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21 Jan 2022

Full-Time Director for Science, Forests & Climate Change

Wildlife Conservation Society – Posted by wildlifeconservationsociety Anywhere

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Job Description

Position Title: Director for Science, Forests & Climate Change

Reports to: Executive Director, Forests & Climate Change

Coordinates with: Forests & Climate Change programmatic priority leads; Regional and Country Directors upon request.

Location: Flexible

  • Position Objective: The Forests & Climate Change (FCC) Director for Science is responsible for leading development and coordination of science initiatives within FCC, in collaboration with the FCC Executive Director and the Leads for FCC Programmatic Priorities — with the objective of delivering research and analyses with large-scale impact on the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and translating relevant science from within and beyond WCS for important non-expert audiences. Priorities include carbon storage and sink dynamics (spatial and temporal), drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, analyses of the impacts of policy interventions (e.g. trade policies, results-based payments, protected area/indigenous territory designations, command/control interventions, NDC commitments), and the role and impacts of forests and forest loss in climate regulation, beyond carbon, at local and regional scales – including on downwind agriculture and hydroelectricity.

Organization Background:
The Wildlife Conservation Society (“WCS”) is a New York not-for-profit corporation founded by statute in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through research, science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. That mission is achieved through our global conservation programs (WCS currently oversees a portfolio of more than 500 conservation projects in 65 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America, and the oceans between them) and through the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks–the Bronx Zoo; the New York Aquarium; and the Central Park, Queens, and Prospect Park Zoos (the City Zoos)

Program Overview:

The overarching goal of WCS’s Forest & Climate Change Program is to help realize the full potential of forests to deliver climate change mitigation and adaptation, along with global and regional biodiversity conservation, through a linked set of programmatic priorities: (1) Protecting Intact forests; (2) Preventing the expansion of deforestation and forest degradation; (3) Reforesting in and around priority landscapes; and (4) Building resilience to the impacts of climate change.

We work both globally and in support of WCS field programs to achieve results at scale, using a varied, adaptive set of tools for impact:

  • Using science, including spatial planning and monitoring, to identify priorities for action and measure our impact from a global scale down to specific landscapes, enabling more effective, adaptive implementation;
  • Supporting policy reforms to accelerate implementation of each priority at national and regional levels, including through governmental, intergovernmental, and private sector initiatives;
  • Catalyzing financial investment and innovation to enable effective and durable progress on each priority, and to help key geographies connect with favorable investment opportunities;
  • Fostering economic alternatives at local and national levels to support green economic development for each priority in ways that both protect forests and promote human well-being;
  • Building capacity within government and local community partners to effectively lead on implementation and delivery of each priority;
  • Employing savvy strategic communications to support and amplify all of the above to inform key decisionmakers and the constituencies that influence them.

Principal Responsibilities:

Working with the FCC Executive Director and the FCC Program, the Director for Science will:

  • Identify, prioritize, and pursue promising science objectives and initiatives in support of FCC program goals and strategy;
  • Develop, leverage and expand science research partnerships with government agencies, academic institutions, other NGOs, to increase strategic impact;
  • Collaborate with other WCS thematic programs (e.g. Rights & Communities, Health, Markets) and selected Regional and Country Directors to help deliver FCC research and analysis objectives.
  • Identify and successfully pursue opportunities for external funding to support FCC Science Programs;
  • (Co-)Author high-impact peer-reviewed publications that help inform and influence key decision makers in pursuit of FCC programmatic objectives;
  • Help translate important FCC science produced by WCS and others for internal and external audiences, including through WCS-branded and unbranded communications.
  • Manage, organize, convene and attend high-priority events and meetings.
  • Participate fully as part of a collaborative FCC leadership team.

Job Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in a field relevant to Forests & Climate Change
  • Superior knowledge of forests and climate change science issues
  • Minimum ten-years’ experience working on forests and climate change science, including design, development, and leadership of forests and climate change research projects.
  • Multi-cultural skills and experience working virtually across cultures and time zones
  • Proven ability to self-direct and collaborate effectively in a complex, global, matrixed organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Fluency in English required; facility with French or Spanish an asset
  • Fluency in relevant spatial, temporal, and statistical analysis techniques
  • Strong and sustained record of peer-reviewed publication in Forests & Climate Change
  • Proven ability to translate peer-reviewed science into effect communications for non-expert audiences
  • Commitment to pursuing high-quality science for large-scale real-world impact
  • Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills
  • Successful project and proposal development experience
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and travel internationally as needed

WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.

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Job Categories: Climate Change. Job Types: Full-Time.

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