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Senior Coordinator and Analyst, Air Quality

About NESCAUM

Headquartered in Boston, NESCAUM is the nonprofit association of state air quality agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NESCAUM is governed by a Board of Directors composed of the lead state air quality officials in these states and has a small staff of dedicated professionals with expertise in science, technology, and policy. NESCAUM’s mission is to provide scientific, technical, analytical, and policy support to state air quality and climate programs in the Northeast. To accomplish this, NESCAUM participates in regional and national dialogues, conducts research, helps create regional policy solutions to shared problems, facilitates information sharing, and sponsors training programs.

Since 1967, NESCAUM has worked to support its member states by facilitating the exchange of technical information among its members, other agencies, businesses, and citizens, and to promote cooperation and coordination of technical and policy issues regarding air quality and climate among the member states. In 2020, NESCAUM began managing the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC), a larger multi-state organization1 created under the 1990 Clean Air Act encompassing the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. For both these organizations, NESCAUM facilitates committees and workgroups comprised of state agency staff and EPA regional office representatives. These groups may hold annual in-person meetings, quarterly, monthly or “as needed” conference calls, and/or frequent email updates. The frequency of the meetings and calls is determined by the members of each committee or workgroup and the NESCAUM staff member appointed as the technical coordinator. The NESCAUM committees and workgroups are also an integral part in the development of the comprehensive state staff training program and identify training needs for state staff to be supported through NESCAUM’s training program.

In addition to the above, NESCAUM has also organized and helped coordinate activities of the Long Island Tropospheric Ozone Study (LISTOS). LISTOS is an air quality research field campaign involving a large group of researchers with state and federal agencies and academia that brings together a diverse set of resources, expertise, and instrumentation skills to investigate air quality problems in the New York City metro region and downwind Long Island Sound. Its activities encompass satellite, aircraft, balloon (ozone sondes), marine, and ground-based data collection and analysis methods to probe the New York City pollution plume and its evolution over and around Long Island Sound. The major LISTOS effort occurred in 2018, with a reduced number of activities continuing in 2021. In addition to LISTOS, NESCAUM undertakes other projects and initiatives to assist states in understanding the impact of emission sources on air pollution in the region.

Job Summary

NESCAUM is seeking a full-time Senior Coordinator and Analyst that will play a lead role in facilitating NESCAUM and OTC committees, coordinate continuing LISTOS efforts, and provide technical support to on-going NESCAUM and OTC projects. The right candidate will be sharp, ambitious, and possess the skills to operate and thrive in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment. This position reports to NESCAUM’s Executive Director and will coordinate closely across all NESCAUM staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate NESCAUM and OTC committees in support of the NESCAUM Executive Director and other NESCAUM staff, including coordinating with committee chairs, drafting agendas, documenting committee discussions, scheduling committee calls, webinars, and public meetings, developing consensus comments, drafting committee correspondence and work products, and other activities needed to support committee efforts.
  • Help draft technical support documents, technical reports, and modeling analyses to assist states in identifying and implementing priority measures from committee work or through NESCAUM.
  • Provide technical support by reviewing and analyzing air quality monitoring and related data sets.
  • Provide support for state air quality permitting activities through committee and other work.
  • Coordinate on-going LISTOS activities, including continuing analysis of collected data sets, among LISTOS researchers, and assist in developing technical reports and research articles, as needed.
  • Assist the Executive Director in developing budgets for committee and organizational activities.
  • Assist the Executive Director in drafting regular grant reports for federal and other funding agencies.
  • Manage NESCAUM air quality projects relevant to experience and as needed.
  • Coordinate developing comments on federal and state regulatory proposals, as well as proposals from other pertinent organizations relevant to air quality and climate policy.
  • Provide technical briefings for senior air quality planners and policy makers.
  • Produce high-quality written and analytical materials, sometimes on short deadlines.
  • Represent NESCAUM and present at meetings and conferences as needed; some limited travel is required.
  • Build effective relationships with state and federal partners, and key stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific or technical field (e.g., meteorology, atmospheric science, chemistry, engineering) with at least 10 years’ professional experience -- experience working in government is a plus.
  • Track record of working across multiple groups and interacting with senior air quality managers and policy makers.
  • Experience in quality assuring and analyzing air quality data.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, especially communicating complex information in a clear and easy to understand manner.
  • Strong research, analytical, and quantitative skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter, highly motivated, and able to manage multiple assignments at once.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Passion for environmental and social issues.

Location

The position will be based in Boston, Massachusetts. The NESCAUM office is located near South Station and is easily accessible via public transportation.

Compensation

NESCAUM offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, a friendly work environment, and an excellent benefits package including: full health coverage with no employee contribution; dental and vision coverage; retirement plan; life and disability insurance; generous vacation and holidays; health club membership; and public transit pass.

To Apply

NESCAUM is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. NESCAUM recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, and education. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this position to: adminteam@nescaum.org.

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1 The OTC includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

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