland and Europe offices including monitoring quarterly outlook, proposal pipeline (closed won, lost, hot, open, dropped), and regional/owner goals to meet goals. 
  • Negotiate with potential clients various elements of each contract, including rates, deliverables, timelines, desired products, and responsibilities; 
  • Manage methods to increase revenues from existing clients, and attract new potential clients through research, networking, referrals, and entrepreneurial planning; 
  • Effectively communicate Global Footprint’s case for support, including composing correspondence to clients and strategic talking points for client meetings;
  • Maintain accurate information in our Salesforce database, including client records, tracking revenue, forecasting revenue projections, and producing reports; 
  • Maintain materials for project development (proposal templates and costing templates) for Global Footprint Network staff. 
  • Coordinate BD schedules; timely meetings with external clients; agendas, notes, and follow-ups; build ongoing positive relations with clients through timely email and phone contact; schedule internal BD meetings. 
  • Hand-off of sold projects to the Research team.

Qualifications

  • More than three years experience in business development, sales, contracts, project management, or negotiating, with a demonstrated track record of success with clients ;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and the ability to convey complex science or economic concepts in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify new clients, and to cultivate and sustain positive relationships with existing clients;
  • Disciplined self starter, able to make excellent progress with work load; 
  • Highly energetic, entrepreneurial, and strategic-thinking with the ability to organize tasks for maximum efficiency and to meet tight deadlines;
  • Accuracy in handling details of tasks; 
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Salesforce, and internet research.
  • Commitment to the mission of Global Footprint Network and to growing its resources;
  • B.A./B.S degree, in business, sales and marketing, international relations, environmental science, communications, public relations, economics, or a related field.

Salary And Benefits

Global Footprint Network offers a competitive salary range.  A benefits package is provided, including Health insurance, Dental, 403(b), and other benefits. This is a full-time position located at Global Footprint Network’s offices in Oakland, CA.  Our collegial, open-plan office is located in a neighborhood with good transit access. Our communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.

Application

To apply send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term “Business Development Manager.” Global Footprint Network is committed to diversity in the workplace. For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: www.footprintnetwork.org.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, we are unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Research Analyst

Research Analyst (Oakland)

Position Summary

Global Footprint Network promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with our partners, we coordinate research, develop methodological standards, and provide decision makers with robust resource accounts to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.

Global Footprint Network is continually seeking qualified candidates to join our outstanding Research Team. The typical entry level position is a Research Analyst, who supports the maintenance and continuous improvement of the National Footprint Accounts. These accounts serve as the basis of our Ecological Footprint analyses worldwide. The Research Analyst will learn to apply the accounts in projects with governments, businesses and other organizations.  In time, s/he will have opportunities to present on the Ecological Footprint method to clients and scientific communities, as well as on the outcome of specific research projects. 

Some seasoned candidates may join the team as Research Scientists, however, these general qualifications would also apply.

The Research Analyst will be based in Oakland and work closely with members of the National Footprint Accounts team, project managers, and others working to help maintain and improve the accounts and to apply the Ecological Footprint. Application activities will require retrieving and analyzing data, generating graphs, contributing to and writing of reports and papers, some of which may be submitted for publication in scientific journals. Additionally, the Research Analyst will work closely with Global Footprint Network’s team members in Europe assisting them on Footprint applications through data, graphs and maps generation as well as report writing. 

The Research Analyst will report to the Director of the Research Department. 

Performance Profile

National Accounts (approximately 50%) 

  • Reviewing specific areas of scientific research, and incorporating findings into National Footprint Accounts calculation to improve the accuracy and relevance of the metric. 
  • Collaborating with research partners such as government agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to validate and improve the data in the accounts and the calculation methodology, and to develop needed scientific information not otherwise available. 
  • Contributing to programming of the National Footprint Accounts, and to supporting and applying quality assurance procedures. 


Applications (approximately 50%)

  • Developing and refining approaches for applying the Ecological Footprint in a wide variety of contexts. 
  • Contributing to projects focusing on application of the Ecological Footprint by generating graphs and maps, retrieving data and by analyzing trends. 
  • Contributing to and writing of reports and other documentation that serve as project deliverables
  • Providing summaries and interpretations of Footprint data for Global Footprint Network internal use, as well as for clients, partners, and the general public. 
  • Collaborating with the Global Footprint Network team members in Europe.
  • Supporting the communications department in its use of Footprint concepts and data.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

Education

  • Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree with at least one year of research experience in a relevant field, such as environmental science, environmental or natural resource management, statistics or ecological economics.

