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We are pleased to announce that the Penn Environmental Innovations Initiative is hiring. Please click the Job Opportunities link below for descriptions of the Associate Director for Outreach and Environmental Innovation Fellow positions.
Kathleen D. Morrison, Faculty Co-Lead
Kathleen Morrison is the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology. Her research is focused on governing regimes, agricultural change, and their environmental impacts in the Deccan Plateau of South India. Her books include Daroji Valley: Landscape History, Place, and the Making of a Dryland Reservoir System, The Vijayanagara Metropolitan Survey, and Fields of Victory: Vijayanagara and the Course of Intensification. Prof. Morrison earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992, her M.A. from the University of the New Mexico in 1987, and her B.A. From the University of Notre Dame 1984. (Learn more)
Joseph S. Francisco, Faculty Co-Lead
Joseph S. Francisco is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the president of the American Chemical Society from 2009-2010. He is currently a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In his research, Prof. Francisco has applied new tools from theoretical chemistry to atmospheric chemical problems to enhance our understanding of chemistry in the atmosphere at the molecular level. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. (Learn more)
Melissa Brown Goodall, Senior Director
Melissa Brown Goodall joined the Environmental Innovations Initiative in 2021 as its inaugural Senior Director. In this role, she is developing a strategic vision to leverage Penn’s academic strengths and foster collaboration across disciplines to address the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time. Before coming to Penn, Melissa was at Yale University – first with the School of the Environment, then with the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and finally with the Office of Sustainability. Melissa is the Director of the Global University Climate Forum and a Strategic Advisor to the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies in 2015 and a joint degree in Resource Management and Administration in 1998 from Antioch University and her B.F.A. in Acting from New York University in 1992.
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Associate Director for Outreach
Reporting to the Senior Director, the Associate Director of Outreach is responsible for advancing the mission of the Environmental Innovations Initiative through on-campus engagement as well as delivering on a visibility strategy that includes a robust online presence, dynamic online and social media programming, and on-campus and global events (when possible). Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- Visibility: Oversee the development of the Initiative's website and social media channels. Establish ways to issue regular updates about the activities of the Initiative, possibly including a newsletter.
- Communications: Manage communications and identify strategic ways to elevate the visibility of the EII, including fresh content and awards.
- Event Management: Lead the organization of high-profile events on campus, in Philadelphia, and at national and global gatherings.
- Programming: In support of the Initiative's mission, develop programming to showcase the potential of UPenn teaching and research to contribute to innovative solutions for our global environment. This may include speaker series, online events, workshops, conferences, and more.
- Campus Engagement: With the Senior Director, identify, solicit, and cultivates community partnerships and collaborations to assist in the development and growth of the Initiative.
- Student Engagement: With the Senior Director, develop and execute a strategy to include students in facets of the EII, including internships, events, and research activities.
- Governance: Support the Senior Director and Faculty Directors in their efforts to establish a pan-university network and set of governing bodies.
- Fundraising: Contribute to the submission of fundraising applications and grant reporting. Promote philanthropic and collaborative support of the Initiative's programming.
- Metrics: Develops metrics to identify and measure the success of the Initiative. Establish protocols for informing leadership of progress, recommending structural or programmatic adjustments, and leveraging metrics for further visibility on campus and in the world.
- Operations: Support the Senior Director in the day-to-day management of the Initiative, including oversight of student or temporary employees and some budget management.
- May perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's Degree and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master's Degree preferred.
- Experience developing and implementing engagement strategies and experience interfacing with diverse stakeholders required.
- Superior writing, communication, and interpersonal skills required.
- Proficiency with website management, as well as various social media platforms required.
- Event management experience required.
- Familiarity with website design / working with website designers and graphic designers preferred.
- Experience working in communications, preferably in a university setting.
- Exceptional administrative, planning, organizational, and project management skills. Proven ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects.
- Strong time management skills and proven ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse constituency, including staff, students, faculty, and other community members.
This is a full-time, long-term position. All applications - including cover letter and C.V. - must be submitted through Work Day.
Environmental Innovations Initiative Fellow
The Penn Environmental Innovations Initiative is seeking a full-time fellow for a six-month position to support strategic planning research. The Fellow will work closely with the senior director of the Initiative, as well as the faculty directors and select staff and students across the university. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- Conduct an assessment to determine how Penn’s teaching and research connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Using an established methodology, create a report on aggregated conclusions as well as a searchable database of faculty.
- Conduct a landscape analysis of peer programs. Starting with analyses conducted in 2017 and 2018, develop a report to establish best practices in interdisciplinary environmental initiatives, help refine the niche of the EII, and identify possible partners.
- Help with scheduling meetings and gatherings related to the development of the strategic plan and EII programming.
- As needed, help with writing and editing for publications and online platforms.
The ideal candidate for this short-term position has recently graduated with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field. Preferred qualifications include:
- Proven ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Strong experience with data management and analysis.
- Ability to work with a diverse constituency, including staff, students, faculty, and other community members.
- Demonstrated writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Administrative, planning, organizational, and project management experience.
This is a temporary, fixed-term position lasting six months. All applications - including cover letter and C.V. - must be submitted through Work Day.