George Mason University’s Virginia Climate Center (VCC) is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic, skillful, collaborative, mission-driven, and results-oriented individual for the position of VCC Project Manager to coordinate a two-year pilot research project for the VCC. The incumbent will play a critical role in establishing the Virginia Climate Center and have the unique opportunity of bringing state of the art climate science from the lab directly to stakeholders. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
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About the Virginia Climate Center:
George Mason University has established the Virginia Climate Center (VCC) to serve as a climate extension service for communities in the Commonwealth to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change. As an extension service, the VCC will conduct research to develop knowledge, products and services for Virginia municipalities, businesses, and civic organizations to support risk prevention and resilience strategies for climate change impacts, focusing on under-resourced communities within the Commonwealth that are more susceptible to adverse effects of climate change. An initial two-year (2022-2024) pilot project funded by NOAA will be conducted to test this organizational model in northern Virginia, in partnership with the City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. Ultimately, the Center will provide products and services to Virginia municipalities and businesses to support infrastructure and policy planning, wise resource management, and sustainable entrepreneurship. Local decision makers will gain access to an unprecedented range of observational data, environmental models, and experts in climate science, sustainability, communication, and engineering solutions for increasing resilience to flash flooding and coastal inundation, degraded air quality, and threats to human health, saving tax dollars and improving the livelihoods of Virginians.
About the Position:
This is a two-year appointment, with the possibility of annual renewal subject to the availability of funds. The VCC pilot project is making a cluster hire with multiple post-doctoral and graduate research assistant positions to join a large interdisciplinary team from multiple colleges, departments and centers across George Mason University, including the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, the Institute for a Sustainable Earth, the Center for Climate Change Communication, the Colleges of Science, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Public Health, the Schar School of Public Policy, and the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. The incumbent will report directly to the VCC Principal Investigator (PI) and manage all aspects of the pilot project. The incumbent will help plan and allocate project resources, monitor progress, and keep the PI and co-PIs informed of progress and issues, in accordance with the mission and goals of the VCC. The incumbent will plan, develop, and maintain procedures to ensure that the project is completed in a timely fashion and within budget. The pilot-test will have been deemed successful if there is strong demand for the VCC’s services at the end of the project, and a viable financial model that will allow the VCC to meet those demands.
- Provide day-to-day management and coordination of the VCC team activities;
- Collaboratively develop and execute strategy, project management, technology approach, implementation methodology, communication, and support for the project;
- Engage with internal and external participants in the collaborative planning and execution of the extension products and services;
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationship with administrators, faculty, and staff in relevant departments to facilitate the essential elements of the project;
- Oversee the operations of the VCC, including records management and report preparation, coordinate meeting, and supervise support staff;
- Ensure project compliance with University policies.
- Bachelor’s degree in climate science, engineering, computer science or business administration;
- At least 5 years experience in research administration with increasing responsibility;
- Demonstration of advanced project management skills;
- Familiarity with climate change issues;
- Familiarity with local government activities, especially in Virginia;
- Familiarity with research discovery and development processes;
- Highly organized and extremely detail-oriented.
- Masters degree in climate science, engineering, computer science or business administration;
- Strong analytical abilities;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F790AZ at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.