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Senior Staff Associate I

Senior Staff Associate I

This position will collaborate with the Director and Research Staff of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) to execute the Center’s applied research agenda on the role of law and finance in addressing climate change and accelerating the energy transition. The incumbent will work collaboratively with CCSI’s Leadership and Research Staff to analyze the interrelated legal, finance, and policy pathways critical to achieving global climate goals and facilitating the energy transition, and the corresponding implications for public, private, and institutional financial sector actors, regulators, and alliances. The incumbent will contribute a profound understanding of how to leverage research findings into concrete outcomes and impact on the global stage.


This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding. 



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in finance, economics, or other related field.
  • 5–10 years of experience in academia, the public sector, or finance. 
  • Good understanding of how financing and investment can play a role in addressing climate change and the critical importance of appropriate systems, laws, policies, and practices to achieve climate goals and facilitate the energy transition. Ability to grasp the complexity of economic ecosystems and the challenges involved in achieving change.
  • Proven track record of driving high-level changes in systems, laws, policies, and behaviors through influencing, advocacy, and communications.
  • Experience utilizing research findings to inform communication strategies and to support evidence-based advocacy.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of projects to achieve significant beneficial outcomes.
  • Evidence of strong people-leadership skills with both the motivation and ability to delegate effectively and empower others to deliver high performance.
  • Willingness to learn new areas and to work in a highly interdisciplinary, flexible, and dynamic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, research, and communication skills as well as initiative, motivation, and ability to think strategically.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in economics and/or economic modeling.


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Salary Range: $87,000–$93,000 a year.

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.


Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer / disability / veteran.




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