Director, Spatial Planning and Priority Setting
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
The Director, Spatial Planning and Priority Setting is responsible for leading strategic research efforts and/or technical initiatives/projects that will have a direct impact on Conservation International’s mission of empowering societies to sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. Job duties incorporate a range of research and technical responsibilities.
Research duties include leading rigorous and innovative research efforts.
The Director, SPPS leads the development, testing, and implementation of Conservation International’s spatial priority setting and spatial planning efforts to ensure that natural capital (biodiversity and ecosystem services) are appropriately valued and incorporated into policy and land use decisions. This position will develop the scientific and technical rationale to accomplish this goal and supports the development and implementation of methods for identifying, mapping, and prioritizing critical natural capital (irreplaceable biodiversity and ecosystems providing benefits that cannot easily be substituted or replaced) to improve the global stewardship of natural capital. Where existing methods are not sufficient, this position will identify gaps and coordinate scientific work to fill them, including spatial analyses that bring together ecosystem service modeling approaches with socioeconomic and biodiversity data. A major focus of this position is to manage communication and collaboration with other divisions within CI and a range of relevant partners including public agencies, private sector companies, and civil society.
The position also supports CI integrated spatial planning efforts assessing tradeoffs and generate land/sea resource use plans that incorporate the values of ecosystems including their services in development planning drawing from and integrating from a range of spatially explicit approaches such as systematic conservation planning, multi criteria evaluation, scenario development, etc.
This position reports to the Vice President, Nature’s Values and Priorities (NVP) team within the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and works in collaboration with staff from other divisions and CI country programs. NVP is a multidisciplinary unit that focuses on mainstreaming the values of ecosystems into development pathways, coordinating inputs from disciplines ranging from natural sciences (e.g., ecosystem delineation, environmental flows, species modeling), economics (e.g., tradeoffs, distribution of benefits and costs), and geography (spatial assessments of tradeoffs, conservation planning). Explicitly designing for sustainability provides a key opportunity to assess tradeoffs and generate land/sea resource use plans that incorporate the values of ecosystems including their services in conservation and development planning.
The position will contribute to responding to global challenges in alignment with CI's mission, including supporting CI’s Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes (SLS) initiative, and will provide direct support, technical expertise and partnership to CI country programs and external partners. The position is also expected to deliver high quality and impactful publications and presentations to advance the agenda of sustainable solutions related to CI's mission.
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Conservation International Values
We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.
Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.
Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
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