Carbon Management Research Manager

Great Plains Institute

Program/Role: Carbon Management Research Manager

Location: Flexible. GPI’s headquarters are based at 2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 220 in Minneapolis, MN. Remote work will be considered.

Reports to: Carbon Management Senior Policy Manager

Type of Position: Full-time position

Ideal start date: As soon as possible; application process will remain open until position is filled

Compensation: Salary range: $65K-$85K, commensurate with experience and location of candidate. Benefits include health plan, 401(k) retirement plan, LTD, STD, life, vision, dental, FSA/HSA, paid time off, paid family leave, and a communication stipend.

ABOUT THE GREAT PLAINS INSTITUTE

One of the nation’s leading energy and climate policy organizations, the mission of the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is to transform the energy system to benefit people, the economy and the environment. At a time of great political, social, economic and environmental challenges confronting our nation and the world, GPI’s success in achieving implementation of groundbreaking policies and initiatives at the federal, state and local levels is generating significant impact and creating opportunities to add dedicated and talented members to our team. Our programs focus on building a prosperous, equitable and net-zero emissions energy and industrial economy, and they are supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies.  GPI’s operations are national in scope (see map), yet our organization retains a strong presence in the Upper Midwest. A tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, MN, GPI’s nearly 50 professionals call Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Wyoming home. GPI has five program areas: Carbon Management, Communities, Energy Systems, Renewable Energy, and Transportation & Fuels. Please visit www.betterenergy.org to learn more.

ABOUT THE CARBON MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 

GPI’s Carbon Management Program is dedicated to fostering deployment of solutions at climate scale for managing carbon emissions from energy, industry and manufacturing, while protecting and creating high-wage, family-sustaining jobs and providing economic and environmental benefits to affected communities. Through our staffing and coordination of the Carbon Capture Coalition at the federal level, the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional Deployment Initiative, and Industrial Innovation Initiative, GPI’s Carbon Management Program is playing a transformative role in building broad industry, labor, and NGO engagement and support for federal and state policies necessary to put our nation on a path to net-zero emissions and achieving midcentury climate goals. The Carbon Management Program is a fast-paced collaborative team with an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages and appreciates equal contribution from members at all levels of the team.

THIS POSITION 

GPI seeks a capable and highly-motivated individual to develop and execute research and analyses on greenhouse gas emissions reductions and industrial and energy system transformation. This position will focus on topics related to GPI’s Carbon Management Program, conducting original qualitative and quantitative research. Analyses will focus on decarbonizing power and industrial sectors, informing state and regional policy initiatives and developing project development scenarios that contemplate myriad natural and environmental resources and potential human conflicts.

GPI’s Carbon Management Program is dedicated to fostering deployment of solutions at climate scale for managing carbon emissions from energy, industry and manufacturing, while protecting and creating high-wage, family-sustaining jobs and providing economic and environmental benefits to affected communities. Through our staffing and coordination of the federal Carbon Capture Coalition, the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional Carbon Capture Deployment Initiative, and Industrial Innovation Initiative, GPI’s Carbon Management Program is playing a transformative role in building broad industry, labor, and NGO engagement and support for federal and state policies necessary to put our nation on a path to net-zero emissions to achieve midcentury climate goals. GPI is currently ramping up new initiatives in key states and regions focused on economywide deployment of carbon capture, removal, transport, use, and geologic storage.

The Carbon Management team is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The ideal candidate will work with GPI’s Carbon Management Program to lead and develop research and analyses. The specific duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Contribute to the development and execution of the research plan for the Carbon Management program including data collection and management, qualitative and quantitative analyses, management of research project timelines and deliverables, and development of research reports, white papers, blog posts, and similar publications
  • Support existing initiatives, including state and regional project deployment modeling (e.g. carbon capture, carbon utilization, direct air capture, and associated CO2 transport and storage infrastructure), carbon management policy, and power sector and industrial emissions reductions, among others
  • Present findings and resources to a variety of audiences, providing content expertise to many types of stakeholders in a variety of venues
  • Work with the Carbon Management Program to develop new areas of work within the carbon management sector and related areas of energy and climate policy
  • Coordinate with other research colleagues across GPI’s programs to identify synergies and leverage internal expertise.
  • Oversee and manage research being done by outside consultants

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Analytical, statistical, geographic information systems (GIS) or science-based bachelor’s degree or relevant proven skills and experience
  • Geospatial analytical skills and experience including:
    • Digitizing, verifying, correcting, and updating GIS data, including as-built entry and verification
    • Producing special purpose maps, applications, and models
    • Determining and executing the appropriate sequence of operations using GIS software and programming to process, analyze and maintain spatial data
    • Configuring and maintaining ArcGIS Online / ArcGIS Portal maps, Web App Builder Applications, and ESRI mobile applications
  • Experience in environmental science areas such as lifecycle assessment, thermal and industrial emissions, pollution abatement systems, land use, and land ownership structures
  • Understanding of multi-modal transport systems and infrastructure
  • Experience with scientific models and software, with specific applications in carbon and emissions accounting like GREET, economic models like IMPLAN or REMI
  • Experience with analytical, geospatial and/or computer programming software packages such as ArcGIS, Javascript, Python, and R
  • Skilled at math, data management, spreadsheet analyses, and graphical data interpretation
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills, as well as ability to prepare and convey technical material in concise, plain language
  • Experience working on a diverse team and with different communication styles
  • Self-motivated, with excellent time, deadline, and project management skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint)
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute and its Carbon Management Program

EQUIPMENT USED

Desktop computer and/or laptop, telephone; Microsoft Office Suite programs; teleconferencing platforms including Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Software and models such as ArcGIS, Python, R and IMPLAN.

TRAVEL

GPI’s work often involves travel throughout the US, and applicants to this position, if remote, should expect to travel to Minneapolis a few times each year (costs reimbursed).

HOW TO APPLY   

Complete your application here.

(Link address if needed: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/998896/Great-Plains-Institute-for-Sustainable-Development/Carbon-Management-Research-Manager).

Required application materials include a resume and one-page cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The Great Plains Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. GPI is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace for all.

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