A New Effort Focused on the Intersection of Climate Solutions and Improving Human Wellbeing

About Project Drawdown

The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Since the 2017 publication of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, the organization has emerged as a leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions. Cities, universities, corporations, philanthropies, policymakers, communities, educators, activists, and more turn to Project Drawdown, as they look to advance effective climate action. We aim to support the growing constellation of efforts to move climate solutions forward and move the world toward Drawdown—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.

See The Drawdown Review—2020 for the latest update to our work.

Position Summary

Project Drawdown is hiring an inaugural Director of “Drawdown Lift” – a new effort that will explore the links between climate change solutions, poverty alleviation, and improving human wellbeing worldwide. In particular, this effort will aim to find solutions that can simultaneously address climate change and human wellbeing in developing nations.

Currently, poverty reduction and climate mitigation efforts are done in silos, despite the immense overlap and interdependence of these fields. Drawdown Lift will work to break down these disciplinary walls and find solutions that can address climate change and extreme poverty at the same time.

Fortunately, there are encouraging places to start. Already, there are solutions that substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide economic, health and education benefits for everyone, including communities living in extreme poverty. Project Drawdown has already identified an important subset of these, and we will work to find additional best practices for climate solutions so that they have co-benefits to human health, education, and economic development. And there are undoubtably solutions for extreme poverty alleviation that also have significant benefits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.

This project will investigate and promote the best “win-win” climate and poverty solutions, that demonstrate strong benefits in both areas with a special focus on applications in Sub-Saharan African and Asia.

This project will focus on three key priorities: (1) Synthesize knowledge about climate and poverty solutions that already exist, and explore potential synergies among them; (2) broadly communicate these findings, and the “win-win” solutions they reveal, to key leaders and broader audiences; and (3) influence decision-makers to deploy these “win-win” solutions to climate change and extreme poverty in their global development approaches.

We are looking for a seasoned leader who can launch and lead this exciting initiative, working with the larger Project Drawdown team. The position also comes with funding to hire two additional staff members, reporting to the Director of Drawdown Lift. Additional funds may be raised in the future.

The Director of Drawdown Lift will report to the Executive Director of Project Drawdown and collaborate closely with other senior leaders in the organization.

Project Drawdown welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in helping the world reach Drawdown quickly, safely, and equitably. We are a 100% remote organization based in the U.S. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (US Citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the US may apply.

Essential Responsibilities

The Director of Drawdown Lift will:

  • Help launch, oversee, and manage the new Drawdown Lift initiative.
  • Execute and manage the three key threads of activity within Drawdown Lift:  (1) synthesize knowledge about climate and poverty solutions that already exist, and explore potential synergies among them; (2) broadly communicate these findings, and the “win-win” solutions they reveal, to key leaders and broader audiences; and (3) influence decision-makers to deploy these “win-win” solutions to climate change and extreme poverty in their global development approaches.
  • In particular, we the Director of Drawdown Lift must lead the core intellectual effort to discover and disseminate knowledge linking climate solutions to improving human wellbeing. This is pioneering work, so building a robust intellectual and empirical foundation for this work is an absolute must.
  • Hire and oversee others on the Drawdown Lift team, to help fulfill the broader mission.  It is anticipated the Director will largely lead the research effort, with additional staff assisting in communications, engagement, and other tasks.
  • Build partnerships to enhance the work of Drawdown Lift.
  • Be a “public face” of Drawdown Lift activities to the broader world. Write research articles and popular opinion pieces. Speak to technical and non-technical audiences worldwide. Engage broader audiences through digital and social media.
  • Fulfill other tasks as requested.

Education and/or Experience

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Master’s degree or Doctorate in relevant field(s) of natural science and/or social science
  • Professional experience in areas related to climate change, ecological and human impacts, human wellbeing, or poverty alleviation
  • Strong interdisciplinary experience linking natural and social sciences, with quantitative rigor and excellent communications abilities
  • 5+ years of experience in leading research, communication, and engagement activities in a team setting
  • Proven record of success in leading a team, and working across a larger organization
  • Strong writing and editing skills 
  • Experience working with outside partners
  • Impeccable organization skills, thoroughness and ability to multitask in a fluid environment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The qualifications listed here are necessary to perform this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions:

  • Ability to lead a multifaceted research, communication, and engagement project focused on solutions to climate change and human wellbeing
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple workflows on deadline
  • Excellent written, speaking / presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to engage effectively within the organization and with external collaborators / stakeholders
  • Fluency in English

Location

As with all positions at Project Drawdown, this will be 100% remote. Employees can work anywhere within the United States. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (US Citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the US may apply. Some business travel may be required.

