University of Washington SENIOR POLICY RESEARCHER in Seattle, Washington
Req #: 210305
Department: COLLEGE OF BUILT ENVIRONMENTS
Posting Date: 08/05/2022
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Shift: First Shift
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. The Carbon Leadership Forum, a research organization based out of the University of Washington's College of Built Environment, is seeking a collaborative Senior Policy Researcher to help execute our mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the building sector through eliminating the embodied carbon in building materials and construction through collective action. The Senior Policy Researcher will be responsible for leading research and engaging diverse stakeholders to support the development and implementation of cross-sectoral climate policies targeting embodied carbon reductions. This position will report to the CLF’s managing director and will play a key role in growing the Carbon Leadership Forum’s capacity to inform embodied carbon policy. This position requires experience applying policy analysis and knowledge of climate change drivers directly towards building and industrial sector decarbonization policies. Candidates must have a thorough understanding of the building and construction sector, embodied carbon assessments and life cycle assessment (LCA). The Carbon Leadership Forum, a research organization based out of the University of Washington's College of Built Environment, is seeking a collaborative Senior Policy Researcher to help execute our mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the building sector through eliminating the embodied carbon in building materials and construction through collective action. Embodied carbon refers to the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. We need to reduce embodied carbon 40-65% by 2030 to meet the reduction scenarios set by the IPCC to avoid catastrophic climate change, and yet current green building and climate policy efforts fail to adequately address embodied carbon. Policies to reduce emissions from building materials and infrastructure require action across a number of sectors: to truly eliminate embodied carbon requires transformation of the industrial, building, transport, and forestry/agricultural sectors. The Policy Researcher will therefore have the chance to explore a diverse set of climate policy solutions, with a focus on building and industrial sector policy. The Senior Policy Researcher will be responsible for leading research and engaging diverse stakeholders to support the development and implementation of cross-sectoral climate policies targeting embodied carbon reductions. This position will report to the CLF’s managing director and will play a key role in growing the Carbon Leadership Forum’s capacity to inform embodied carbon policy. This position requires experience applying policy analysis and knowledge of climate change drivers directly towards building and industrial sector decarbonization policies. Candidates must have a thorough understanding of the building and construction sector, embodied carbon assessments and life cycle assessment (LCA).
Responsibilities: Conduct qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate effectiveness of various embodied carbon policies and inform effective policy development.
Manage multiple projects including their planning, scheduling, and execution. Depending on the project scale this will require sole ownership of the project execution or the responsibility to manage and monitor the work of others to ensure the project meets project objectives. Projects may be research collaborations and pilot projects with city, state, and federal government agencies, advocacy organizations, and academic partners, or internally driven research projects to develop research and resources for wide communities of policymakers.
Develop and execute research and consulting projects that advance the state of policies that leverage life cycle assessment and/or target reductions in embodied carbon. Topics may include:
Quantitative analysis of relative impact of policy models targeting reductions in embodied carbon
Development of model policy language that addresses emerging materials and technologies
Gap analysis of LCA data ecosystem to advance embodied carbon policies
Advancing best practices for consumption-based inventories and scope 3 carbon accounting
Developing case studies for early adopters of various public policy programs Technical Guidance and Education
Serve on government and/or NGO-led policy development and harmonization committees and relevant technical committees such as product category rule (PCR) committees, etc.
Facilitation and engagement of diverse groups of stakeholders to ensure that policymakers can implement science-based, measurable reductions of embodied carbon.
Obtain invitations and present (virtually and in-person) at U.S. and international venues including professional and academic webinars and conferences. Results should be visible/impactful for policymakers and building industry professionals.
Serve as an on-call resource for advocacy organizations, legislators and other policy stakeholders to help inform the development of just and effective embodied carbon reduction policies.
Determine what resources are required (e.g. toolkits, roadmaps, etc.) to scale the technical capacity of policymakers to drive embodied carbon reductions. 10% Organizational Strategy
Support the development of grant funding proposals and other fundraising activities, including organizations relationships with funders and strategic partners As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. (https://hr.uw.edu/benefits/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/02/benefits-professional-staff-librarians-academi-staff-20210208.pdf) Qualifications:
PHD in Policy, environmental studies, or related field AMD two to three years of experience
Experience leading in a policy technical advisory role in government advisory committees, with public policymakers or similar
Understanding of the building/construction industry and experience collaborating with diverse industry stakeholders.
National reputation as demonstrated by invited or peer review presentations at national conferences and/or publications.
Experience leading complex projects and diverse teams with demonstrated examples of successful completion
Project leadership-experience mentoring and managing technical staff
Strong communication skills (verbal and written) Desired Qualifications:
Established technical understanding of LCA standards and embodied carbon to serve as a technical resource to the Carbon Leadership Forum and its partners.
Familiarity with the use of Life Cycle Assessment software (Gabi or SimaPro) to conduct life cycle assessments of building materials and products ? Graphic representation skills
Non-profit and/or academic experience
Experience with grant writing and development of relationships with funding organizations Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
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