Director of Asian Sustainability, Asian Society Policy Institute

Asia Society
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 06

Position description

Asia Society,  a prestigious, global non-profit with an exciting portfolio of programs in the areas of public policy, arts and culture, and education, seeks a Director of Asian Sustainability, Asia Society Policy Institute for either our New York/Washington, DC/San Francisco, CA/or Los Angeles, CA locations.

With a problem-solving mandate, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) is a think and do tank that tackles major policy challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific in security, prosperity, sustainability, and the development of common norms and values for the region. ASPI seeks a Director of Asian Sustainability to continue the Institute’s successful work toward a Northeast Asian Carbon Market. The Director will also play a lead role in developing, vetting, and implementing additional environmentally-focused policy projects and expanding the profile of ASPI’s environmental sustainability work. This position can be based in ASPI offices of New York City or Washington, D.C., or Asia Society Center in San Francisco or Los Angeles, and reports to the Managing Director of ASPI.

Responsibilities:

  •  Professional competency in policy analysis, development, and engagement; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; able to work independently with minimum supervision; excellent judgment, tact and discretion
  •  Proven convening capacity and ability to readily connect with others and build effective coalitions to move forward an agenda.
  •  Superior problem-solving and decision-making skills; proven ability to manage projects, resources, and staff; ability to work successfully across time zones and with diverse constituencies, including government agencies, businesses, NGOs, and academic institutions; exceptional personal organization skills
  •  Advanced research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize disparate data and diverse perspectives on emerging and/or controversial issues
  •  Strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability to foster organizational development and innovation
  •  Outstanding written and oral communications skills with proven ability to present information clearly, concisely, and in a timely manner
  •  Ability to use technology relevant to the job and to keep abreast of developments in the field

Qualifications

  •  At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing and leading initiatives in the environmental sustainability field
  •  Expertise in climate change mitigation strategies and environmental sustainability challenges and opportunities writ large, particularly in global and Asian contexts; familiarity with carbon pricing and emissions trading systems a plus
  •  Professional experience analyzing or working on key issues in Asian environmental sustainability
  •  Proven history of generating impact in the policy space by engaging government officials, business leaders, and other influential constituencies in policy projects.
  •  Professional experience participating in multidisciplinary, collaborative research, analysis, and development projects in the sustainability space.
  •  Experience managing staff in a matrixed organization preferred; experience in nonprofit management including strategy, fundraising, and administration a plus 
  •  Advanced degree in environmental policy, international relations/affairs, political science, public policy, or other related area preferred
  •  Proficiency in an Asian language a plus; fluency (written and spoken) in English required
  •  Experience living and/or working in Asia

Competencies:

  •  Professional competency in policy analysis, development, and engagement; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; able to work independently with minimum supervision; excellent judgment, tact and discretion
  •  Proven convening capacity and ability to readily connect with others and build effective coalitions to move forward an agenda.
  •  Superior problem-solving and decision-making skills; proven ability to manage projects, resources, and staff; ability to work successfully across time zones and with diverse constituencies, including government agencies, businesses, NGOs, and academic institutions; exceptional personal organization skills
  •  Advanced research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize disparate data and diverse perspectives on emerging and/or controversial issues
  •  Strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability to foster organizational development and innovation
  •  Outstanding written and oral communications skills with proven ability to present information clearly, concisely, and in a timely manner
  •  Ability to use technology relevant to the job and to keep abreast of developments in the field

Application instructions

Please email (1) cover letter addressing qualifications and salary requirements and (2) resume. These attachments should be PDF or MS Word files. Please indicate job title & code

ID-1809 in the subject line.

Only complete applications will be accepted. No phone calls, please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Please regard your resume as having been received unless your email is bounced back.

Asia Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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