Compensation

This is a full-time position with benefits. We work hard to ensure our salaries are competitive with similar leading nonprofits in major cities across America. In addition, Project Drawdown provides exceptional benefits including 4 weeks PTO (plus 6 sick days and 13 holidays/holiday closure), health/dental/vision insurance premiums 100% paid for the employees, and matching 401k. We will share compensation package details with candidates we invite into our interview process.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete our online application form. All candidates will need to upload a cover letter, their most recent resume, as well as work samples as described below:

  • Cover letter that creatively communicates who you are and your interest in this role
  • Resume detailing your professional and educational background
  • Portfolio of 3-5 publications or speeches on relevant topics

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning September 4th, 2020, until the position has been filled.


Project Drawdown is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Project Drawdown does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by law, and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We strongly encourage all qualified persons worldwide to apply for this position. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and the organization’s need.


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About Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”—the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Since the 2017 publication of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, the organization has emerged as a leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions. Cities, universities, corporations, philanthropies, policymakers, communities, educators, activists, and more turn to Project Drawdown, as they look to advance effective climate action. We aim to support the growing constellation of efforts to move climate solutions forward and move the world toward Drawdown—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.

See The Drawdown Review—2020 for the latest update to our work.

Project Drawdown Research & Fellows

Project Drawdown’s research program seeks to determine whether reaching Drawdown is possible using existing, well-proven climate solutions. To uncover that answer, we review and evaluate the potential performance of diverse technologies and practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or increase carbon sequestration from the atmosphere. All of these climate solutions are financially viable and already scaling, at least in some places.

Drawdown research fellows analyze solutions, drawing upon years of advanced study, experience, and a wide range of backgrounds. For each technology or practice, we review extensive literature and data describing its potential scale, impact, and cost. We then build analytical models to estimate how many gigatons of carbon dioxide (or equivalent amounts of other greenhouse gases) a given solution could avoid and/or remove over time, as well as the cost of implementing and operating it.

Project Drawdown conducts an ongoing review and analysis of climate solutions, to provide the world with a current and robust resource. We are recruiting more sector experts and data modelers to contribute to our ongoing research, which continues to expand in scope and depth.

The Research Fellowship program is a part-time or full-time commitment starting November 2020. Initially, opportunities will be available for a three- to six-month period with possibility for further extension. Opportunities to continue working beyond this period may be available and considered on a case-by-case basis. Fellows will be expected to work 20-40 hours per week.

Fellowship Subject Areas

We are looking for individuals with knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Avoided Methane: technologies or agricultural practices that reduce methane from entering the atmosphere.
  • Health & Education: rights-based solutions that can reduce estimated future demand through access to health resources and education.
  • Demand-Side Food Systems: supply-chain solutions that prevent food loss and waste from occurring; and, shifts in diets and behaviors that limit the production and consumption of high-emitting commodities.
  • Engineered Sinks: technological solutions that sequester carbon from atmosphere.
  • Transportation: mobility solutions that reduce fuel combustion and/or reduce demand from passengers and shipping.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required, PhD or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in subject area (see above).
  • Experience in quantitative analysis, data modeling, or econometrics required.
  • Strong research, analysis, and writing skills. Demonstrated ability and commitment to conduct research and produce scholarly work.
  • Experience preparing clear, compelling, and high-quality reports and presentations.
  • Project management skills, capable of meeting deadlines.
  • Interest in and ability to work remotely, yet in collaboration with a team of researchers in different time zones.
  • Comfort with teleconferencing. Able to participate in videoconferences between 9:00am–12:00pm Pacific Time.

Location

Remote work only.

