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We currently have the following vacancies. You must be available locally in New York / Paris to be considered for position(s).

Associate Director SDSN, Head of New York Office
Manager, SDG Index, Paris
Accounting Manager / Assistant Controller, New York
Researcher & Course Coordinator, New York
Education Intern, New York

Associate Director SDSN, Head of New York Office

The SDSN Association is recruiting for the position of Associate Director of the SDSN and Head of the New York office of the SDSN Secretariat. The position will report to the Executive Director of the SDSN, working closely with the Director of the SDSN.

The position is based in New York and will require international travel.


  • Develop and lead programmatic and analytical initiatives by the SDSN.
  • Manage the New York office of the SDSN secretariat and oversee staff.
  • Work closely with and support the Director and Executive Director in the day-to-day management of the SDSN
  • Help develop the strategy for the SDSN.
  • Represent the SDSN at international meetings and at the United Nations.
  • Support fundraising efforts for the SDSN.


  • Minimum 8 years of work experience in sustainable development, economic policy, climate change, or related fields
  • Proven track record in policy and/or associated research.
  • Strong management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work with officials of international organizations, governments, and business.
  • Entrepreneurial, resourceful, and service-oriented.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with fundraising from foundations and governments is a plus.


The SDSN Association offers competitive salary and fringe benefits commensurate with a candidate’s experience.

The position is to be filled as quickly as possible. Candidates must have permission to work in the United States. Please send resume and cover letter to

Manager, SDG Index, Paris

Since 2016, the SDSN (in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Stiftung) publishes an annual Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index and Dashboards ( to establish baselines and identify implementation priorities for the internationally agreed goals. A city-level SDG Index has also been developed for the United States.

The SDSN Association Paris is recruiting for the position of Manager SDG Index. The position will report to the Executive Director of the SDSN, working closely with the Director of the SDSN.

The position is based in Paris and will require some international travel.


  • Refine and update the annual SDG Index and Dashboards working with colleagues across the SDSN and partners, including the Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Develop new applications of the SDG Index and Dashboards, including regional and subnational indices
  • Research and support analytical work on SDG indicators, and data for sustainable development specifically in consultation with SDSN colleagues
  • Identify and pursue other analytical projects to be undertaken by the SDSN
  • Support other work of the SDSN team as appropriate and undertake other writing and analytical pieces as requested by the SDSN leadership


  • 4 years of experience in economic research, econometrics, data analysis
  • Strong analytical skills, full proficiency with Stata statistical software
  • Experience with global policy research and writing
  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial, innovative thinking
  • Strong English writing skills


The SDSN Association Paris offers competitive salary and fringe benefits commensurate with a candidate’s experience.

The position is to be filled as quickly as possible. Candidates must have permission to work in the France, as the SDSN will not sponsor any visas. Please send resume and cover letter to

Accounting Manager / Assistant Controller, New York

Organizational Overview

SDSN Association was created in March 2014 as an independent 501 3 (c) organization to support the mandate of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). UNSDSN was launched at the behest of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to mobilize research, academia, the private sector and civil society to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDSN Association is based in New York.

The SDSN Association formally operationalized in January 2016. As a result, the organization is in a stage of start-up, and the Accounts Manager/Assistant Controller is a key part of the Administration/Finance team, responsible for the smooth operating of the SDSN Association.

Position Overview

This position is for a self-starter who has the ability to multi-task on a daily basis and is an expert in bookkeeping practices in a non-profit environment. Must be knowledgeable in the complete accounting processes through general ledger and financial reconciliation, computerized accounting programs and other software (experience with Intacct preferred). Must be able to work independently and as a part of an energetic team. Must have strong written, verbal, analytical, interpersonal and problem solving skills and must possess the ability to work positively and supportively with all members of the organization.

