CEA Consulting

Job Type: Full Time
Location: San Francisco, CA

CEA Consulting is an environmental consultancy based in San Francisco, CA. For more than 35 years, CEA has worked at the intersection of markets, business practices, public policies, and philanthropic, non-profit, corporate, and impact investment strategies to achieve positive outcomes for the environment. Our work is guided by a deep knowledge of the scientific, financial/economic, cultural, and sociopolitical underpinnings of our most pressing environmental problems.

CEA’s Philanthropic Practice Area is a growing, collaborative team of sixteen consultants who support environmental foundations and nonprofits, as well as sustainability-oriented businesses and impact investors. We pride ourselves on being client oriented, insightful, humble, and responsive. The majority of CEA’s work is for return clients, whom we’ve had the pleasure of working with for many years. Our work covers a variety of environmental topics including marine conservation, climate change, climate resilience, energy policy, sustainable agriculture, land use and conservation, freshwater management, transportation, wildlife protection, pollution, environmental justice, and urban sustainability. Many of our projects are 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, Nonprofit Business Planning, Organizational Development, and Staffing Support

As a small firm of 30 employees, we operate as a tight-knit team. We strive to create a work environment that is collaborative, low-ego, and inclusive and where all consultants are supported in doing the work they are most passionate about, doing their best work, and bringing their whole selves to work. We believe that a wide array of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences promote innovation and make our team more creative, flexible and productive. For a more in-depth description of our services and examples of past work, please see our website: www.ceaconsulting.com.

About the Role

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

Our work environment is collaborative, intensive, and likely to require travel (when deemed safe). The position requires intellectual rigor, excellent interpersonal skills, independence, attention to detail, and a passion for environmental issues. Associates at CEA have the opportunity to collaborate with and build their skills as leaders in the environmental conservation and sustainability field.

This position will have a lead role in technical analyses that the group conducts on behalf of its clients, including excel-based modeling, analysis of large data sets, basic statistical modeling, and data visualization.  Examples of recent technical projects include: modeling and projecting greenhouse gas emissions from ocean-based climate solutions out to 2050, conducting statistical analysis to test the effectiveness of sustainable seafood certifications in promoting positive environmental outcomes, assessing the climate impact potential of an impact investment fund’s portfolio, and developing a model to help a mobility company assess their impact on city-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

While environmental content expertise is not required, we seek a candidate who is comfortable managing and manipulating large data sets, who is fluent with quantitative analysis in excel and other statistical software, who is capable of researching model inputs, and who can liaise with external experts to vet and refine models.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the execution of projects in collaboration with team members.
  • Support project design and work planning.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses via research, modeling, expert interviews, and data analyses.
  • Conduct research and analysis independently.
  • Participate in group problem solving and brainstorming with project teams.
  • Liaise and communicate with clients.
  • Develop and communicate recommendations via clear and effective deliverables (e.g., reports, presentations, briefs).
  • Ensure quality control of outgoing work products and correspondence.
  • Work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision and proactively engage with project managers.
  • Participate in a growing phase for CEA as it transitions to an organization that is more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

About You

You are passionate about using data and quantitative methods to solve environmental problems. You are a self-starter and find joy and fulfillment from a job well done. You can deliver your work on time, support your team mates, and help to create a collegial, inclusive, and healthy work environment. You are intellectually curious. You can work effectively in teams as well as independently. You are coachable and are excited to continue to grow your knowledge base and skill set.

While each consultant at CEA brings a different set of skills and experiences to their work, desired skills and experiences include the following.

  • Either a Bachelor’s degree and at least four to five years of work experience or an advanced degree and at least two or three years of work experience. Degrees and/or work experiences that include training in quantitative methods and/or environmental studies/natural sciences are preferred.
  • We are open to candidates with a range of past professional experiences. Many of our current consultants have past experience in environmental non-profits, finance/impact investing, engineering, government agencies, foundations, and think tanks.
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel and preferably at least one other analytical software (e.g., R, STATA, GIS, Tableau).
  • Experience managing analytically complex projects.
  • Ability to work, multitask, and prioritize in order to meet deadlines and respond and adapt to changing client needs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively communicate across internal teams and with external stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion and interact with a wide range of stakeholders (e.g., scientists, policy makers, advocates, and industry representatives) with diplomacy and enthusiasm
  • A curious, pragmatic, and strategic mind, who can translate data and information into insight. Content knowledge in climate change, climate resilience, ocean conservation, fisheries reform, land preservation, sustainable agriculture, freshwater management, forestry, environmental justice, and/or air quality.
  • Professional proficiency in a foreign language and demonstrated cultural competency.

Work Location

At this time, due to state and local restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, CEA’s San Francisco office is closed, and staff are working remotely.  This position will be based in CEA’s San Francisco office once it reopens.

Compensation and Benefits

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must press "Apply for this Job" below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. This position will remain open until filled.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume and cover letter.

CEA is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to our legal and ethical obligations to protect job applicants and employees  from employment discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment due to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military status, or veteran status.  For more information on your protections under Federal and State of California law, click here and here.

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