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30 Oct 2020

Full-Time Associate Director, Project Creation

AdventureScientsits – Posted by AdventureScientsits Bozeman, Montana, United States

Job Description

Adventure Scientists is looking for an exceptional individual to join our team as we unlock access to critical data for leaders working on solutions to the world’s biggest environmental and human health challenges.You will play a unique role in advancing the organization, with a particular focus on building new partner relationships. You will identify, vet, research, and build new partnerships in the scientific community––specifically governments, universities, NGOs, and the private sector––with an eye toward developing new projects that match Adventure Scientists’ mission and vision. You will execute and develop sales strategies to attract new partners that can take advantage ofAdventure Scientists’ project management services. You will be an integral member of theProject Creation Team, and report to the Executive Director.You must be a self-motivated, creative, and adaptive individual with demonstrated relationship-building experience and the ability to inspire confidence and trust with potential partners who are pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. Compelling and effective interpersonal communication skills are critical, as are a strong background and interest in complex sales, field science, and conservation. On a daily basis, you will engage with scientific experts on a wide range of technical topics, gain the trust of those experts, and critically examine their data needs for consistency with Adventure Scientists’ mission. We believe in excellence rather than perfection, so you may not have every skill listed here, but we do expect an individual to understand their weaknesses and always demonstrate a desire to steward their career development. You will be expected to travel up to 50% of your time, as well as manage a dispersed team.
Master’s degree, or equivalent experience, including extensive experience working in business development and complex sales. Biology, ecology, natural resources, or a related field is a plus.
10+ years of experience in the conservation field as well as creating, leading, and assisting in the development of applied research projects.
Ability to communicate complex projects and scientific concepts in a compelling way to a wide variety of audiences in public forums as well as individual and group meetings.
Proven experience working with environmental or health focused NGOs, researchers, and government agencies in the United States and abroad.
Demonstrated commitment to engaging with an inclusive range of scientists and scientific affinity groups.
Critical understanding of the evolving fields of conservation and human health research.
Proven ability to source and secure external funding for projects or programs, ideally in a fee-for-service structure.
Demonstrated creative problem-solving abilities in the field, at the office, and in life.
Experience managing and mentoring direct reports to ensure continued professional growth and development for Project Creation team members.
Desire to join and assist in the growth of a young, dynamic, and innovative nonprofit organization.
Specific Responsibilities
Initiate, cultivate, and manage relationships with potential partners from government, universities, NGOs, and the private sector, with a focus on targeting and developing appropriate new partner relationships.
Serve as a spokesperson and ambassador for Adventure Scientists by presenting at conferences, participating in public events, and promoting the organization in key forums.
Identify and research current gaps in scientific understanding across multiple environmental and human health issues. Listen well to potential partners, and ask thoughtful questions to gain an in-depth understanding of partners’ needs.
Alongside Project Creation teammates, vet potential partnerships through the lens ofAdventure Scientists’ three project criteria as well as the organization’s strategic business development plan.
Work closely with the Project Creation team and Communications team to develop strategies for sourcing and strengthening partnership opportunities among the scientific research community to engage a broader audience.
Collaborate with the Director of Communications to use social media, communications, and outreach in support of Project Creation strategies.
Ensure that new projects are accurately filtered through our pipeline and ready to pass to the Project Management team.
Manage one team member; if needed, work with leadership to grow Project Creation team.
Work Schedule & Compensation
This is a full-time position based at Adventure Scientists’ headquarters in Bozeman, MT. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position may start remotely and be renegotiated. Post-pandemic, this position will require significant travel throughout the year. Occasional work on weekends or at night should also be expected.Starting salary for an Associate Director role at Adventure Scientists ranges from$60,000-$75,000, dependent on experience. We offer a generous and flexible benefits package, including employer-subsidized healthcare, IRA matching, personal and professional development fund opportunities, paid time off, paid parental leave, student loan relief, and paid powder days. Additional perks include part-time work-from-home opportunities, sabbaticals for long-tenured employees, and access to pro-deals. Plus, we have a dog-friendly office, so you are invited to bring your best friend to work!
If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.
 Applications must include:
Cover letter describing your background and interest in the position
Resume (limited to two pages), with desired salary
Three professional references
About Us
Adventure Scientists is a dynamic 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with scientific partners around the world to equip them with data collected from the outdoors that are crucial to addressing environmental and human health challenges. Our projects have ranged from amassing the largest dataset documenting global micro plastic pollution to collecting scat samples to aid in identifying the genetic origins of antibiotic resistance.
United in Adventure
Adventure Scientists celebrates the fact that diverse identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences enrich our team culture and reflect our values. We are committed to: providing an equal employment opportunity for all applicants; increasing diversity in our board, staff, and the people that we serve; and embedding justice, equity and inclusion into the structure and strategy of Adventure Scientists. Our employment decisions are based on our organization’s needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, and we take concrete actions to ensure we do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, family or parental status, disability, age, national origin, or any other protected status. To learn about the specific ways in which we are continuing to learn and grow, please feel free to reach out to the hiring manager for this role.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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