Sr. Global Director, Climate Change Initiatives at Planet

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Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to use space to help life on Earth. We design, build, and operate the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history, which together image the terrestrial surface of the Earth every day in high resolution. When analyzed with the tools of artificial intelligence, the data these satellites produce reveal mission-critical, actionable information about our planet, in areas like agriculture, deforestation monitoring, infrastructure assessment, biodiversity conservation, and crisis response.  Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

About the Role:  

Climate change is one of the paragon challenges of our times, and the window for action that will avoid locking in its worst effects is rapidly closing. To meet the moment, we will need to redesign countless systems and enable many new kinds of climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience.

Planet’s data, products, and services – and tools built upon them – can play a critical role addressing the climate emergency. Our data is already being used to measure and monitor deforestation, emissions, and other climate-related risks, and we have many other relevant technologies in our pipeline. Enabling more effective climate action is both a significant impact objective at Planet, and of strong interest to many of our commercial customers.

Accordingly, Planet is seeking a Sr. Global Director for Climate Change Initiatives who will have overall global responsibility to coordinate, expand and integrate Planet’s portfolio of climate-related initiatives. This is a senior role that will be deeply engaged in every aspect of strategy, program development, technical and product integration (as relevant), senior customer and partner management, and public thought leadership on climate-related matters – not just in the United States, but worldwide.

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Driving global integration and adoption of Planet data, products and services to create significant, measurable, and durable climate outcomes.
  • Partner with teams and leaders from across the organization (including the Executive, Sales, Product, Marketing, Customer Success, and Space Systems) to coordinate Planet’s climate-related programs, activities, outcomes and narrative.
  • Lead the development and expansion of major climate-related partnerships with governments, intergovernmental bodies such as the United Nations, NGOs, and scientific institutions (in close coordination with Planet’s scientific, technical, and executive teams).
  • Strategize and oversee the integration of Planet data into global climate mechanisms, including those of the Paris Climate Agreement, and various independent sustainability, climate and ESG reporting standards.
  • Act as a key thought-leader, advising Planet customers and prospects on key climate-related themes, trends, and considerations in the use of geospatial data for accelerating climate action and reporting on climate-related risks.
  • Help the sales and marketing teams develop climate-related strategic messaging, content, engagement with key events, and other platforms.
  • Engage as a visible public leader with senior external stakeholders and audiences on matters related to climate.

What You Bring:

  • 12+ years of work in climate-related science, policy, technology, management and/or advocacy, with an advanced degree in a climate-related field.
  • A deep working understanding of the climate-related science, policy, business, and funding landscape, including deep knowledge of the Paris Climate Agreement, national climate strategies and programs, and various corporate efforts.
  • Strong partnership development and relationship management capabilities.
  • An exceptional personal brand as a climate leader and an extensive national and international network.
  • Strong leadership experience and ability to work with colleagues across multiple disciplines and in geographically dispersed locations.
  • Exceptional communications and leadership skills, including external speaking and engagement with key audiences (up to and including senior governmental leaders) and internal communication of strategic objectives and action plans to multiple teams across a variety of functions.
  • A deep interest in how remote-sensing and artificial intelligence technology could be used to advance climate action.
  • Deep understanding of Planet’s mission as a public benefit corporation and our related values, needs, and goals.

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace” —Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

Compensation (only applicable for Colorado applicants):

The base pay range targeted for this position in Colorado is: $153,000 - $272,000. This role is eligible for bonus and equity.

The actual offer, including the compensation package, is determined based on multiple factors, including experience, location, and other business considerations.

Planet is registered as an employer in many, but not all, states. If you are not able to work from a state where Planet is registered, you will not be eligible for employment.

Privacy Policy: By clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this job posting, I acknowledge that I have read the Planet Data Privacy Notice for California Staff Members and Applicants, and hereby consent to the collection, processing, use, and storage of my personal information as described therein.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • GolangLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • kubernetesLanguages
    • altiumLanguages
    • satellite tasking tools / STK or SOAPLanguages
    • elasticsearchLanguages
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • Google CloudFrameworks
    • HBaseDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases
    • Google DriveManagement
    • Google DocsManagement
    • Google SlidesManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • DocuSignCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Located in sunny SOMA, just a few blocks from the San Francisco Giants ballpark. Steps from world-class restaurants and public transportation.

An Insider's view of Planet

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Planet challenges and motivates its employees to excel at work while also providing the freedom to do the things we love in our personal lives!

Radhika

FP&A Manager, Go To Market

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm excited about partnering with Chief Sustainability Officers to solve key environmental and social governance initiatives. My passions are preventing deforestation and reducing the impact of climate change through the tracking of carbon emissions. Planet's 24/7 satellite imagery/analytics makes working here less of a job, and more of a mission.

