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Risk Officer (Remote - Worldwide)

Society for Conservation Biology
Washington, District of Columbia, US
Closing date
Oct 8, 2023

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Nonprofit, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Job Title: Risk Officer

Location: Flexible: Washington, DC or remote (working with significant overlap with US business hours)

Start Date: Immediately

Reports to: Chief Legal, Policy, and Markets Officer

Verra is a global leader helping to tackle the world's most intractable environmental and social challenges by developing and managing standards that help the private sector, countries, and civil society achieve ambitious sustainable development and climate action goals.

Verra's global standards and frameworks serve as linchpins for channeling finance towards high-impact activities that tackle some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day.

Verra manages a portfolio of standards, including the:
  • Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)-- the world's leading carbon crediting program, with more than 2,000 registered projects in 80 countries, and accounting for two-thirds of all voluntary carbon market transaction volume.
  • Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta)-- a flexible framework for assessing and reporting on the sustainable development benefits of project-based activities.
  • Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards-- to identify projects that simultaneously address climate change, support local communities and smallholders, and conserve biodiversity.
  • Plastic Waste Reduction Program-- to enable robust impact assessment of new or scaled-up waste recovery and recycling projects around the globe.

With climate action growing rapidly and driving a new wave of investment, Verra is enhancing its work to identify and mitigate risks facing the organization, all in the service of the greater purpose of building high-integrity, high-impact environmental and social markets.

A day with Verra's collaborative Legal, Policy, and Markets team might include…
  • Preparing an authoritative briefing document that will be presented to Verra's Board of Directors on categories of risk.
  • Reviewing the findings of a report and discussing with relevant staff.
  • Giving a presentation to staff about measures that they can take to report and address risk.

Specific functions you will be responsible for…
  • Performing an organizational risk assessment, analyzing current risks and identifying potential risks that are affecting the company.
  • Developing and implementing measures to mitigate risks, in collaboration with colleagues across the organization.
  • Monitoring changes in the risk landscape.
  • Advocating for the integration of risk management priorities into the company's overall strategic planning.
  • Reporting on the progress of risk mitigation efforts.

You bring with you…
  • 7+ years of experience in accounting, economics, legal or actuarial work, with specialized training in risk management.
  • Business acumen, including strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • A collaborative mindset towards influencing and educating employees as well as leadership about risk-related issues.
  • Commercial awareness, including an understanding of digital and corporate technology systems, networks, IT infrastructure and cyber threats.
  • Presentation skills, which are critical for conveying complex risk concepts in a manner that audiences with varying degrees of expertise can understand.
  • Communication skills, for advocating effectively for strategic efforts to reduce Verra's risk exposure.

You know you will be successful if…
  • You gain a shared understanding from not only a departmental level but also a broader Verra perspective to deliver solutions that synchronize with business objectives as well as respecting risk safeguards.
  • You are utilizing technology that encompasses data and predictive analytics to identify key trends and expose risk.
  • You are executing efficient, cross-functional risk management plans to ensure continuity of operations successfully mitigating risk.

You will join a team…
  • From diverse locations and backgrounds, including carbon market specialists, project developers, consultants, climate negotiators, researchers, auditors, and more.
  • Committed to advancing climate action and sustainable development through high-quality standards and programs.
  • That embodies the values Verra has established for itself, and which include Collaboration, Results, Integrity, Balance, and Exploration.

Compensation at Verra

Verra pays employees competitively to the market. In return, we expect each employee to, at a minimum:
  • Meet expectations in terms of work effort and performance;
  • Take the initiative to build the skills and knowledge needed to do their job effectively; and
  • Embody Verra's values.

We recognize employees who go beyond expected performance with salary increases and/or promotions, but the bar for earning those rewards is high.

Salary is one component of Verra's total compensation package which also includes:
  • Health, vision and dental care, and life insurance;
  • Verra contributions to each employee's retirement plan;
  • Verra contributions as required by national labor laws in countries where staff are located;
  • Paid Time Off (PTO), comprising 22-30 days plus ten floating holidays, sabbatical after five years of service, and other leave allowances; and
  • Funds to support professional development.

How to Apply

To apply, please send us the following:
  • Cover letter (not to exceed one page)
  • Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages)

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Verra provides equal opportunity for all job applicants and employees and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination. We conduct our recruitment and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation. #J-18808-Ljbffr

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