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  • Product Manager: University of Chicago

    Salary

    TBD

    Position: Product Manager
    Reports to: Director of the Tools of Thought Initiative
    Preferred Start Date: ASAP

    Who We Are
    Working hard is no longer the pathway to economic opportunity and upward mobility that it
    once was. We believe that is because the nature of jobs has changed. For most of the 20th
    century, the key to the middle class was a strong back; today it is a flexible mind. Jobs have
    shifted from the physical to the social and mental. Businesses increasingly can’t find workers
    with the “soft” skills needed to thrive in these jobs. These challenges will only get worse over
    time as the economy changes: three quarters of jobs are already in the service sector – where
    these skills are crucial – and that sector is still growing. AI is set to eliminate the routine, non-social parts of jobs, leaving only the parts that require soft skills.

    Our goal with the Tools of Thought Initiative is to develop a new training program for the
    workforce that combines what the very best behavioral science research tells us about which
    soft skills matter most with our field experiences about how to design engaging, culturally
    competent programs that work in the real world. In doing so, we aim to fundamentally change
    the productivity and well-being of millions of workers.

    The Role
    The Product Manager will play a key role in the operational delivery of the Tools of Thought
    Initiative, including building and maintaining relationships with development and testing
    partners, producing plans for the development of early product prototypes and testing of those
    prototypes, and developing and using systems to ensure the project stays on track.

    This is a unique opportunity to combine the culture and pace of a startup with the rigor of a
    research environment. Like any good startup, fundamentally we want to produce a product
    that works and scales. Unlike most startups, we rely on foundational research to inform our
    product development and our goal is positive social impact. This role will involve continuous
    learning and adaptability to the changing needs of the initiative.

    This person will report to the Director of the Tools of Thought Initiative and have primary
    responsibility for the product management of the Initiative. The above is intended to describe
    the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be
    construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    ● Works with the Director of the Initiative to manage product design and development,
    including operational management of product design and test cycles.
    ● Contributes to design of program content, policies and strategic planning efforts.
    ● Builds and maintains strong relationships with various stakeholders, including within the
    University of Chicago researchers, other academics, donors, and public and private
    sector and nonprofit partners.
    ● Assists with the design and implementation of the strategy to achieve the objectives of
    the Initiative, including the staff and operations plan, design and execution of research
    activities, and communications plan.
    ● Assists with administrative functions which may include planning and scheduling,
    program evaluation, policy implementation, personnel administration, budget,
    marketing, fundraising and proposal development.
    ● Assists with developments of publication of internal- and external-facing documents and
    program descriptions.
    ● Performs other related work as needed.

    Education
    Bachelor’s degree in economics, business, public policy, or a closely related field required.

    Experience
    Some relevant work and/or research experience required; experienced gained in school counts
    towards requirement.

    In addition, though none of the following are required for the position, candidates are
    encouraged to highlight experience in the following areas:
    ● Experience managing a project or small team to complete a task or plan to a deadline
    ● Experience working on large projects with multiple stakeholders
    ● Experience working on field experiments

    Competencies
    ● Strong operational and project management skills with exceptional attention to detail
    required.
    ● Entrepreneurial spirit with demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively
    with multiple constituencies in a sometimes ambiguous and fast-paced environment
    preferred; ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required.
    ● Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with
    various stakeholders required.
    ● Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize
    activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision
    required.
    ● Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a
    simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.
    ● Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required.
    ● Knowledge and understanding of behavioral science or psychology literature preferred.
    ● Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data preferred.
    ● Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills preferred.

    To Apply
    We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the
    highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences,
    groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement,
    and exchange.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
    religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status
    or status as an individual with disability.

    The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans
    Employer.

    Please submit a resume, cover letter, and reference contact information to UChicago’s
    Workday system. Within the Workday system, this listing can be found by the position title or
    by the requisition number, JR17837.

    If you have an active UChicago Workday account, you will need to complete the Internal
    Candidate application process. Simply log in to Workday and select the career worklet to begin.

    External candidates should apply at https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External.

