Sustainable Finance Fellow (Climate Risk)

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Sustainable Finance Fellow (Climate Risk)

 

The Sustainable Finance Initiative

Announced in the Fall of 2018, the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) works with public, private and development institutions to engage Stanford researchers in developing the finance and policy tools needed for the transition toward a decarbonized and climate-resilient global economy. Housed at the Precourt Institute for Energy, SFI brings Stanford’s capacity to generate and apply knowledge across finance, economics, business and law to critical challenges in need of tailored and site-specific solutions. Our faculty, fellows and students work in teams with external partners and local collaborators. 

 

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people. 
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community.  
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.

 

Sustainable Finance Fellow

Stanford’s Sustainability Finance Initiative (SFI) seeks a talented, highly motivated researcher with a background in finance or economics for a full time, 1 year fixed term role with the possibility of renewal based on additional funding and operational need. Under the guidance and supervision of SFI the Fellow will investigate various approaches to climate risk management.  The work will include investigation and assessment of the current landscape of insurance, financial markets and policy.  Particular areas of focus may include wildfire risk management models and methods, persistence and viability of carbon offsets, novel approaches to climate risk transfer and management, understanding interactions between various stakeholders in risk management policy design.  .

 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities Required and Preferred Qualifications

  • Design and execute quantitative analytical research on innovative funding approaches and new financing models in sustainable investing
  • Write high-quality research papers and case studies
  • Help design market engagement activities including invitation-only workshops, guest speakers and educational forums
  • Establish trust and credibility with public and private investors and other key stakeholders
  • Assist principal investigators with designing experiments constituting a phase of a research project for which precedents are few; conduct experiments which may involve coordinating a complex experimental protocol.
  • Independently identify/modify standard procedures based on judgment concerning the general goals of a project; select approaches in developing, testing, and evaluating new methods.
  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams (in academia, across different faculties or schools, and in industry, across different functions of the business).
  • Co-author all or sections of a report for publication or professional presentation with the work being reviewed by the principal investigator or faculty.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:

Graduate degree in an applicable social science related field and five years of applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years experience in public or private finance or related research.
  • Masters or PhD in business, public policy, economics, finance or engineering.
  • Research experience or demonstrated interest in sustainable or innovative finance.
  • An insightful, independent, analytical mind with a strong track record of best-in-class analysis and critical thinking.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Professionalism and enthusiasm for working with a diverse team in a collegiate and productive manner.
  • Fluency in English.

 

All interested and qualified applicants must follow these steps in order to apply:

All applicants must submit the following materials with the application:

  • A cover letter;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • List of three references.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.

 

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.

 

WORK STANDARDS:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

 

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

 

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

 

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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