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Month: June 2013 (page 2 of 6)

Research Assistant – Tufts Feinstein Center (Medford, MA)

The Feinstein International Center is looking to hire a research assistant during the months of July -September of 2013 in order to create a program that automatically downloads and processes rainfall, NDVI, and other climate variables for the Dar Sila region of Chad as part of a research project on early warning. The climate data represents a first step of analyzing potential drought and flooding in the area. The program has to be completely automated and incredibly simple to use. The program has to produce two outputs (at least initially): 1) a map showing the research area and how rainfall deviates from a twelve year average for that location and time of year and 2) a table that provides the amount of rainfall for that month (for the location as a whole and for specific villages in the region) and how it deviates from a twelve year average for that location and time of year.

Required Skills: ArcGIS, python scripting, strong cartography skills. Preferred Skills: Statistical analysis, proficiency in STATA.

Please contact Anastasia Marshak directly with your CV at anastasial.marshak@tufts.edu

Procurement & Sustanability Manager – DC Central Kitchen (Washington, DC)

DC Central Kitchen seeks a Procurement & Sustanability Manager to join our dynamic team and support our mission of using food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. The Procurement Manager will work to ensure that all goods, both purchased and donated, support and enhance DC Central Kitchen’s mission. In this role, the Procurement manager will work to develop strategic plans and partnership for sourcing necessary food products across DCCK programs. In addition, the Procurement manager will ensure the seamless functioning and operations of the procurement department.


The Procurement Manager will meet regularly with kitchen and program staff to ensure effective use of purchase and donated supplies. He/She will be an active part of budget, menu and strategy development. Setting goals for the procurement of local and non-local, purchased and/or donated products. This person will work with management and partners to create an annual procurement budget and ensure that budgets are realistic and monitored. The primary function of this position will build a strong and  fluid system that will streamline procurement operations, food cost, and serve the larger mission of the organization. This person will be responsible for maintaining relationships as commercial vendors, local farmers, donors as well as developing new partnerships as needed. This position will create and maintain standard operating procedures for purchasing and allocating product. Finally, he/she will be responsible for  any reporting necessary for grants,donor, media,and/or promotional materials related to procurement.


  • Responsible for supervisory duties of the procurement coordinator.
  • Supervise procurement of food and non-food items across programs.
  • Collaborate with the Transportation Manager or other assigned transportation staff to ensure the seamless pickup and delivery of procured product.
  • Strategically expand donor network and increase overall donations to DCCK fulfilling current and projected needs.
  • Work with accounting to ensure accuracy of invoicing and follow through as needed with collection
  • Design and oversee appropriate methods for tracking and data collection
  • Participate in the annual budget process and monitoring
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with local growers and processors
  • Maintain ongoing analysis of DCCK’s current accounts and procurement methods
  • Manage current vendor accounts and relationships with sales representatives
  • Work  closely with vendor accounts and relationships with sales representatives
  • Develop innovative methods for low-cost and bulk buying opportunities
  • Work to reduce overall food cost percentage across all programs
  • Reach out to, and field inquiries from, perspective new vendors
  • Create standard operating procedures for product requisition and allocation
  • Maintain streamline procurement across departments in order to effectively harness DCCK buying power
  • Prepare detailed monthly reports identifying trends in food cost and product volume
  • Collaborate with staff on menu planning activities


  • Proficient in the use of  Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, POS Software.
  • Strong writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Desire to be part of a large nonprofit whose mission is to “combat hunger and create opportunity”.
  • Strong customer service skills (Personable, able to comfortably and pleasantly deal with a variety of people)
  • Bachelor degree required and/or 3-4 years of comparable work experience in a similar position.(Proof of highest degree earned will be required upon hire)
  • Two (2) years of   work experience in procurement
  • Demonstrated success with food purchasing, cost control and inventory management
  • Desire to train, mentor and develop young professionals entering into the field
  • Ability to make critical decisions while adhering to company goals
  • Comfortable with public speaking engagements
  • Must be an organized individual that follows a systematic method of performing tasks
  • Ability to stay flexible and keep a sense of humor while working well in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have Valid Driver’s License and a good driving record.This position requires a high level of professional integrity with a strong ability to communicate with fellow peers, community partners as well as clients.

