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Pacific Institute Research Associate, Climate and Water Justice
Company: Pacific Institute
Location: Oakland, CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 06/17/2021
Expire Date: 08/17/2021
Job Categories: Research & Development
Job Description
Pacific Institute Research Associate, Climate and Water Justice
Position Title: Research Associate, Climate and Water Justice
Application Deadline: July 1, 2021
Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week)
Location: Flexible (based in the United States)
Salary: $56,000 to $68,000 and a generous benefits package
Travel: Some business travel may be required, including overnight stays
Start Date: Available immediately

Organization Description

Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water research and policy non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. We combine science-based thought leadership with active outreach to advance water sustainability and resilience in communities around the world. Our science-based approach draws from many disciplines and benefits from collaboration with diverse stakeholders, from local governments and UN agencies to businesses and grassroots organizations.

Position Description

We are seeking a collaborative, impact-focused Research Associate to support research and analysis that advances water and climate change sustainability, resilience, and environmental justice with an explicit focus on water-related challenges faced by and solutions for the most marginalized, frontline communities. The ideal candidate will have an interest and ability to learn new topics quickly; passion for water and climate change equity and justice; strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to work independently and in collaborative teams; and willingness to support a variety of tasks, from project coordination to qualitative and quantitative research.
Research Associates support projects led primarily by Senior Researchers and the Director of Research. In 2021, the Research Associate will support projects in at least two areas: (1) assessing opportunities for water-climate-environmental justice research and capacity building for frontline communities; (2) evaluating customer assistance programs and potential funding sources to support affordability of water and wastewater services. Work in 2022 and beyond will build on these and related projects. Preferred applicants will have interest in and some experience studying the distributional effects of environmental policy and/or the equity and fairness of environmental policy processes.

Core Responsibilities

Research Associates are expected to fulfill the following core functions:
• Conduct primary and secondary research and analysis on water-climate-justice topics;
• Gather information and data through analysis of primary data, literature reviews, and contacts with other researchers and organizations;
• Document and write up results of work performed, including preparing final reports and other written products;
• Prepare non-technical communication materials on research topics, such as blog posts, opinion articles, oral presentations, and press releases;
• Write and submit comment letters to federal, state, and local agencies;
• Assist with fundraising activities, and help prepare reports for foundations and donors; and
• Provide support to Senior Researchers, including coordinating internal meetings with the project team and external meetings with stakeholders and taking notes during meetings.

Compensation and Benefits

Pacific Institute offers an excellent compensation package including a generous health, dental, and Institute-matched retired plan and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and reflects the geographic location and field. The salary for this position is expected to range from $56,000 to $68,000.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Pacific Institute is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
Recognizing the inherent inequities that exist in our society, our sector, and our work, the Pacific Institute is dedicated to improving our internal policies, procedures, and programmatic priorities to ensure a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion. We have accelerated our efforts and refreshed our approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). As part of this commitment, we request that all candidates include a short statement to address how your addition to our staff would contribute to our DEI efforts in their cover letters.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter (including the DEI statement described above), resume, and technical writing sample. The writing sample should be 5 to 10 pages in length. Email these items to jobs@pacinst.org. Please include Research Associate, Water and Climate Justice in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Qualifications & Requirements
Required Qualifications

• Advanced degree (Master’s level minimum) in water resources, environmental or sustainability sciences, social sciences, natural resource management, or relevant field or work
experience in place of a degree;
• Three plus years of work experience in relevant field;
• Some direct experience working with, for, or on research projects related to water utility and water management;
• Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, including familiarity with interdisciplinary literature reviews and managing large/complex datasets;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Good organizational skills; and
• Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work people from diverse backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

• Interdisciplinary degree, ideally in combined social-natural sciences;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, QDA (e.g., Atlas.ti, NVivo, MAXQDA), database management, and/or Geographic Information Systems software (e.g., ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS);
• Lived and/or work experience with environmental justice and climate-water issues;
• Familiarity with water utilities in big cities and rural areas through research and/or work experience, especially experience working with water utility customer data;
• Interest or experience developing web-based maps for sharing research findings;
• A keen interest in connecting data-driven research with water management decisions.
Contact Information
Company Name: Pacific Institute
Contact Email: jobs@pacinst.org
Company Description:
The Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security is an American non-profit research institute created in 1987 to provide independent research and policy analysis on issues of development, environment, and security, with a particular focus on global and regional freshwater issues. It is located in Oakland, California. The Institute's primary focus is on water conservation and demand management. The mission of the Institute is to "[create] and [advance] solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges".
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