Program Director – Sustainability in the Digital – Future Earth

About Future Earth
Future Earth is an international platform for research, innovation, and collaboration working to accelerate transformations to global sustainability. The Montreal Global Hub forms part of the distributed secretariat with global hubs in Sweden, France, Japan, and the US as well as regional offices in other locations. One key focus of the Montreal Hub is to work through its partnership with SDA to leverage the digital age to advance sustainability science to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, and build an equitable society to support Future Earth’s global priorities. Other priority areas may develop through consultation with core constituencies throughout Canada.

Roles and responsibilities
Develop and realize a strategic long-term vision for SDA
Network with potential collaborators around the world, identifying strategic avenues for increasing the impact and visibility of both SDA and Future Earth
Advance partnerships for SDA and Future Earth across sectors and around the world
Identify, pursue and maintain funder relationships and funding opportunities for SDA and Future Earth
Oversee all staff and finances (i.e. SDA and Montreal Hub Future Earth activities)
Liaise with and manage relationships between SDA and Future Earth and with strategic partners of both organizations
Work with the Future Earth executive team, governing council, and advisory group to help execute a new structure for the organization’s governance and management (expected completion mid 2021)
Engage with Canadian stakeholders (science, technology, innovation policy) to raise the profile of sustainability science in Canada as it relates to the AI and digital and other sectors, and ensure the work of the Montreal Hub contributes to Future Earth global priorities
Oversee the collection and distribution of national contributions given to Future Earth through the Montreal office for the global secretariat priorities.

Candidate qualifications and key competencies
5-10 years experience in providing strategic guidance on issues related to science, technology, policy, and society
Strong knowledge of current issues in sustainability science and digital transformations
Deep understanding of the international science-policy interface and the public, private and non-profit sustainability science landscape
Significant experience with fundraising for and promotion of action-oriented scientific research
An established network of individuals and institutions actively working on sustainability science and digital transformations
Experience in managing and leading a team
Excellent spoken and written English and French
Experience in building out smaller initiatives or start-ups an asset
This full-time, permanent position is based in Montreal.

Application procedure
As the position is based in Montreal, the applicant must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing their vision for Sustainability in the Digital Age as well as how their skills and experience meet the requirements of the overall role. Please also include the name and contact details for two references. Documentation should be combined in one PDF file. Applications should be sent via email with ‘SDA Director and Montreal Hub Lead’ in the subject line to . The closing date for applications is October 21 2020, 23.59 EDT. Interviews will be held online as necessary.