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Vice President, Climate Change Practice Leader

Mathematica Policy Research
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Full time
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Position Description:

About Mathematica

Mathematica is a mission-driven organization that applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to address complex social challenges and improve well-being around the world. Our work provides actionable learning to guide decision-making and improve outcomes in a range of policy areas including health, agriculture, energy, economic mobility, education, family support, nutrition, disability, and workforce development. We seek to inform policy, priorities, and practice by drawing on credible data and evidence, combined with targeted engagement with policymakers, donors, peer organizations, and other leaders. Our domestic-focused health and human services units have been working closely with US government agencies, foundations, and state and local agencies for more than 50 years, and our international development work has grown over the past 15 years to make an impact in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The opportunity

Mathematica seeks an executive level leader to expand and deepen our impact on issues related to climate change. Climate change is integrally connected to all of our work. Domestically, climate change is closely linked with our work in health, workforce issues, food security, and the ability of communities to provide residents with access to social services. Globally, climate change is closely linked with our work in a number of sectors including agriculture, energy, water and sanitation, and global health. Climate change is also fundamentally connected with Mathematica's commitment to equity and justice.

The visionary and entrepreneurial Vice President for Climate Change will lead strategy development, identify our value proposition and grow Mathematica's work in climate change. The successful candidate will be a well-known leader who has a strong reputation, is well-connected in the climate change ecosystem, and has a successful track record of building a business practice. The Vice President will craft a climate change strategy that leverages Mathematica's wide-ranging capabilities and expertise, and will identify a set of priorities that align with learning needs of our partners such as federal agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations and corporate philanthropies.

Responsibilities of the Vice President, Climate Change Practice Leader include:

Refine strategy and grow Mathematica's business in climate change
  • Develop and implement a strategy for advancing Mathematica's position as a leader in the use of data and evidence in climate change
  • Engage with clients and partners and deepen relationships
  • Strengthen Mathematica's market share and presence at key federal, state, and local government, philanthropy, multilateral, and other relevant agencies
  • Identify and pursue short- and long-term business opportunities to generate impact and grow the area
  • Make investment and resource allocation decisions to ensure the practice is fulfilling its performance goals and metrics

Build and manage a team
  • Build a team by hiring new staff and drawing on staff from across the company's business units interested in contributing to climate change bids and projects
  • Build a global network of consultants to broaden the base of expertise that can be used for marketing, proposal development, and technical assignments
  • Facilitate alignment of climate efforts and innovations across the business units

Ensure technical excellence in project delivery and quality assurance
  • Work with project leads across the company to ensure climate change projects are delivering high-quality, on-time deliverables
  • Oversee and mentor staff and provide strategic and technical guidance on projects as needed
  • Provide support across Mathematica's climate change portfolio to ensure technical excellence and responsiveness to clients' and other stakeholders' learning and decision-making needs

Facilitate thought leadership and outreach
  • Set the thought leadership agenda guided by the strategy, and develop and disseminate specific products via multiple avenues including client meetings and workshops
  • Share and present knowledge and learning products at key conferences; in expert groups and advisory committees; and through publications, blog posts, social media, and other dissemination channels

Position Requirements:

Position Requirements:
  • 20+ years of experience in climate change policy and programs, with a deep understanding of the climate change landscape
  • PhD or master's degree in social science, climate change, environment, or relevant discipline
  • Strong networks and credibility with clients and a successful track-record of developing client relationships across the climate change ecosystem
  • Deep knowledge of the funding priorities and mechanisms of donors
  • High degree of initiative, and an entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization
  • Strong business acumen and proven capability in growing a successful business stream with a focus on P&L
  • Demonstrated technical and people leadership on large contracts
  • Excellent team leadership skills
  • Powerful communicator and careful listener who effectively engages and inspires clients, decisionmakers, and colleagues
  • Thought leader with a track record of research excellence and presentations

Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company's growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Read more about our benefits here:

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high-quality work. As a winner of the 'Excellence in Diversity Award,' we know that building an inclusive culture based on the diverse strengths of employees from different backgrounds is key to our success.

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $225,000-$285,000. This position is eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA; Remote

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
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