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The Climate Impacts Group is seeking a full-time Climate Adaptation Specialist to develop and lead climate adaptation projects, build and maintains key partnerships throughout the Pacific Northwest, and participate in internal strategic planning along with CIG's senior staff.
The Climate Impacts Group (CIG; http://www.cig.uw.edu) is an interdisciplinary center within the University of Washington's College of the Environment, and part of the UW's innovative new environmental institute, EarthLab. CIG is dedicated to building the resilience of Northwest communities and ecosystems to the impacts of climate variability and climate change. Since 1995, the CIG has worked in close partnership with regional resource managers, planners, and policy makers to develop, deliver and support the use of decision-relevant scientific information.
Since the job responsibilities of the Climate Adaptation Specialist are broad and far-ranging, we are hoping to attract a diverse pool of applicants with a variety of disciplinary training and professional experiences relevant to connecting science and decision making in support of climate adaptation. Our ideal applicant pool would include PhD-level researchers with climate-focused expertise in a social or natural science field, as well as practitioners of adaptation with regional, national, and/or international experience helping organizations manage current and future climate risks. We thus encourage applications from individuals with a wide range of work experience, which could include past positions in academic, public, private, and/or non-profit sectors.
This position will require strong communication, networking, and engagement skills, as the Climate Adaptation Strategist acts as an ambassador for CIG when interacting with our diverse mix of regional and university stakeholders.
Key areas of responsibility include:
Climate adaptation project development and management (approximately 50% of time)
Inform CIG's work with a deep understanding of and experience with the design, development, use and implementation of climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans
Translate the climate preparedness needs of managers and policy makers from local, state, federal, and tribal governments and other priority stakeholder groups into research questions and projects
Provide support to, guidance for and develop and assess , with CIG staff and stakeholders
Initiate, secure funding for, and implement new, innovative research and projects that support regional resilience to climate impacts
Stakeholder engagement and partnership building with public, private, civic, and academic sector partners (approximately 30% of time)
Act as a CIG liaison to local, state, federal, and tribal governmental and non-governmental organizations; the private sector; and programs at the University of Washington and other academic institutions, in collaboration with the CIG team.
Accurately convey CIG's findings and represent CIG's initiatives and priorities to CIG's stakeholders
Lead and participate in meetings, conferences, workshops, technical briefings, and other engagement activities (e.g., committees, task forces) that advance CIG's mission
Serve as a resource to other University of Washington programs regarding stakeholder engagement and partnership building
Coordinate and, as appropriate, deliver technical support for public, private and civic sector-partner climate risk reduction efforts
Strategic planning and support for the Climate Impacts Group (approximately 20% of time)
Work within the CIG to identify innovative directions, projects, partnerships, and internal processes that advance CIG's objectives and increase CIG's impact
As appropriate, implement strategic initiatives through collaboration with CIG staff and on-campus and off-campus partners
Contribute to the CIG's fundraising activities
Master's or Professional degree in a relevant field (e.g., natural sciences, social sciences, policy, urban planning, law)
5 years of work experience related to climate impacts, adaptation and resilience
Superior written and oral communication skills
Deep understanding of and experience with the design, development, use and implementation of climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans
Nuanced understanding of the role of science in decision making, and sufficient grounding in science to accurately represent to stakeholders the state of knowledge on climate variability and change, impacts and adaptation
Project coordination experience, with proven attention to detail
Excellent writing and editing skills
Self-starter; ability to take direction and work independently
Commitment to a collaborative, team environment
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Ability to broaden CIG's areas of expertise and network of partners/collaborators, based on previous research experiences and/or experiences as a practitioner of adaptation
Familiarity with the state of knowledge of climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest, and with adaptation efforts underway by public and private sector organizations
Recognized as a leader among organizations and individuals working on climate impacts and climate adaptation in the Pacific Northwest
Experience with efforts where knowledge is co-produced by researchers and practitioners through close collaboration
Skills and demonstrated experience as a boundary spanner, working across disciplines, sectors, and levels of governance
Skills and demonstrated experience in convening and facilitation
Successful history of fundraising for projects and organizations
Culture of the Climate Impacts Group
We are looking for an individual that is a good fit with our group, as well as with our wide range of stakeholders and partners. The qualities and attributes that are part of our culture and highly valued include:
Being timely and professional in all interactions
Treating others with dignity and respect
Taking leadership and initiative
Holding sensitive information in confidence
Being willing to pitch in as needed to ensure success of team
Conditions of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Priority consideration will be given to application that are received by October 13.
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