Job Responsibilities

  • Undertake all accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, month-end close process
  • Provide day to day support for accounting functions for organization
  • Work with the Finance and Operations team across multiple locations to ensure organization wide book keeping
  • Provide research analysis and strategic reporting to senior management
  • Coordinate annual and grant specific financial and organizational audits on behalf of the organization
  • Participate in the design and revision of the organizational financial architecture and systems on an ongoing basis
  • Train Program Managers on using and managing the financial system as needed
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system
    • Enters journal entries and other transactions
    • Maintain schedules to track assets and liabilities including prepaid expenses, deferred revenue, asset depreciation and expense amortization
    • Participates in monthly close including journal entry preparation and input
  • Accounts Payable
    • Administer all accounts payable coding and disbursements
    • Assure proper implementation of controls and approval policies
    • Provide oversight of Purchasing processes and controls
    • Monitors vendor liabilities to ensure timely payment
    • Perform monthly bank reconciliation to assure recognition of all transactions
  • Accounts Receivable
    • Monitor cash receipt and deposits and process donor ACH payments
    • Perform monthly bank reconciliation to assure recognition of all transactions
    • Manage donor database in the accounting system to track gifts by donor and donor intent
  • Payroll and Benefits
    • Works closely with payroll administrator to complete semi-monthly payroll, benefits, and track vacation
  • Reporting
    • Create reports and assure accuracy of on-line reporting tools
    • Work with staff to provide additional reporting capabilities as requested to report on projects and donor activity
    • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting and filings – prepare and distribute 1099 forms
    • Assist with preparation of form 990 and annual report
  • Audit & Tax
    • Manage audit process and prepare draft financial reports
    • Develop all Prepared by Client material for auditors including financial schedules and requested work papers
    • Perform any other tasks as requested by the Chief Financial Officer.


  • Bachelor’s degree, accounting or business degree required
  • Experience with non-profit accounting required, international accounting and regulatory requirements is preferred
  • Familiarity with Intacct is preferable.
  • Analytically rigorous with good problem solving skills
  • Permission to work legally in the United States


  • The position is based in New York
  • The position is full-time
  • The appointment will start on May 5, 2017 and will be for an initial period of 1 year, renewable thereafter


Compensation for this position is competitive and is commensurate with experience. This position also includes a generous benefits package: 401 (k), 30 vacation days, paid sick, personal days and holidays; medical, dental, vision insurance.

How To Apply

Please send covering letter and resume by April 25, 2017 by email to:

Researcher & Course Coordinator, New York

The SDG Academy seeks the services of a researcher and course coordinator to support the design, development, and coordination of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet.  The MOOC will be taught by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and Dr. Felipe Larraín, economist and former Minister of Finance of Chile. Through the use of real-world examples, the course applies macroeconomic principles in the context of sustainable development, and will be developed, filmed, produced and launched in the first half of 2017.

The SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu) is a virtual platform that provides high-quality, mass online education in the field of sustainable development. We bring together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development – including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, sustainable investment, and other related fields – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum, equipping the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to take on the complex challenges facing our planet. All course materials are available free of cost to everyone.

The Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet MOOC will focus on the new directions of macroeconomic analysis required to integrate sustainable development challenges, as well as the cutting-edge challenges of managing the interconnected global economy.  The course will examine the limitations of traditional macroeconomic theory in addressing resource allocation across sectors as well as the inter-temporal distribution of investment and savings. One major focus will be the challenges financial stability in a world of rapid, cross-border capital flows.

Additionally, the course will discuss the role of fiscal and monetary policy in promoting investments in physical, natural, and human capital. It will describe changes in Keynesian macroeconomic theory needed to incorporate the long-term investments for achieving the SDGs. It will discuss the limitations of both Keynesian and supply-side economics in disaggregating such investments not only between public and private investments, but also between short-term and long-term investments, market failures, investments to create public goods, and the inter-generational consequences of savings and consumption. The course will propose a “sustainable” macroeconomic framework that builds in medium and long-term fiscal stability while at the same time incorporating the public and long-term goals encapsulated by the SDGs.

The successful candidate will provide research support in the design of the course, assist with the first round of editing and be in charge of all logistical arrangements around preparatory meetings and filming sessions. The researcher will report to the lead faculty of the course and work closely with the SDG Academy staff in the development of the MOOC.