Compensation

Research fellows will be compensated between $600-1200 per week with benefits, depending on hours designated. Fellows also benefit from professional development opportunities, networking with other climate leaders, and attribution in all materials produced from their research.

How to Apply

Please complete our online application form. All candidates should upload a cover letter, their most recent resume or CV, two references, and two recent writing samples (see below for details). We will also consider letters of support from supervisors or institutions.

Writing Samples

All applicants should submit two writing samples, including:

  1. A 500-1000 word argumentative essay or op-ed on a subject of your choice that demonstrates an ability to make a focused argument in a clear, convincing, and accessible way. This writing sample is evaluated for evidence of critical thinking and general writing skills.
  2. A research paper of up to 10 pages. This does not need to have been published, but should demonstrate an ability to research and analyze a subject in more depth. It is recommended, but not required, that the topic of the research paper be relevant to the Project Drawdown’s mission. Papers utilizing quantitative and qualitative analysis of climate solutions are particularly encouraged.

Deadlines

Priority deadline for all applications: September 15, 2020

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled.


Project Drawdown is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Project Drawdown does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by law, and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We strongly encourage all qualified persons worldwide to apply for this position. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and the organization’s need.


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Mamta Mehra

Mamta Mehra, Ph.D. is an environmental professional with expertise in climate change, agriculture, and natural resource management. She has more than ten years experience working in these sectors.

Dr. Mehra joined Project Drawdown in 2015 as a Senior Fellow focusing on Drawdown solutions in the Land Use and Food sectors. She presents Project Drawdown's work at various conferences, creating awareness of climate change solutions. She also serves as an independent consultant to various national and international organisations on climate change issues, and is one of the analysts of the Keeling Curve Prize. 

Previously, Dr. Mehra worked in different research capacities for Swiss Aid, UNDP-Australian Aid, and World Bank on projects involving community-based agriculture insurance, capacity-building of civil servants on climate change issues, resource conservation, and diversified farming systems. 

Dr. Mehra is very passionate about application-based research and has started working on a restoration project for the revival of the abandoned croplands through agroforestry practices in her native state in India. In the next phase of work she wants to work on the implementation of Drawdown solutions at various scales.

Dr. Mehra has a master's degree in Water Resource Management and Ph.D. in Sustainable Resource Use Management from TERI University, India.

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Robin Pelc

Robin Pelc, Ph.D. is a marine scientist whose interests lie at the intersection of science and policy with a focus on environmental and social sustainability. She has a Masters of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied the effects of Marine Protected Areas.

 Robin is an adjunct faculty member at California State University Monterey Bay, where she teaches marine science and biology service learning and scientific writing. Robin also works on greenhouse gas verification projects and collaborates with leading organizations in the sustainable seafood movement, providing technical writing, data analysis, project management, and scientific review for fisheries sustainability projects.

Prior to starting her position at California State University, Robin was the Fisheries Program Manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program. In this role, she developed the scientific criteria used to assess the sustainability of worldwide fisheries operations, and oversaw the scientific reports that form the basis of the program’s wild seafood purchasing recommendations. She has also conducted field research in Marine Protected Areas in South Africa, worked as a Coastal Resource Manager for the Pacific island nation of Palau, and published an analysis of renewable energy from the ocean for the Environmental Defense Fund. 

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Melissa Ward

Melissa Ward, Ph.D. is an ecologist and oceanographer, who studies carbon cycling in coastal habitats and landscapes. Specifically, she studies the ability for natural coastal habitats to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration.

Melissa recently graduated from University of California, Davis with a Ph.D. in marine ecology, where she continues to work as a scientist and a marine science instructor. Her research assesses:

  1. carbon storage in seagrass and salt marshes sediments (Blue Carbon) across the U.S. West coast, and
  2. the ability for seagrasses to ameliorate the impacts of ocean acidification through photosynthesis.

This work brings together a network of stakeholders including academics, resource managers, and aquaculturists, each of which are invested in the research as a means to reach sustainable climate solutions. Simultaneously, Melissa is working with policymakers as a consultant to encourage and pass policies that support the protection and restoration of key coastal habitats. Melissa plans to broaden her work on climate solutions through her science fellowship with Project Drawdown and through developing collaborations with the Blue Carbon Lab in Melbourne, Australia.

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