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Director - Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and Polar Research Board

Washington, DC
An estimated compensation range for this position is $122,000 - $190,625.
Closing date
May 5, 2024

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Atmospheric Sciences, Interdisciplinary/Other
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Non-Government Organization/Non-Profit

Are you a ready for job that can make a difference? We invite you to bring your expertise and passion to the nation’s most trusted voice on complex issues in science and technology. The work we do not only advances scientific research and understanding but also informs actions taken by Congress, government agencies, industry, and other decision-makers to advance environmental policies, energy choices, land use and agricultural practices, public health policies, manufacturing decisions, and many other realms.

We are seeking a proven, visionary leader with strong scientific, technical, and research credentials who also excels in building relationships with potential sponsors to help shape our work in meeting challenges facing leaders across the globe. You’ll work closely with a group of scientific and other technical experts who volunteer their time to advise on the work of the Boards. You will also lead a team of smart, talented, mission-driven staff who care deeply about the work they do.

The Director will lead two program areas (Boards) that have been at the forefront of the National Academies’ groundbreaking work in climate variability, weather, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, and the polar regions for more than 80 years. This work, which includes convening experts, holding workshops, and delivering peer-reviewed studies, has advanced understanding and guided future actions on topics including:
• Physical drivers of climate change and extreme weather
• Impacts of climate variability on human health, infrastructure, ecosystems, the economy, and national security.
• Strategies for reducing and sequestering greenhouse gas emissions
• The chemistry and transport of air pollution
• Research in the polar regions

The successful candidate will have a strong technical background in atmospheric, climate, and/or polar sciences; strong executive management skills; proven experience in stewarding and growing relationships with federal, state, and private sponsors; experience supervising staff and fostering their growth; and established networks within the scientific community. The successful candidate will be dedicated to advancing a culture or respect, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among the staff and in all activities conducted under the auspices of the two boards. The position reports to the Executive Director of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Studies.

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