Full-time 2024-07-31

Environmental Law Institute: Program Director, Digital Economy and the Environment

Organization: Environmental Law Institute

Point of Contact at Environmental Law Institute: Stefanie Garcia

Organization Address: 1730 M Street NW Washington, DC 20036

For five decades, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has
played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and
management, both domestically and internationally.

ELI is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Program
Director
to lead our Network for the Digital Economy and the Environment (nDEE)
program, which aims to understand and address the environmental impact of the
digital economy. The Program Director will be responsible for designing and
executing projects that explore the intersections between technology, the
digital economy, and the environment and for informing actionable policy to
mitigate the direct and indirect negative impacts of digital technologies on
the planet.

Please note that this is a 1-year position to begin, with
possibility of renewal depending on project outcomes.

ABOUT NDEE

The Network on the Digital Economy and the Environment
(nDEE) is a collaboration of the Environmental Law Institute, Yale University,
and the University of California at Berkeley. The nDEE’s mission is to catalyze
and disseminate research on the energy and environmental impacts of the digital
economy. These three institutions provide the initiative with a national
presence and expertise in environmental assessment, management, policy, and
law.

The nDEE’s activities also include research development,
grantmaking, and publishing and are jointly funded by the Internet Society
Foundation (ISOC) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The nDEE also manages a
Research Coordination Network (RCN) through additional funding from the
National Science Foundation.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and execute a research-to-action agenda that
    explores the environmental impact of the digital economy, with a focus on
    use-inspired research that can lead to actionable policies, more sustainable
    business practices, or environmentally beneficial consumer choices or
    behaviors.
  • Lead a team of program staff and provide guidance and
    support as needed to ensure high-quality work and timely completion of
    deliverables.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in
    the digital technology and environmental fields, including funders,
    researchers, companies, industry groups, non-governmental organizations, and
    policy makers, to advance the program’s mission and goals.
  • Engage with academic, policy, and advocacy communities to
    stay informed about developments in relevant fields and promote the
    organization’s research and advocacy efforts.
  • Incentivize engagement across the science-policy gap of
    these research topics, building researcher and user communications and
    translation skills, facilitating more networking and professional partnerships,
    and expanding outreach activities at both research and policy-making
    institutions.
  • Write reports, policy briefs, and other documents that
    communicate research findings and recommendations to various audiences,
    including policy makers, industry leaders, and the general public.
  • Represent the program and ELI more broadly at conferences,
    meetings, and other public events, presenting research findings and
    participating in panels and discussions.
  • Connect programmatic learnings and deliverables to ELI’s
    work, facilitating and encouraging cross-pollination with the institution more
    broadly.
  • Support fundraising efforts for the nDEE program by
    leveraging existing relationships with foundations and cultivating new
    partnerships. Specifically, targeting grants and donations to support research
    initiatives, with a particular emphasis on advancing the mission of
    environmental protection within the digital economy landscape.
  • Build trust across organizational boundaries.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 10+ years of policy experience working on environmental or
    sustainability issues, preferably with a focus on digital technology.
  • A Master’s or Ph.D. or equivalent training and expertise in
    a relevant field, such as environmental studies, economics, computer science,
    engineering or public policy.
  • Familiarity with the political and policy making landscape
    in Washington, DC.
  • Substantive knowledge of the positive and negative impacts
    that digital technology and the digital economy have on the environment.
  • Proven experience raising funds and connecting with
    foundations and other potential funders. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team of researchers and
    program staff, and to work collaboratively with colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including
    the ability to communicate complex ideas to non-expert audiences.
  • Strong commitment to sustainability and social
    responsibility.
  • Ability to become proficient in new issue areas and
    contribute to creative, rigorous, analytical approaches to address them.
  • Well-developed collaborative and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and
    inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across
    diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Well-developed judgment to assess needs, develop strategy,
    establish priorities, and effectively manage multiple tasks at the same time
    with moderate supervision.

ABOUT ELI

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is an environmental
law, science, and policy center that makes law work for people, places, and the
planet. We envision a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant
communities founded on the rule of law. Our mission is to foster innovative, just,
and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and
sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress.

ELI’s Research and Policy experts develop innovative legal
and governance solutions to challenges in areas such as climate change;
environmental justice; natural resource management; land conservation and smart
growth; biodiversity loss and habitat destruction; and air, water, and soil
pollution. Together, ELI’s staff aims to:

  • Build the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders and
    institutions
  • Research and analyze complex and pressing environmental
    challenges
  • Promote and disseminate the best thinking through print and
    electronic media
  • Work with partners to develop and implement laws, policies,
    and other means to protect the environment and society
  • Convene people with diverse perspectives to build
    understanding through robust dialogue

For more information on ELI’s programs, visit https://www.eli.org/programs.

COMPENSATION

Compensation starts at $105,000 and is commensurate with
experience. ELI’s total compensation includes excellent benefits including:

  • Health/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employer-paid life insurance & disability insurance
  • Long Term Care insurance
  • Pre-tax transportation benefit
  • Fitness Incentive
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Account with employer match
  • Paid time off

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, submit an application package via ELI’s online
application system at https://www.eli.org/employment. Note that your submission
must contain the following uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as
follows: 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of 3 references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You must
use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted
by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery.

Please note that to ensure the health and safety of the ELI
workforce, any offer of employment from ELI is contingent on candidates
providing proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. ELI management will
consider requests for religious or medical exceptions, consistent with
applicable law.

ELI is an equal opportunity employer firmly committed to achieving
an inclusive, diverse workforce that values every individual. We firmly believe
that hiring individuals with varying perspectives and backgrounds contributes
to our success as an organization, and we strive to create an environment that
fosters inclusiveness. As such, minority candidates and candidates from
traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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Advocacy, Policy, Project Management, Research and Analysis

$105000 - $105000

10+ years

Hybrid

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