Program Officer, Plastic & Material Science - 22129

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Program Officer, Plastic & Material Science.

Major Function
The Program Officer serves as part of Private Sector Engagement’s (PSE) Plastic & Material Science team. Responsible for activities related to developing and managing projects that support WWF’s work with companies, especially on topics related to material science and plastic. Manages the development of research, materials, projects, consultants, and communications related that support WWF’s goals with the private sector and supports relationship management of corporate plastic engagement platforms.
  • Supports annual reporting for ReSource: Plastic, WWF’s activation hub for helping companies turn plastic commitments into measurable action. Supports the ReSource Footprint Tracker reporting tool, analyzes company plastic data, leads the development of the annual progress report, and makes updates to the tool, methodology, and guidance documents as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains productive relationships with corporate partners, universities and academic institutions, and NGOs representatives. Manages corporate partner relationships and projects, and positions WWF as a trusted partner and expert on packaging and material science sustainability issues.
  • Develops materials, analyses, reports, presentations, etc. for WWF private sector engagements. Responsible for acquiring and gathering data relevant to specific conservation projects from conservation peers, governmental agencies, and universities.
  • Serves as PSE Plastics & Material Science team technical expert on WWF private sector engagements. Works with PSE relationship manager to ensure engagements advance WWF’s mission and ensures timely completion of agreed deliverables.
  • Represents WWF at relevant events and meetings related to sustainable business partnerships. Participates in stakeholder and partner group meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required, with a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience, preferably in packaging, material science, environmental science, corporate sustainability reporting or related area. Advanced degree is preferred, with a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail are obligatory.
  • Intellectual curiosity and well-developed systems thinking, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in data management, analysis, and visualization.
  • Proven ability to operate independently and collaboratively, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments.
  • Proactive problem-solving and ability to build consensus and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including advanced Excel skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #22129
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.