Project Manager (Innovation and Governance)

Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

The Project Manager is responsible for working with the Director of Technology, Innovation and Environment Project to develop, secure fund for, and implement programs and projects within this program in ELI’s research and policy department. The goal is to produce high-quality research, educational products, and activities which further ELI’s mission. The Project Manager will be a key player in conducting and managing research to study the environmental implications of emerging technologies and develop and implement potential governance options as these technologies advance, including semi-formal, voluntary, and/or information-based approaches.  Areas of focus can include, but are not limited to, biotechnology, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies, sharing platforms, additive manufacturing, sensor systems, and citizen science.

Primary Goals/Objectives

The primary objective of the Project Manager is to contribute to ELI’s overall mission to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress. Together, ELI’s staff aims to:

Build the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders and institutions facing 21st century environmental challenges
Research and analyze complex and pressing environmental issues and possible solutions
Promote and disseminate the best thinking through print and electronic media
Convene people with diverse perspectives to build understanding through robust debate

Position Responsibilities

  • Manages existing projects and programs consistent with ELI’s mission and in compliance with budgets.
  • Maintains and builds relationships with funders and other key stakeholders, for instance, academic researchers, startups, investors (including venture capitalists), policy makers, and the media.
  • Through research, writing, or convening, explores and identifies new potential topics for initiatives
  • Works with appropriate ELI staff to secure sufficient funding to carry out high quality programs and projects. 


Job Requirements

  • Broad knowledge and experience in: environmental policy, environmental management, technology policy, and governance approaches applicable to emerging technologies
  • Excellent skills in research, analytical writing, strategic thinking, verbal communication including public speaking
  • Experience in the use of social media
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects effectively and efficiently and collaborate effectively with others

 Some additional plus points (though not required)

  • Interest in, experience with, startups and their innovation ecosystems
  • Experience in facilitating interdisciplinary projects and working across disciplinary boundaries
  • Experience with the design and development of video games
  • Background in complex adaptive systems and adaptive management strategies
  • Experience with foresight techniques, such as scenario planning
  • Good visual presentation skills and experience pitching ideas
  • Fluency in a foreign language

Education and Experience

  • This position is best filled by a recent graduate or a professional with a multi-disciplinary background (i.e. Masters in Environmental Management or Natural Resources/MBA, and or Public Policy degree)
  • Years of experience:  0-4 years in a relevant field.

Physical Demands

While performing the responsibilities of this job, an employee will be required to spend multiple hours in a stationary position using computers and attending meetings and occasionally move around the office environment to access office equipment, files, and supplies.  An employee in this position will need sufficient verbal and auditory skills to communicate with others.  An employee may be located in a busy office and must be able to adjust to ambient noise and moderate interruptions.

Travel Requirements

The project manager will work from ELI’s office in Washington, DC.  Domestic and international travel may be required on occasion.  The location, duration, and frequency of travel varies among work projects.


$38,000 to $40,000 with excellent benefits.

Applications Process and Deadline

Interested candidates can apply online through ELI’s application portal (click the blue Apply button above). Applications must be received by May 18, 2018. Applications must include the following as separate PDF documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Short writing sample (blog post, Op-Ed piece, etc.)

You must use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery. No phone calls, please.

ELI is an equal opportunity employer strongly committed to achieving an inclusive, diverse workforce that values every individual. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.