Seeking Program Manager, Science Writer

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The Environmental Performance Index Program Manager will be in charge of day-to-day operations and administration of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy’s (YCELP) Environmental Performance Index.
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Environmental Performance Index Program Manager
General Purpose
The Environmental Performance Index Program Manager will be in charge of day-to-day operations and administration of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy’s (YCELP) Environmental Performance Index. The Program Manager will supervise, conduct, and promote research activities pertaining to the Environmental Performance Index, with a particular focus on communications and outreach. The Program Manager reports to the Environmental Performance Measurement Faculty Program Director and works in close consultation with the YCELP Associate Director and Program Coordinator. This is an initial two-year contract with the possibility of extension.
Background of The Environmental Performance Index
The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), born out of a recognition that environmental policymaking lacked scientific, quantitative rigor, ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. Within these two policy objectives, the EPI scores country performance in nine issue areas comprised of 20 indicators. Indicators in the EPI measure how close countries are to meeting internationally established targets or, in the absence of agreed targets, how they compare to the range of observed countries.
At the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, we believe data, metrics, and methodologically rigorous performance measurement matters because they provide essential tools for policymakers while highlighting gaps in collective knowledge. Data on environmental problems is severely lacking across the globe: at the local, national, and international level, decisionmakers need better data. Indices like the EPI help direct attention to vital data gaps, which can help generate better data for the future. Our team is committed to improving communication around environmental issues through compelling storytelling, data visualizations, and interactive features.
Essential Duties
Working with the Faculty Program Director, coordinate the development of the Environmental Performance Index, taking accountability over production.
Establish work plans, including an editorial calendar, and ensuring top-quality deliverables from staff and research associates.
Research datasets, ensuring that the EPI includes only the best-available data with the broadest country coverage.
Serve as the editor-in-chief of The Metric and the Environmental Performance Index website, including content generation, selection, writing, training student employees on blog and website writing, and seeking guest contributions.
Communicate with subject-matter experts in the policy categories included in the EPI; coordinate the peer review process.
Serve as liaison to designated external project partners.
Assist in hiring and taking the lead in supervising the student research assistant team and project staff, evaluating performance and ensuring the quality of their experience.
Develop and execute a communications and outreach plan for the EPI and related projects, in coordination with the YCELP team.
Contribute to academic research and publications.
Manage project budget and contribute to fundraising through budget creation and management, grant development and reporting, and donor stewardship.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree and two years of related experience; or Master’s Degree and one year of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Skills & Abilities
Demonstrated leadership and project management experience.
Advanced program development, marketing, strategic planning, organizational development, and problem solving skills.
Excellent research and writing skills, experience with journalism, new media, and blogging essential.
Knowledge of data-gathering techniques, and comfort working with data and statistical systems.
A broad understanding of environmental issues and knowledge of indicators desirable.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
Ability to research, write and manage projects with minimal supervision, to work under pressure, and to balance competing responsibilities.
Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies including students, faculty, and administrators.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
Experience managing budgets.
Software: Microsoft Office Suite is required; experience with R, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator), Drupal or other content management systems, and web design software preferred.
To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Josh Galperin, joshua.galperin@yale.edu, and Susanne Stahl, susanne.stahl@yale.edu.
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