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Western States Climate Economist
Climate and Energy Program
Berkeley, CA Office
The successful candidate will lead UCS’s work in California and the Western states to bring sound economics to bear on building support for, developing, and implementing strong climate and low-carbon energy policies. The applicant should be able to evaluate and analyze the economic feasibility of various climate policy approaches concerning both mitigation and adaptation at the state and regional level, provide top-quality research, reports and analysis on climate and energy policies in California and the western US, and work with UCS outreach, policy, and media staff in support of UCS objectives on climate and energy policy. This job is an opportunity for a highly qualified economist who wants to have a material impact on policies that will help incentivize lowering carbon emissions and who is motivated to have a highly visible and influential role in the future of climate and energy policy in the region using economics as a tool for change.
Conduct research and produce major reports on the design and economic feasibility of various climate policy approaches on both climate impacts and reducing emissions that cause climate change
Represent UCS in California and Western states’ climate issues related to economics
- Design, implement, and manage research projects culminating in major reports and provide UCS with economic analyses, policy briefs, and activities in support of UCS objectives in California.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of major economic models and applications to assist and support UCS climate, energy, and transportation activities in California. Assess appropriateness of frameworks, inputs, and assumptions relevant to California and Western states climate policy. Monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends in environmental economics and policy.
- Ensure that written materials are technically accurate and credible; up to date with respect to relevant laws, policies, and economics; and communicated in a style suitable for the target audience.
- Work with UCS communications and outreach staff to initiate and maintain contacts with legislators and their staff, California Air Resources Board members and staff, other government leaders and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels, academic economists, NGOs, thought leaders and the informed public to promote UCS policies and positions. Work may include participation in press conferences, maintaining relationships with key reporters in print and electronic media, giving interviews and providing information as appropriate.
Qualifications and experience
A PhD in economics or a closely related field is required. Position requires a comprehensive understanding of the appropriate use of economic and technical information in the policymaking process. Candidates must be analytically oriented with a strong interest in policy. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with economists and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public is needed. Excellent written and verbal communications skills are required, including the ability to write about complex, technical economic matters in terms that non-experts can understand. Familiarity with the economic costs and benefits of economy-wide and sectorial climate and energy policies strongly preferred. Knowledge of basic climate science and energy technology issues helpful, but is not required. Requires five to seven years of related experience, including background in environmental and energy economic policy development and analysis and project management.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full time position based in UCS’s Berkeley, California office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the mid to high $80s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff and to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.
To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, salary requirements, examples of recent work in economics, including writing aimed at a general audience, and work that indicates familiarity with how economics is used in making climate or energy policy. Also include how you learned about the position and send via email to email@example.com with “Western States Economist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 1, 2013 or until filled.
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