Spades’ mission is to cultivate sustainable climate change mitigation by gently engaging human, environmental, and economic structures to repeatedly grow billions of trees. This means an acceleration of 100x over the current pace of tree growing globally. Spades is a for-profit benefit purpose company (B corporation).
Achieving this lofty mission requires developing standards and technologies that will enable scaling of the growing of trees, and of their survival. This includes developing and applying some proprietary Spades technology, and integrating other expertise, to be applied by Spades and coalition partners to increase and verify project success.
As a start-up with an innovative business model and plans for fast growth, we need leaders who excel at making progress in ambiguity and constructive collaboration, and who are willing to do whatever needs to be done, and to grow as the organization grows.
The compensation package includes significant ownership in the corporation.
The role is responsible for defining and implementing the standards and technologies needed to optimize the success of tree growing projects across a wide range of ecosystems globally, leveraging Spades developed standards and species selection science, as well as other scientific expertise needed in forestry, ecology, climate, agroforestry, hydrology, sustainability, and related fields.
The role also includes the planning and monitoring of strategic projects, identifying those that will have the most impact globally, and convening the range of stakeholders needed to ensure accomplishing environmental, economic, and human objectives.
This role will also lead the development of Spades’ thought leadership for the industry, related to connections between trees and climate change.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Lead Spades applied scientific expertise
Lead the planning and monitoring of strategic projects
Education, Experience, Fit, and Key Competencies
Education: An advanced degree in a scientific field, such as forestry, ecology, climate science, biology, engineering or related field, along with business, is preferred.
Experience: At least 10 years of experience convening and leading stakeholders to structure projects that balance scientific validity and feasibility, and finance and execute them. Thought leadership demonstrated through relevant publications and conference presentations is preferred. Track record of helping others to grow their capabilities and leadership skills.
Location: Open, slight preference to US based, but must have excellent technology access and be able to work effectively virtually.
Fit: It is important that the Chief of Science and Project Development understand the mission, vision and values of the organization, and be 100% committed to them, as this person will represent Spades in the scientific community. The commitment must be consistently demonstrated internally and to the external public, through meetings, presentations, correspondence, negotiations, reports and in all other instances.
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