Director of Policy Outreach (Gund Institute for Environment)

University of Vermont
Burlington, VT, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Envision and lead a new comprehensive policy outreach program for the Gund Institute for Environment, a university-wide interdisciplinary research center at the University of Vermont. This leadership position connects UVM research and scholars with external leaders in government, business, and NGOs, internationally, nationally and in Vermont. The Director of Policy Outreach will liaise directly with leaders across sectors to influence real-world policy and management decisions with UVM research, advance the global reputation of UVM and the Gund Institute as a leader in cutting-edge environmental expertise and solutions, and forge new strategic partnerships that increase funding and support of the Institute.

Master’s degree in policy, law, environment, international development, government, or other relevant field and two to three years of related experience in public policy on state, national or international level with expertise in policy, economic, legal and/or scientific aspects of environmental issues, with some understanding of ecosystem services and ecological economics, required. Demonstrated ability to establish/enhance relationships and network with government policymakers, environmental NGOs, and/or business communities required. Effective public speaking and written communication skills, ability to work independently and with accuracy in a fast–paced environment, and travel as required.

Resume/CV, cover letter and 3 professional references are required.
Occasional extended/weekend hours required.
Some travel is required.
Candidates must complete a probationary period.
Term of position is 3 years. Extension is contingent on continued funding.