Operations Assistant (Oakland)

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 is seeking an Operations Assistant to provide a full range of administrative support. By joining our wonderful team, this position is key to supporting the mission of the organization.  We are looking for an organized team player who can work independently and also follow directions. 

The position will report to the Vice President of Operations.

Performance Profile
The Operations Assistant performs various administrative tasks, including the following:

Reception

General Office Management

Human Resources Support

Data Entry

Qualifications
The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

Personal Attributes

The following personal attributes are desired in all Global Footprint Network employees:

Salary And Benefits
This is a full-time position. Global Footprint Network offers a benefits package and competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.  Medical, dental, vision and life insurance are provided, along with a 403(b) plan.  Our collegial, open-plan office is located two blocks from Jack London Square in Oakland, CA with good transit access. Our communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.

Application
Please send a cover letter, resume and salary history/ requirements to 314517-CJB-0@footprintnetwork.hrmdirect.com; subject line MUST include the term “Operations Assistant.”

Global Footprint Network is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are 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.

Finance for Change Intern

Finance for Change Intern (Oakland)

Position Summary

Are you interested in shaping a new program for an international nonprofit focused on global sustainability? 

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. We work with local and national governments, investors, and opinion leaders to ensure all people live well, within the means of nature. 

Because resource constraints and environmental risks, such as climate change, are having an increasing impact on the economic health of nations, many in the finance industry are seeking new tools to guide investment decisions, especially in relation to country risk and sovereign bonds.  In order to address this gap, Global Footprint Network has launched its Finance for Change Program. Finance for Change seeks to create a systemic shift in the way investors measure resource risk. If significant shifts in investment patterns occur as a result of better risk models, this will also send a strong signal to governments that improved management of their natural assets is essential to their economic performance. 

Performance Profile

  • Research opportunities and emerging trends such as firms in the market place and new products
  • Support CEO in creating a business plan for a spin off organization
  • Shadow the CEO at meetings and on phone calls
  • Take notes and follow up
  • Help CEO with her sales pipeline and presentations
  • Support ongoing webinars for potential clients

Qualifications
Individuals with the following experience are encouraged to apply:

  • A current MBA, finance or economics graduate student;
  • Experience in the finance industry, with demonstrated interest in sovereign bond investing or country risk analysis;
  • Strong writing, research and communications experience; and
  • An interest in sustainability. 

Salary And Benefits

Our internship positions are unpaid, however, a small stipend is offered. Hours are flexible but we prefer a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week for 12 weeks. 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 be part of an innovative organization.

Application

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@footprintnetwork.org.

The subject line of your email MUST include the term "Finance for Change Intern Application." No phone calls, please.  For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: www.footprintnetwork.org.

External Affairs Volunteer

External Affairs Volunteer (Geneva)

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

Performance Profile
Depending on skills and interests, volunteer projects may include:

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

Salary And Benefits
Our volunteer positions are unpaid. There is a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks. Hours are flexible.  School credit may be available depending on the requirements of your institution.  This volunteer position 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 Volunteer Application." No phone calls, please email.

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

Research Analyst

Research Analyst (Oakland) - Applications Accepted on an Ongoing Basis

Position Summary

At the Global Footprint Network, we are always interested in qualified candidates to join our outstanding Research Team. Currently, there are no staff openings in the Research Department, however, we welcome applications for future consideration.

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 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 a Research Scientist, 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. 

Personal Attributes

The following personal attributes are desired in all Global Footprint Network employees:

  • A deep commitment to ecological sustainability
  • Ability to communicate Global Footprint Network's mission and impact 
  • An international mindset and cultural sensitivity, with a diplomatic and respectful demeanor
  • A collaborative and solution-oriented approach to solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities
  • Proven ability to motivate and inspire colleagues by being an effective team player and leader 
  • Curiosity, integrity, honesty and a sense of humor

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

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. 

Global Footprint Network is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are 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

Position Summary
Are you interested in shaping the marketing messages of an international nonprofit focused on global sustainability?

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. We work with local and national governments, investors, and opinion leaders to ensure all people live well, within the means of nature.

Global Footprint Network is seeking a marketing/communications intern to help us this fall with a major media event in London as well as our participation in the climate talks in Paris in December. Other projects we will be working on this fall include a new website in China, a public awareness campaign in Switzerland and a report launch in the Mediterranean region.

Performance Profile
Depending on skills and interests, intern projects may include:

  • Writing blog posts, Q&As and press releases about our latest research and reports; 
  • Developing creative, new social media campaigns and writing social media posts;
  • Assisting with website updates and redesign,  newsletters, and media outreach;
  • Writing and editing reports and project summaries;
  • Researching potential partners for new reports;
  • Assisting with event planning for finance project in London and climate talks in Paris; and
  • Design work on infographics and other collateral.

Qualifications
Individuals with the following experience are encouraged to apply:

  • Undergraduates at all levels (from freshman to senior) with an interest in the environment and communications;
  • Candidates seeking degrees in the environment, natural resources and/or business/marketing;
  • Strong writing and communications experience; and
  • An interest in sustainability. 

Salary And Benefits
Our internship positions are unpaid, however, a small stipend is offered. Hours are flexible but we prefer a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week for 12 weeks. 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 nonprofit communications experience and be part of an innovative communications team.

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