Senior Advisor for Science as Actionable Knowledge Position Description

Title: Senior Advisor

Term: Paid contract for 3 months 

Location: Washington, D.C./Remote

Application Deadline: Immediate


About the Global Council for Science and the Environment 

The Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE) is a nongovernmental organization established in 1990 that advances the use of science to inform environmental decision-making. The work of GCSE spans boundaries between science and decision-making to strengthen the impact of durable solutions to environmental challenges. GCSE engages scientists, educators, decision-makers, business leaders, and officials at all levels of government. Of note, until January 2021, GCSE was formerly named the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). Please read the GCSE Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, Justice and Access. 


About the project

With support from NASA, Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE) is leading the project, “Toward an Infrastructure for Actionable Knowledge: A Proposal to Support NASA Researchers in User Engagement and Applications Development.” This project will advance the specific work of NASA researchers in developing actionable knowledge, and the practice of boundary spanning in service to the environment more broadly.  As part of this project, GCSE has designed a replicable framework for supporting researchers in making their research more relevant to stakeholders. GCSE’s work involves coaching and convening a cohort of 11 NASA-funded scientists, working on issue areas such as water, hazards, biodiversity, and air quality, designing workshops, curriculum, and materials to support their progress over the year. It also provides an opportunity at the nexus of scholarship and practice that can help iterate on our current understanding of how to most effectively design and execute (and funders support) science that is poised to maximize applications and use by decision-makers. 


About the Position

GCSE is looking for a Senior Advisor to join the GCSE NASA Actionable Knowledge project team and serve as content and expert lead in the development of a series of high quality videos that focus on the use of science to inform environmental decision-making, and specifically spotlight science as actionable knowledge. 


Scope of Work

The Senior Advisor will develop a series of 5-8 videos on the topic of Science as Actionable Knowledge with scientists as the target audience. The videos should include the following:

  1. Designing a research to action project
  2. Transforming science into actionable knowledge
  3. Co-creating scientific tools for environmental decision making
  4. Developing stakeholder engagement skills and strategies
  5. Working with multiple stakeholders
  6. Making science more inclusive and actionable
  7. Communicating science policy 
  8. Learning from the case studies; what works and what doesn’t


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in science, policy, decision making, science communications or related field.
    • Doctorate degree is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Senior-level science policy expertise on environmental science decision making and communications. 



Terms of payment will be monthly with a not-to-exceed amount.


Application Details

Interested candidates share their resume and cover letter at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with an aim to confirm a candidate as soon as possible.


Equal Employment Opportunity

GCSE is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons and to prohibiting discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or any other protected status and/or conditions specified in federal and local civil rights laws.