    If you have questions about the Workday system, please contact our Shared Services
    department at https://services.uchicago.edu

    Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process may
    contact the Shared Services Office by calling 773-702-5800 or by emailing
    [email protected] with their request

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  • Associate Director, Tools for Thought Initiative: University of Chicago -

    Salary

    TBD

    Position: Associate Director, Tools for Thought Initiative
    Reports to: Director of the Tools of Thought Initiative
    Preferred Start Date: ASAP

    Who We Are
    Working hard is no longer the pathway to economic opportunity and upward mobility that
    it once was. We believe that is because the nature of jobs has changed. For most of the
    20th century, the key to the middle class was a strong back; today it is a flexible mind. Jobs
    have shifted from the physical to the social and mental. Businesses increasingly can’t find
    workers with the “soft” skills needed to thrive in these jobs. These challenges will only get
    worse over time as the economy changes: three quarters of jobs are already in the service
    sector – where these skills are crucial – and that sector is still growing. AI is set to eliminate
    the routine, non-social parts of jobs, leaving only the parts that require soft skills.

    Our goal with the Tools of Thought Initiative is to develop a new training program for the
    workforce that combines what the very best behavioral science research tells us about
    which soft skills matter most with our field experiences about how to design engaging,
    culturally competent programs that work in the real world. In doing so, we aim to
    fundamentally change the productivity and well-being of millions of workers.

    The Role
    The Associate Director will play a key role in the operational delivery of the Tools of Thought
    Initiative, including building and maintaining relationships with development and testing
    partners, producing plans for the development of early product prototypes and testing of those
    prototypes, and developing and using systems to ensure the project stays on track.

    This is a unique opportunity to combine the culture and pace of a startup with the rigor of a
    research environment. Like any good startup, fundamentally we want to produce a product
    that works and scales. Unlike most startups, we rely on foundational research to inform our
    product development and our goal is positive social impact. This role will involve continuous
    learning and adaptability to the changing needs of the initiative.

    This person will report to the Director of the Tools of Thought Initiative and have primary
    responsibility for all operations of the Initiative. The above is intended to describe the general
    content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an
    exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    ● Works with the Director of the Initiative to manage program operations and product
    design and development, including operational management of product design and test
    cycles.

    ● Contributes to design of program content, policies and strategic planning efforts.

    ● Builds and maintains strong relationships with various stakeholders, including within the
    University of Chicago researchers, other academics, donors, and public and private
    sector and nonprofit partners.

    ● Assists with the design and implementation of the strategy to achieve the objectives of
    the Initiative, including the staff and operations plan, design and execution of research
    activities, and communications plan.

    ● Assists with administrative functions which may include planning and scheduling,
    program evaluation, policy implementation, personnel administration, budget,
    marketing, fundraising and proposal development.

    ● Assists with developments of publication of internal- and external-facing documents and
    program descriptions.

    ● Performs other related work as needed.

    Education
    Bachelor’s degree in economics, business, public policy, or a closely related field required;
    Master’s Degree in Business, Economics, Behavioral Science or related field preferred.
    Experience

    ● Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 4+ years of
    work experience in a related job discipline.
    ● Previous experience with product design and build work, program design and
    implementation work strongly preferred.
    ● Previous experience working in a research organization or managing research projects
    — especially field experiments — preferred.

    Competencies
    ● Strong operational and project management skills — including leadership of others to
    achieve operational targets — with exceptional attention to detail required.
    ● Entrepreneurial spirit with demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively
    with multiple constituencies in a sometimes ambiguous and fast-paced environment
    preferred; ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required.
    ● Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with
    various stakeholders required.
    ● Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize
    activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision
    required.
    ● Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a
    simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.
    ● Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required.
    ● Knowledge and understanding of behavioral science or psychology literature preferred.
    ● Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data preferred.
    ● Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills preferred.

    To Apply
    We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the
    highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences,
    groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement,
    and exchange.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
    religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status
    or status as an individual with disability.

    The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans
    Employer.

    Please submit a resume, cover letter, and reference contact information to UChicago’s
    Workday system. Within the Workday system, this listing can be found by the position title or
    by the requisition number, JR18002.

    If you have an active UChicago Workday account, you will need to complete the Internal
    Candidate application process. Simply log in to Workday and select the career worklet to begin.

