Opportunity / Principal


The CC Lab is hiring a Principal!

Position Description

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our time. The Carbon Containment Lab (CC Lab) is on a mission to support the development and implementation of low-cost and scalable climate solutions. We hope to accelerate global mitigation of climate change, while also being a world-class center for education and professional development in climate solutions.

Our dynamic and growing team seeks an experienced, skilled, and motivated person to join us in New Haven, Connecticut as a Principal. This position is a fantastic opportunity for a self-directed individual with outstanding project management skills and experience leading or managing complex multi-disciplinary projects, and a deep commitment to fighting climate change to help build, shape, and manage core programs and projects here at the Lab. The ideal candidate will have a strong subject matter expertise and/or training related to one or more of the Lab’s existing projects, such as in geosciences, forest science and/or policy, refrigerants, methane, carbon capture, or carbon markets. We are looking for someone who enjoys building and managing ambitious projects with multi-disciplinary teams, is curious, motivated, and enjoys solving tangible problems. If you are eager to roll up your sleeves and join us in the fight against climate change, we’d love to hear from you!

About the CC Lab

The Carbon Containment Lab (CC Lab) is a New Haven-based 501(c)(3) climate nonprofit focused on supporting the development, testing, and implementation of novel and neglected climate solutions. Currently, our work concentrates on developing, testing, and helping to advance the adoption of several critical climate solutions, including removing and storing carbon dioxide, measuring and mitigating methane, and recovering and destroying ultra-potent greenhouse gases.

The CC Lab was founded at the Yale School of the Environment in 2020 and spun out into an independent nonprofit in early 2024. Our spinout gives us an exciting opportunity to grow our team, sharpen our organizational strategy, execute on our projects, expand internationally, and move with greater speed and agility to make an impact.

We are lucky to work in a bright, modern, and vibrant office space in downtown New Haven, with about a dozen students working part-time as interns during the school year and over the summer.

CC Lab staff and summer interns, 2023.
CC Lab staff and summer interns, 2023.

Key Responsibilities

The Principal will help to ideate, plan and then manage programs and projects at the CC Lab, working with Directors, external Partners, Advisors, Analysts and Interns. Duties and responsibilities will include:

  1. CC Lab Strategy

    • Work with Lab Directors to set and coordinate program and project strategic direction along with overall Lab goals.

    • Set program and project objectives and key results.

    • Participate in new project ideation and creation.

    • Build partnerships and collaborations.

  2. Project Management

    • Lead strategic project planning and coordination in a dedicated program area.

    • Coordinate team and partner meetings.

    • Help to recruit staff, interns, advisors, and experts as relevant to the project.

    • Execute on project goals.

    • Participate in travel and fieldwork as needed and able.

    • Build, track, and execute “Objectives and Key Results” for projects.

    • Train, coach, and mentor members of the project team.

  3. Impact Assessment and Communications

    • Build project-level indicators and impact assessment frameworks for projects.

    • Monitor progress towards goals.

    • Report on activities and outcomes.

    • Write and present findings.

    • Support the preparation of project reports and publications for projects you manage, and for the CC Lab as a whole.

    • Represent the CC Lab at conferences, events, and meetings.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.

  • At least 5-10 years of relevant work experience.

  • Experience in project management.

  • Proactive, self-directed, resourceful, with the ability to learn quickly, and work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Experience and comfort in working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in a variety of contexts.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with experience leading and managing diverse teams.

  • Analytical skills, with existing skill or an interest in learning data science, GIS, LCA, and/or TEA.

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

  • Familiarity or experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Suite, GIS, Airtable (or similar system).

  • Positive attitude and problem-solving outlook.

  • Demonstrated passion for finding climate solutions.

Salary and Benefits

The Carbon Containment Lab offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including:

  • Salary of $120,000-$150,000/year depending on years of experience.

  • Flexible schedule, one day/week remote, four days/week in our office in New Haven, Connecticut.

  • Medical insurance.

  • 403b plan.

  • Professional development.

  • Generous paid time off, parental, and sick leave.

  • Team outings and retreats.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a Resume and Cover Letter to info@cclab.org. Please include "Application for CC Lab Principal" in the subject line, and in your cover letter please include how you heard about the position. The deadline for applications is June 21, at 11:59 PM EST.

We have a strong commitment to diversity:

Recruiting, hiring, and retaining a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we work with is critical to the Carbon Containment Lab’s success.

The Carbon Containment Lab is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive environment for every member of our team. The CC Lab does not discriminate against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran.

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