Thursday, April 18, 2024

Job Opportunities: Georgetown Climate Center. Mitigation Program Director and Senior Institute Associate

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Applications open for Mitigation Program Director and Senior Institute Associate

The Georgetown Climate Center is looking to fill two key positions on our Mitigation Team. We are seeking experienced and knowledgeable individuals to lead our

Mitigation Team as the Program Director and to serve as a Senior Institute Associate.

GCC is committed to building a diverse staff and fostering an inclusive environment that is reflective of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ+ applicants, and other candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

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Mitigation Program Director

Federal, state, Tribal, and local agencies across the U.S. are mobilizing to invest historic amounts of funding in infrastructure and solutions to the climate crisis. As GCC's James Bradbury has recently taken on a new role as GCC's Director of Research and Policy Analysis, we are seeking an experienced and committed individual to join our team as the Mitigation Program Director.

This individual will provide leadership and strategic direction to GCC's mitigation program, overseeing our extensive body of work on clean energy and strategies to reduce emissions. This will include supervising and contributing to timely analysis and facilitation of discussions among government officials to identify best practices for implementing federal legislation and initiatives, including the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Justice40 Initiative, and new regulations; as well as supporting state, local, and Tribal officials in advancing ambitious subnational laws and policies.

The Mitigation Program Director will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with other Center directors and interact with senior local, state, federal, and Tribal officials; faculty and Georgetown senior administration; other academics; outside partners (e.g., senior representatives of NGOs); funders; the media; and students.

The Mitigation Program Director will oversee the strategic direction of GCC’s mitigation program, supervise advanced research and writing projects, lead multi-stakeholder convenings, and ensure the delivery of quality work products. In addition, the Mitigation Program Director will supervise the work of four full-time GCC staff members, in addition to fellows, consultants, and student research assistants. Strong interpersonal skills, project management skills, writing and editing skills, professionalism, and sound judgment are required.

Required qualifications include:

  • Minimum of five to seven years' experience in environmental law and policy, including clean energy and emissions reduction strategies. 
  • Substantive expertise on one or more aspects of transportation, energy or environmental pollution law and/or policy, e.g. environmental justice, public utility regulation, pollution regulation, energy markets, multi-sector climate action planning, transportation systems, or clean energy standards.
  • Experience working for, with, or on matters related to U.S. state, local, federal, or Tribal governments and their role in clean energy and emissions reduction. 
  • Demonstrated expertise identifying strategic needs and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated experience fundraising and managing complex projects. Excellent research, speaking, and writing skills. 
  • Experience supervising staff teams.
  • Professional judgment to represent GCC in interactions with senior local, state, federal and Tribal officials and other stakeholders.

J.D. preferred; other graduate degrees and relevant experience will be considered. 

Preferred qualifications include:

  • High-level understanding of issues related to climate change adaptation and resilience and their connections to strategies to reduce emissions.
  • Experience working with students or in an academic setting.

Salary range for this position is $130,000 to $150,000 annually, depending on experience. Learn more and apply on the Georgetown University careers website.

Senior Institute Associate, Mitigation Program

The Mitigation Senior Institute Associate will help advance GCC initiatives to support equitable low-carbon strategies at the federal, state, and regional levels. This will involve timely analysis and facilitation of discussions among government officials to identify best practices for implementing federal legislation and initiatives, including the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Justice 40 Initiative, and new regulations. Specific topics will include: low-carbon transportation, clean electric power, community-based air quality monitoring, and a range of other novel and cutting-edge policy initiatives.

The Senior Institute Associate will play a leadership role in designing and managing complex projects, presenting to external audiences, conducting outreach, and coordinating with outside partners and contractors. This will include the following activities:

  • Leading projects involving policy and legal research, analysis, and writing on a broad range of energy and emissions mitigation topics.
  • Building relationships of trust with policymakers, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Working with GCC colleagues, students, partners, policymakers, and consultants to identify opportunities for meaningful policy actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while advancing environmental justice.
  • Representing GCC at conferences, dialogues, events, and with the media.
  • Conducting briefings and facilitating discussion among senior local, state, and federal officials; funders; NGO and academic partners; and private sector partners.
  • Coordinating the development and maintenance of content for the Center’s website.
  • Supervising and coordinating work of research assistants, outside contractors, staff, and outside partners.
  • Serving as a high-functioning team member with leadership responsibilities.
  • Identifying and responding to opportunities for funding and outreach.

We are seeking candidates with at least five years’ experience in environmental law and policy, climate change policy, or a related field. Excellent research and communications skills (writing and speaking) required. Relevant experience includes: 

  • Working on climate and energy policy, including related to climate action planning, transportation planning, the electric power sector, energy infrastructure siting, and building electrification;
  • Supervising the work of others;
  • Managing complex projects with multiple external and internal partners and collaborators;
  • Working with or for local, state, tribal or federal governments.

The starting annual salary for this position is $90,000, plus benefits. Learn more and apply on the Georgetown University careers website.

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