    External candidates should apply at https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External.
    If you have questions about the Workday system, please contact our Shared Services
    department at https://services.uchicago.edu.

    Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process may
    contact the Shared Services Office by calling 773-702-5800 or by emailing
    [email protected] with their request

    Click here for more information

  • Behavioural Scientist for Climate Change: Earthcare Foundation

    Salary

    TBD

    Closes

    August 31, 2022

    Behavioural Scientist for Climate Change

    Do you aspire to be a Climate Champion and apply your expertise in behavioural science to scale climate solutions?  If so, here is a unique opportunity for you!

    Earthcare Foundation is looking for a behavioural science expert to join our deeply dedicated team – we seek to combat the climate crisis while also improving people’s lives.

    Headquartered in Hong Kong, Earthcare Foundation has been funding environmental projects since 2003.  Currently, we are working closely with NGOs in SE Asia to help millions of farmers to adopt climate smart farming and waste management practices that reduce super climate pollutants while also improving their health and livelihoods. To ensure that our evidence-based approach is grounded in sound climate, agricultural and behavioural sciences, we have our own in-house regenerative farming expert and collaborate with a leading behavioural scientist consultancy from the UK.

    To help us develop more climate-focused projects and attract other co-funders and NGOs to join our cause, we are looking to develop in-house behavioural science capacities.

    Your key responsibilities

    • Work closely with the ECF project team and local partners on the application of behavioural science to turn sound climate solutions into viable behaviourally informed opportunities that appeal to our target beneficiaries. You will be involved in every aspect of project implementation from strategy formulation, programme design, training and promotional material development, design of motivational systems for local teams and communities, to policy lobbying with local and national authorities.
    • Work in tandem with the Management team to
      • develop and shape co-funding strategy, communication materials, funding collaterals and proposals to attract more philanthropic capital to fund climate mitigation projects; and
      • develop a strategy to attract other NGOs to integrate behaviourally informed climate solutions into their programmes.
    • Collaborate with our behavioural science consultants – on all projects the behavioural science components of which have been contracted out to our behavioural science partners from the UK.
    • Conduct Behavioral and Psychological Research – both primary and secondary research for new and existing projects
    • Develop Tools – including motivational materials, toolkits, survey guidelines, training modules and guidelines that can be adapted and used by local partners across projects

    The valuable skills and experience that you will have:

    • Behavioural Science Expertise
      • Expert-level knowledge of applied behavioural science or behavioural economics, covering foundational as well as recent research
      • At least 5 years of experience and exceptional talent in analysing real-world problems and designing behaviourally informed interventions to solve them
      • Ability to communicate research findings and behavioural recommendations in clear tangible ways, demonstrating their applicability to a lay audience including co-funders and grantees;
    • Research Capabilities
      • Proficiency in conducting primary and secondary research including experimental and quasi-experimental research to inform strategies, test interventions and evaluate project impact
      • Ability to analyse research data and synthesise findings for a non-expert audience.
    • People Skills
      • A team player who can support and learn from others
      • Ability to thrive in cross-functional team environments to build effective working relationships across geographical distances and cultures
    • Communication Skills
      • Ability to write clearly and concisely in English
      • Ability to speak compellingly to different audiences
      • Excellent listening skills with an ability to understand and interpret key questions
    • Other Traits
      • With initiative and can work well both independently and in groups
      • Analytical thinking
      • Attention to detail
      • Ability to handle multiple projects at a time while maintaining a high standard
      • An openness to learn and adapt
    • Climate Change
      • Commitment to addressing climate change is a must.
      • A basic understanding of basic climate science and trends (Climate science knowledge is not required. You will be given the space to acquire the knowledge necessary to perform your role well)

    Location

    This is a full-time remote role (except when you are travelling to project sites) and you must be able to work in an Asian time zone (GMT +07/08)

    How to apply 

    Please send the following to [email protected] by 31 August 2022. Please include “Behavioural Scientist Role” in the email subject.

    □          Curriculum Vitae

    □          Your response to a short task that can be downloaded by clicking this link (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZE-aVceDhw2UIiF6fHI3F4-7-DdLW5Xa/view).  This is an opportunity for you to experience the kind of work that we do and for us to understand your approach too. 

