National Academies’ Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education seeks a Director of its Committee on the Human Dime


Director, Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change

The National Academies’ Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education seeks a Director of its Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change.  Established in 1989, the Committee provides national leadership to improve scientific understanding of the social and economic aspects of climate, environment, and natural resources so that decisions that affect changes in them can be better informed and so that society can better adapt to the changes.  The Committee convenes studies of how human activities affect such changes, of social and economic consequences of them, and of how humans can adapt to the changes or otherwise mitigate their risks.

The Committee also works with other Academies committees to advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program and other units of the federal government concerned with human-environment interactions.  In addition, the Committee serves as the U.S. National Committee to the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change.

The Committee’s membership includes eminent scientists and national experts in a broad array of fields relevant to the sciences of human-environment interaction.  These fields include elements of the various behavioral and social science disciplines and of the environmental and earth sciences and engineering, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as decision science; environmental management; sustainable development; impact and vulnerability assessment; risk analysis, communication, and perception; ecology; public health; and public policy.

The Director, in close collaboration with the Chair, senior staff, and members of the Committee, provides intellectual leadership by identifying current and emerging issues of global change where social science research could clarify problems and lead to potential solutions; by developing workshops, conferences, and studies by separate panels of experts; and by seeking funds for these activities from federal government agencies and public and private foundations.  The Director supervises the Committee’s staff and represents the Committee in global change communities and before Congress, heads of government agencies, the media, and the public.

The Committee’s recent work has focused on supporting decisions for public policy on climate and global change and on setting new directions for research.  The Committee’s work has resulted in influential and widely acclaimed reports, including Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate, Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making and New Directions in Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Impacts Assessment, and contributed to other influential reports, such as Restructuring Federal Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Changeand the suite of America’s Climate Choices studies.  For information on the Committee’s activities see

The successful candidate will have a keen interest in and broad knowledge of environmental social science and substantial experience working at the intersection of research, policy, and practice.  A doctorate and ten years of related professional experience are required, as are demonstrated superior talents, skills, and abilities in networking and relationship building, project development and fundraising, communication and writing, and management and leadership, together with a willingness to work with distinguished scientists and policy makers in a team environment.