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People, Ecology and Development: Landscape based experiential studies of Southeast Asian ecosystems and cultures
International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, Thailand

The mission of the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) is to develop committed leaders for a sustainable future. Our vision is to combine the best of cross-cultural study abroad with leadership development—focused on the study of people, ecology, and sustainable development. We believe that hands-on learning in a cross-cultural environment is the best way to help students understand the challenges of creating a sustainable future, and engender a commitment in them to be change agents in their future careers. 

What distinguishes the ISDSI People, Environment, and Development program from both faculty led and the university-based programs is the expedition and landscape based course design model. Drawing on the education for sustainable development work of David Orr and Roselyn McKeown, among others, the ISDSI program strives to take advantage of natural teaching opportunities that are “locally relevant and culturally appropriate” (Orr) rather than taking a curriculum developed in a North American college or university and trying to fit it to the Southeast Asian context. ISDSI offers courses designed and taught with the collaboration of the local communities where students will live and learn. 

Working in Southeast Asia with American, Thai and other students, ISDSI has developed unique “Expedition Field Courses” which allow the students to be immersed in field studies for weeks at a time. A strong academic focus on sustainable development issues is supported by two key enabling skills—cross-cultural competency (including language study) and expedition skills. 

The ISDSI People, Ecology and Development program has courses in every region of the country, representing every significant region in Thailand and Southeast Asia. These include upland (mountain) ecosystems and tribal communities, lowland villages, rivers, cities, islands and coasts. 

Nationally recognized in the US as a “best practice” program by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in 2005, several things make ISDSI programs unique: 

The semester is a series of four courses, each one a month long “block”—one week on campus and then three weeks of field studies.
The curriculum is landscape based—developed out of specific environments and cultures—to take advantage of contextually rich learning opportunities.
Courses are collaborations between ISDSI, local communities and NGOs, ensuring that the program is both culturally sensitive and accountable.
Cross-cultural skills, including language, are a key component of courses on the program.
Expedition skills and leadership are required and taught as necessary during the courses.

ISDSI Expedition Field Courses are an innovative approach to studying ecology and sustainability within the context of cross-cultural learning. By participating in the program, students will become knowledgeable about sustainability, cross-culturally competent, and have the leadership skills to be change agents on their return home.

For more information, and to apply, please visit www.isdsi.org

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Net Impact, based in San Francisco, CA, is the world’s leading organization for new leaders who are committed to changing the world through their careers. We help people transform their jobs into ones that make a ‘net impact’—benefiting not just the bottom line, but people and planet too. More than 30,000 students and professionals turn to Net Impact for learning, connections, and leadership opportunities. Net Impact’s 300+ chapters can be found in cities across the globe and on the world’s leading business school campuses. The organization recently launched an exciting new 10-year strategic plan that envisions millions more people using their careers to address the social and environmental problems of our time, and we are looking for outstanding talent to help us roll out our new programs and initiatives to get there. Join us!

The Environmental Sustainability Careers Associate will play a key role in developing Net Impact’s innovative career initiative, designed to connect emerging talent to opportunities to make a difference across sectors. The Environmental Sustainability Careers Associate will be responsible for a key component of the career initiative: developing a comprehensive online experiential learning marketplace that enables students to make a positive environmental impact while gaining applicable skills and experience.

The Environmental Sustainability Careers Associate is an exciting position with significant opportunity to deepen expertise in project and program management, marketing and communications, and business development. This position will be an integral part of the Career team, whose members are entrepreneurial, collaborative, and have a bias for action and results. Reporting to the Career Programs Manager, this individual will work closely with all members of the Net Impact team including senior leadership team members, associates, and managers. The ideal candidate is an effective, results-oriented communicator who is enthusiastic about helping students build their skills so they can land roles where they can advance environmental sustainability-related goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Support and maintain a groundbreaking online experiential learning portal
  • Create and implement a marketing and outreach plan for the portal to ensure there is a robust marketplace of environmentally-focused hosting organizations, universities, and student participants
  • Build, maintain, and grow relationships with environmental partners across sectors to source projects and grow the user base for the platform
  • Ensure environmental content on portal remains relevant; develop resources and supporting content as necessary
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for environmental stakeholders using Net Impact’s new online portal; proactively anticipate and resolve issues
  • Track, analyze, and communicate key quantitative metrics and trends as they relate to the portal; make recommendations to strengthen offerings based on these metrics and trends

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree and at least 1-2 years of professional experience
  • Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal); Demonstrated experience with marketing and outreach
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing relationships with customers and other external stakeholders; comfort with warm, lukewarm, and cold outreach
  • High standards and exceptional attention to detail, especially in written communication
  • Strong customer service orientation. Track record of consistently going above and beyond to deliver excellence and results
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively; take initiative and risks; and approach problems creatively
  • Entrepreneurial drive and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, results-oriented, rapidly changing environment
  • Experience with and interest in online platforms and systems preferred
  • Enthusiastic commitment to Net Impact’s mission and environmental sustainability

To apply, please email the following application materials to Jaime Hiraishi, at:careers@netimpact.org. Please write your name and the title for this position (“Your name – Environmental Sustainability Careers Associate”) in the subject line of your email.

1) Thoughtful cover letter with availability and salary requirements that answers the following two questions in fewer than 300 words total:
Why are you excited about this opportunity and how are you qualified to excel at it? Why do you believe experiential learning opportunities are important for students?
2) Resume
3) Professional writing sample (no more than two pages)

Hours: Full-time
Location: Downtown San Francisco, CA USA
Compensation: Competitive compensation and benefits package
Start Date: January 1, 2013
Duration: Through June 2014, with extension depending on additional funding

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