Corporate Climate & Ecosystem Resilience Manager

Conservation International (CI)

Arlington, VA, US

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  

POSITION SUMMARY

The Manager will provide technical and account support to the Corporate Climate and Ecosystem Resilience (CCER) Team, and particularly the Responsible Mining and Energy (RM&E) Program, in delivery of work products that develop and advance key sector partnerships, as well as promote CI’s work to innovate and demonstrate responsible business practices. The CCER team leads strategies and implementation of private sector engagement in natural climate solutions, and work with sectors and key companies identified as key drivers of ecosystem degradation and greenhouse gas emissions (particularly energy & mining), and those which represent opportunities for nature conservation.

Core responsibilities of the Manager, Corporate Climate & Ecosystem Resilience include:

Account Support: Provide CCER team project management and administrative support for delivery of team strategies, and projects under major corporate relationships in the energy and mining sectors, and other sectors (i.e. airlines, technology, entertainment, fashion, etc.) with significant climate and ecosystem impacts or opportunities to contribute positively to conservation and achievement of global climate change objectives. Also support CCER strategies and key corporate accounts through documenting responsible practices and emerging industry trends on sustainability.

Technical Expertise, Research + Analysis: Support CCER team, Catapult Collaborative for corporate sustainability, and other CI divisions (including field programs) by developing and providing technical expertise on key environmental sustainability topics including climate change, biodiversity, ecosystems, and water. Maintain leadership of the CCER team responsible practices framework and benchmarking processes, and provide strategic guidance to CI field programs and others in development of due diligence research reports.

Other: Other duties as assigned in support of the CCER team’s delivery on CI’s strategies and engagement with the private sector.

This position will work in close collaboration with members of the CCER team, as well as other CELB staff and other CI divisions.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Account Support

  • Provide CCER team project management and administrative support for delivery of team strategies, and projects under major corporate relationships.
  • Key activities include but are not limited to supporting proposal development; developing project scopes, workplans, and budgets; organizing agendas and logistics for meetings; supporting development and management of agreements and contracts; and managing key projects and production of deliverables.
  • Support CCER strategies and key corporate accounts through documenting responsible practices and emerging industry trends on sustainability issues of strategic focus for the CCER team (i.e. climate change, Natural Climate Solutions, biodiversity, No Net Loss / Net gain biodiversity commitments, biodiversity indicators, deep seabed mining, responsible sourcing, renewable energy, water stewardship, social policies and practices, etc.), captured in concise memos or white papers.

Technical Expertise, Research + Analysis

  • Maintain leadership of the CCER team responsible practices framework and benchmarking processes, conducting research of companies’ practices across a range of key performance areas to inform strategy for the CCER team and major corporate relationships, and synthesize written findings as needed to deliver to internal and external audiences.
  • Provide strategic guidance to CI field programs and others in development of due diligence research reports for the CCER team to support compliance with CI’s Policy on Corporate Associations, under direction of the Director, RM&E, and other team members.
  • Support CCER team, Catapult Collaborative for corporate sustainability, and other CI divisions (including field programs) by developing and providing technical expertise on topics including, but not limited to, best environmental practice related to biodiversity and ecosystems, climate change and water as it pertains to the energy and mining sectors, and other companies and sectors (i.e. airlines, technology, entertainment, fashion, etc.) with significant climate and ecosystem impacts or opportunities to contribute positively to conservation and achievement of global climate change objectives.

Other

  • Other duties as assigned in support of the CCER team’s delivery on CI’s strategies and engagement with the private sector.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Position is based in the CI-Virginia HQ office.
  • Ability to travel occasionally, as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Four-year college degree, preferably in Environmental Science/Studies, International Relations/Development, Business Administration, or related field.
  • At least 4-6 years of experience relevant corporate sustainability and/or conservation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, particularly with demonstrated analytical and synthetic writing abilities.
  • Demonstrated superior research skills with ability to quickly attain expertise in new topics, including experience with synthesis of large datasets.
  • Self-starter that is proactive about looking for new, creative ways to support the program in achieving results.

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in environmental science, natural resource management, environmental policy, or other related fields.
  • Experience-based knowledge of responsible business practices relevant to energy, mining, or other climate and ecosystem impact intensive sectors, biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, conservation, Natural Climate Solutions, Nature Based Solutions, REDD+, water.
  • Experience working directly with international partners from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Experience managing databases.
  • Technical expertise in geographic information system (GIS) mapping.
  • Demonstrated abilities creating graphics to represent data.
  • Non-profit and communications experience.
  • Demonstrated passion for international conservation and development.
  • Foreign language proficiency e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin, or Bahasa.

Please submit resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

  • Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 
  • Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
  • Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
  • Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled


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