Adaptation Program Director (Georgetown Climate Center)

Georgetown University

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

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Adaptation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center – Georgetown University Law Center

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) seeks to advance effective climate and energy policies in the United States and serves as a resource to state and local communities that are working to cut carbon pollution and prepare for climate change. It 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.

The Adaptation Program Director leads and oversees advanced research and writing projects and ensures the delivery of quality work products, and provide strategic oversight to our extensive body of work including reports, analysis, and databases.  Reporting to the Executive Director, and supervising the work of three full-time GCC staff members, consultants, and students, the Adaptation Program Director has duties that include but are not limited to:

Program Management

Develop and implement a strategic work plan for the GCC’s adaptation team in consultation with the Executive Director that responds to opportunities for GCC to serve as a high-value resource to local jurisdictions, and to inform federal policies – including the management of three institute associates, as well as recent GULC graduates and associates with several years of relevant work experience

Research and Policy Development

Lead development of substantive legal and policy analysis and research on topics related to climate change adaptation, including efforts to adapt at the state and local adaptation options, federal law and policy affecting adaptation, and equity considerations related to adaptation and resilience, among other topics

Outreach, Stakeholder Engagement & Facilitation

Conduct outreach, stakeholder engagement, and facilitation with city, state and federal officials, NGOs and other stakeholders, and the press – including the organization of meetings and events with senior government leaders, significant engagement with the press, and substantial public speaking

Student Engagement

Support the climate change practicum class and oversee development and supervision of real-world student projects for the practicum component of the class for up to 18 JD and LLM students – including work with external stakeholders that help scope, provide input, and review student work, and working with student research assistants to support the delivery of adaptation program projects

Fundraising and Grant Reporting

Work closely with the Executive and Business Operations Directors to secure funding for the adaptation program from multiple funders – including the development of funding proposals that capture strategic opportunities to further GCC’s work as well as reporting on current grants.


  • Master’s degree – J.D. preferred
  • 5 to 7 years’ experience in environmental law and policy, including climate adaptation and resilience
  • Experience with state, local, or federal agencies working on topics related to climate adaptation, including equity, environmental justice, sustainability, sea level rise, coastal management and/or land use
  • Demonstrated experience raising funds and managing complex projects
  • Excellent research, speaking, and writing skills
  • Professional judgment toward representing GCC in interactions with senior local, state and federal officials and other stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal skills, project management skills, writing and editing skills, professionalism, and sound judgment

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