Corporate Partnerships Project Manager
Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. The mission of our Corporate Partnerships program is to change the way business thinks about the environment. We protect human health and the environment by working with leading U.S. companies to reduce the lifecycle environmental impacts of the products and services they sell, and to fully incorporate environmental considerations into their business decision-making methods and culture. Our partnerships seek to achieve environmentally aggressive goals while generating business benefits, such as increased revenues or reduced costs. See http://www.environmentaldefense.org/corporate_innovation.cfm for more information.
Responsibilities: Project Managers lead the development and execution of our corporate partnership projects. Primary responsibilities will be project development, partner recruitment and project management. The incumbent will develop recommendations for corporate partnership design, action steps and goals based on rigorous economic, financial, technical and environmental analysis, using advanced knowledge of corporate strategy, operations, and environmental management. Project outcomes must be practically and technically sound from a business and operational perspective, and yet aggressively address environmental concerns. Moreover, outcomes must be adaptable to other businesses operating in the same or related industries. More specifically, the incumbent will:
Identify and develop relationships with companies in target industries with the aim of gathering information, establishing project parameters and rationale, and recruiting partners.
Manage corporate partnerships by developing workplans and timetables, negotiating project agreements and scopes of work, identifying and procuring necessary resources, and managing project work and deliverables.
Communicate project results to Environmental Defense staff, corporate partners, businesses, the media and other stakeholders through reports, press conferences, presentations, and other methods.
Coordinate or perform environmental, business, and market research to generate and evaluate innovative strategies for minimizing the environmental impacts associated with partner company operations, and the potential business impacts of those strategies.
Develop and apply appropriate means for measuring the success of corporate partnerships.
Initially, the incumbent will manage our ongoing partnership activities related to developing corporate demand for more sustainable seafood. Our focus to date has been on creating corporate purchasing standards for farmed seafood, particularly salmon and shrimp, that help reduce the environmental and health impacts of these products. Future partnership projects may address a wide range of environmental issues. In addition to these responsibilities, the incumbent will assist in developing and executing fundraising strategies; researching, evaluating and recommending new projects; disseminating and communicating project results; and being an overall team player in a vibrant and entrepreneurial program.
Requirements: We are seeking an individual with direct experience in the business and environmental sectors with a relevant graduate-level education. Specific expertise in marine conservation, seafood economics or aquaculture operations and relevant professional experience working on sustainable seafood issues in a business context is a plus. In addition, the general qualifications for this position are:
Masters degree or higher in economics, business administration, or environmental studies, or equivalent work experience;
Experience working on the business implications and economics of environmental issues;
Five years experience in project management, exceptional personal organization and attention to detail;
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience;
Strong analytical skills and experience in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work;
A broad understanding of environmental issues including the basic statutory and regulatory structure in the US and lifecycle assessment.
A working knowledge of the current theory and practice of corporate environmental management;
An ability to work both independently and as a member of small teams in a fast-paced, dynamic and creative environment; and
Location: Boston, MA or Oakland, CA
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Fax: (202) 387-1030
Environmental Defense is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.