HARC’s mission is to provide independent analysis on energy, air,
and water issues to people seeking scientific answers and to operate as a
research hub finding solutions for a sustainable future. HARC contributes
to a sustainable future in which people thrive and nature flourishes. HARC
conducts its work in a collaborative, principled and agile manner.
HARC seeks a Program Director to Lead a Climate Risk Program
GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB
The Program Director for Climate Risk 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 the
natural and built environment. Work may involve the development of new
partnerships and collaborations, new methodologies and outreach tools, and will
include directing a research program by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited
to, the following.
- Shape the content of HARC’s mission-driven climate risk
research; lead program funding and grantsmanship efforts; meet strategic
goals and commitments to funders and partners.
- Develop and manage a programmatic team; create and support a
high-performance, collaborative and inclusive work environment where staff
can realize professional growth and success.
- Lead a team to plan and model climate risks along with
effects of regional climate mitigation and adaptation strategies; connect
high-resolution climate data and projections to regional issues,
environmental stressors and critical infrastructure (e.g. ports, industry
- Plan, direct and perform research and investigations
pertaining to climate risk, resilience and adaptation in natural and built environments with a focus on the intersections with environmental stressors and
- Successfully develop and secure funding for program
initiatives from philanthropic, government, and private sector sources.
- Develop and maintain relationships with partners
- Effectively communicate needs, plans and results to
stakeholders, decision makers, media and the public.
- Other duties as assigned.
Proposal and Business Development
- Work with leadership to develop HARC’s mission-oriented,
- Identify and develop new funding sources and funder
relationships; write white papers and proposals for submission to funding
- Plan and execute/manage research and technology development;
manage project teams, budgets, and timely completion of project
- Develop collaborations with external partners and serve as a
research leader in the Greater Houston region.
- Initiate and promote teamwork, shared learning and integrated
approaches to sustainability; develop multi-disciplinary projects and team
in partnership with other HARC supervisors.
- Supervise the activities of other personnel and serve as an
External Outreach and Engagement
- Operate a well-established professional network with the
ability to communicate and develop interpersonal relationships in
- Represent HARC to external political and community
leaders/staff, media contacts, partners and public audiences at
conferences, meetings, and through written materials.
- Make contributions to discipline through scientific
literature and conference presentations; maintain broad knowledge of
state-of-the-art principles, theories and practices in scientific
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.
Education and Experience
Ph.D. in atmospheric/oceanic/climate science, engineering,
geography, geosciences or a related field with a minimum of 12 years of
experience leading multi-disciplinary research teams and developing funded
research initiatives; or an M.S. in above disciplines with a minimum of 16
years’ experience. Experience with a mix of private and public sector,
project-based environments including project development, university research,
consulting, or professional services is preferred.
Program Management Abilities
The ideal candidate will have a strong creative and
entrepreneurial spirit and a proven ability to find new and impactful
approaches, navigate obstacles, and influence others' thinking to achieve
impact beyond one’s own activities. Must be able to design work flows,
procedures, track progress, report progress, and discern results. Must be able
to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Must be able to
successfully identify alternatives and implement change when deemed
appropriate. Must be able to assess program team’s
strengths/weaknesses/opportunities and take appropriate action. Must be able to
influence outside organizations that are working on similar programs, motivate
subcontractors and ensure that they meet deadlines and accomplish the
appropriate tasks. Also, must be able to influence industry, regulators, policy
makers, others. The successful candidate should be considered a respected
authority in their field. The ideal candidate will effectively balance team and
individual responsibilities; work well in a collaborative environment as well
as independently. Maintains confidentiality. Meets commitments on time and
within budget. Able to develop strong business relationships.
Data Analysis and Computing Abilities
Experience in data analytics, visualization, statistics, modeling
and other advanced computer science techniques is a plus. Ability to define
problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to
interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or
diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Communication and Writing
Strong communication skills with demonstrated experience
developing technical reports, peer-review publications and proposals. Ability
to communicate complex technical findings in a succinct and easy-to-understand
manner using captivating language meant to engage the public. Must have
demonstrable skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
Collegial, mission-driven team leader with well-developed
interpersonal skills and experience managing teams of 5 or more through periods
of change. Directly supervises employees based on program needs. Carries out
supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and
applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training
employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance;
rewarding and disciplining employees. Delegates work assignments and gives
authority to work independently. Sets expectations and monitors delegated
activities. Develops subordinates' skills and encourages professional growth.
Outreach and Engagement Abilities
Strong outreach and proposal development capabilities; speaking and
writing to business and donor audiences; demonstrated capability to present
ideas to companies and funders. Accomplished public speaker. Ability to read,
analyze, interpret and synthesize scientific and technical reports, financial
reports, and legal documents. Able to handle media inquiries and engage
non-technical audiences. Must have excellent verbal and nonverbal communication
skills. Writes clearly and informatively.
Desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, creative environment,
and ability to move across and work on several projects at once. Some travel
may be involved based on project activity but no more than 20% of time.
Directors have opportunity for flexible work locations based on project needs.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be computer literate in
word processing, spreadsheet, internet and email software as well as project
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions
of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally
lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this
job include close vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee
is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally
required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with
hands and arms.