Analyst, Steel

 

About Us

Heavy industry is the foundation of modern society. We need materials like cement, steel, and aluminum more than ever to rebuild our bridges and roads, construct wind and solar projects, and manufacture electric vehicles and heat pumps that will undergird our future. But we also need a new social contract with industry. Heavy industry made the middle class and ushered in a remarkable era of prosperity for many; it also threatens our climate, reinforces environmental racism, wastes valuable materials and energy, and leaves communities and workers behind. At Industrious Labs, our mission is to set into motion unstoppable policies, people power, and analysis to make a triple impact on climate, justice, and jobs that drastically reduce dangerous emissions, make industry accountable to communities and workers, and develop a circular economy. Because industry needs a second revolution.

 

About the Position

Guided by an inspiring vision, strategic plan, and significant early financial investment, we are seeking an entrepreneurial Analyst to join our team. The Analyst will be a member of the Analytics Unit at Industrious Labs, providing ongoing quantitative expertise to scale decarbonization efforts across heavy industry, specifically focusing on the steel industry.  Industrious Labs is fully remote, and this role reports to Deputy Director of Analytics, John Cooney.

In this newly created position, the Analyst is a highly determined problem solver with strong interest in developing rigorous and open sourced quantitative analysis to decarbonize the steel industry. The Analyst is energized by the challenge of the climate crisis, inspired to step into a new era of the movement and has a strong interest in working with diverse groups such as organized labor, environmental justice advocates, and policymakers.

Steel is the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting industrial sector, accountable for 7 to 10 percent of global emissions, or 4 billion tons of GHGs annually. There are a variety of pathways for clean production of high-quality steel, but none of these options are being implemented at the rate or scale needed to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. The Analyst will work as part of Industrious Labs’ Steel team to advance near-term and long-term campaign goals for achieving a cleaner, more sustainable and equitable domestic steel industry. The Analyst will help find, analyze, and compile key data, sharing research results through verbal summaries, data workbooks, short memos, and presentations. The Analyst will also play a key role supporting campaign data visualization work to develop impactful materials for public use. In collaboration with the Deputy Director of Analytics, the Analyst will draw on and collaborate with dedicated field, communications and campaign staff to contribute to ongoing research and analytics priorities. Key responsibilities will evolve as the campaign progresses and will initially include the following:

Technical Analysis

  • Execute specific technical analyses of the steel industry and decarbonization strategies, including data visualization, communication, and summarization.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on shared research and deliverables as well as support broader campaign report work and public materials development.
  • Efficiently manage multiple research requests with differing timelines while maintaining clear, open communication on progress and deadlines.
  • Help tailor specific research work for external stakeholders and specific audiences.
  • Document, maintain, summarize, and update key data resources.

Strategic Analysis

  • Support the Deputy Director with measuring, tracking, and reporting the impact of the Steel Campaign initiative within the framework of Industrious Labs’ Impact Measurement system, and toward the overall goal of heavy industrial decarbonization.
  • Develop practical working knowledge of key topics relating to steel decarbonization.
  • Collaborate with staff from the campaign, field, and communications departments to ensure robust, data-driven campaigns.

Organizational and Partner Support

  • Conduct analyses and foster equitable data approaches to deliver greater benefits to historically marginalized and frontline communities to support efforts to reduce exposure to negative health and environmental impacts from heavy industry.
  • Participate in meetings and build relationships with advocates, community leaders, environmental and energy justice organizations, and industry experts to exchange information, advance shared objectives, and engage in collaborative projects.
  • Communicate analysis to internal stakeholders, funders and coalition partners in the form of verbal updates, short memos, and presentations to accelerate progress and learnings in needed areas.

The Successful Candidate

The incoming Analyst is driven by their belief and commitment to Industrious Labs’ vision, mission, and values. Through their track record and experience – optimally within the climate or another social justice movement – the successful candidate will play a vital role in the development and execution of the Steel Campaign.

