Program Manager

CIRES/North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Boulder, CO, US

Job Summary

The USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) encourages applications for a Program Manager. This position will oversee day-to-day university operations of the NC CASC. The mission of the NC CASC  ( is to work with natural and cultural resource managers to identify, gather, and apply the information they need to understand and adapt to a changing climate. The NC CASC is a partnership between the US Geological Survey, the University of Colorado Boulder, and five consortium partners. The NC CASC fosters co-production of actionable science, where partner input is incorporated throughout the research process to better ensure that the science developed informs key management decisions. Further, the NC CASC is committed to open science, making data, code, and tools open and reproducible, to better enable a broad community of participants in the scientific process. The North Central center is one of eight regional climate centers in the national CASC network (  built to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers across the country. The NC CASC serves primarily Department of Interior agencies, state fish and wildlife agencies, and Tribal partners across a 7-state region, including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska. The Program Manager will be located with the NC CASC, on the University of Colorado-Boulder’s east campus. The NC CASC is associated with CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a leading institute at CU  (

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Lead all aspects of the university operations of the NC CASC in the context of overall strategic science goals, tracking tasks and related budget spending, in coordination with the University Director.
  • Coordinate science and monitor progress compared to expected achievements and identify issues, solutions, and potential partnerships for work implementation.
  • Manage reporting and budgeting efforts, including preparing and finalizing annual reports and in-person reviews.
  • Assist NC CASC leadership and researchers with tactical planning and program development, scientific synthesis and identification of collaborative opportunities, and development of projects and proposals.
  • Manage and report on key consortium partner efforts, outputs, and impacts.
  • Contribute to communication efforts to share results and highlights among the CASC’s consortium members & target audiences.
  • Coordinate meetings and workshops, prioritize and facilitate agenda of NC CASC-led meetings, workshops, and other events.
  • Interact with university counterparts at other CASCs to share operational and scientific standard methodologies and lessons learned, and supervise and mentor students.

What You Should Know

  • Review of applications will start on March 8th.
  • For questions about this job, please contact Jennifer Balch, University Director, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center at Jennifer. [email protected]
  • For general information on applying, please contact Dawn Umpleby ([email protected]).

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Masters or PhD in a related field, such as ecosystem science, climatology, geography, ecology, environmental studies, forestry, or other.
  • Proficiency in document and budget applications, including Powerpoint, MS-Word, and Excel (or equivalents), is required.

What You Will Need

  • Outstanding organizational skills and keen attention to detail.
  • Proven technical writing skills and the ability to translate science for broader audiences.
  • Applicants should be motivated, have the aptitude to complete projects with minimal supervision, and be able to both serve on and lead teams in an interdisciplinary setting. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Previous experience with tracking budgets. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time If you are identified as a finalist for this role.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.
The position will be open until filled. Review of applications will start March 8th, 2020.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Jennifer Balch

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]