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External Affairs Director of ICRC Remote

Woodwell Climate Research Center
Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
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Feb 17, 2022

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External Affairs Director of ICRC


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Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a leading independent climate research institute, with a mission to advance science-based climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell’s success are the quality of its research and the ability to deliver that science to policymakers and decision makers.

The International Climate Risk Coalition (ICRC) is a new project led by Woodwell’s External Affairs Department. Woodwell will collaborate with other leaders in climate science and international policy to deliver country specific risk assessments and policy recommendations to senior national policymakers. The Director of ICRC will oversee this project and will be responsible for its execution.

Essential Functions:

  • In collaboration with Woodwell’s Chief of External Affairs, strategize overall project vision, as well as appropriate project goals and timelines.
  • Serve as project manager for ICRC, ensuring all milestones are being met and tasks are completed in a timely manner.
  • Manage and complete the day-to-day deliverables required to achieve ICRC goals.
  • Foster and manage relationships with ICRC partner organizations (including WMO, INGSA, and/or ISC); serve as Woodwell’s main point of contact for these external partners.
  • Attend and/or lead ICRC leadership meetings as the Woodwell representative, along with any ICRC working  groups or steering committees.
  • Identify and recruit in-country and interdisciplinary experts to contribute to risk assessments.
  • Serve as primary Woodwell writer for all ICRC global and country-level reports; draft promotional material such as one-page overviews as needed.
  • Develop and oversee the budget for ICRC; work with Woodwell’s finance team to ensure payments and invoices are processed on time.
  • Work with Woodwell’s Chief of External Affairs to identify and manage additional Woodwell resources and personnel necessary to support ICRC initiatives.
  • Lead meetings with and draft reports for funders regarding ICRC progress and updates.
  • Travel will be required; this position will serve as Woodwell’s primary representative at ICRC related workshops and meetings, such as roadshow events and UNFCCC climate change meetings.
  • Identify opportunities and develop strategies for incorporating ICRC findings into the world via policy, publications, press, etc.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelors required. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of climate change risks and related policymaking.
  • Proven commitment to integrating science into policymaking, ideally at the national level.
  • Experience working with and coordinating interdisciplinary research teams at international and multilateral organizations.

Application review will be conducted on a rolling basis, and applications will be accepted until February 4, 2022.    

Desired Start Date: Once funding is received.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $90,000 - $100,000 per year. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Remote

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use EA Director on all correspondence.

Please visit Woodwell's website for more information.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, Woodwell Climate Research Center is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell  is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell  has 80+ staff members, and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell Climate Research Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell  is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.


Woodwell Climate Research Center is an organization of renowned researchers who work with a worldwide network of partners to understand and combat climate change. For over 35 years, we have combined hands-on experience and policy impact to identify and support societal-scale solutions that can be put into immediate action.

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