    □          Current and expected salaries

     

     

     

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  • Behavioral Insights Advisor: International Rescue Committee

    Location

    New York, NY HQ USA

    Salary

    TBD

    Background:

    The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from crises and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 US cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

    Our strategy aims to increase the scale and improve the effectiveness of its programs worldwide with evidence of what works best to impact people’s lives in conflict and fragile settings. Breakthrough solutions are needed to match the urgency and gravity of the problems faced by people affected by crises. That’s why the IRC created the Airbel Impact Lab, the IRC’s research and innovation team that designs, tests and scales life-changing solutions for people facing conflict and disaster. The Airbel team focuses on addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems, in some of the toughest environments, such as: (i) treating child malnutrition, (ii) delivering last mile education, and (iii) women-centered health programs to save lives and provide choice iv) supporting climate resilient agricultural livelihoods and v) mental health and psychosocial services. Across each of these areas, we build solutions as big as the problems. Our vision is not only to increase IRC’s impact, but to change the way humanitarian aid is delivered around the world!

    Job Overview:

    How do you identify malnourished children who live in the most remote, crisis-affected areas on Earth? How can we encourage uptake of mental health services in a scalable, culturally appropriate way? As refugee crises grow more protracted and urbanized, how can we avoid interruptions in the education of young people? That’s where you come in! As a member of Airbel, you will be a key part of designing, testing and scaling breakthrough solutions for major challenges such as these.

    Specifically, the Behavioral Insights Advisor will help to lead behaviorally informed products and services in IRC’s growing behavioral science portfolio addressing these pressing issues. They will have the opportunity to shape the Airbel’s growing behavioral insights team, lead behavioral science research projects, and promote the application of behavioral insights across the IRC.

    This role requires a mix of experience in behavioral design, research and experimentation, project management, qualitative and quantitative approaches, and a solid understanding of behavioral science evidence and humanitarian issues.

    Full job description and application details here: https://rescue.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/29814?c=rescue

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  • Assistant Professor - Public Management, Policy Implementation, and Governance: Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California Berkeley

    Salary

    TBD

    Closes

    Open July 28th, 2022 through Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

    Assistant Professor – Public Management, Policy Implementation, and Governance – Goldman School of Public Policy

    Position overview Position title: Assistant Professor of Public Policy Anticipated start: July 1, 2023 Application Window

    Open July 28th, 2022 through Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

    Position description

    The Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment to the faculty at the Assistant Professor rank.

    We seek applications from intellectually rigorous and exciting scholars whose research focuses on some combination of public policy implementation, public management, bureaucracy, improving government performance, electoral administration, organizational behavior, or behavioral economics, and who can teach innovative courses on these topics to our graduate students. We welcome applications from researchers studying these topics in the United States and/or in other countries. We expect a demonstrated interest in using research to advance public policy and address pressing public problems.

    The Goldman School encourages applications from individuals of any scholarly discipline whose research focuses on these questions, including those in public policy, political science, economics, public affairs, sociology, psychology, business, and law, or data scientists with roots in computer science, schools of information, economics, and other fields. Preference will be given to scholars who have demonstrated the potential to make significant research contributions and who have a clear interest in teaching in the core of the School’s Masters in Public Policy professional program. Public-sector experience, including in public management, is also desirable.

    The Goldman School of Public Policy is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: http://ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty

    School: https://gspp.berkeley.edu/

    Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

    Preferred qualifications

    Preference will be given to scholars who have demonstrated the potential to make significant research contributions and who have a clear interest in teaching in the core of the School’s Masters in Public Policy professional program. Public-sector experience, including in public management, is also desirable.

    Application Requirements Document requirements

    • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter
    • Statement of Research
    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversityhttps://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
    • Significant Research Sample
    • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

    Reference requirements

    • 3-5 letters of reference required

    Apply link: https://apptrkr.com/3295068

    Help contact: mailto:[email protected]

    Campus Information

    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/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, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

    In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letter.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

    Positions that are represented by a collective bargaining unit or agent have particular contracts. For more information, please refer to the relevant contract: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/ix/index.html, https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/px/index.html, https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/ra/index.html, and https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/lx/index.html. Questions about represented positions can be directed to the hiring unit.

    Job location Berkeley, CA

    To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/3295068

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