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The Carbon Leadership Forum, a research organization based out of the University of Washington's College of Built Environments, is seeking a Research Coordinator to help execute our mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the building sector through eliminating the embodied carbon in building materials and construction through collective action.
Embodied carbon refers to the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. We need to reduce embodied carbon 40-65% by 2030 to meet the reduction scenarios set by the IPCC to avoid catastrophic climate change, yet current green building and climate policy efforts fail to adequately address embodied carbon.
In the U.S. and globally action to reduce carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction is growing rapidly. CLF is the go-to organization in North America for robust embodied carbon research and resources to support accelerated action. The position will therefore have the chance to work in an entrepreneurial, fast paced environment working to reverse the effects of climate change.
The Research Coordinator’s primary role will be managing the ARPA-E research team at the University of Washington. They will be responsible for overseeing this project’s staffing, budget and timelines to ensure that the work is aligned with our organizational strategy and making significant progress towards its stated goals. This will include fiscal management, facilitating grant reporting, and other project management activities.
This position requires considerable attention to detail and experience managing complex technical projects.
The position requires the ability to work on a team while having a high degree of independence to ensure that research deliverables are completed according to their plans.
Position Dimensions and Impact to the University:
Responsible for managing technical work streams while working as a liaison and project manager for CLF staff, University researchers, grantmakers and other key project stakeholders.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Research and Project Management (50 %)
- Develop research project timelines and ensure successful execution: - Create staffing calendars and delegate workstreams to project staff - Regularly review progress to hold teams accountable and flexibly adapt and adjust deliverables as project needs change - Communicate relevant project updates between funders, project partners, and CLF staff - Execute project research activities as needed
Coordinate reviews and related check-ins with project staff Operations and Administration (30 %)
- Coordinate with CLF managing director and the College of the Built Environment’s finance team to track CLF Staff salary budget allocations - Mange project-specific email accounts to respond or direct correspondence to the appropriate staff members as needed - Manage logistics for project meetings and event attendance virtually and in person - Coordinate, oversee and support all CLF hiring processes from job posting to interviews to onboarding - Prepare finance, travel, and purchasing forms
Participate in the Leadership team’s fiscal planning and help inform budgetary and staffing decisions Reporting (20 %)
- Develop and maintain regular reports to communicate progress, challenges, and other updates for funding teams and project researchers.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, engineering, architecture, environmental studies or related field
Minimum two years’ experience to include the following :
-Experience successfully leading the management of multiple technical projects -Experience working with diverse stakeholders and a commitment to climate justice -Experience gaining knowledge in complex technical topics -Demonstrated experience managing budgets and fiscal responsibilities -A high level of organization and keen attention to detail -Ability to balance multiple demands simultaneously under time constraints -Excellent oral and written communication skills in English -Ability to work both independently with limited supervision, and collaboratively as part of a team -Ability to exercise sound judgment and to address complex situations creatively -Skilled user of Microsoft Excel and related software to manage financial data -Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and google drive -Ability and interest in learning new software programs
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
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