Experience

  • Ability to analyze and manipulate large data sets in Excel and MySQL. Proficiency in Excel VBA and/or MATLAB is desirable.  Additionally, C#, GAMS, Python (GIS), Statistics (R and STATA) or CGE modeling experience would be useful.
  • Interest in global resource issues and sustainability practice. 
  • Excitement about being part of a small but growing organization whose influence on global movement toward sustainability is rapidly expanding.
  • Ability to work well in a highly interactive team environment and across different time zones.
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, and able to meet project deadlines. 
  • Skilled in both technical writing and oral communications. 
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Experience with assessments in fisheries, grazing or livestock a plus. 
  • Fluency in European languages other than English a plus. 
  • Working knowledge of LCA and I/O methodologies a plus. 

Travel

This position is based in Oakland, CA (USA) and requires interactions with Global Footprint Network’s team members in Geneva (Switzerland). Occasional travel may be undertaken to attend meetings, conferences, events, and for project scoping and development.

Salary And Benefits

Global Footprint Network offers a benefits package and competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Health insurance, 403(b) and other benefits are provided. This is a full-time position located at Global Footprint Network's offices in Oakland, CA. Our collegial, open-plan office is located two blocks from Jack London Square with good transit access. Our communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.

Application

We are accepting applications for Research Analysts, and related positions on the Research Team, on an ongoing basis.

Please send your resume, a cover letter explaining how this position would fit into your career goals and your salary requirements to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term "Research Analyst.” Global Footprint Network is committed to diversity in the workplace. For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: www.footprintnetwork.org.

Director for the Research Department

Director, Research Department (Oakland)

Position Summary

Global Footprint Network is a growing, international non-profit organization that promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes human demand on nature measurable. The Ecological Footprint has become one of the most widely used policy metrics in the world, the only tool that comprehensively measures human demand on the planet against what the planet can supply. It is increasingly being applied by governments and investors to guide decision making in an ecologically constrained world. 

We are currently seeking to hire a director to spearhead the development of our core technical programs, encompassing two groups: resource accounting and socio-economic implications. The focus of this position includes managing the scientific development of the Ecological Footprint method and related accounting methods and metrics, fostering the consistent and rigorous use throughout the world, and driving the growing relevance, robustness and utility of these tools. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned manager, skilled facilitator who can build consensus and enthusiasm among diverse scientific and analytical communities, and will have a proven track record of leadership during a period of growth. 

The department is currently comprised of 10 researchers in the Oakland and Geneva offices, plus consultants and interns.

Performance Profile

As a director, this position works closely with Global Footprint Network’s President, CEO and the other department directors to drive the success of the organization. S/he is also responsible for the effective performance and contribution of the Research Department. S/he directly reports to the President. 

S/he develops department strategies and priorities in collaboration with the other department directors, guides technical programs, is responsible for leading projects with governments, scientific organizations, companies, and consultancies, provides strategic oversight of quality assurance, including projects, research, and standards development, and fosters consensus building among staff, partners, and the scientific community on methodological and research issues. 

Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Leads the annual planning process for our technical programs and ensures the successful accomplishment of program goals. 
  • Supervises the science team in the development and implementation of the National Footprint Accounts, additional metric and the socio-economic research agenda, and drives quality assurance. 
  • Drives the standards development process and fosters consensus building among staff, partners and the scientific community on methodological and research issues. 
  • Develops and supervises research collaborations and other strategic projects with governments, academic institutions and partners and provides strategic and implementation oversight.
  • Ensures the successful delivery of technical projects by supporting project managers in meeting goals, and by engaging directly with partners in high visibility or politically sensitive projects. This includes guiding and overseeing quality assurance.
  • Works with External Affairs (the project development and fundraising team) to secure funding for our technical programs.
  • In collaboration with executive staff, develops and implements new scientific and technical tools that address the needs of our key constituencies. 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years management experience in consulting, government and/or business.
  • Advanced degree (Ph.D. or Masters) in related field, such as environmental science, environmental or natural resource management, engineering, econometrics, macro-economics or ecological economics. 
  • Proven success at leading teams and mentoring and developing staff.
  • Track record of successfully managing large projects.
  • Quantitative skills and experience with quality assurance.
  • Passion for sustainable development and expertise in global resource issues. 
  • Interest in teaching and curriculum design.
  • Experience with Input-Output Analysis, large scale database management, statistics, scenario modeling, and applied policy analysis.
  • Fluency in European languages a plus. 
  • Experience working with governments is a plus.
  • Effective academic relationships and a track record of scientific publications.
  • Willingness to travel. 

