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Technical Director at Arctic Ice Project: Part-Time or Full-Time

Arctic Ice Project
Remote with periodic in-person activities in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and/or DC
In accordance with the experience level, professional background and determined work schedule.
Closing date
Apr 19, 2024


Arctic Ice Project (AIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to slowing global warming and stabilizing the global climate by safely preserving and restoring Arctic sea ice through research, development and deployment of innovative solutions. 

This Technical Director (TD) position is for a highly skilled PhD earth, climate science, or related field, preferably with cryosphere research experience. The ideal candidate would be a mid- to late-career established scientist/engineer with a strong professional network. Seeking an individual interested in either full or part-time, with experience working outside their institution (e.g., working with professional organizations, nonprofits, start-ups, etc.). TD reports to the AIP CEO. 

Primary Areas of Responsibility 

  • To shape, influence and steer, along with AIP leadership team, AIP’s science and technology programs. 
  • To evaluate and ensure the effectiveness of AIP technologies through research and modeling approaches, materials testing, safety, performance testing and methods for deployment.
  • To leverage internal/external resources and to provide expert feedback on our work through collaboration with top international scientists, research organizations, and technical publications.
  • To manage and coordinate sponsored research partnerships with credible global institutions.
  • To openly share findings through peer-reviewed scientific articles and presenting AIP work in key Arctic and climate-oriented journals and conferences.
  • To prioritize, formulate and initiate new research projects, spawned by the results of ongoing projects.
  • To collaborate with Indigenous Arctic communities, nations and multinational organizations to plan and implement ice restoration solutions.
  • To identify partnerships and strategic alliances that add value and leverage resources available to support the mission and community.


  • Strategic thinking and experienced science management with proven success in proposal development to secure external support to meet research costs of technology plans. 
  • Overseeing science and technology budgets and ensuring resource investments align vision with the technological needs.
  • Providing leadership, guidance and oversight to technical teams including grants and technical contracts.
  • Working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and engaging in strategic partnerships.
  • Tracking and managing all technical projects with respect to timelines, milestones and budget parameters.
  • Demonstrating skill in communicating scientific concepts to non-scientific audiences
  • Possessing interpersonal skills to enhance teamwork and interaction with staff, board members and external partners and volunteers. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in earth, climate or preferably cryospheric sciences and research 

Vision, Technology Strategy & Leadership 

  • Champion and spokesperson for the AIP vision and progress
  • Developing technology goals and objectives
  • Making recommendations to the CEO and governing board in support of AIP’s technology requirements (e.g., on technical priorities associated with limited resources).
  • Serving on and helping manage the AIP Scientific Advisory Board, a highly qualified group of scientists from around the world who lend their expertise to guiding research. 

Technical Execution 

  • Supporting CEO as requested with fundraising, PR and administrative tasks associated with science and technology portfolio.
  • Accountability for technical project spending, expenses and delivery of technology milestones within approved time frames.
  • Developing plans and budgets for requisite short and long-term technological resources to meet AIP’s needs.
  • Overseeing and reporting on schedules and timelines for development and deployment of all technological activities.
  • Setting technology standards and practices to ensure both safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Researching new technologies and approaches that may increase AIP’s impact and likelihood of success.
  • Authoring or co-authoring at least one peer-reviewed science or technology paper annually directly related to AIP’s goals.
  • Serving as principal advisor to the CEO on all technical matters.
  • Serving as principal interface with all AIP technical contractors.
  • Communicating AIP’s technology strategy and achievements to professional groups, media, partners, prospective, active and past donors. 


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