Executive 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 experienced Executive Assistant to join our wonderful team and to help support the mission of the organization.  We are looking for an organized team player who can both work independently and as part of a team.  Ideally, this is a high energy individual who has a passion to learn and contribute, and can organize and prioritize work activities with a high level of attention to detail.                                 

The Executive Assistant will report to the Vice President of Operations.

Performance Profile

The main responsibilities of this position are as follow:

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

Global Footprint Network offers a competitive salary range.  A generous benefits package is provided, including Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance and a 403(b) plan. 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

Please send a cover letter, resume and salary history/ requirements to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term “Executive 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.

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.

Finance for Change Director

Finance for Change Director (London, Zurich or New York City)

Position Summary

Organization

Global Footprint Network is a growing, international research organization that helps investors and decision makers navigate a resource constrained world. Among its tools is the Ecological Footprint which has become one of the most widely used sustainability metrics in the world, and the only accounting system that measures human demand on the planet against what the planet can supply.  

Program Overview

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. 

Global Footprint Network’s data and new risk methodology has the potential to become a sought after tool for the finance industry. Finance for Change builds on three years of successful engagement in the finance industry. Central to our success was the completion of a joint research project with UNEP FI and 15 leading financial institutions, which demonstrated that ecological risks are material, have an uneven impact on countries’ economic performance, and are not reflected in current risk models. Further, the research concluded that, contrary to popular thinking, environmental risks are not only a long-term concern but their effects can also be significant in the short term.

Position Summary

The Director of Finance for Change will have the credibility and network to influence opinion leaders in the finance industry, form partnerships with financial institutions, grow our data sales revenue, and direct the program toward maximum impact. The Director will be in charge of the day-to-day implementation of the program, will be the main point of contact for funders and will spearhead the commercial development of Global Footprint Network’s data and tools. The Director will collaborate closely with the CEO and Vice President of Research and report to the Vice President of Programs and Outreach.

Performance Profile

  • Promote the usage of ecological metrics in investment decisions by financial industry professionals.
  • Engage the media and shape opinions of decisions makers in the finance industry, through persuasive evidence on the importance of resource constraints and environmental risk to investment decisions.
  • Develop partnerships with leading asset owners and managers, data providers and broker research firms to create collaborative relationships and joint ventures.
  • Spearhead the commercialization of our data, tools and services, significantly expanding customers and revenues
  • Gain a strong understanding of customer's technology, workflows and data needs and identify the requirements for new product creation.
  • Develop and manage key customer relationships.
  • Understand competitive landscape and position our products' advantages.
  • In collaboration with the VP of Research, guide the process of developing new research, analysis, tools and products to measure the economic risk posed by natural resource constraints and stranded assets.
  • Maintain and build new relationships with funders; write funding proposals and reports.
  • Develop relationships with rating agencies, finance ministries and central banks in order to influence policy.
  • Foster shifts in government policies through the direct presentation of environmental risks and policy options to economic decision makers in government. 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Demonstrated credibility in the finance industry and a broad, international network of finance professionals.
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to develop a new, high-performing program.  
  • At least five years experience in sovereign bond investing or country risk analysis. 
  • Proven entrepreneurial abilities, such as the ability to seize new opportunities and disseminate new approaches to solving problems. 
  • Demonstrated track record in sales and marketing.  
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Outstanding English writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to develop partnerships by communicating a compelling and inspired sense of purpose with high energy.
  • Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Proven success in managing projects and meeting deadlines.
  • An advanced degree is preferred, either in finance, economics or an MBA. 
  • Foreign languages are 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; and 
  • Curiosity, integrity, honesty and a sense of humor.

Travel
The location for this position is to be determined; preferably in London, Zurich or New York City.

Salary And Benefits
Global Footprint Network offers a competitive salary range.

Application
Please send a cover letter, resume and salary history/ requirements to jobs@footprintnetwork.org; subject line MUST include the term “Director, Finance for Change.”

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.

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.

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.

The typical entry level position is a Research Analyst, who supports the maintenance and continuous improvement of the National Footprint Accounts. We are seeking a Research Analyst to join our  Research Team   to support 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/Social Media Intern

Communications/Social Media Intern (Oakland)

Position Summary
Are you a social media junkie who loves writing and has a passion for protecting the environment? Global Footprint Network is seeking a communications/social media intern to help us spread the word about our innovative environmental work around the world.  Global Footprint Network is an international think tank that promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. We provide decision makers with robust tools to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.  Our vision is that all people can live well, within the means of nature.

Qualifications
Recent graduates with a degree in communications, public relations, marketing, or related field as well as advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Candidates with degrees in the environment or natural resources and strong writing and communications experience are also encouraged to apply.  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 report launches.

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

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 strong quantitative, analytical or coding skills are encouraged to apply. 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 a related field is desired. 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

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

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 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. 

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;
  • 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 internship positions are unpaid. There is a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks. Hours are flexible.  Free healthy lunches are provided daily.  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. Our collegial, open-plan office is located in a neighborhood within walking distance of BART and the Oakland ferry service.

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.

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