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Sustainable Business Program Associate - Extension Professional I/II (open rank)

Atlanta, GA

About the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business in The Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology

http://acsb.scheller.gatech.edu

The Drawdown Georgia Business Compact is a statewide business consortium managed by the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business that builds on foundational research into high impact decarbonization pathways. The Business Compact brings together the business community for collective action to decarbonize Georgia's economy while elevating equity, increasing economic opportunity, safeguarding environmental quality, and improving community health. It is an inclusive initiative that seeks diverse participation while building on the leadership of businesses headquartered and/or operating in Georgia with net-zero carbon emission targets or similar ambitions.


The Compact creates a platform from which companies may take individual and collective actions to support the state-wide achievement of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business provides foundational support to the Compact through four primary channels:

  1. Facilitate Collaboration. Develop and implement a process to identify, evaluate, and prioritize opportunities for collaborative action among Compact member-companies and academic, governmental, and nongovernmental partners.
  2. Catalyze Innovation. Design new and/or collaborate with existing models to inspire and elevate innovative research, ideas, technologies, and enterprises aligned with the Compact commitment.
  3. Create a Community of Practice. Create a community of practice through collective learning experiences, co-produced knowledge and resources, information exchanges, best practices sharing, and peer-to-peer coaching.
  4. Measure Impact. Gather information and data to measure and report on the impact of collaborative initiatives and progress towards the state-wide target of net-zero carbon emissions.


The geographic scope of the Compact falls within the boundaries of the state of Georgia and targets businesses operating within the state. However, the Compact serves as a strategic platform for the Center to extend its influence and actively contribute to inclusive innovation, decarbonization, and development towards a sustainable and just society Candidates are expected to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to the teaching and mentoring of students.


Location

Atlanta, GA


Job Summary

Serving as an Extension Professional, this position directly supports the mission and initiatives of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (Center) and the Drawdown Georgia Business Compact (Compact). The incumbent will report to the Director of Industry Engagement and work closely with the Compact Program Manager and others on the Center's team while supporting the Compact's strategic objectives and initiatives.


Under the direction of the Director of Industry Engagement and in close coordination with the Compact Program Manager, the Program Associate will coordinate and facilitate initiatives with diverse stakeholders and partners, including existing and prospective Compact members (i.e., businesses), trade and business associations, state and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, higher-education institutions (i.e., colleges, universities), and technical colleges.


The incumbent also will contribute to focused policy, economic, technological, and social analysis as needed to support the Drawdown Georgia Business Compact and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business. Initiatives and analyses will focus on pathways to decarbonize industry sectors and cross-sectoral elements through solutions like carbon-free electricity, renewable natural gas, electric and low-carbon mobility, regenerative agriculture, food waste reduction, materials circularity, nature-based carbon sequestration, building efficiency and electrification, and refrigerant management. In accordance with first principles underlying the Compact and Center, initiatives and analyses will focus on decarbonization solutions that also advance equity, increase economic opportunity, improve community health, and safeguard environmental quality.


Hybrid Working

This position is hybrid, with some flexibility for remote work (in accordance with Georgia Tech policies), assigned to the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business located in the Scheller College of Business. The candidate must be available to work a standard work week of 40 hours, with occasional evening events and activities.


Responsibilities

Georgia Tech Extension Professionals are research faculty that fulfill the extension and service mission of Georgia Tech to the State of Georgia and beyond. This mission includes, but is not limited to business and industry outreach, economic development, technology deployment, startup company incubation, and entrepreneurship. Extension Professionals also provide educational programs for business and industry in support of these missions and facilitate and foster increased industrial engagement and sponsorship of applied research activities with Georgia Tech.

