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Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy Environmental Performance Index Program Manager

General Purpose

The Environmental Performance Index Program Manager will be in charge of day-to-day operations and administration of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy’s (YCELP) Environmental Performance Index. The Program Manager will supervise, conduct, and promote research activities pertaining to the Environmental Performance Index and related YCELP projects. The Program Manager reports to the Environmental Performance Measurement Faculty Program Director and works in close consultation with the YCELP Associate Director and Program Coordinator. This is an initial two-year contract with the possibility of extension.

Background of The Environmental Performance Index

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), born out of a recognition that environmental policymaking lacked scientific, quantitative rigor, ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. Within these two policy objectives, the EPI scores country performance in nine issue areas comprised of 20 indicators. Indicators in the EPI measure how close countries are to meeting internationally established targets or, in the absence of agreed targets, how they compare to the range of observed countries.

At the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, we believe data, metrics, and methodologically rigorous performance measurement matters because it provides an essential tool for policymakers. It also matters because measurement highlights gaps in collective knowledge. Data on environmental problems is severely lacking across the globe: at the local, national, and international level, decisionmakers need better data. Indices like the EPI help direct attention to vital data gaps, which can help generate better data for the future.

Essential Duties

  1. Working with the Faculty Program Director, coordinate the development of the Environmental Performance Index, taking accountability over production.

  2. Establishing work plans and ensuring top-quality deliverables from staff and research associates.

  3. Research datasets, ensuring that the EPI includes only the best-available data with the broadest country coverage.

  4. Communicate with subject-matter experts in the policy categories included in the EPI; coordinate the peer review process.

  5. Assist in hiring and taking the lead in supervising the student research assistant team and project staff, evaluating performance and ensuring the quality of their experience.

  6. Serve as the primary coordinator and contributor for The Metric blog and the Environmental Performance Index website, including content generation, selection, writing, training student employees on blog and website writing, and seeking guest contributions.

  7. Contribute to academic research and publications.

  8. Serve as liaison to designated external project partners.

  9. Develop and execute a communications and outreach plan for the EPI and related projects, in coordination with the YCELP team.

  10. Managing project budget and contributing to fundraising through budget creation and management, grant development and reporting, and donor stewardship.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree and two years of related experience; or Master’s Degree and one year of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills & Abilities

  1. Demonstrated leadership and project management experience.

  2. Advanced program development, marketing, strategic planning, organizational development, and problem solving skills.

  3. Excellent research and writing skills, experience with journalism, new media, and blogging a plus.

  4. Knowledge of data-gathering techniques, and comfort working with data and statistical systems.

  5. A broad understanding of environmental issues and knowledge of indicators desirable.

  6. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

  7. Ability to research, write and manage projects with minimal supervision, to work under pressure, and to balance competing responsibilities.

  8. Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies including students, faculty, and administrators.

  9. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.

  10. Experience managing budgets.

  11. Software: Microsoft Office Suite is required; experience with R, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator), Drupal or other content management systems, and web design software preferred.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Josh Galperin, joshua.galperin@yale.edu,
and Susanne Stahl, susanne.stahl@yale.edu.

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