Click here to apply.

Senior Program Officer, International Programs – Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (Agoura Hills, CA)

The Senior Program Officer, International Programs will provide leadership in international grantmaking activities and projects and will have primary responsibility for the Foundation’s Safe Water initiative. This person is a key member of the international program team and reports to the Director, International Program.
Key Responsibilities
  • Strategic Initiative Implementation. Leads implementation of the Foundation’s Safe Water strategic initiative focused on sustainable access to safe water among the
    rural poor in Africa, India, and Mexico (http://hiltonfoundation.org/initiatives
    a programs/water). Presents grant proposals and strategy updates to the Board of Directors. Works with evaluator to track progress toward initiative goals.
  • Grantmaking and Grantee Relations. Identifies potential grantees and projects, investigates and evaluates grant proposals, and presents recommended proposals for funding at Board meetings. Monitors and evaluates strategic initiatives and grantee performance. Conducts site visits as needed. Provides technical assistance to, and maintains an open, ongoing relationship, with grantees.
  • Issues/Trend Analysis. Remains informed of current research, policy, activities, and trends in the issues related to water, sanitation, and hygiene as well as the other international program priority areas of the Foundation.
  • External Relations. Convenes meetings of key government, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders to mobilize coordinated efforts and funding in strategic initiatives. Represents the Foundation to various constituencies through verbal and written communications (e.g., annual reports, brochures, correspondence) and by participating in outside conferences and meetings.
  • Management and Program Team Relations. Builds collaborative and positive working relationships and effective communication channels with team members and staff. Participates in team meetings to review grant recommendations, provide updates on grantee progress, determine technical assistance needs of grantees, plan convening, evaluation, and communications activities, and share and reflect on experiences in the field and related program activity. Identifies the need and scope of work for consultants within the international program area and monitors work as required.
  • Special Projects. Designs and carries out special projects and other duties, as required.

Core Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, social welfare, or a related field
  • Demonstrated expertise and work experience in international water-related issues at program, research, and public policy levels
  • Familiarity with water, sanitation, and hygiene policy at global, federal, state, and local levels
  • Experience in strategies planning and implementation, and in coordinating public/private efforts for long-term, systemic social impact

To learn more about the qualifications for the job, visit here.

Project Manager/Analyst for the Energy Program – Downstream Strategies (Morgantown, WV)

Downstream Strategies offers environmental consulting services that combine sound interdisciplinary skills with a belief in the importance of protecting the environment and linking economic development with a natural resource stewardship. Our program areas include Energy, Water, and Land and our toolkits include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Monitoring and Remediation, and Stakeholder Involvement and Perspectives.

We seek a Project Manager/Analyst to lead, participate in, and develop a range of projects related to energy and the environment, with an initial focus on assisting with the development of a greenhouse gas inventory for a West Virginia city. The successful candidate will bring multiple skills and will be a key team member on projects in Appalachia and beyond. This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary and responsibilities will be based on education and experience. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance and a flexible policy for paid time off. Future benefits may also include a share of company ownership.

Duties and Responsibilities
Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participate on a project team to develop a greenhouse gas inventory for a West Virginia city. This will involve collecting data, performing calculations, involving stakeholders, and writing a final report that is accessible to a non-technical audience as well as municipal leaders across the state.
  • Work in collaboration with a nonprofit organization to help develop solar photovoltaic projects across West Virginia
  • Develop new projects within the Energy program that fit within our general program vision but can be tailored to the successful candidate’s particular skills and interests. These will include research projects as well as on-the ground renewable energy development
  • Help with other science and policy projects related to natural resources with a primary focus on our Energy program
  • Analyze data and create charts and tables using tools such as Excel
  • Write technical and summary supports
  • Help foster an interdisciplinary atmosphere at Downstream Strategies