The Analyst brings a quantitative background to the team in order to identify and support strategic climate opportunities, including research and analysis of energy, climate, industry and electoral/socio-political trends. The Analyst has an understanding of – and a deep commitment to – people and communities that are most impacted by climate change and industrial pollution. The Analyst approaches this work with an equity and justice orientation.

The Analyst joins a deeply committed team with a track record of success in campaign strategy, data analysis, and communications, with a particular focus on climate and clean energy. The successful candidate is entrepreneurial and excited about the prospect of building and growing something new in the climate movement. They have an ethos of creativity, humility, and an expectation of continual learning.

Core 

  • At least 2-5 years of data and analytics experience, with professional and/or educational experience that demonstrates exceptional qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and modeling. Specifically:
    • Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis software (such as R, Python, MATLAB, SAS, or Stata) and visualization software (such as GIS, Tableau, Plotly, or other).
    • Strong proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Microsoft Excel.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills with the ability to break down a complex issue into manageable and clear decision points as well as tailor messages to different audiences.
  • Significant experience using data visualization to create compelling graphics and support effective, impactful messaging.
  • Comfortable working independently given the balance of individual and collective work, along with the remote work nature of Industrious Labs.
  • Excited to learn and develop new technical skills over the course of campaign work.
  • Commitment to continuous learning, hunger for knowledge, and willingness to ask questions, listen, and self-correct; an approach that is curious, self-directed, and entrepreneurial.

Preferred

  • Experience using data and analysis in a campaign or advocacy context.
  • Experience regularly sharing data summaries and updates in the context of newsletters, white papers, emails, or similar.
  • Experience in the climate movement or another social justice movement.

Industrious Labs Core Qualifications

Below are the qualifications expected of all Industrious Labs staff. 

  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, policies, and goals of Industrious Labs.
  • Highly collaborative work style with the ability to operate as a peer and thought partner to colleagues and external partners.
  • Excited rather than intimidated by the challenge of what's unknown about this role.
  • Commitment to the highest levels of integrity, quality, and collaboration, developing strong team cultures, promoting and enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, performance management, and professional development.
  • Demonstrated experience working across lines of race, class, gender, and geography and an analysis of how climate change intersects with historically oppressed and marginalized communities.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and be flexible in a fast-paced, constantly evolving, and collaborative environment, where working on a team and working individually are all required.
  • Commitment to giving and receiving direct, compassionate feedback.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this position is $83,000. Industrious Labs has a policy not to negotiate on salaries. Historically, negotiations reward those who have the skill, privilege, and confidence to ask for more money; and because not everyone has those skills, allowing for negotiations undermines economic equity we strive for as an organization. Rather than use negotiations to drive competitive salaries, we endeavor to pay people well and establish a transparent salary scale based on the experience, competencies, and responsibilities required to thrive in this role.

Industrious Labs offers a competitive set of benefits, including 100% of comprehensive health care coverage for employees (medical, dental, and vision), a 50% contribution to health care coverage for dependents, work from home stipend, up to 5% employer match to 401k, generous paid parental/family leave, and 11 paid holidays plus unlimited vacation, starting with a minimum of 15 business days.

 Our Commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Climate Justice:

We believe that diversity in our team isn’t just a value but brings different lived experience and perspective that is essential to solving the climate crisis. If you’ve read this job description and are excited by it, and if you can see yourself happily filling this role and making a difference on climate change, we really hope you apply. Industrious Labs is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to transparent and equitable recruitment, hiring and promotion processes that foster inclusion and belonging. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process, please email Victoria Chu at victoria@industriouslabs.org.  

 

Application Procedure

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following:

  1. What motivates you to spend your time, skills and expertise working on climate change?
  2. When was the last time you had to learn a new issue? How did you do it? Please be specific about the data sources you found, how you processed and analyzed the data (what programs did you use?) and how you presented your findings and analysis.

This position is open until filled. Candidate review and phone screens begin immediately and will be conducted throughout the search. We anticipate several steps of mutual exploration, including a phone screen, panel interview(s) and thought exercises for finalist candidates. Our search processes generally take 3 - 4 months.



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