Managing Director (Climate Policy Lab)

Medford, MA, US

This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is the United States’ first professional graduate school of international affairs. Since 1933 Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary education in international relations, law, and business, has prepared the world’s leaders to become innovative problem-solvers in government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations. Fletcher’s faculty and staff seek to fulfill its mission in the most environmentally sensible way possible. We are committed to increasing the diversity of The Fletcher School’s administrative staff. Members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) combines rigorous research, multi-disciplinary graduate education, and executive training to equip current and future policy entrepreneurs with both the knowledge to craft evidence-based policy in a global context and the skills to implement it. Research topics of focus for CIERP include: energy, climate, and innovation; agriculture, forests, and biodiversity; sustainable development, diplomacy, and governance; and sustainable development economics.

One of CIERP’s newest initiatives is The Climate Policy Lab (CPL), which seeks to better understand which energy and climate policies work, which don’t, and why. The Lab is a source of independent and objective advice for governments contemplating new climate policies as they implement new domestic policies consistent with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The Managing Director guides the research activities of the Climate Policy Lab (CPL) to meet the goals set out by the Director, with responsibility to perform their own research on designated projects. The Managing Director will concurrently be appointed as Research Professor (Assistant, Associate, or Full in accordance with appropriate levels of experience in such roles subject to approval by The Fletcher School). The Managing Director’s main responsibilities fall into 4 main categories: (1) Managing the trajectory of existing grant-funded projects in collaboration with CPL Director and staff. Assisting in the development of new proposals, reporting on existing proposals to funders, and providing regular updates to the Director and staff; (2) Conducting scholarly research according to the needs of the CPL research projects and the expertise of the Managing Director; compiling reports, presentations, and publications based on the Managing Director’s own research, often in conjunction with other research conducted in the Lab; (3) Training and mentoring pre- and post-doctoral fellows; managing workflow decisions; providing peer review to maintain high standards of scholarship; providing content-focused editing and revision of Fellows’ work; facilitating project meetings; hiring student Research Assistants, serving as RA supervisor, and managing students’ reported hours; and (4) Establishing and/or maintaining international relationships with research partners, including potential consultants and sub-contractors; creating expectations around new consultant and sub-contractor agreements; coordinating the expectations and workflows for consultant and sub-contractor agreements. There are no requirements for teaching in this position, but if the candidate wishes to teach up to one class per year at the Fletcher School as an adjunct professor, this possibility can be negotiated.


 Basic Requirements:

  • PhD in international relations, public policy, public administration, energy or environmental studies or a related field is preferred. Master’s degree with 10+ years of relevant experience is acceptable.
  • Knowledge and skills developed through a minimum of 4-6 years of work experience in an academic or project-management-related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in conducting field research in developing countries, including experience with case study, process tracing, and interview methods.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally at least four times per year to conduct research, attend conferences, or meet with research sponsors.
  • Experience in a professional setting, including strong commitment to working as a collaborative team member.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills, including complete fluency in written English. Proficiency in a second language is ideal.
  • Ability to distill complex issues and clearly articulate solutions.
  • Collaboration, attention to detail, troubleshooting ability, and project management experience.
  • Interest in maintaining a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of trends in the field.
  • Experience in mentoring and providing guidance to junior colleagues.
  • Ability to interact well with diverse groups and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
The Center hosts occasional evening/weekend events, requiring some flexible scheduling around those dates/times.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.