Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $81,506 – $104,212 per year
Deadline: Jun 23, 2023

We are hiring a Senior Associate, US Water and Habitat to join our Domestic (U.S.-based) team.  Our Domestic team helps state and local agencies, municipalities, and NGOs create programs that maximize benefits for people and nature. This is a great opportunity for someone who has excellent communication and project management skills, and is passionate about addressing climate change, water, and habitat issues in the Western US. If you have experience successfully managing projects, delivering impactful products, and sustaining client relationships, we need you to lead this essential part of EI’s work. Consider  

  • Are you good at managing relationships to get projects done and achieve successful outcomes?   
  • Have you been envisioning something greater for yourself than your current organization can provide?  
  • Do you value local solutions and helping underserved communities benefit from and shape environmental programs?  
  • Do you want to lead measurable change and achieve-on-the-ground impact within a rapidly growing mission-driven company? 

Purpose & Need  
Our domestic team is currently experiencing a wave of growth, bringing on new clients and expanding our work in Southern California, the Central Valley of California, and other Western regions experiencing drought and working to achieve water quality goals. A critical part of this next phase of growth is serving a diverse set of underrepresented communities, both incorporating their perspectives and needs into program design, and ensuring they receive the intended benefits of the program.  

We need a Senior Associate to join our team to be a client-focused project manager, managing relationships with our clients and working collaboratively to deliver performance-driven programs. You will work closely EI’s Domestic Portfolio Directors and staff to learn client needs, offer compelling solutions, and collaboratively help to deliver our important projects.  

If you have the experience and desire to help lead EI’s domestic projects and teams to success, please apply.    

About Environmental Incentives 
At Environmental Incentives, our purpose is to create the conditions for human and natural communities to thrive. We do this by helping our partners improve the performance of conservation and development programs. Our clients trust us to design and support implementation of programs that (1) use evidence to develop effective strategies within complex systems, (2) center local stakeholder experiences and facilitate collective action, and (3) produce results that support learning about what works. Environmental Incentives is a certified B Corporation with offices located in Washington, DC, South Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Nairobi, and Lima (pending registration). Our remote staff and consultants are based in multiple states within the United States, and across five continents. 

EI ‘s Senior Associates have strong consulting skills that they can apply to solve our clients’ most challenging problems. Key responsibilities include:   

  • Managing workflow processes for contracted work, including taking leadership on scoping, production, and finalization of products and initiatives that meet EI’s quality standards for production and client engagement.    
  • Contributing technical expertise to the preparation and delivery of contracted (or internal) work, and helping other staff and partners make high quality contributions.    
  • Communicating results and findings by preparing and delivering presentations, reports, briefings, summary documents and other media.    
  • Planning, generating materials, delivering content, and following up for client meetings, webinars, and events, frequently with the support of others.    
  • Contributing targeted expertise to special initiatives, including EI annual priorities, business development, and marketing.    

First 3-6 Months  

  • Demonstrates understanding of our projects by summarizing them in writing and adding insight from personal experience.  
  • Uses project management systems for at least 2 months and can offer insights about budget allocation, personnel and product quality.  
  • Is known by clients and partners and has delivered a valuable product or insightful interaction for 2-3 client leads.  

First 12 Months  

  • Performs as a trusted advisor or owns a relationship with one large client lead. This may be indicated by regular meetings, multiple instances of being sought out for answers/insight, or leadership in negotiations for new tasks with the client.  
  • Has produced a major written deliverable with support from a Director or Senior Associate that reflects EI’s style and level of quality.  
  • Has initiated 2-4 conversations with existing professional network to understand the contact’s needs and can articulate ideas for how EI could help them.  

Our team members are talented, creative, and inspired professionals who provide technical support on a growing team while being flexible enough to add their unique perspectives to a strong culture. If you are passionate and thrive on collaboration, you are probably a great fit for our team!   

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of experience; or Master’s degree and 5+ years relevant experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Degree in Environmental Science, Water Resources Management, Public Policy, Sustainability, Business Management, Planning, other related fields desired.  
  • Experience managing client relationships, including carrying forward a vision for success and managing the contributions of a team in delivering results.   
  • Experience independently creating client deliverables including scoping, production, and review; or, experience playing a critical role in the development of products, such as guiding the defined audiences and dissemination plans, and performing reviews of products for audience alignment, voice, presentation, and basic quality assurance.   
  • Demonstrated experience in water resources management, habitat conservation, environmental planning, conservation finance, or equivalent.  
  • Professional working proficiency in English (verbal and written).  Professional working proficiency is defined as being to 1) able use the language effectively in most formal and informal written exchanges on practical, social and professional topics, and 2) speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most conversations on practical, social, and professional topics. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Professional language proficiency (verbal and written) in Spanish and/or other languages.   
  • Experience synthesizing a large technical body of work and communicating key message to  
  • Experience as lead or support facilitator for client and internal meetings, both in-person and virtual.    
  • Experience developing targeted communication messages that influence decisions by defined audiences.   
  • Experience using quantitative analysis, statistical and mapping tools, online project workflows and data displays, and software for visual or website design.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Willingness to travel within California.  
  • Problem-solving orientation, creative thinking and growth mindset.   
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with, listen to, respect, and celebrate the contributions of others, including people from different cultural backgrounds.  
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks, self-motivate, identify challenges, propose solutions, and proactively seek help when needed.  

Additional Requirements 

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States with no restrictions. 
  • Criminal background check required.