Travel

This job entails a modest amount of international travel.

Salary And Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Health insurance, 403(b) and other benefits are provided. Our collegial, open-plan office is located two blocks from Jack London Square with good transit access. Our communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.

Application

To apply, send a resume and a cover letter that outlines your career goals and why you would be suitable for this position to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term "Director, Research Department".

Global Footprint Network is committed to diversity in the workplace.  For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: www.footprintnetwork.org.

Project Manager, Sustainable Development Return on Investment

Project Manager, Sustainable Development Return on Investment (located in Oakland, California or Odisha, India)

Position Summary

While many governments and international aid organizations are taking large-scale actions to address human development progress in low-income communities, none of these entities have a science-based metric to track how much lasting development gains they produce per dollar investment, when compared with other development projects. Put another way, there is no established measurement tool that systematically identifies both comprehensive, long-term human development gains as well as the natural resource access that will be needed to maintain those gains.

To address this issue, Global Footprint Network is launching a pilot project called the Sustainable Development Return on Investment (SDRoI): Empowering Communities & Measuring Investment Effectiveness. The SDRoI pilot project is a collaboration between Global Footprint Network and key partner organizations that include GramVikas (India), IDE-India (India), and Escuela Nueva (Colombia), with expert advisement from CAMFED (UK and Africa). The collaboration will involve at least nine (and up to 12) villages in the Odisha region in India to test and study the applicability, replicability, and scalability of the SDRoI concept at the community level. It should empower each community to identify their current resource and development situation, set ecological and development goals, measure their progress toward those stated goals, and help them drive their overall development strategies.

A key outcome of SDRoI is to empower local communities to own, negotiate, and manage their own social and economic development trajectory. But it should also help implementing agencies and social entrepreneurs to measure their project's overall sustainable development impact. Ultimately, and most ambitiously, we hope to inspire the development agencies to increase their accountability towards the ultimate bottom-line - to measure their expenditures against how much lasting poverty alleviation they are generating.

The program has the support of the Barr and Skoll Foundations and the UNDP has shown interest in applying such a tool to a much broader set of communities.

The Project Manager will report directly to the Director of Research. This position will be based in Odisha (India) or Oakland (California).

Performance Profile

The Project Manager will:

  • Manage the SDRoI project - securing its successful execution on time and under budget.
  • Coordinate and guide the collaboration with the three other participating organizations and Global Footprint Network staff.
  • Play a leading role in the development and implementation of the SDRoI tool, which local communities will maintain on their own.
  • Co-develop the tool with local communities, facilitate local buy-in and help communities embrace the benefits of using the tool.
  • Develop systems for the collection of local data, support the communities in interpreting the data, identify challenges at the local level and find ways to overcome them.
  • Develop assessment frameworks that donor agencies and local communities can use to identify sustainable development opportunities with the highest value and greatest impact.
  • Help social entrepreneur organizations and donor organizations to successfully apply the tool to show the impact they generate through their investments.
  • Assist in clearly and broadly communicating the findings from the project.
  • Engage with development agencies to begin incorporating the SDRoI tool into their evaluation criteria.
  • Handle administrative tasks associated with the project, including database updates, setting up meetings, arranging travel, project reporting, etc.
  • Experience in India is preferred.
  • Experience with international donor agencies a plus.

