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Program Director-Climate Risk in Urban & Coastal Systems

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Spring, TX


The Program Director, Climate Risk in Urban and Coastal Systems, is responsible for developing this new program area, leading programmatic business development activities, managing research teams, and performing basic or applied research and policy research support in support of HARC’s mission. Work will involve a high degree of expertise, creative insight, and technical skill in assessing climate risk for urban and/or coastal systems and the ability to work with experts in other related disciplines. Work may involve the development of new practices, technology and methodologies and will include directing the operation of a research program by performing the following duties.

 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following.  

Major Duties

  • Shape the content of HARC’s mission-driven research, fundraising, and grantsmanship efforts, meeting both longer-term strategic goals and shorter-term commitments to funders and partners. 
  • Develop and manage a programmatic team; creating and supporting a high-performance, collaborative and inclusive working environment where staff can realize professional growth and success. 
  • Lead a team to plan and model climate risks, effects of regional climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.
  • Lead a team to connect high-resolution climate data and projections to regional issues, environmental stressors and critical infrastructure (e.g. ports, industry, and transportation).
  • Plan, direct and perform complex research and investigations pertaining to climate risk, resilience, and adaptation in coastal cities with a focus on the intersections with environmental stressors and community well-being.  
  • Successfully develop and secure funding for program initiatives from philanthropic, government, and private-sector sources.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential funding organizations, partners and media entities to promote efforts.
  • Effectively communicate identified needs, plans and results to the private sector, policy-makers, environmental organizations, and the public.
  • Other duties may be assigned.