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Researcher/Analyst

Cross-Organizational | Portland, ME | Full Time

Job Description

Help us make the persuasive case to eliminate toxic chemicals while moving away from petrochemical plastics. The problems are well documented – increased rates of cancer, increased rates of learning disabilities, the pervasive plastic pollution of our waterways and the increasing percentage of carbon emissions associated with them.  Help us promote solutions and convince both the public and decision makers of the need for action. 

What You’ll Do: Building on our 15+ year history of advancing public policy and market-based solutions to both protect people from toxic chemicals and promote sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals, you will generate compelling, science and fact-driven written material to help advance the Environmental Health Strategy Center’s programs. You will synthesize and summarize information from sources ranging from scientific studies and industry fact sheets to government databases in order to generate reports, fact sheets, blogs, and other content that is easily understood and appealing to audiences ranging from moderate to non-existent technical background. You will work directly with raw data and perform basic statistical analyses and matching with other data sets to help uncover trends or identify new avenues for our advocacy work.  The topics you work on will change rapidly and regularly as you work across all of our program areas. Over time, the position could grow into a high level position with supervisory responsibility as we seek to develop a research team.

Who We Need: We’re looking for someone with both the analyst skillset of being able to dive into the minutia of regulations, scientific studies, and government databases to pull out the key elements as well as the advocacy sensibility and writing skills to succinctly present the key information in a way that grabs attention and interest.  The successful candidate will not be afraid of a blank sheet, and will be a prolific generator of quality written material under tight deadlines. We need an individual who is familiar with basic data manipulation and analysis, able to take a comma delimited download from a state database and combine it with other data sources to develop insights helpful to our work using basic tools such as Access, Excel, or R. In addition to having a passion for our mission and topic areas, we look for individuals who are committed to progressive values and social change.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Action Oriented Research – Help to ask and answer the questions that will inform our work, drive our programs forward, and make change.
  • Analysis and Synthesis – Summarize information from scientific studies, government publications, and other sources. Utilize basic data analysis tools to generate relevant information from data sets.
  • Persuasive Communications – Develop thoroughly researched and documented memos, reports, and presentations that convey complex technical information in ways relevant and persuasive to key audiences and decision makers.
  • Information Monitoring – Develop subject matter expertise in our program area topics and share with program staff key developments and emerging trends.


Qualifications:

  • Minimum three years directly relevant professional experience, preferably in a closely related topic area.
  • Exceptional written communication skills with proven ability to generate technically informed persuasive writing under deadline.
  • Demonstrated ability to master complex technical and scientific information and synthesize information across multiple disciplines, with exceptional ability to summarize and translate it to a lay audience.
  • Experience in data analysis and ability to use general tools such as R, Access, or even Excel to combine multiple data sets and extract relevant information.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with basic statistical concepts.
  • Strongly self-motivated and directed, with the capacity to work effectively in a team with extensive amounts of feedback and revision to work products.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, with a masters or higher preferred.

Environmental Health Strategy Center works to create a world where all people are healthy and thriving, with equal access to safe food and drinking water, and products that are toxic-free and climate-friendly.

We're a dynamic, creative, growing 17-year-old nonprofit organization, both advancing policy in our state and leading national campaigns in collaboration with groups across the country.  In the workplace and in the world, we are committed to diversity, inclusion, and environmental justice.

Location: You will join us at our offices in Portland, Maine, a Northeast gem where food is fab, local music is great, craft beer is flowing, and the city is growing! In a state known as “vacationland,” you’ll find hiking, biking, skiing, boating, and beautiful beaches are all close by.  

Salary: $48,000 to $58,000, depending on experience over minimum requirements.

Benefits:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401K; four weeks paid vacation, a generous number of paid holidays, as well as sick leave; potential for flexible schedule.

For more information:  A full job description is available on our website at http://www.ourhealthyfuture.org/work-us.

To Apply:   Please submit a cover letter highlighting your fit to this position, your current resume, and a writing sample that reflects the nature of writing this position demands through this portal.

Application Deadline: Application review will take place as applications are received and until a hire is made.  If the posting is still on this portal, we are still accepting applications.

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, disability, age, or national origin.