Local recruitment: Director, Environment

RTI International

Durham, NC, USA 🇺🇸

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸


Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 6,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI’s Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI’s experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the worldSG&R is comprised of three groups: The Agriculture Water and Environment (AWE) Division, the Energy Division and the RTI Center for Governance.

AWE’s Environment portfolio has delivered innovative, locally driven, evidence-based solutions in local and institutional capacity building in natural resource governance and environmental policy, countering wildlife and environmental crime, forest and protected area management, sustainable landscapes, climate change and resilience, livelihood development, and economic growth.

Position Description:

RTI’s SG&R unit is seeks an experienced leader, implementer, and manager to join the Agriculture, Water & Environment (AWE) Division as Director – Environment. This person will serve as the key leader for our growing international Environment team, providing management, leadership, and growth strategies, driving technical excellence and leading business development growth across RTI’s Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Environmental Crime and Economic Growth programming. RTI is looking for a sector Leader who can ensure efficient management, planning and quality of work products while working collaboratively with other RTI technical and operational staff. There will be a strong focus on growth, business development and proposal management.

This position will report to a Vice President, Agriculture, Water and Environment Division, and would be based in Washington, DC, or the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (RTI headquarters). Telecommuting will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The position will be expected to travel internationally up to 30% of the time. Candidates must be authorized to work in the US.


  • Lead and Manage the Environment team and carry out the recommendations of the final AWE-Environment strategy.
  • Provide significant leadership and management to the goals for growth, development of technical proposals, concept notes, and expressions of interest to grow the portfolio of programs in line with the Environment & Climate Change strategy.
  • Will perform client management, project management, technical assistance, and proposal roles as defined within IDG’s established project management structures, providing project management support to the portfolio of projects.
  • Contribute to other business development activities which will include capture, partner identification and proposal leadership.
  • Perform technical program, management, support, and technical assistance, this may include field-based short-term technical assistance.
  • Support programmatic strategies and activities within the water sector, including climate change and natural resources management technical areas, including contributing to the development of technical approaches and tools.
  • Collaborate with key sector partners, donors, consultants, host country counterparts and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across RTI on technical, administrative, and strategic planning initiatives.
  • Contribute to communications strategies, events and project abstracts, briefs, impact summaries and success stories.
  • Contribute to technical developments in Environment, Natural Resource Management, and Climate Change technical areas.
  • Contribute to the development of published technical articles, papers, reports in technical area.
  • Contribute to presentations, seminars, and workshops on international economic development topics.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 18 years of experience, or Master’s degree and 14 years of experience, or PhD and 10 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven experience leading high-quality proposals, managing multiple USAID projects, technical assistance, and support to international development programs in the Environment and natural resource management sectors preferably with a mix of field-based technical implementation experience and program management; experience with other donor programs is a plus.
  • Experience supporting the development of technical proposals, such as participating on capture teams, identifying, and securing strong partners, supporting solution development, and writing technical sections for proposals.
  • Experience in technical work planning, program management, technical assistance, and technical report writing for water activities.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experienced in research, methodologies, innovations, emerging trends, and technologies in water sector.
  • Field experience working in developing countries.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong relationship management skills across teams, with clients and counterparts.
  • Culturally sensitive and respectful. Proven ability to work effectively in cross-cultural teams and a wide variety of operating environments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language, such as French, Spanish and/or Arabic.


EEO & Pay Equity Statements

As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach and one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

For USA Job Postings Only: RTI participates in the US Government E-Verify program. Further information regarding the E-Verify program and laws that are designed to protect you against discrimination relating to your legal right to work in the US can be found here.

For San Francisco, CA USA Job Postings Only: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Further information is available here.

The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.

At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.





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