  • Bachelor’s degree in a program related to environmental science, energy resources, or related field
  • One of more years’ experience working in a related field
  • Knowledge of greenhouse gases and methods for creating a community inventory
  • Aptitude for data synthesis and presentation
  • Proficiency with software tools including Excel and Word
  • Experience with technical writing

Preferred additional skills and characteristics:

  • Graduate degree
  • Experience creating a greenhouse gas inventory for a city, country, or state
  • Other direct experience related to greenhouse gas accounting
  • Knowledge of energy and environmental issues related to West Virginia and Appalachia, including coal mining, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, and renewable energy
  • Familiarity with federal energy datasets, including those from the Energy Information Administration
  • Familiarity with federal and state laws and policies related to energy resources
  • Interest in helping develop Downstream Strategies’ program areas

To Apply

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible. The position will begin on or about June 1, 2013 or as soon as a candidate is selected and able. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two references to Tara Steed at tsteed@downstreamstrategies.com.

Staff Organizer for US Campaigns – ForestEthics (Bellingham, WA & San Francisco, CA)

The Staff Organizer for US Campaigns will work primarily with the US Tar Sands and Stop SFI Greenwash Campaigns to build field capacity and implement field tactics such as protests, petitions, rallies, and educational events. The Staff Organizer will recruit, train and develop teams of activists in strategic regions to carry out this work. In addition, the Staff Organizer will provide support as needed to other campaigns, and grow the overall field presence of the organization. The Staff Organizer is responsible for promoting and protecting ForestEthics’ brand in field events the organization endorses. Reporting to the Director of US Campaigns, this is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an excellent package of employee and health benefits. This position provides an exciting opportunity to join a world-class team of environmental leaders.

US Campaigns

  • Design powerful, innovative and effective field tactics for the US Tar Sands and Stop SFI Greenwash campaigns in consultation with US campaigners and the outreach team.
  • Recruit, train and develop teams of activists in strategically selected US cities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with coalition partners who can provide field support to US campaigns.
  • Represent the campaigns and act as on-the-ground spokesperson at conferences, events, trainings etc. as needed.
  • Assist in the creation of campaign materials such as factsheets, postcards and activist toolkits.
  • Work with outreach and development departments to effectively recruit online support (including monetary donations) for US campaigns and to develop effective campaign messaging in ForestEthics social media.
  • Recruit, train and develop grassroots leadership for US campaigns.
  • Identify and work with existing networks to support turnout at US campaign events.
  • Create compelling report backs of field activities including: high-quality photos, high-quality video, direct stories from activists in the field, and assist in the creation of blogs.


  • Grow and maintain a base of field activists for all ForestEthics campaigns.
  • Maintain and manage relevant databases and ensure that activist information is kept updated, and campaigners have access to field networks as needed.
  • Assist in the development of organizational policies such as campaign list-sharing and standard contact databasing.
  • Support, as needed, the growth and development of a comprehensive program for organizing work that supports ForestEthics campaigns.


  • 3-5 years organizing experience, with experience in markets campaigns strongly preferred;
  • Independent, self-motivated with a desire to advance ForestEthics’ mission;
  • Enthusiasm and passion for campaign organizing;
  • Demonstrated success managing volunteers, identifying organizational needs, and problem solving with minimal supervision;
  • Highly organized, flexible, creative, able to prioritize multiple tasks, and able to thrive in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment;
  • Knowledge of SalesForce (or similar relationship management database) a plus;
  • Excellent project management, follow-through, and time management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to travel regionally;
  • Experience with media and fundraising a plus.


  • Talk, hear
  • Clear vision at 25 inches or less to view computer screen and read documents
  • Must be able to sit at desk and work on a computer for long periods of time
  • May have to climb stairs to reach office
  • Working conditions typical of an office environment
  • Exposure to moderate levels of noise such as computers, printers, light traffic

Please send cover letter with resume to usorganizer@forestethics.org with your name in the subject line. No phone calls please. We thank you for your application, but only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

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