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Coordinator, Center for Behavior & the Envrionment

Arlington VA

Job ID: 2019-1355


Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive. Conservation ultimately comes down to people – their behaviors toward nature, their beliefs about its value, and their ability to protect it without sacrificing basic life needs. And so, conservationists must become as skilled in social change as in science; as committed to community-based solutions as national and international policymaking.

Over more than three decades, Rare has partnered with local organizations to run more than 400 behavior change projects in nearly 60 countries, promoting community-led adoption of solutions as diverse sustainable coastal fisheries management, fuel-efficient cookstove use, reciprocal water agreements, regenerative agriculture, recycling and waste management, wildlife demand reduction, and more. Rare’s largest current program, Fish Forever, is an innovative global movement to transform coastal fisheries in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique the Philippines and more. Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment (BE.Center) was launched in 2017 to bring the best insights from behavioral science and design to tackle some of the world’s most challenging environmental issues. Through partnership with leading academic and research institutions, we are translating the science of human behavior into practical solutions for conservationists worldwide.

The BE.Center team seeks a Coordinator to support its mission. A dynamic and multifaceted role, the Coordinator will facilitate and execute critical components of the BE.Center’s operations. These activities include project managing team tasks, supporting meeting and retreat planning, coordinating and drafting BE.Center outreach, and handling other miscellaneous short-term and long-term projects. In short, this role keeps the BE.Center on track and is a critical member to ensuring that it delivers on its programmatic strategy.

Organization, flexibility, efficiency and analytical skills are required to be successful in this role. The Coordinator is expected to be highly organized and self-starting, to have an optimistic spirit, and an appetite for working in a cross-functional, entrepreneurial, high-performing environment.


Essential Functions

The Coordinator, Center for Behavior & the Envrionment will carry out the following responsibilities:

Team Coordination and Project Management

Ensure the effective day-to-day and long-term functioning of the BE.Center. These activities include, but are not limited to:

Plan and execute BE.Center meetings and support planning for meetings with other teams across Rare

Manage project tracking and map the team delivery on annual balanced scorecard and long-term objectives

Assist in budget development and management of team expenses

Lead logistics support in the organization of trainings, site visits, workshops and other program events, including the purchase of airplane tickets, hotel reservations, identifying and booking venues for events, etc.;


Support BE.Center Operations

Contribute to the day-to-day and long-term functions of Rare’s BE.Center. Specific activities include, but are not limited to:

Coordinate, draft and manage correspondence with critical internal and external stakeholders, including donors and strategic partners

Manage the behavior@rare.org inbox and direct requests to appropriate team members

Catalogue and maintain relevant research in behavioral science and conservation

Draft content (such as PowerPoint slides, training materials, talking points, etc.) to be used across BE.Center projects

Support BE.Center leadership team is preparing proposals and donor reports as needed

Support BE.Center projects, such as Solution Search, behavior-centered design trainings, and Campaigning for Conservation during peak workloads


Special Projects

Take leadership role in ad hoc special projects within the BE.Center team



Associate or Bachelor’s degree plus some office experience

Strong written and oral communication skills;

Business acumen as applied to global, fast growth, fast-paced, innovative organizations;

Strong project management and people management skills, including the ability to manage up, down and across;

Ability to thrive in cross-functional team environments to build relationships across geographical distances, cultural communities, and up and down the organizational structure;

A commitment to Rare’s mission and values;

A desire to work on important conservation and environment issues such as climate change, overfishing, sustainable agriculture, etc is required; Knowledge and experience in working on some of these issues is a big plus but is not a requirement for the position;

Written and spoken fluency in English required; proficiency in other languages a plus, especially Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tagalog or Bahasa Indonesian.


Apply: https://www.rare.org/en-rare-careers

Posted March 5, 2019

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