Program Manager/Senior Scientist

San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)
San Francisco, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Title: Program Manager/Senior Scientist
Program: Nutrient Management Strategy in the Clean Water Program
Requisition No: CW 20-2
Posted: 12/03/2020 (open until filled)
About the Position

The San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) is seeking a Program Manager/Senior Scientist (PM/SS) to join an interdisciplinary team investigating nutrient biogeochemistry and ecosystem function in San Francisco Bay (SFB) as part of the SFB Nutrient Management Strategy (NMS). The NMS, based at SFEI, is a multi-year science program studying the impacts of nutrient loads to SFB and evaluating potential management options. Our team, comprised of SFEI staff and regional collaborators, pursues NMS research priorities through a range of approaches, including monitoring (ship-based and moored sensors), targeted field studies, data analysis and synthesis, and numerical modeling. 

The PM/SS will contribute to both overall NMS program management (50%) and in a technical role to on-going and new science projects (50%) aligned with expertise. Program management includes a diverse set of activities, including: stakeholder engagement, program development, contributing to multi-year science planning, strategic planning, budget development, fundraising, and management of complex multi-stakeholder projects. Relevant backgrounds or areas of expertise for PM/SS technical contributions include nutrient biogeochemistry, estuarine ecology (e.g., phytoplankton, including HABs), chemical/physical/biological oceanography, numerical modeling, monitoring program design, remote sensing, assessment framework development, and data analysis/statistics.

Desired Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in environmental science or environmental engineering and 10+ years of relevant work experience or PhD (same fields) and 7+ years of relevant work experience.
  • A team player who inspires staff and is enthusiastic about the Institute’s mandate of providing science to inform decisions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Work experience in relevant program management areas, e.g., stakeholder governance and communication; building and maintaining scientific collaborations; developing and implementing strategic programmatic goals; leading scientific teams on complex environmental projects.
  • Experience designing and executing scientific studies; data analysis and synthesis; writing technical reports and/or journal articles to communicate findings.
  • Experience managing projects and delivering high-quality products on time and within budget, including through technical oversight and review of work products.
Typical duties will include:
  • Contribute to on-going NMS strategic planning, including the identification of priority research needs and studies, and fundraising.
  • Facilitate the discussion of technical topics, programmatic issues, and strategic planning with stakeholders, external technical experts, and collaborators. 
  • Participate in planning, designing, and coordination of studies; synthesizing results and scientific literature; and presenting results to stakeholders and technical collaborators through oral presentations and technical reports.
  • Writing technical reports, journal articles, memoranda, and internal reports.
  • Presenting technical information at a variety of forums, such as quarterly technical review meetings, regional conferences, national meetings, as well as public outreach events at museums, educational institutions, etc.
About SFEI

SFEI Mission: We deliver visionary science that empowers people to revitalize nature in our communities.

San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has a 27-year track record of serving local, state, and federal agencies by developing and translating science to measurably improve the health and resiliency of Bay-Delta ecosystems. SFEI is a boundary organization at the interface between science and policy, recognized nationally for our ability to build consensus to support effective environmental decision-making and policy. Over the next five years, SFEI will be implementing our Strategic Plan that will focus on advancing visionary science, harnessing innovative technology and big data, and communicating science to inform, inspire, and empower stakeholders in an effort to fulfill our vision and mission for the Bay-Delta and beyond.

SFEI has 70 staff who represent numerous scientific and technological fields including chemistry, modeling, ecology, wildlife biology, landscape planning, historical ecology, geomorphology, geospatial modeling and analysis, and web development. We are seeking a talented scientist to join a dynamic, supportive, team-oriented work culture that is driven by our vision and mission. We have many long-tenured staff who have built and expanded the foundation of the organization and are looking for a key person to grow with us.

SFEI has three major programs: Clean Water, Environmental Informatics, and Resilient Landscapes.  These programs have multiple focus areas including the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay, the Nutrient Management Strategy, contaminants of emerging concern, the Regional Data Center, aerial drone research, geomorphology, multi-benefit urban greening and design, ecosystem restoration and climate adaptation, urban biodiversity and resilience, and green stormwater infrastructure.

Application Information

SFEI is committed to building a culturally diverse staff, and we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and other groups commonly under-represented in environmental science.

San Francisco Estuary Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity, and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, family or parental status, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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