Qualifications

  • At least four years of experience managing international development projects preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills. Proven ability to inspire an international cross-cultural team.
  • Solid track record in project management across time zones and cultures.
  • Evaluation and quantitative analysis skills. Experience in developing metrics.
  • Proven entrepreneurial abilities. Past experience in working with international agencies to adopt new approaches.
  • Passion for sustainable development. Track record of engaging low-income communities and a commitment to working with communities collaboratively.
  • Outstanding writing and oral communications skills.
  • Cross- cultural sensitivity.
  • Advanced degree in a related field of study, such as international development.
  • Experience in India a plus.

Salary And Benefits

If the person works out of Odisha, s/he would be working under a full-time 18-months contract with a competitive, commensurate rate. If the person has Oakland as his or her primary workplace, this full-time position would be salaried. In the latter case, Global Footprint Network offers a benefits package and competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Health insurance, 403(b) and other benefits are provided. Our collegial, open-plan office in Oakland is located in a neighborhood with good transit access. Our communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.

Application

To apply send cover letter and resume to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term "Project Manager SDRoI". Global Footprint Network is committed to diversity in the workplace. For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: www.footprintnetwork.org.

Salesforce Coordinator

Salesforce Coordinator (Oakland)

Position Summary

Global Footprint Network promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with our partners, we coordinate research, develop methodological standards, and provide decision makers with robust resource accounts to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.

The Salesforce Coordinator is responsible for maintaining Global Footprint Network’s Salesforce database and training staff in how to use different features.   This position supports our Oakland and Geneva based teams to address all of their Salesforce needs.  Database tasks include training, running reports, data cleaning, and data entry.  In addition, the Salesforce Coordinator will identify and implement new apps, and advise ways to optimize the database to help streamline business processes. 

Performance Profile

The main responsibilities of this position include:

Database Administration – 85%

  • Build reports and dashboards for program managers when needed;  
  • Train staff on how to best access the information they require; 
  • Produce lists for mailings and merge lists into email and word documents;
  • Manage Users, including assigning Profiles, Roles, and Permission Sets;
  • Integrate and manage third party applications in Salesforce;
  • Customize the database in a scalable way to meet business needs, such as creating custom fields, workflow rules, and page layouts;
  • Troubleshoot Salesforce issues;
  • Perform regular maintenance, such as purging duplicates, mass uploading of new entries, correcting data entry errors in existing records;
  • Revise the Salesforce Handbook including developing best practices, business rules, and work processes;
  • Stay up-to-date on Salesforce features and new releases by attending user group sessions, webinars, and conferences;
  • Perform data entry, and manage the consistency of data input into Salesforce.

Organizational Support – 15%

  • Support for events, including producing lists of invitees and using online tools to track RSVPs;
  • Support for e-appeals, newsletters, and updates, including managing lists in Vertical Response;
  • Special projects as assigned.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications: 

  • 1 year experience working in Salesforce, including tasks such as building reports and creating work processes; or equivalent Database Administration experience and a strong understanding of relational databases.  
  • Work in a non-profit environment that uses Salesforce preferred. 
  • Strong desire to expand his/her knowledge and experience in Salesforce.
  • Ability to leverage Salesforce to streamline business and work processes.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact with individuals at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects to support all departments, and to communicate with all levels of staff to ensure clear expectations. 
  • Passion for sustainability and global resource issues 

Travel
Minimal

Salary And Benefits

Global Footprint Network offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This is a part-time position located at Global Footprint Network’s offices in Oakland, CA, with hours and schedule negotiable.  Our collegial, open-plan office is located in a neighborhood with good transit access. Our daily communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.

Application

Application Deadline: March 30, 2014.   To apply send cover letter, resume, and salary expectation to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term "Salesforce Coordinator application".  No phone calls please. Global Footprint Network is committed to diversity in the workplace. For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: www.footprintnetwork.org. 

Communications Intern

Communications Intern (Oakland)

Position Summary
Global Footprint Network is seeking a communications intern to contribute to the outreach programs of our dynamic international organization. Global Footprint Network promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with our partners, we provide decision makers with robust resource accounts and tools to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.

Qualifications
Recent graduates with a degree in communications, public relations, marketing, or related field as well as advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Depending on skills and interests, intern projects may include:

  • Providing research to support targeted outreach to our key stakeholders
  • Assisting with website maintenance, newsletters, and media outreach
  • Writing and editing reports and project summaries
  • Planning special events and office parties
  • Supporting the planning and coordinating of direct mail and annual appeal campaigns

Salary And Benefits
Our internship positions are unpaid. We prefer full time interns, but for part-time arrangements we require a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week for 12 weeks. Hours are flexible. Free healthy lunches are provided most days. School credit may be available depending on the requirements of your institution. This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain non-profit communications experience and be part of an innovative communications team.

