Managing Director (Center for the Environment)

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN, United States 🇺🇸



The Managing Director (MD) of Purdue’s Center for the Environment (C4E) is a key part of the managerial team that supports and implements C4E’s mission to promote proactive, interdisciplinary research, learning, and engagement addressing important environmental challenges. The Managing Director will work with the C4E director and associated faculty, staff and students to achieve this end. The Managing Director will be responsible for the management of the day to day activities of C4E which include supporting development of signature research areas; working with faculty to create funding strategies for large, interdisciplinary projects; expanding the faculty affiliates program; and budgeting. The Managing Director supports all aspects of C4E including representing C4E at functions and meetings when the director is unavailable, supervising administrative/clerical/ student staff, providing leadership and supervision in special initiatives and events, assisting with the development and implementation of a communications and marketing strategy and associated work plans. The Managing Director will be responsible for reporting and progress assessments of C4E.

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, sustainability science, environmental policy, social sciences, or related field.
  • Three or more years of experience serving in a managerial role and/or research management role in environmental or sustainability science, including experience in proposal development.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Self-motivated and ability to exercise sound judgement in prioritizing tasks and managing duties of other staff.
  • Strong project management and supervisory skills and ability to interact well with people from academia, industry, the public, and government.
  • Detail oriented, flexible to change, and excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Must have technical presentation, proposal development, and technical writing skills.
  • Proficient in MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and/or Publisher and/or Apple iWORKS suite.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Must have desire to work with a diverse population.
  • Ability to multi-task and thrive in a changing, dynamic environment.
  • Master’s degree.
  • Research experience in environmental science, sustainability science, and/or policy is preferred.
  • Experience with the academic setting.
  • Experience in federal agency grant writing.
Additional Information:
  • Must be available for occasional, approximately three times per year, domestic or international travel for up to approximately one week per trip.
  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position.
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Immediately.
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.