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Adaptation Progam Director

GCC is seeking an experienced and committed individual to join our team as Adaptation Program Director. The Adaptation Program Director leads our work on climate adaptation and resilience, working in partnership with policymakers and communities across the country. 

The Program Director develops and implements the Adaptation Program strategy; oversees advanced research and projects; engages with state, local and federal policymakers; collaborates with community organizations, NGOs, academic researchers, and other partners; and provides strategic oversight to our extensive body of work including reports, analyses, and databases. 

Project areas include community-informed responses to urban heat, managed retreat, equitable adaptation, infrastructure resilience, and more, with opportunities to grow based on the interests and expertise of the incoming director. The Program Director reports to the Climate Center Executive Director and supervises the work of full-time GCC staff members, as well as consultants, fellows, and students.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Program management and strategic planning
  • Leadership of substantive legal and policy analysis and research on topics related to climate change adaptation, including state, local, and federal law and policy, public engagement processes, and equity considerations related to adaptation and resilience
  • Outreach, stakeholder engagement, and facilitation of conversations among city, state and federal officials; NGOs; community stakeholders; legal and technical experts; and more
  • Student engagement through climate change practicum class and development and supervision of real-world student projects for JD and LLM students
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Business Operations Director on grant reporting and funding development

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.

View the full job posting and apply on the Georgetown University careers website

Business Operations Director

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking an experienced and motivated individual to join our team as Director of Business Operations. The Director of Business Operations is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of GCC's financial and administrative activities, providing strategic leadership in business operations, human resource management, fiscal management, and strategic planning. A key member of GCC's senior leadership team, the Director of Business Operations reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with GCC staff, the faculty director, and Georgetown offices to manage the Center's financial transactions and reporting, contracts and budgeting, grant development and management, and other related tasks. The Director will also work closely with GCC’s external partners, including state government officials, foundation program officers, consultants, and vendors. An ideal candidate will have 7-10 years experience, including experience working in a higher education setting.

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.

View the full job posting and apply on the Georgetown University careers website.

Research Assistant Positions

The Georgetown Climate Center takes applications on a rolling basis for Research Assistants to support our work helping cities and states reduce carbon pollution (mitigation) and prepare for the impacts of climate change (adaptation). Students working in the fall and spring semesters work part time (between 5-20 hours per week) around their academic schedules and students can work part or full time (for a maximum of 40 hours per week) in the summer. Please consider meeting the following general application deadlines when applying: Fall: August/Mid-September; Spring: December/January; Summer: March/April.

These positions are only available to Georgetown University students, with a preference for law school students (JD, LLM, SJD) eligible for work study. We will also consider applicants from other undergraduate or graduate programs (e.g., MPP, MPS) within Georgetown University.

Communications Research Assistant

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking a part-time communications research assistant for Fall 2021. The Communications RA will join GCC’s communications team, which supports GCC’s Adaptation and Mitigation programs and their efforts to advance effective climate policy at the local, state, and federal levels. The Communications RA will have the opportunity to work alongside communications, law, and policy experts, learning practical skills in communications strategy and planning, stakeholder engagement, community outreach, social media management, and media relations, including experience working with nonprofit and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. Typical responsibilities include media, website, and policy research, and development of social media campaigns, press releases, web copy, and other public-facing communications materials for GCC. This paid position will run through the Fall 2021 semester. Start date and schedule are flexible to accommodate academic schedules. Law students in need of clinical experience may request academic credit in lieu of payment. To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in the work of the Climate Center and how this position relates to your current areas of study, to climate@georgetown.edu.

Mitigation Program Research Assistant

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking Georgetown University students interested in working with the Center as Research Assistants (RAs) to support our work to reduce carbon pollution from mobile and stationary sources. The Climate Center works directly with states and the federal government on the development of energy, transportation, and climate change policies.  For example, the Center focused extensively in recent years on the development and implementation of EPA’s Clean Power Plan and continues to support the development and implementation of local, state, and federal policies. The Center also facilitates the Transportation and Climate Initiative — a collaboration that seeks to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector across 11 states and Washington, DC. RA work involves research and analysis of legislation, regulations, policy options, and government programs. Other tasks include developing reports and presentations, helping with event preparations, and performing administrative tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with energy systems, U.S. energy markets, and major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. To apply please send a cover letter, detailing your interest in the work of the Climate Center and how this position relates to your current areas of study, with your resume to James Bradbury (james.bradbury@georgetown.edu).

Adaptation Program Research Assistant

Position Description: The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking Georgetown University students (from any undergraduate or graduate program/campus in a relevant area of study) interested in working with the Center as Research Assistant(s) to support our work on a variety of cutting-edge projects analyzing and identifying best practices for how state and local governments are preparing for the impacts of climate change (including sea-level rise, managed retreat, and equitable approaches to adaptation, among other topics). GCC provides adaptation resources for a range of state and local government practitioners through our Adaptation Clearinghouse, an online database of adaptation resources, and other online tools, like our Managed Retreat Toolkit and Equitable Adaptation Legal and Policy Toolkit, both launched in 2020.

Given the timeliness and relevance of the material covered by these new toolkits, GCC is working directly with state and local government practitioners in two different states (New Jersey and Louisiana) to provide place-based legal and policy support as they explore managed retreat approaches that integrate equity considerations. RAs will work with Center staff to help in the research related to this place-based work. RAs will also research and write resource summaries and case studies of innovative best practices that are being developed and implemented at the state and local levels to be included in our toolkits, Adaptation Clearinghouse, and State Adaptation Progress Tracker.

Candidate Qualifications and How to Apply: Applicants should be current Georgetown University students and should have strong research, writing, and editing skills and a demonstrated interest in climate adaptation or a related field. We prefer, but do not require, applicants who have prior experience working with state or local governments or nonprofits, particularly working on climate change, environmental, and/or land-use law or policy, or equity and community/urban development. We also prefer applicants that are work-study eligible. To apply for an Adaptation Research Assistant position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Spidalieri (Katie.Spidalieri@georgetown.edu).