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Managing Director - Data Science and Analysis

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New York, Iowa, US
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Dec 9, 2021

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Conservation science
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Managing Director - Data Science and Analysis
The Natural Resources Defense Council ("NRDC") is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. Using a lens of justice and equity, NRDC uses law, science, and the support of its members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places, to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things, and to prevent special interests from undermining public interests.

For more than 50 years, NRDC has worked to safeguard the earth -its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. Since its founding in 1970, NRDC's trailblazing staff have helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws

NRDC collaborates with partners to ensure that the transformative benefits resulting from its work are available to all, including cleaner air, healthier homes, good jobs, empowered workers, pollution-free transportation options, and greater access to affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency.

NRDC's work includes an investment in racial equity through its strategic emphasis on expanding and deepening its partnerships with communities - particularly communities of color - that have historically borne a disproportionate burden of environmental harms. NRDC focuses on developing programs and policies that address racial equity by working to remove unequal burdens and fighting to end the longstanding pattern of overlooking ignoring or actively shutting out the voices and needs of underserved and/or under-resourced communities.

Today, NRDC's 700+ staff of lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.

As more people around the world come to understand the need to join together in tackling the climate crisis, NRDC will remain a key force and leader in safeguarding the earth for our generation and those to come.

For more information about NRDC, please visit their website .

The Opportunity

NRDC is seeking a Managing Director of the Data Science and Analysis Division of the Science Office . The Director will be expected to provide strategic leadership within and on behalf of the Science Office on topics related to data science, data democratization, policy analysis, and long-term strategy analysis.

Reporting to the Chief Science Officer, the Managing Director will play a cross-institutional leadership role to help align the work of the Science Office with institutional strategy. The Managing Director will be an important member of the Science Office leadership team and will work in close collaboration with members of the Science Office and broader NRDC community to develop analytic strategies to inform and assess institutional goals and direction. The Managing Director will also help build a collaborative environment for analytical and technical staff and will work with internal and external partners to develop models, data sets, methodologies, and infrastructure to support our data and policy work.

The Managing Director's responsibilities include the following:
  • Leading the development of the functional and operational strategy of the Data Science and Analysis Division of the Science Office.
  • Working as a member of the Science Office leadership team and helping to build a collaborative and integrated science community within NRDC.
  • Directly managing and overseeing multiple people and projects/initiatives of the Science Office, ensuring that staff are supported and coached to increasing levels of performance and that projects are aligned with organizational mission and goals.
  • Providing strategic direction and leadership within and on behalf of the Science Office on the development of data science, data democratization, policy analysis, and long-term strategy analysis.
  • Working in close collaboration with staff in the NRDC Environment, Equity, and Justice Center to create and leverage internal scientific capacity, resources, and skills to achieve the goals and objectives of equity and/or Environmental Justice partners.
  • Cultivating strong cross-institutional relationships to help identify synergies and opportunities for science and analysis to inform and shape NRDC's work.
  • Collaborating with staff in IT, Communications, and other capacities to develop infrastructure to support technical/analytical work at NRDC.
  • Serving as an active member of the Science Office and broader science community at NRDC to provide expertise, leadership, and guidance on how to elevate, utilize, and integrate science into our advocacy.
  • Serving as a mentor and role model within the organization, providing as needed expert level guidance on projects and initiatives across the institution and individual program-level projects.
  • Maintaining an active research profile and engaging in externally facing credentialing activities (e.g., report publications, peer-reviewed articles, blog posts, meeting attendance).
Ideal candidates for the Managing Director of the Data Science and Analysis Division of the Science Office will bring the following professional experience and personal characteristics:
  • Deep commitment to incorporating and growing the use of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles in NRDC's work.
  • At least 10 years of experience in mission driven policy, with a minimum of 5 years of experience with the use of data science and analytical tools to advance policy goals and objectives.
  • Minimum Bachelor's degree with advanced degrees (e.g., PhD, JD, MBA, MPA, MPH, MD, etc.) preferred.
  • Solutions oriented with the ability to skillfully balance competing interests.
  • Strong interpersonal and active listening skills with a collaborative working style.
  • Well-developed organizational skills and proven ability to manage people, projects, and relationships in a complex/matrixed organizational structure.
  • Experience with public speaking, on technical and non-technical topics, with an ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Familiarity with academic settings, including mechanisms for partnership building with academic professionals.
  • Experience with fundraising - including foundation grants and major donor engagement.
  • Track record of scientific reports, comments, white papers, and/or peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Personal passion for working at the interface of science and policy, with a strong commitment to using scientific and analytic principles to enhance protections for communities and nature.
  • Interest and knowledge of emerging issues in environmental science and policy.
  • Commitment to NRDC's values and mission.

Compensation and Benefits

NRDC offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. Job grade for this role is Guides 5 with a salary ranging from $176,500 to $200,000. Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.
Application instructions
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Chartise Clark of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here or email . All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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