Application
Send resume and statement of career goals to jobs@footprintnetwork.org. The subject line of your email MUST include the term "Communications Internship Application." No phone calls, please.

Research Intern

Research Intern (Oakland)

Position Summary

Global Footprint Network promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with our partners, we coordinate research, develop methodological standards, and provide decision makers with robust tools to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.

Global Footprint Network is seeking interns to assist its Research team. The Department of Research & Standards within Global Footprint Network strives towards the continuous improvement of the science of the Ecological Footprint and develops projects rigorously grounded in its methodology.

Recent graduates with a degree in Environmental Policy, Forestry, Environmental Science, Climatology, Computer Science, Engineering, Earth Science, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Biology, Ecology, Urban Planning, Resource Management, Geography or Business, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Advanced undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply.

We are seeking interns to perform specific tasks focused on the following:

  • Carbon Footprint analysis
  • Forest land use analysis (forestry research)
  • Grazing-land use analysis (livestock sustainability)
  • Fisheries analysis
  • Cropland use analysis (agriculture research)
  • Spatial research on land use and primary productivity (ArcGIS and data sources)
  • The development of a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model for Ecological Footprint analysis
  • MySQL database and scripts, and/or Matlab script calculations

Responsibilities may include the following:

  • Assist with a range of technical and project work
  • Summarize results and research to be presented to the Research team
  • Draft methods proposals
  • Review literature and collaborate with other groups or researchers in the research area of special interest
  • Collaborate with staff across the organization to gather information required for research projects
  • Provide recommendations for improvements in methodology

Qualifications

Successful applicants will possess the following:

  • Interested in sustainability, global resource issues, ecological economics, and/or resource analysis
  • Strong understanding of sustainability and its current applications
  • Strong quantitative abilities
  • Excellent writing, research and time management skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including intermediate to advanced Excel capability
  • Motivated and responsible self-starter
  • Basic statistics desired, but not required
  • Experience and competency in SimaPro, VBA, ArcGIS, Matlab, MySQL, GAMS, statistical analysis software, general coding highly desirable but not
  • required

Salary And Benefits

We prefer full time interns, though the minimum commitment is 16 hours per week for 12 weeks. Hours are flexible. Free, healthy lunches are provided most days. We are willing to work with a university to arrange academic credit. At this time all internships are unpaid, volunteer positions.

Application

Send resume and statement of career goals. No phone calls. Email subject line MUST include the term “Research Intern – [area of special intern/skills]” Contact: jobs@footprintnetwork.org

External Affairs Intern (Oakland)

External Affairs Intern (Oakland)

Position Summary

Global Footprint Network promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with our partners, we coordinate research, develop methodological standards, and provide decision makers with robust tools to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.

Global Footprint Network is seeking an intern to assist with External Affairs, which consists of a range of fundraising and business development activities. Recent graduates with a degree in environmental policy and/or sciences, communications, public relations, sales, marketing, non-profit management, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Advanced undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply.

Depending on skills and interests, intern projects may include:

  • Assisting with the preparation and submission of fundraising letters of inquiry, proposals, grant reports, and thank you letters;
  • Helping to plan and organize special events;
  • Participating in our mid-year and annual appeal campaigns;
  • Helping to maintain donor relationships;
  • Assisting with the maintenance and improvement of our grants pipeline, major donor prospect pipeline, and contact management database; and
  • Researching and targeting individual and foundation donor prospects.

Salary And Benefits

Our internship positions are unpaid. We prefer full time interns, though a part-time arrangement may be possible. There is a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week for 12 weeks. Hours are flexible. Free healthy lunches are provided most days. School credit may be available depending on the requirements of your institution. This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain non-profit experience and be part of an innovative, meaningful, and fun organization.

Application

Send resume and statement of career goals to jobs@footprintnetwork.org. Subject line of email MUST include the term "External Affairs Internship Application." No phone calls, please email.