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Adaptation Program Director - Georgetown Climate Center - Georgetown University Law Center

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Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

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Adaption Program Director - Georgetown Climate Center - Georgetown University Law Center

The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) - based at Georgetown University Law Center - seeks to advance effective climate policies in the United States–policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change. For nearly 15 years, the Center has worked at the nexus of state and federal climate and energy policy to inform federal policies with the lessons of state and local communities and to serve as a resource to the states and local governments we serve.

Job Overview

The Georgetown University Law Center is currently seeking a dynamic Adaptation Program Director – a key member of our GCC leadership team – to provide leadership and strategic direction to our adaptation program and oversee our extensive body of work on climate adaptation and resilience.

They supervise and contribute to timely analysis and facilitation of discussions among senior officials to identify best practices for working across local, state, federal, and Tribal governments, with support from federal programs funded by the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build resilience across the U.S.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Program Management
  • Research and Policy Development
  • Outreach, Stakeholder Engagement & Facilitation
  • Fundraising and Grant Reporting
  • Student Engagement

Work Interactions and Work Mode Designation

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Adaptation Program Director works closely with other Center directors and interacts with senior local, state, federal and Tribal officials; faculty and Georgetown senior administration, other academics, and students; and outside partners (e.g., senior representatives of NGOs), funders, and the media.

They oversee and supervise advanced research and writing projects, lead multi-stakeholder convenings, and ensure the delivery of quality work products.

Additionally, they supervise the work of two full-time GCC staff members, as well as fellows, consultants, and student research assistants.

This position has been designated as Hybrid. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website:

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Advanced degree - preference for J.D. [note: consideration will be given to other graduate degrees and relevant experience]
  • At least 7 years of experience in environmental law and policy, including climate adaptation and resilience
  • Substantive expertise on one or more aspects of climate adaptation law and/or policy, e.g., environmental justice, infrastructure policy and project planning, coastal management, or land use
  • Experience working for, with, or on matters related to U.S. state, local, federal or Tribal governments and their roles in climate adaptation
  • Demonstrated expertise identifying strategic needs and opportunities
  • Demonstrated experience fundraising and managing complex projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills, project management skills, writing and editing skills, professionalism, and sound judgment
  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

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

The Georgetown Climate Center 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 and minority candidates.

Salary Range

The expected pay range for this position is $80,429 to $150,00 per annum.

Georgetown University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as, but not limited to, the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity and external market pay for comparable jobs.

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, retirement savings, tuition assistance, work-life balance benefits, employee discounts and an array of voluntary insurance options. You can learn more about benefits and eligibility on the Department of Human Resources website.