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Climate Impact Manager (7399U) 38176
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 26, 2022
Title Climate Impact Manager (7399U) 38176
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Environmental Science & Ecology
    Agricultural - General

Climate Impact Manager (7399U) 38176

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco. The IGI envisions a world in which genome-engineering innovations benefit humanity and are accessible to all. The Institute's mission is to accelerate genome discovery and translation of resulting technologies in order to ethically and equitably improve human health and sustainable agriculture. Combining the fundamental research expertise and the biomedical talent at UCB and UCSF, the IGI focuses on unraveling the mechanisms underlying CRISPR-based genome editing and applying this technology to cure disease, ensure food sustainability, and provide additional benefits for current and future generations.

The IGI is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. The IGI is interested in candidates who will contribute to our commitment to excellence, diversity, and inclusion in academia. The IGI is also interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off for family/personal reasons, or excelled in careers outside academia.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 7/11/2022


The Climate Impact Manager will serve as a bridge between members of the IGI in the life-sciences and responsibly produced and equitably distributed product development. The overarching goal of this position is to conceive and execute programmatic strategies and projects in Genome Editing, Climate Policy, Agriculture, Sustainability, Outreach, Translation and Regulation related to IGI's research. The Climate Impact Manager will work at the interface of science, community outreach, public policy and social sciences to help run and execute a cohesive Public Impact program.

The Climate Impact Manager reports to the Public Impact Director. Critical to success in this position is a proven ability in project/program management and excellent oral and written communication skills. This position will interface with local and national policymakers, or governance bodies, and engage diverse stakeholders and experts, from community groups to farmers.

  • Outreach: -Experience in developing and executing outreach activities that expand and strengthen IGI's ties to the communities affected by our scientific research. Well versed in different public engagement models such as community based participatory research or public dialogue. -Conducts public opinion polling and public understanding research to integrate data into outreach modalities -Organizes and facilitates convenings with a diverse set of stakeholders, including academia, govt, industry, community members and other research organizations.
  • Policy Communication: -Familiarity with existing regulations and policies related to climate change, carbon dioxide removal, carbon credits, agriculture, sustainability and biotechnology. Ability to recommend new policy approaches. -Develops and coordinates policy communications, both internal and external. Such communications may include comments on federal regulatory policy, professional societies policies, or internal policies in order to maximize the ethical use of, equitable access to, or governance of innovative genomic technologies. -Serves on committees or as a representative in national or international collaborative projects focused on regulation, governance, or ethics of genome editing. Makes high level contacts of a sensitive nature, internally and externally, requiring discretion and diplomacy in order to negotiate with or persuade officials to adopt the proposed solution or program/process recommendations.
  • Project Development and Partnership Management: -Ideates and leads projects across a broad spectrum of programs and initiatives that require complex analyses on topics such as responsible governance of emerging technologies or equitable allocation of resources. -Develops and oversee partnerships for IGI projects including our partnership with the One CGIAR, an international agricultural organization, as well as other agriculture and environmental conservation groups. -Acts as a Principal Investigator (PI) for Public Impact facets of key institutional initiatives in human health, climate change and other initiatives as needed. -Guides and directs planning of projects under each initiative, which may include managing the input of senior campus management, faculty, and/or external constituencies. -Develops and executes wrap-around projects in collaboration with IGI scientific directors to facilitate the consideration of public impact as part of scientific projects.
  • Proposal development and Budgets: -Assists the Public Impact Director with drafting grant proposals and presenting to donors. - Assists in developing and implementing the annual budget.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of common organizational- or research-specific and other computer application programs.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and influence, both verbally and in writing.
  • Experience conducting outreach with a diverse stakeholders.
  • Advanced analytical / problem-solving skills. Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

  • Bachelor's degree in plant biology, molecular biology, genome editing, public policy, environmental ethics and/or equivalent experience/training; or similar education level in social sciences, particularly as it pertains to genomic technologies

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced project management skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable policy analysis techniques.
  • Masters or PhD degree in plant biology, molecular biology, genome editing, public policy, environmental ethics and/or equivalent experience/training; or similar education level in social sciences, particularly as it pertains to genomic technologies.

Salary & Benefits

Hiring Range: $80,000 - $130,000 annually. Salary is commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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