The MOOC researcher and course coordinator will be expected to commit a minimum of 5 hours per week.The position will run the duration of the spring semester and may be extended.


Core requirements

  • Current doctoral student in economics, international development, or related field
  • Experience in desk research, ideally gained in an academic setting
  • A comprehensive understanding of macroeconomic theory
  • Interest and knowledge of sustainable development
  • Highly organized, responsive, and proactive
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Pleasant, tactful, diplomatic demeanour
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States


  • Some experience in engaging faculty in course development processes (e.g. as teaching assistant)
  • Experience with online learning environments and/or massive open online courses


  • Work directly with Professor Sachs, the lead faculty member, in the research and curation of content and materials for the course.
  • Coordination with the research team of Dr. Larraín and other faculty.
  • With support and guidance of the SDG Academy, work with lead faculty to:
    • Develop scripts for each session
    • Promote coherence and avoid overlaps of content across sessions
    • Ensure consistency in messages
    • Uphold the course overall learning approaches
  • Aggregate data sets, charts, and other relevant visual assets with secured permission for use
  • Provide support to the filming process as needed.
  • Provide a comprehensive review of the first video edits, checking for basic quality issues (e.g., use of wrong images of slides, misspelled technical terms, titles) and liaising with the appropriate person to remedy such issues.
  • Provide research support in developing sessions and exercises for the MOOC, including developing quizzes, exercises and other interactive elements of the course.
  • Ensure overall logistical coordination of MOOC.
  • Lead other activities as requested by the SDG Academy staff or the lead faculty.


Hourly compensation commensurate with experience.

Application Requirements:

Please submit your CV and cover letter to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications are due by 11:59pm on March 10, 2017.

Education Intern, New York

The SDG Academy is seeking a committed and dynamic education intern to support the updating of existing courses and the production and facilitation of upcoming courses. This is a unique opportunity to intimately experience the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) development and production process; engage with some of the world’s leading experts in sustainable development and a diverse global student body; and work in the exciting, innovative, and rapidly evolving online education space. The education intern will play a central role as part of a small team and gain invaluable experience both in the online education space and the field of sustainable development more broadly.


Updating Existing Content

  • Comprehensive review and updating of The Age of Sustainable Development online course in anticipation of an updated September 2017 relaunch, in partnership with Professor Jeffrey Sachs’ team

Content Team Support

  • Training of course teams in course facilitation activities, including material upload, discussion forum management, and conducting Live Q&A sessions
  • Technical and pedagogical support to the content teams and course teaching assistants in population of the online course portal, student communications, and general course management
  • Updating protocols to further support content teams
  • Some transcription may be required

Technical Backstopping

  • Troubleshooting technical challenges on the course platform and liaising with the platform support team as required


  • Monitor and promptly address inquiries through the SDG Academy informational email; addressing questions, comments and feedback to the appropriate colleagues in the SDG Academy
  • Organizing videos and standardizing naming conventions on the SDG Academy YouTube channel
  • Some social media support will be required


  • Additional support as requested by the Program Manager(s) and/or Head of Online Education at the SDG Academy


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student in sustainable development, international education, or similar required
  • Eligibility to work in the United States required
  • Exceptional writing, drafting, and oral communications skills required
  • Strong time-management and ability to work in fast-paced environment required
  • An alumna/us or previous student of the online course The Age of Sustainable Development strongly preferred
  • Adept at learning and navigating new technologies quickly strongly preferred
  • Experience in online education, either as facilitator or student, strongly preferred


  • While accommodations may be made for the ideal candidate, this position is for an immediate start date
  • The initial period of this internship is through December 2017, though we will be looking for a candidate with potential to support the initiative for several semesters
  • Location: this position is based in New York, though at approximately 50% of the work can be conducted remotely
  • Hours: 15-20 hours per week
  • Pay Rate: $15/hour (Undergraduate Students) or $18/hour (Graduate Students)
  • This position reports to the Program Manager, SDG Academy


Candidates interested in the education intern position should send a resume and cover letter to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. All applications must be received by May 15, 2017.