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General Manager- North Berkeley, CA

Organization: Green Science Policy Institute

Position Title: General Manager

Location: North Berkeley, California, near the UC Berkeley campus

Hours and Compensation: Full time; salary depending on skills and experience; duration two years or more following three month contract

Application Deadline: November 15, 2013

Start Date: December 2, 2013


Organization Overview

The Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) provides unbiased scientific data to government, industry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to reduce the use of harmful chemicals. GSP advocates for science-based chemical policy and works globally to protect health and environment, while promoting green chemistry and a safer approach to chemical use.


We are seeking a full time general manager to be based at our north Berkeley office. We are a dynamic and growing organization with four staff members and three interns, as well as a number of distinguished consultants and capable volunteers working to protect our health and environment. The general manager will manage our office and our dedicated and talented staff to ensure that the organizational goals are met in terms of deliverables, relationships with internal/external partners and budget.

The staff will report to the general manager who will report to the executive director.


  • Responsibility for ensuring that the workplace functions well and that staff meet project-related targets
  • Lead the project management process for science and policy projects
  • In conjunction with the executive director, establish and monitor the science staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments
  • Develop and maintain relationships and plan in-person and phone meetings with our partners in NGOs, academics, manufacturing, retail, and government
  • Manage the office and science and administrative personnel
  • Depending on experience and time, contribute to our projects such as the:
    • Cancer-Free Couch Project — scientific and policy support for California and national policy for increased furniture fire safety without harmful chemicals
    • Green Building Initiative for safer and healthier building products
    • International Flammability Standards project
    • Blue Mountain project for creative toxics prioritization and reduction
    • The Safe Kids Campaign to reduce toxics in children’s products
    • Responsible end-of-life disposal for electronics and furniture
    • If appropriate, co-author scholarly papers, op-eds, and other publications



  • An advanced degree in chemistry, biology, environmental engineering, public health, toxicology, environmental science, public policy, law, or a related field
  • At least three years management experience in a nonprofit, preferably managing science and/or policy programs
  • Superb organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to think creatively and solve problems
  • Attention to detail, diligence, persistence, common sense and flexibility
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team environment
  • A thorough knowledge of office processes and procedures
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment with conflicting demands on your time
  • Willingness to pitch in at all levels of work when needed
  • Passionate about protecting our health and environment from harmful chemicals


  • Communication experience
  • Experience working with collaborative tools such as DropBox and Google Apps
  • Experience working with bibliographic reference
  • Website management experience

How to Apply

Email, with “General Manager” in the subject line. Please send a resume, writing sample, and a cover letter with your situation, career objectives, interest in the position, and if you would like, salary expectations. Include date when you can start the position, how long you would expect to be available, your academic transcript if available, and anything else you think we should know about you.

Applications must be received by November 15, 2013.

To learn more about the Green Science Policy Institute, visit

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