Deputy University Director - The University of Washington

Post Date: 6/21/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: The University of Washington, The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC)
Position/Title/Fund: Deputy University Director
Deadline: July 15, 2022; Open until filled
Location: Seattle, WA

Working closely with the NW CASC University Director at the University of Washington, the Deputy University Director will play a leading role in the NW CASC’s efforts to foster co-production of decision-relevant science across the Northwest. Specifically, the NW CASC Deputy University Director will advance transdisciplinary research that addresses complex socio-ecological problems by: 1) facilitating training in actionable science, science co-production and communication for NW CASC Research Fellows (i.e., graduate student and postdoctoral researchers funded by the NW CASC) at all consortium universities; leading an annual graduate seminar on the theory and practice of actionable science; and promoting synergistic opportunities among fellows’ projects and other regional research and management activities; 2) playing a leading role in NW CASC regional capacity-building and collaborative research activities, such as actionable science webinars and the annual Actionable Science Deep Dive workshop (including designing an agenda that supports engagement of diverse participants and ensuring timely development of workshop products, e.g., reports, fact sheets, manuscripts, actionable science agendas); and 3) evaluating the efficacy of NW CASC activities in advancing actionable climate science and regional communities of practice. Evaluation insights will be used to adjust NW CASC co-production activities over time, and to develop peer-reviewed publications. This position will work collegially to contribute to logistics, program management and integration for the NW CASC as a whole, which includes UW-based and distributed USGS staff, a University Leadership Team representing the NW CASC’s six consortium schools, and an Advisory Committee composed of federal, state and tribal resources management agencies. The Deputy University Director will also help support the NW CASC’s engagement with the national CASC network.


  • Training: Implement the NW CASC’s Fellows’ program, including teaching an annual graduate seminar on the theory and practice of connecting knowledge to action, developing and delivering training modules, tracking Fellows’ progress and outcomes, arranging mentoring and networking opportunities, and contributing to recruitment.
  • Collaborative Research:: Play a leading role in planning and implementing the annual Actionable Science Deep Dive, a collaborative process for developing an actionable science agenda addressing emerging climate risks. Responsibilities include collaborative design and implementation of an agenda that supports participant engagement and timely development and completion of products.
  • Scholarship on Co-Production: Research and publish on processes and outcomes of co-production, training and connecting knowledge and action.
  • Evaluation: Working with NW CASC team members, evaluate the effectiveness of the NW CASC’s efforts to build actionable science capacity and regional communities of practice.
  • Program Management: Contribute to logistics, program management and integration for the NW CASC as a whole (i.e., UW-based and distributed USGS staff, University Leadership Team, and an Advisory Committee). This could include developing and implementing project plans, tracking and reporting timelines, and contributing to program reporting.
  • Communications: Work with the NW CASC communications manager and other team members to support NW CASC and cross-CASC science dialogue and information-sharing activities, such as the NW CASC’s actionable science webinars.


  • A Ph.D. in an area of natural or social science related to climate change (e.g., earth science, atmospheric science, biology, forestry, hydrology, human geography, anthropology, political science).
  • At least three years related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research, assessment, evaluation, or stakeholder engagement related to climate change impacts and/or adaptation.
  • Demonstrated experience in the co-creation of knowledge, co-definition of research problems, and successfully linking science and decision-making.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, leading with curiosity and humility to facilitate relationships across different perspectives, values, knowledge specializations, and geographies.
  • Experience with oral and written communications in support of large partnerships with multiple participating entities.
  • A commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the NW CASC team and programs.
  • Experience working in or closely with boundary organizations.
  • Experience engaging with Department of Interior bureaus, state natural resource agencies and tribes.
  • Experience with policy, governance, and use of information in natural resource management.
  • Experience in areas related to research coordination or project management.
How to Apply:

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  1. Cover letter outlining interest in the position and how it aligns with career goals; interest and/or experience in the co-production of actionable science, teaching and evaluation experience; efforts to advance inclusion, equity and justice in your work.
  2. List of three references, including contact information.
  3. At EARTHLAB and the Climate Impacts Group we focus on equity and justice in all that we do. In your cover letter, please include your experience, lived or professional, in the area of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.