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The Breakthrough Institute is an energy and environmental research center based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to identify and promote technological solutions to global environmental problems. At Breakthrough, we believe in a future that is good for both people and nature, and we set out to achieve this vision through our three focus areas: energy, food, and conservation. 

Why join the Breakthrough team?

  1. Learn from the best in the business. We convene a powerful network of social scientists, journalists, scholars, academics, innovators, and entrepreneurs. As a part of the team you will get to learn from the thought leaders and influencers in energy and the environment.
  2. Work with brilliant coworkers who love what they do. We are in this for the same reason – to make a positive impact on the world around us – so we build each other up, support each other, and put our mission above our egos. We’re a friendly and collaborative group. That means you will be able to learn and work with a wide variety of people. 


Breakthrough is currently hiring for two positions:

 

Events and Development Associate

Job Description

The Events and Development Associate will get the chance to play an integral role in event planning and fundraising. He or she will gain first-hand experience working on everything from logistics to content creation to event production on a mix of events with diverse topics. Plus, he or she will get to support the development efforts that make them possible.

This is an entry-level position. The Events and Development Associate will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the events director in planning, coordinating, and executing events including but not limited to: research, managing RSVPs, conducting outreach, database management, and on-site event management
  • Assisting in developing, compiling, and editing event materials, including but not limited to: invites, travel information, nametags, presentation materials, speaker bios, etc.
  • Assisting with implementing development strategies by compiling donor briefings, preliminary research on prospective donors, sending acknowledgements, scheduling meetings, creating reports, and database management
  • Traveling locally and nationally for events as necessary
  • Perform other tasks as needed

Qualifications

  • Openness to implementing unconventional and innovative ideas
  • Be self-starting, resourceful, and organized
  • Have the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Be a proactive problem solver
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A willingness to learn.

Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor's degree with 1-2 years of related work experience in events and/or development
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other CRMs
  • Comfortable with Google applications (Gmail, Google docs, calendar, etc.)
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Comfortable with Adobe Photoshop (desired, not required)
  • Comfortable with outreach to vendors, donors, event guests, external stakeholders, etc.

Benefits

Salary is in the $40-45K range. Excellent health insurance, paid leave, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits. We are located in downtown Oakland, right above the 12th Street Oakland BART station.

Does this sound like you? If so, send a thoughtful letter of interest, resume, and three references (name, affiliation, email, and phone number) to Hafeezah Abdullah at jobs[at]thebreakthrough[dot]org. Use the subject line “Name - Events and Development Associate.” Interviews will begin the first week in January. No phone calls please.

 

 

Energy Analyst

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative research for internal and external use, including memos, reports, working papers, and peer-reviewed publications
  • Write articles for the Breakthrough website
  • Contribute to research proposals when needed
  • Engage with key audiences on social media such as Twitter
  • Follow discourse on energy issues and propose new areas of research
  • Continuously develop quantitative and qualitative research methods and skills
  • Scope out projects for our Breakthrough Generation Fellowship program and potentially supervise Generation fellows

Qualifications

  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of energy policy, either through degree, coursework, or work experience
  • Cover letter should demonstrate understanding of Breakthrough’s scope of work
  • Strong research skills, quantitative as well as qualitative
  • Strong presentation skills, both written and oral, for internal and external communication
  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to challenge conventional thinking around energy

Attributes

  • Perseverance and follow through; takes initiative and tends to be self-motivated
  • Sophisticated data analysis and organizational skills
  • Strong quantitative capabilities
  • Works well on group projects and has good inter-team communication
  • Highly motivated to learn new skills and improve qualitative research methods
  • High degree of organization

Job Conditions

Normal. Additional hours may be required to meet deadlines. Some travel and evening time may be required depending on events, invitations, presentations, meetings, and other job-related work outside of the office.

Salary

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs [at] thebreakthrough [dot] org. We encourage you to submit materials as soon as possible, as we will interview and hire on a rolling basis. 

 

Food & Agriculture Analyst

We are currently hiring a Food and Agriculture Analyst. This role is full time, based in our office in downtown Oakland.

The Food and Agriculture Analyst will perform quantitative and qualitative research on ways in which technology and innovation can improve the sustainability of food and agricultural systems. Tasks will include literature reviews, internal memo writing, data analysis, and contributing to papers, reports, and popular articles.

The ideal candidate will have experience in agro-environmental research and technology as well as a broad range of analytical and research methods from literature reviews, to memo writing, data analysis, and strong presentation skills. Ability to take direction and work in a group is essential.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

  • Review and analyze agricultural practices and technologies from a sustainability perspective

  • Conduct literature reviews, data analysis, and expert interviews

  • Write internal memos, reports, and popular pieces for the website or external publications

  • Collaborate with staff and external partners on peer-reviewed articles

  • Make professional presentations of results to staff and outside experts

  • Build professional relationships with scholars, journalists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists through social media, attending events, and one-on-one outreach

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant field preferred

  • Experience critically reviewing academic literature and identifying authoritative sources of information

  • Demonstrated ability to analyse problems quantitatively, such as through spreadsheet modeling or statistical analysis

  • Strong presentation skills, both written and oral, for internal and external communication

  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to challenge conventional thinking around agriculture and sustainability

Attributes

  • Perseverance and follow through; takes initiative and tends to be self motivated

  • Sophisticated data analysis and organizational skills

  • Works well on group projects and has good inter-team communication

  • Highly motivated to learn new skills and improve research methods

Job Conditions

Normal.  Additional hours may be required to meet deadlines. Some travel and evening time may be required depending on events, invitations, presentations, meetings, and other job related work outside of the office.

Salary

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a 2-5 page writing sample to jobs [at] thebreakthrough [dot] org. The cover letter should demonstrate an understanding of Breakthrough’s work on food and farming. We encourage you to submit materials as soon as possible, as we will interview and hire on a rolling basis.