Director, Economics of the Future

Ref: 5264

Bezos Earth Fund

Washington DC preferred

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Role Managed by:

Teresa Phiri

Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit and Social Impact Practice

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Created by Jeff Bezos with a $10 billion commitment, the largest philanthropic commitment ever made to fight climate change and protect nature, the Earth Fund is now building its senior team to ensure maximum transformative impact.

We believe that this is a truly decisive decade. Climate change poses an existential threat to humanity, and the destruction of nature is undermining the ecosystems upon which we depend. But along with risks come great opportunities. Smart, bold action on climate change and nature will not only prevent bad things from happening; it can also introduce new opportunities, making our economy more efficient, driving technological change, and reducing risks. Combined, these can lead to more jobs, healthier citizens, less injustice, and better lives. The Bezos Earth Fund was established to help drive these needed changes. 

The Director, Economics of the Future will lead the Fund’s work on economic analysis and policy. They would work across all the program areas of the fund, ensuring that programs embed the most current economic understanding and innovation. Working with leading global institutions they will also lead the design and oversight of major stand-alone programs providing economic advisory services to countries and cities. Finally, the Director will work with frontier economists and scientists to design programs that will advance the science of economics itself, too much of which remains stuck in old ways of thinking.

The Director will work with the President & CEO, the Vice President, Strategy and Programs, and a growing team to identify and design scalable programs, convene key partners, identify excellent organizations and projects, direct funding to high-impact initiatives, track results, and share knowledge. They will engage with experts and decision-makers and be open to new ideas and partners.  The Director will approach this work with a spirit of curiosity, collaboration, humility, and learning, while also focusing on results and being ambitious on behalf of the Fund’s climate mission.

The successful candidate will be a recognized leader in environmental economics, and will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, and exceptional strategic, collaboration, and communication skills. They will have a strong understanding of economics and how this applies to climate solutions and experience working in an international context.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience that demonstrates intellectual, strategic, and managerial leadership. They should have a graduate degree in a relevant field.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 5264. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Preferred location: Washington DC, but flexible for extraordinary candidates. Please highlight if you have the right to work in the US in your application.

The Bezos Earth Fund offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience (geographic differential applied based on location). 

The Bezos Earth Fund is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. The Earth Fund recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, education, and geographic location. 

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