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Associate Director, Project Creation

Adventure Scientists is looking for an exceptional individual to join our team as we unlock access to critical data for leaders working on solutions to the world’s biggest environmental and human health challenges. 

You will play a unique role in advancing the organization, with a particular focus on building new partner relationships. You will identify, vet, research, and build new partnerships in the scientific community––specifically governments, universities, NGOs, and the private sector––with an eye toward developing new projects that match Adventure Scientists’ mission and vision. You will execute and, in some cases, develop sales strategies to attract new partners that can take advantage of Adventure Scientists’ project management services. You will be an integral member of the Project Creation Team, and report to the Executive Director.

You must be a self-motivated, passionate, creative, and adaptive individual with demonstrated relationship-building experience and the ability to inspire confidence and trust with potential partners who are pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. Compelling and effective written and verbal communication skills are critical, as are a strong background and interest in field science, conservation, and complex sales. Of particular importance, you are able to engage with scientific experts on a wide range of technical topics, gain the trust of those experts, and critically examine their data needs for consistency with Adventure Scientists’ mission. You will be expected to travel up to 50% of your time, as well as manage a dispersed team.

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent experience, including extensive experience working in  business development and complex sales. Biology, ecology, natural resources, or a related field is a plus. 
  • 10+ years of experience in the conservation field as well as creating, leading, and assisting in the development of applied research projects.
  • Ability to communicate complex projects and scientific concepts in a compelling way to a wide variety of audiences in public forums as well as individual and group meetings.
  • Proven experience working with environmental or health focused NGOs, researchers, and government agencies in the United States and abroad. 
  • Critical understanding of the evolving fields of conservation and human health research.
  • Proven ability to source and secure external funding for projects or programs, ideally in a fee-for-service structure.
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving abilities in the field, at the office, and in life.
  • Experience managing and mentoring direct reports to ensure continued professional growth and development for Project Creation team members.
  • Desire to join and assist in the growth of a young, dynamic, and innovative nonprofit organization.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Initiate, cultivate, and manage relationships with potential partners from government, universities, NGOs, and the private sector, with a focus on targeting and developing appropriate new partner relationships.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and ambassador for Adventure Scientists by presenting at conferences, participating in public events, and promoting the organization in key forums.
  • Identify and research current gaps in scientific understanding across multiple environmental and human health issues. Listen well to potential partners, and ask thoughtful questions to gain an in-depth understanding of partners’ needs.
  • Alongside Project Creation teammates, vet potential partnerships through the lens of Adventure Scientists’ three project criteria as well as the organization’s strategic business development plan.
  • Work closely with the Project Creation team and Communications team to develop strategies for sourcing and strengthening partnership opportunities among the scientific research community to engage a broader audience.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications to use social media, communications, and outreach in support of Project Creation strategies.
  • Ensure that new projects are accurately filtered through our pipeline and ready to pass to the Project Management team.
  • Manage one team member; if needed, work with leadership to grow Project Creation team.

Work Schedule & Compensation
This is a full-time position based at Adventure Scientists’ headquarters in Bozeman, MT. It will also require significant travel throughout the year. Occasional work on weekends or at night should also be expected. 

Starting salary ranges from $60,000-$75,000. We offer a generous and flexible benefits package, including employer-subsidized healthcare, IRA matching, personal and professional development fund opportunities, paid time off, paid parental leave, student loan relief, and paid powder days. Additional perks include part-time work-from-home opportunities, sabbaticals for long-tenured employees, and access to pro-deals. Plus, we have a dog-friendly office, so you are invited to bring your best friend to work!

To Apply 
Applications are due August 24, 2020. Additional applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis thereafter. Please submit your application on our website:

Applications must include:
  • Cover letter describing your background and interest in the position 
  • Resume (limited to two pages), with desired salary 
  • Three professional references