Jarrett

Account Executive

What makes someone successful on your team?

My team builds satellites. Not too many people in the world can say they do that. It is a unique club! To succeed on my team, you need passion, dedication and a sense of humor! Everyone in our lab is dedicated, smart and committed. Sure, schedules can be demanding, but we have fun while we do it. Working at Planet is not just a job, it's a mission!

Dalibor

Director, Manufacturing Engineering

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

It's fascinating to see Planet’s satellite imagery unlock new capabilities for Earth observation. As a Marketing leader in Global Demand Generation I amplify our message and engage with various industries. I develop interesting ways to reach an audience and create awareness about Planet’s mission - use space to help life on Earth.

Tracy

Director of Global Demand Generation

What's something quirky about your company?

Planet is breaking barriers and creating new value proposition within earth observation. Traditional space companies do not operate with the agility and innovation that we do, however, the quirkiest aspect of all would be our people. Everyone you meet has a purpose that aligns with Planet's vision and an interesting story as to how they got here.

Pooja

Customer Success Engineer

What are Planet Perks + Benefits

Planet Benefits Overview

We are currently going through an exciting IPO, and your offer will include a very generous equity package! You can read more about it here: https://www.planet.com/investors/

We offer completely flexible work from home, remote, hybrid or in office work choices. *Not applicable for some roles.

We also offer unlimited flexible time off where you will be HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to use this time. No guilt trips here :)

On site massage therapy + nap rooms. Dogs friendly office!

Premier health and wellness benefits with several options to choose from, including selections with no premium costs, health and dental insurance; short and long-term disability; wellness program with BlueShield; HSA account; fitness subsidies; Classpass; Calm subscription

Several paid holidays, personal/sick days, maternity leave, & paternity leave

Retirement: 401(k); relocation assistance; commuter benefits

Professional Development: tuition reimbursement; learning and development stipend; promote from within; mentor program; shadowing opportunities; access to online courses; lunch and learns

Employees working in or visiting the SF headquarters can enjoy free drinks, snacks, and a healthy catered lunch
several times per week.

Pancake breakfasts before EVERY launch. Read about it here: https://www.planet.com/pulse/the-story-behind-planets-legendary-launch-…

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Meals On Wheels
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have a Green Committee, a Wellness Program, Celestial Events Committee, Ethics Committee, Sustainability Committee, and HBCU Outreach Committee.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
At Planet we have 4 women C-level executives, and 2 women on our board of directors! In our Space Systems group alone, we have 6 women leading teams. 5 are women of color!
Unconscious bias training
We conduct mandatory Interview Training and do an entire section on Unconscious Bias in interviewing and hiring.
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have a Belonging Task Force - [email protected] ERG - Latinx ERG - Mental Health ERG - Social Justice Matching Program - Planet Queers - Wonderwomxn Group - Racial Justice [working group] Asiana
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
- 2 or more of the final stage candidates come from underrepresented groups. - Summer Internship Programs: Emphasis on hiring internationally & students from marginalized communities.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Short Term & Long Term
Dental Benefits
100% coverage offered
Vision Benefits
100% coverage offered
Health Insurance Benefits
Planet offers PPO, HMO, and HDHP plans that cover medical benefits with as little as $0 out-of-pocket premium costs, depending on selected plan and coverage level.
Wellness Programs
In-office chair massages Virtual relaxation & meditation Wellvolution program via Blue Shield Classpass & Calm via Kaiser
Team workouts
Berlin running team + Several unofficial groups that get together for working out at numerous locations.
Mental Health Benefits
There are no annual limits or maximum allowances for mental health and wellness visits on any Planet medical plan.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
We are currently going through an IPO and offer very generous equity packages in their value amounts.
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer very generous maternity and paternity leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
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Remote Work Program
We have a flexible work emvironment.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
17 paid company holidays + Unlimited flexible time off. Also, we've currently enstated the first Fridays of every month is off - BRAND NEW AS OF 2021!
Paid Volunteer Time
Planet encourages employees to pledge 1% of their time giving back to the community, as part of Pledge 1%. Planeteers can donate up to 32 hours (4 days) per calendar year (one day per quarter).
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Parking garage located across the street for a daily charge.
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Educational / tuition assistance Professional development assistance
Tuition Reimbursement
-Planet will reimburse up to $5,250 USD/$6,850 CAD/ €4,750EUR towards education expenses, annually.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
-Planet will reimburse up to $5,250 USD/$6,850 CAD/ €4,750EUR towards education expenses. - $250 USD value for learning and development on an annual basis (ex: Conference, Udemy Course, etc.)
Time allotted for learning

Additional Perks + Benefits

Right now our hottest benefits seem to be our current IPO status and the equity offered, flexible work environments adaptable to the changing workplace, and unlimited time off with a very strong work culture. Our people are what make it a special place to be!

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