VALUABLES Consortium Community Manager

Washington D.C.
May 01, 2017
May 31, 2017
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No Relocation

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has partnered with Resources for the Future (RFF), an internationally recognized research institution that focuses on the economics of energy, environmental, and natural resource policy, to create the Valuation of Applications Benefits Linked with Earth Science (VALUABLES) Consortium. This new Consortium, which will operate as a five-year cooperative agreement with NASA, is focusing on quantifying and communicating the socioeconomic benefits of Earth observations, and relies upon the development of a community of practice consisting of Earth scientists and social scientists.

The VALUABLES Consortium Community Manager plays a critical role, working to build a community within and around the Consortium and manage operations of the Consortium. Primarily, the Manager is responsible for:

  • providing overall Consortium administration and project management, serving as a liaison for Consortium members and staff, and working to build a community around the Consortium (40%);
  • managing and implementing a communications strategy (20%);
  • research support (20%);
  • digital development support (15%), and
  • fundraising support (5%).

This is a new position and a great opportunity for the right candidate to make it their own. To be successful in this role, you must have proven success in community management and an in-depth understanding of community platforms as well as have the ability to multi-task in a research-based environment.

This is a full-time position, located at RFF in Washington, DC. RFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The VALUABLES Consortium Community Manager is responsible for:

  • Providing overall project management for Consortium activities, including research projects, web products, communications, events, budgeting, managing consultants and vendors, and other activities.
  • Maintain working knowledge of the Consortium through regular contact with Consortium experts, staff, and contractors.
  • Writing blog posts, newsletters, e-communications and other materials to promote the work of the Consortium.
  • Supporting the Consortium’s Director of Socioeconomic Studies and Consortium researchers on aspects of research projects. Tasks may include information gathering (either via informational events or online research), data analysis, literature review, policy review and analysis, development of visualizations, etc. Potential to coauthor selected research products.
  • Representing the Consortium at internal, public, and fundraising events.

Shared responsibilities include:

  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring a communications strategy for the Consortium, with the Consortium’s Director of Outreach and Communications, the RFF Communications team, and external consultants and contractors.
  • Envisioning, planning, and implementing workshops, public seminars, and other events (including developing agendas, invite lists, invitations, etc.), with the RFF events team and Consortium researchers.
  • Creating the Consortium’s website, prototypes, and open innovation challenges, with the Consortium’s Communications team and digital design and development teams.
  • Grant reporting and tracking of budgets and expenses, with RFF Research and Finance & Administration staff.
  • Developing proposals for supplemental Consortium funding and RFF’s Earth Observation for Policy Initiative, with Consortium and RFF Development staff.


  • Bachelor degree with strong background in communications and project management. Graduate degree or equivalent professional experience preferred.
  • Ideal candidate will also have a background in digital development.
  • Interest and/or experience in economics, environmental or natural sciences, or policy analysis is a plus.
  • Ideal candidate will be passionate about building and managing interdisciplinary communities.
  • Must be able to think creatively and strategically about driving community engagement.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously and ability to meet deadlines and goals with minimal supervision.
  • Experience supervising others is required. Experience managing multi-disciplinary teams preferred.
  • Must have outstanding written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working human-centered design and digital development preferred.
  • Ideal candidate will have professional experience related to the issues of the Consortium.


    Submit your application through the RFF Career Page ( and upload a PDF that includes your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries by phone.

  • RFF’s mission is to conduct rigorous and independent economic research and analyses to help leaders craft smarter policies about natural resources, energy, and the environment. Salary is competitive. RFF Benefits include a collegial environment, 20 days annual leave, 13 days sick leave, 3 days family medical leave, 10 holidays, medical insurance, educational assistance, and commuter benefits.

  • RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.