Driven By Impact: Happy Earth Week

Your weekly recap + MIT Climate & Energy Prize

Driven By Impact 🌱

Edition 53: April 25, 2024

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In the next decade, demand for climate talent is expected to outnumber supply. Climate People was mentioned in Forbes earlier this week on best practices for positioning yourself for one of these jobs.

“I advocate for approaching a transition to the climate sector as you would any career shift. Just as a healthcare startup doesn't require a healthcare degree for marketing roles, working in a climate company doesn't mandate a specialized ‘green’ background.”

🌎 WHAT: Climate Transitions Workshop with Mona Johnson - Session 3
🗓️ WHEN: 4/26 @ 12 pm EST
👤 WHO: Job Seekers

🌎 WHAT: The Climate Work Landscape & Your Place In It
🗓️ WHEN: 4/30 @ 6 pm EST
👤 WHO: Job Seekers

🌎 WHAT: Climate Recruiting Foundations Workshop with Work on Climate
🗓️ WHEN: 5/1 @ 12 pm EST
👤 WHO: Hiring Managers

🌎 WHAT: Climate Job Seeker LinkedIn Live
🗓️ WHEN: 5/2 @ 3 pm EST
👤 WHO: Job Seekers

→ Did you miss last week’s LinkedIn Live? We talked about timing your job search with the funding stage, how to avoid ‘free verse,’ and much more. Check it out!

→ Brendan served as a mentor for the MIT Climate & Energy Prize. Here’s a LinkedIn recap of last week's event.

→ Missed last week’s edition? It was a jam-packed one! Check it out here.

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→ Natalie will join Semirah Dolan on the Cloud Computing Podcast for a live session on all things climate engineering jobs. Mark your calendar for the session here.

→ Earlier this week, we wrapped up our 4-month series on networking with Laurie McGinley. Check out the series to learn how to make networking fun (even if you’re introverted)!


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Since its launch in 2007, the MIT Climate & Energy Prize has been a vital catalyst for fostering innovation among the next generation of climate and energy entrepreneurs, aiming to push the world towards net-zero carbon emissions. It addresses the urgent need for sustainable energy solutions by providing a competitive arena, funding, mentorship, and resources to support groundbreaking climate technologies. With a profound global impact, evidenced by over 850 applications, mentoring of more than 280 teams, and more than $3.5 million awarded in non-dilutive cash prizes, the initiative celebrates its wide reach and success in nurturing climate leadership. The 2024 competition saw submissions from 44 countries and highlighted companies like Helix Carbon, Andros, and Agteria Biotech as its top contenders, showcasing the initiative’s significance in driving innovative solutions for a greener future.

Community Energy Labs (CEL) is seeking a Head of Engineering to lead the development of their AI-powered clean building control platform, which is focused on enabling buildings, particularly community buildings and schools, to use energy efficiently. This role involves close collaboration with the CEO to evolve the product from its current prototype to version 1.0 and beyond, as well as building and managing the first complete engineering team. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive background in software development, including experience with enterprise SaaS, IoT, ML engineering teams, and a strong foundation in modern programming languages and cloud computing environments. This position requires a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Engineering, 5-10 years of software development experience, and demonstrated leadership in software development and deployment.

A global consultancy focused on securing large-scale grant funding for high-impact climate solutions is expanding its team with a Director of Grant Management position. This role is ideal for individuals with over 5 years of experience in federal grant management, particularly those who have managed large grants ($100M+) and possess strong project and multi-stakeholder management skills. The successful candidate will be mission-driven, with a keen understanding of the urgency in addressing climate change, and will play a pivotal role in developing ambitious ventures within an under-resourced sector of the climate industry.

A mission-driven climate adaptation company is looking to hire a foundational team member for the pioneering role of a Machine Learning (ML) Engineer. This role involves taking ownership of developing and implementing ML models and working closely with Climate and AI scientists to translate research into scalable solutions. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of experience in ML engineering, expertise in Python, and a solid understanding of machine learning principles and algorithms. Preferred qualifications include experience with spatiotemporal data analysis and familiarity with geospatial data processing tools. This position offers the opportunity to tackle complex problems, continuously expand machine learning and climate science knowledge, and contribute significantly to the company's mission of building resilience against climate change.

That's all for this edition! Thanks for doing your part in mobilizing a workforce transition to work on climate!