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Attribution Program Director

Climate Central is seeking to recruit a key program director and deputy to the Chief Scientist, to be based in Princeton, NJ.

Under the guidance and leadership of the Chief Scientist of Climate Central, the Attribution Program Director will direct and manage the Attribution Initiative of Climate Central. This is a newly created position, responsible for managing the operation of the program and for assuring the achievement of its overall goals.

The Director will play the lead role in day-to-day operations and a critical role in the long-term sustainability of the WWA project. She/he will act as principal manager and outreach liaison, ensuring that program activities move forward as planned, that key program, operational, and fundraising goals are achieved. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee the planning, coordination, organization, and execution of high-profile activities, including the annual implementation plan, in support of the Chief Scientist. 
  • Coordinate activities of the program's research support staff to establish and achieve common goals and milestones. Make recommendations for streamlining program processes and procedures.
  • Establish and execute the program's implementation plan for: (1) South Asia and East Africa; (2) North America; and (3) impacts work.
  • Draft correspondence and written reports; prepare updates.
  • Facilitate the communication of the program's research findings via the program website, seminars/webinars, and events.
  • The incumbent must be able to become sufficiently conversant in the scientific and technical dimensions of the WWA mission to be able to clearly convey opinions and findings/data through detailed analysis. 
  • Represent WWA at scientific meetings including presentation of report results and exchange of information with the scientific community.
  • Provide programmatic support to the program's leadership team.
  • Participate in the program's Committee meetings. ​

Operations and Administration Duties:

  • Budget development, budget oversight, and related business plans.
  • Execution of the plan, meeting goals on time and within budget.
  • Overall adherence to policies and procedures as well as for financial oversight of the entire project.
  • Facilitate the sub-award process with all institutions involved in the program. 
  • Participate in the development and enhancement of standard operating procedures and guidelines for all matters related to the program. 
  • Plan and implement all project meetings.
  • Direct the preparation and distribution of marketing and promotional materials about the program's people, activities, and events via online and printed newsletters, written correspondence, and social media. 
  • Coordinate visits involving program sponsors, high-ranking university, government, and industry personnel, and other visitors and stakeholders. 
  • Manage the hiring, orientation and training of WWA staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

The Program Director should ideally possess the following set of professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Proven ability to work independently with limited supervision, as well as the ability to manage others. 
  • Strong organizational and management skills and good judgment; responsiveness with the ability to handle multiple tasks in a timely manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, the ability to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Active listening skills to develop relationships and build trust and credibility with a diverse set of stakeholders. High level of emotional intelligence, judgment, astuteness, and strategic thinking. Ability to resolve conflict thoughtfully.
  • Leadership and staff development skills, which exhibit qualities of integrity, trustworthiness, respect and team collaboration. 
  • Ability to work with confidential information, manage information and data, and exercise good judgment.
  • 10+ years experience, minimum 5 years in program management. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • B.A. required; Graduate degree preferred.

About Climate Central: Founded in 2008 by leading scientists and communications experts at Princeton, Yale and Stanford, Climate Central brings together award-winning journalists and internationally recognized scientists to report the science and impacts of climate change through cutting edge research delivered in clear, compelling language and images. Climate Central tackles the misperception that climate change is a distant thing – affecting other people and other places – by harnessing the power of science to make climate change real and local for audiences across the country. 

About World Weather Attribution: In June 2014, Climate Central launched World Weather Attribution (WWA) - a new international effort designed to sharpen and accelerate the scientific community’s ability to analyze and communicate the possible influence of climate change on extreme-weather events such as storms, floods, heat waves and droughts. Recognizing society’s interest in reducing the human, economic, and environmental costs of weather-related disasters, WWA aims to deliver timely and reliable information on how patterns of extreme weather may be affected by climate change.

The program — a partnership coordinated by Climate Central which includes Climate Central, the University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute (Oxford ECI), the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the University of Melbourne, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (the Climate Centre) — was initiated in late 2014 after discussions within the scientific community concluded that the emerging science of extreme-event attribution could be operationalized. 

In March 2016, the WWA team launched a new partnership - the Raising Risk Awareness initiative – with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a London-based organization that helps developing nations adapt to the consequences of climate change. This initiative will assess whether climate change has contributed to extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heat waves in several countries across East Africa and South Asia. 

Location: This position is located at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.

Compensation: Climate Central offers a very competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position and a resume to Iveta Weinberg at iweinberg@climatecentral.org. Refer to CC/WWA Program Manager in the subject line.  All correspondence will remain confidential.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application.  Applicants will be contacted if selected as a candidate for this position.  No phone calls please.

Diversity: Climate Central strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and as such do not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

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