The Program Associate will support the Director of Industry Engagement, Drawdown Georgia Business Compact Program Manager, and Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business leadership as an Extension Professional, as described above, and as follows:

  • Provide program management to ensure systematic engagement with Compact members on Compact activities and member interests;
  • Facilitate multiple parallel Compact working groups and follow up with strategic summaries, action plans, identification of additional partners or subject matter experts, etc. that enable the successful execution of working group objectives;
  • Engage with the Compact team, technical experts such as university faculty, graduate student researchers, center staff, and external partners on the development of work products (e.g., technical reports, policy analyses, market analyses, stakeholder surveys, etc.) that can accelerate the deployment of cost-effective, reliable, decarbonization solutions for Georgia, the Southeast, and the nation;
  • Communicate the objective findings of center work products and facilitate stakeholder dialogues within the region toward the assessment of implications and future actions;
  • Partner with the communications manager to establish and deploy a communications and marketing plan for work products (e.g., white papers, social media, and webinars) and initiatives;
  • Organize or co-organize events and coordinate with the Center's operations team on finance-related activities (such as membership follow up) and other administrative needs;
  • Other duties as assigned.

It is anticipated that this position will entail approximately 75 percent engagement with Compact members, partners, and stakeholders (i.e., fostering communications and direct collaboration) and 25 percent analyses, although this distribution may shift with evolving duties of this role.


Extension Professional appointments are based on the merit and the special qualifications of the individual and follow the same general ranking, hiring, and promotion principles as other professional research faculty ranks; however, equivalent extension impacts and accomplishments versus research accomplishments will be considered by the promotion review boards.


Information about policies guiding Extension Professional appointment and career progression can be found in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook (https://policylibrary.gatech.edu/faculty-handbook/3.2.1-research-faculty-hiring-and-promotion-guidelines).


*Funding for this position is contingent on the continued success of the Business Compact.


Required Qualifications

This position vacancy is an open rank announcement. Final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook (https://www.policylibrary.gatech.edu/faculty-handbook/3.2.1-research-faculty-hiring-and-promotion-guidelines)


Rank of Extension Professional I

·       Bachelor's degree in business, economics, engineering, environmental science, or related area.


Rank of Extension Professional II

·       Master's degree in sustainability (management or science), interdisciplinary studies, public policy, business, economics, engineering, or related area and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree, or

·       Master's degree in sustainability (management or science), interdisciplinary studies, public policy, business, economics, engineering, or related area and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor's degree, or

·       Doctoral degree in sustainability (management or science), interdisciplinary studies, public policy, business, economics, engineering, or related area


Preferred Qualifications

A Master's degree in sustainability-related business, policy, planning, management, or interdisciplinary studies is preferred. Experience managing interdisciplinary projects, studies, reports, analyses is a plus. Recent Master's-level graduates and students currently enrolled in a relevant Master's level program who expect to graduate soon are encouraged to apply. Additional qualifications preferred as follows:


Education:

  • Master's degree in sustainability (management or science), interdisciplinary studies, public policy, business, economics, engineering, or other related area and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor's degree.


Work Experience: five or more years of job-related experience.


Skills:

·       Strategic planning and group process facilitation.

·       Project management and client relationship management, including software tools, methods, and best practices.

·       Systems, policy, economic, technological, and social analysis and proficiency with analytic software (e.g., Power BI and Tableau).

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Certifications

·       Project Management Professional (PMP)


Background:

·       Consulting experience working with business clients and/or multi-stakeholder initiatives.

·       Analytical capabilities coupled with facilitation, communication, and interpersonal skills.

·       Demonstrated ability to initiate and effectively complete projects according to scope, budget, and timeline.

·       Knowledge and experience in sustainability management and sustainable development, including foundational science and global sustainable development goals (SDGs)

·       Experience with sustainability measurement, reporting, and disclosure frameworks and methods like the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, GRI Standards, and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).


Required Documents to Attach

  • Resume and/or CV
  • Cover letter
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three persons who can provide letters of recommendation.


Note: We will only reach out to the contacts of applicants who reach the finalist stage.


Optional Documents to Attach:

Please upload any work products you may deem relevant for your application. This position will interact on a regular basis with research and academic faculty, administrative management, and staff across the campus, vendors, and sponsors. This position typically will advise and counsel: research and academic faculty, administrative management, and staff across the campus, vendors, and sponsors.

Contact Information

For additional information about this job opening, please contact the hiring manager, David Eady (david.eady@gatech.edu).


Equal Employment Opportunity

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