Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center

Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center – Georgetown University Law Center

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate and energy policies in the United States and serves as a resource to state and local communities that are working to cut carbon pollution and prepare for climate change.

The Institute Associate conducts research and analysis on public policy issues and prepares analytical reports and analyses for publication. S/he produces information on the implications of government actions for policy relevant to the organization and applies specific professional-level functional knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. Reporting to the Deputy Director and the Adaptation Program Director of the Georgetown Climate Center, the Institute Associate has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Manages projects involving the development of web-based tools and web content for the delivery of information on coastal adaptation.
  • Writes and issues reports of anticipated government actions and upcoming events and analyzes the congressional and regulatory process, closely monitoring relevant events.
  • Conducts briefings and engages with senior local, state, and federal officials, funders, and NGO and academic partners.
  • Produces superior analysis and communicates effectively through writing and presentations.
  • Coordinates adaptation efforts with GCC management, Harrison staff attorneys, and consultants.
  • Leads and conducts research and analysis on climate adaptation.
  • Conducts legal and policy research on coastal and other resilience issues, as determined by GCC leadership and state and city clients we serve.
  • Surprises student research on relevant topics including work done through practicum courses and clinical program.
  • Initiates and assists with development of grant proposals and development efforts.
  • Oversees work with staff, contractors, and outside partners, and supervises the work of students and research assistants.
  • Represents the Center at events relevant to climate adaptation and/or other projects and assists with presentations, and convenings on adaptation topics.


  • Juris Doctor degree
  • 3 - 5 years of experience in environmental law, climate change policy or a related field or equivalent relevant work experience
  • Excellent research, writing, and speaking skills
  • Experience work on climate, adaptation policy, or coastal land-use preferred
  • Experience supervising the work of others
  • Experience managing complex projects with multiple external and internal partners and collaborators
  • Experience working with or for local, state or federal agencies