System Dynamics Modeler
Climate Interactive (CI), a project of New Venture Fund, seeks to hire a modeler with climate and/or energy system modeling experience. CI is currently engaged in modeling climate policy and related topics including the energy system, climate smart agriculture, and urban impacts.
Climate Interactive (www.ClimateInteractive.org) creates and uses system dynamics computer simulations to help decision-makers see what works to address complex social and environmental issues such as mitigating climate change, accelerating the transition to clean energy, and building climate resilience.
The Senior Modeler is responsible for developing and testing system dynamics computer simulations of climate and energy policy issues, carrying out analyses, and engaging clients and stakeholders in model simulations. Additional responsibilities include writing and editing media for CI.
Reports to: Travis Franck, Food Systems Program Director
Overtime Status: Exempt
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:
Contribute as a collaborative member of a high-performance team.
Create, test, improve and document system dynamics computer simulations, starting from problem statement and conceptualization to the final decision support user interface.
Analyze scenarios using system dynamics models, producing charts and reports describing model structure and results.
Create simulation interfaces, slides and model documentation.
Engage stakeholders to elicit their mental models through interactive workshops, and to help audiences develop their systems thinking capabilities.
Present simulation and analytic insights to stakeholders, both remotely via webinars and in-person (possible travel 3-7 weeks per year; domestic and/or international).
Write and edit blog posts, website text, brochures, project descriptions, journal articles, and policy papers.
Manage project timelines and deliverables, including supplying realistic time estimates.
Support the Program Director in delivering on contracts, grants, and CI’s mission.
Deliver in-person presentations, interact in meetings, run webinars, speak in conference calls, deliver capacity building workshops, coach leaders
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:
Master’s degree, PhD or equivalent experience.
At least five years of experience building and using computer simulations and working with clients and stakeholders using simulations.
Competence with the Vensim software package.
Competence building dynamic hypotheses with stakeholders, including causal loop and stock/flow diagramming.
Competence with different analytic skills to analyze large datasets and model output.
General understanding of climate change, economic development, and environmental science and policy.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Self-motivated. Able to work independently and remotely.
Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge and Ability:
Working knowledge of other subject areas within the CI mission including: clean energy, climate change modeling, and systems thinking.
- Exceptional communicator
- Extremely well organized, detail-oriented and analytical
- Team player
Remote. Preferred at Climate Interactive hubs: Asheville, NC; Cambridge, MA; Hanover, NH; and Washington, DC
Salary and Benefits:
CI offers salary commensurate with experience and includes health care, vacation, holidays, 401(k), and fitness stipend.
Email your cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Interactive is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.