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About Spark Climate Solutions
Spark Climate Solutions is accelerating progress in emerging climate fields, towards repairing the climate. Spark focuses on underdeveloped solutions that have the potential to help mitigate climate harm, address near-term warming, and contribute to climate repair. Spark takes a systems approach, working with experts and other stakeholders, to accelerate these fields through collaboratively building strategic roadmaps, providing research funding, seeding new organizations, and communicating with the public. Spark’s first focus area is accelerating solutions for near-term warming management, starting with enteric fermentation mitigation, and methane removal. Our team has deep expertise in science, engineering, and climate-focused philanthropy. Spark’s funders include the Grantham Foundation, Quadrature Climate Foundation, Astera Institute, Climate Pathfinders Foundation, and Additional Ventures.
Methane removal could be critical to keeping global temperatures under 1.5°C and preventing potential runaway global warming from releases of naturally stored methane. Spark Climate’s Methane Removal Program Lead would drive its effort as a leader and manager to develop the strategic roadmap and entire community needed to develop scalable methane removal. This role would be interdisciplinary, taking science, engineering, talent, society, economics, and policy into account to advance the field across every dimension. Spark is looking for a candidate deeply motivated by climate action who is excited to interface with a broad range of internal an external stakeholder to change what’s possible for climate action.
Our ideal candidates:
- Are insatiably curious and able to both dig into the details on a specific science or policy proposal, and zoom out to the big picture to see what’s missing in a field
- Are humble and collaborative
- Have chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, atmospheric chemistry, or similar academic background (likely PhD) lending them credence in the field
- Are action-oriented, and have business or consulting experience to draw from
- Are systems-thinkers who see how progress can be made by pushing on levers across disciplines
- Proactively reach out to researchers, technologists, policy advocates, social activists to explore key unknowns, develop and propose hypotheses, and then find ways to test them.
- Are strong written and oral communicators, and consistently synthesize complex topics and systems
- Can quickly evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and untested potential of different technical, scientific, social, and political approaches to climate challenges.
- Delight in the challenge of complex systems, including the ability to move comfortably among fundamental science, technological potentials/limits, and broader social and policy implications.
- Fully understand that there’s always more to learn, and enjoy the process of seeking to be continuously less wrong.
- Have experience leading and mentoring high potential people with varying backgrounds
- Have proven abilities of working collaboratively, effectively, and efficiently in ways that prioritize and center empathy and equity.
- Are excited to stay dedicated to the field for years to come
Ecosystem organizers will be responsible for:
- Researching and authoring roadmaps for overall solutions ecosystems including well-researched and supported recommendations for RD&D topics, policy changes, and public communication efforts.
- Driving strategic and collaborative efforts in field building, including spinning up new programs internal to Spark, with other organizations, and potentially seeding new organizations where needed
- Building relationships with science, policy, and philanthropic partners to collaborate on roadmaps, research agendas, and granting opportunities.
- Collaborating, and potentially managing and mentoring, with a small number of interdisciplinary teammates working together to shape and organize emerging fields through all levers
- Serving as a subject matter expert and area advocate to other organizations and funders getting involved in the space
- Identifying new areas to pursue.
Education and/or Experience
Candidates for all of these roles must have the following:
- Experience independently running projects and complex worktracks in research-heavy areas, in academia, consulting, or business environments
- Over 7 years combined professional and research experience, inclusive of any graduate work
- Proven ability to initiate independent projects and work across disciplines.
- Excellent written, speaking / presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to engage effectively within the organization and with external collaborators / stakeholders.
- Scientific literacy and comfort working with scientific material and collaborating with leading scientists in a given field (likely a PhD in science or engineering, or equivalent experience).
- Insatiable drive to learn about the climate problem and help drive solutions.
- Flexibility, creativity, and tenacity.
- Fluency in English.
- Able to work as a W2 employee for a US non-profit.
- Availability during US Pacific time work day.
As with all positions at Spark Climate Solutions, this will be 100% remote. Employees can work anywhere within the United States, or internationally with approval. Our center of gravity is in the SF Bay Area, with a possible option (not requirement) of some in-person work later in 2022.
These are all full-time positions with benefits. The salary range is $150,000-$200,000 / year. In addition, Spark Climate Solutions provides exceptional benefits including flexible PTO, sick time, holidays, generous health insurance coverage, and full-covered dental/vision/life insurance, and parental leave