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Future Earth Network Lead

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Future Earth Network Lead works to 1) develop and support robust national and global networks of sustainability research and innovation leaders, 2) manage the development and execution of a major, collaborative international meeting series for the sustainability researchers and innovation community, and 3) establish and develop a global, individual-based professional society structure for sustainability research and innovation. The Future Earth Network Lead reports to the Colorado Global Hub Director, and works closely with Colorado Hub and a set of interlocking globally distributed teams.  

Who We Are

The Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC) is a space at CU-Boulder to co-design and develop the knowledge, capacity and technology to create a more sustainable world. SILC provides both programming and a unique university co-working environment to bring together the private and not-for-profit sectors to solve problems in sustainability. SILC is founded on the premise that the most persistent and challenging global problems can be solved through new partnerships linking education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Network development 
  • Work in collaboration with university centers and leaders, NGOs, the US National Academies, and the private sector to establish and grow a robust, inclusive national network supporting sustainability research and innovation in the US.
  • Develop, lead and support funding proposals (in collaboration with the Director of the Colorado Hub of Future Earth and others) to support US network programs and activities
  • Manage US network programs, as appropriate.
International Meeting Series Management 
  • Work with our core partner, the Belmont Forum, and a small team within the Future Earth Secretariat, to manage the development of SRI2020 (Sustainability Research and Innovation 2020), the first convening within an international conference series attracting Sustainability researchers, global NGO, public and private sector leaders, multinationals, and key sponsors.  
           Work will include:
    • Establish and support a Program Committee.
    • Work with a small team to develop sponsors, partners, and funders for the meeting.
    • Work with the Program Committee, the local host, and the Future Earth Secretariat to develop the meeting program.
    • Establish and manage a travel grants program to support participation by researchers and innovators from Lower and Middle Income Countries.

Professional Society
  • Work with a small team at the Future Earth, and partners, from around the world, to establish and support international professional society structure for Future Earth. 
           Work will include
    • Development of governance structures, development of briefs for the Future Earth Governing Council, establishment of partnerships, development of core member benefits and cost structures, and integration of Future Earth national and regional programs into the member-based structure. 
  • This position may supervise interns, fellow, and/or student employees.

What We Can Offer

Anticipated starting salary is $55,000.00, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an area related to the work assignment.  
  • Two years of combined experience in program/project coordination or events management in a professional setting. 

What You Will Need

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to synthesize information in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political and geographical differences, with ability to work well with teams from around the world.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Highly detail oriented with strong ability to manage and support teams towards complex common goals.
  • Creative problem solver, self-starter, with strong critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and trusting working relationships with directors, high-level advisors, administrators, and staff.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Masters degree from an accredited college or university in an area related to the work assignment.
  • Experience in events management, and program and partnership development - particularly crossing societal sectors (private, public, academic, NGO etc).
  • Diverse fundraising experience. 
  • Competency in sustainability/environmental science.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by 01/23/19 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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