Role: Environmental Impact Lead
Location: Remote | Anywhere in the United States
Salary Range: $105,000-$115,000
Reports to: Chief Research Officer
Who we are:
The International Foundation for Valuing Impacts (IFVI) is a newly formed organization building upon the work incubated at the Impact-Weighted Accounts project at Harvard Business School. Our mission is to build a global impact economy, which brings solutions to the great social and environmental challenges we face, by integrating impact valuation in financial analysis, capital allocation, and decision-making.
The Environmental Impact Lead will be part of the IFVI Research Team, responsible for developing a comprehensive and standardized approach to corporate impact valuation in alignment with the vision of IFVI.
This is a leadership role designed to lead research and development of its Environmental Impact methodology specifically. Under the leadership of the Chief Research Officer, the Environmental Impact Lead (EIL) will design and implement the workplan for environmental impacts, including topics related to emissions, water usage, and biodiversity. The EIL will oversee one Environmental Impact Associate who will support research and methodology development.
The EIL will be responsible for coordinating with external stakeholders to ensure comprehensiveness, accuracy, robustness, and feasibility of the methodology. The EIL will work with the CRO, Research Manager, and Social Impact Lead, as well as methodology development partners at the Value Balancing Alliance, in order to ensure consistency of principles and approach across the methodology and align the work with evolving standards and taxonomies (such as the International Sustainability Standards Board and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive), and efficient achievement of key deliverables.
Who you are:
You are an experienced sustainability professional with a specific knowledge of and passion for environmental issues and impact measurement and management techniques. You are an analytical thinker and problem solver, and can both conduct and support others in conducting high quality research and analysis. You can effectively communicate your work to others, and can listen to and synthesize diverse perspectives and manage relationships with key stakeholders. You enjoy working independently as well as part of a small, dynamic team. You share a commitment to IFVI’s mission and want to take an active role in our organization’s success.
What you’ll do:
The Environmental Impact Lead is responsible for the following activities, which may evolve over time:
- Conduct research, both quantitative and qualitative, on valuing the environmental impact of corporations, including within their operations and across the value chain
- Engage with diverse groups of industry and topical experts to design impact valuation methodologies that ensure comprehensiveness, accuracy, relevance, and feasibility
- Prepare materials on research and methodology for review and approval by Valuation Technical and Practitioner Committee and other stakeholders
- Communicate research findings and methodology to broad audiences, and work with CRO, Communications Manager, and other team members to distill complex concepts into engaging and effective material for broad adoption and usage
- Serve as a subject matter expert for internal external partners to help them understand IFVI’s environmental impact methodology and research
- Work with Market Development team to support market testing of environmental impact and to design tools and educational materials to drive adoption of environmental impact valuation globally
- Manage one direct report to support their productivity, career growth, and wellness
- Support Chief Research Officer and Research Manager in guiding direction and strategy of IFVI’s research and methodology
What we are looking for:
- 5-7 years experience in field relevant to corporate sustainability, ESG and/or impact investing, or environmental impact
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience conducting research on corporate environmental issues, including life cycle assessments, greenhouse gas measurements, etc.
- Familiarity with relevant sustainability standards in data, disclosure, and reporting landscape, such as the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the EU Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS), etc.
- Familiarity with impact measurement and management (IMM) principles and approaches (experience specifically with impact valuation is a plus)
- Creative, analytical thinking and problem solving, including capacity to balance both big picture considerations with minute details
- Ability to communicate complex topics in a compelling way to meet the needs of different audiences (e.g. investors, corporates, academics, public sector)
- Strong project management skills with demonstrated success meeting targets with internal and external stakeholders
- Technical experience with qualitative and quantitative research design and techniques, including data collection, data management, modeling, and multivariate statistical analysis, including use of tools such as SQL, R, or Python. Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
- Experience or willingness managing a small team towards high productivity, working within a flexible and entrepreneurial environment, and being responsive to feedback
- Understanding of working across global and cultural contexts, with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (with international experience a plus)
- Flexibility to hold meetings across multiple time zones as necessary
- Applicants must be permanently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
What we offer:
● Ability to shape IFVI’s culture and strategy
● A workplace that prioritizes health and wellbeing and personal growth
● Generous PTO and competitive benefits, including paid parental leave
● Access to coworking space or stipend for home office arrangements
● Flexible work hours
The International Foundation for Valuing Impacts is an equal opportunity employer. At IFVI, we celebrate differences and hire individuals based solely on a person’s skills and qualifications directly related to the key attributes and experience required to be successful in the role. IFVI does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, (or related condition) or any other basis protected by law. If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.