CEA Consulting

Job Type: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC

CEA Consulting is a boutique environmental consultancy based in San Francisco, CA. For more than 35 years, CEA has helped transform markets, business practices, public policies, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic strategies to achieve positive outcomes for the environment. Our work is guided by a deep knowledge of the scientific, financial/economic, and sociopolitical underpinnings of our most pressing environmental problems.

CEA’s Philanthropic Practice Area is a growing, tight-knit team of fifteen consultants which supports environmental foundations and nonprofits, as well as sustainability-oriented businesses. We pride ourselves on being client oriented, insightful, and responsive. The large majority of CEA’s work is for return clients, whom we’ve had the pleasure to work with for many years. Our work ranges across a variety of environmental topics including marine conservation, climate change, energy policy, sustainable agriculture, land use and conservation, freshwater management, transportation, wildlife protection, and urban sustainability. While the geographic nature of our projects varies, most of our work is global or international in scope. With respect to our services, our main functions include:

  • Program Design and Strategy Development
  • Programmatic Research, Analysis, and Modeling
  • Evaluation and Learning
  • Facilitation, Collaboration, and Grantee Convening
  • Project Incubation, Organizational Development, and Staffing Support

For a more in-depth description of our services and philosophy, please see our website: www.ceaconsulting.com.

Associate, Ocean and Climate Nexus

CEA is looking for an Associate to provide support to the firm’s Philanthropic Services Practice Area specific to our ocean and climate nexus. The successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day management of large and complex consulting engagements for clients, including large environmentally focused foundations, NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral agencies.

CEA supports some of the most prominent U.S. foundations working at the oceans/climate nexus with strategic and analytical work. For example, CEA advises foundations in the prioritization of grants made in the field of ocean-related carbon dioxide removal (CDR). Other focus areas include fisheries policy, marine conservation, blue carbon finance, and seafood supply chains. The Associate will work primarily in support of analytical and strategic projects in these focus areas, with a particular focus on ocean CDR. This role requires a deep understanding of biological, chemical and/or physical oceanography and an appreciation of the financial, economic, and political dynamics that drive both challenges and solutions. The role also requires the ability to work across disciplines, time zones and institutions to research ocean CDR proposals, engage experts around the world, synthesize complex information, and ultimately help to form recommendations for specific investments in the field of ocean CDR to CEA’s clients. In addition to a focus on ocean CDR, the Associate will support several ongoing projects at the intersection of marine resource economics, finance, policy and management.

CEA’s work environment is collaborative and intensive, and staff regularly engage in travel, both domestic and international. The position requires intellectual rigor, independence, demonstrated attention to detail, and a passion for environmental issues. This position will provide ample opportunities for interaction with key stakeholders and engagement with emerging issues in the environmental sector.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, using literature reviews, interviews with issue experts and stakeholders, and data collection.
  • Draft and design written documents; produce clear and engaging presentations and reports.
  • Interact with clients and manage project communications.
  • Ensure quality control of outgoing work products and correspondence.
  • Assist in marketing efforts, helping in the production of summary memos, proposals, and presentations as needed.


Successful applicants will have most of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (marine biogeochemistry, biological, chemical and/or physical oceanography, natural resource economics, marine/ fisheries policy)
  • At least two to four years of relevant work experience in a management consultancy, foundation, nonprofit, investment firm, think tank, or comparable organization
  • Project management experience
  • Experience with analytically complex projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work, multitask, and prioritize under pressure and uncertainty
  • An optimistic, curious, and strategic approach to problem solving and interest in high-risk, innovative, and complex projects
  • Comfort in a startup environment where ideas, systems, and structures are iterated, and trial and error are expected
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with senior management
  • A deep commitment to conservation causes

Additional qualifications are a plus

  • Master’s degree or MBA in a relevant field
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary groups
  • Experience in excel, statistical software and/or graphic design
  • Foreign language

Compensation and Benefits

The position will be located in Washington, DC. CEA offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. 

To Apply

The expected start date for this position is late 2019/early 2020. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must click “Apply to this Job” to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.

CEA Consulting is an equal opportunity employer.

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