Manager, Nature-based Innovations

  • Verra
  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • Jan 08, 2020
Full Time Sustainability Analyst

Job Description

A global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental challenges, Verra seeks a

Manager for Nature-based Innovations to lead our work in identifying and conceptualizing new

standards, tools and programs for supporting nature-based solutions (NBS), especially forest-related

activities that drawdown atmospheric carbon and generate other environmental and social benefits.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Strong experience with forest carbon sequestration activities, including restoration,

afforestation, agroforestry, and/or improved forest management;

• Understanding of the main technical, policy and market opportunities and challenges related

to scaling up forest carbon sequestration and other NBS;

• A creative yet pragmatic mindset to identify and advance the most promising opportunities for

leveraging standards to support NBS; and

• Outstanding communication, interpersonal and collaboration skills to effectively engage with

potential standards users, key stakeholders, experts, and prospective partners.

About Verra

Verra develops and manages standards that help the private sector, countries, and civil society

achieve ambitious sustainable development and climate action goals. Currently, Verra manages the

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program and its Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ framework (JNR),

the Verra California Offset Project Registry (OPR), the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB)

Standards, and the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta). Verra is currently

developing standards under the Reduce, Recover, and Recycle (3R) Initiative to increase the value of

waste plastic and promote its recovery and recycling, and is working on the development of

LandScale, an effort to drive sustainability across productive landscapes. Verra’s global standards

frameworks serve as linchpins for channeling finance towards high-impact activities that tackle some

of the most pressing environmental issues of our day.

Job Responsibilities

The Nature-based Innovations Manager will, in collaboration with the Chief Innovation Officer:

• Work with Verra’s Market Development team to understand and respond to existing and

emerging demand for and potential use of forest and other NBS-related standards



• Define and assess specific opportunities for improving and expanding existing Verra standards

and developing new standards to drive significant climate and sustainable development


• Develop concept notes and proposals for sharing the most promising ideas and opportunities

with external audiences, including potential partners and funders;

• Consult with potential users and other stakeholders, including potentially leading a forest

sequestration Expert Working Group, to gather feedback on proposed standards and related

innovations, and to determine the most effective and efficient means for advancing target


• Collaborate with Verra Innovation and Program teams to leverage synergies and collaborative

opportunities to scale other biosequestration (e.g. agricultural land management, blue

carbon) and REDD (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) activities.

• Establish and implement standards development work plans, including partnership building

and fundraising where appropriate;

• Collaborate with Program Team staff to revise existing, and/or develop and launch new, NBSrelated standards, tools and programs;

• Support the Program Team in drafting standards language as appropriate; and

• Represent Verra at NBS and forest sequestration related conferences, workshops and events.

Required Qualifications

We encourage creative NBS practitioners who bring strong experience working with standards and

environmental markets to apply for this position. Successful candidates for the Manager, Nature-based

Innovations position will have at least five years of relevant professional experience and proven skills

that demonstrate:

• Strong understanding of the NBS space (especially forestry-related opportunities), including

the range of project and landscape interventions to address various climate, environmental

and sustainable development challenges;

• Hands-on experience and expertise in NBS, including working on actual projects (some

carbon-sequestration based), with standards and certification processes;

• Understanding of key forest carbon technical challenges, emerging monitoring technologies

(e.g. remote sensing, smartphone apps) and implementation innovations (e.g. drones)

• Strong awareness of the market and policy drivers for advancing and scaling NBS, including

related to project, landscape and jurisdictional efforts;

• Experience working with companies and other end-users of environmental standards;

• Innovative, strategic thinking to solve complex, interconnected challenges;

• Strong project management skills with the ability to work independently, be persistent, and

juggle multiple, sometimes competing priorities;

• Outstanding written and verbal communications skills; and

• Highly collaborative disposition with the ability to work effectively across teams.


Employees based in the US must be eligible to work in the United States (i.e. US citizen or holding

current work authorization).

Preferred Qualifications:

• Relevant graduate degree

• Solid network of contacts in the NBS space

• Fluency in a language beyond English


Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Verra has established pay bands that

are based on market data for comparable positions for each of its jobs. These bands express a salary

range and provide a reference point for offers to new hires, raises within a job, and for promotions

from one job to another.

Verra offers a very attractive benefits package, including 22-30 days of paid time off plus holidays,

retirement contributions, access to flexible savings accounts, and a choice of top-tier health plans.

Organization Type


Organization Size



Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Supporting Catalysts

Climate Solutions

Tropical Forests