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University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 5406155
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

Energy and Climate Project Manager (Academic Coordinator I), Environmental Markets Lab (emLab), University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Barbara

Position overview
Position title: Energy and Climate Project Manager (Academic Coordinator I) Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 36 for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimate for this position is $59,727-$85,860. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. Percent time: 100 Anticipated start: Ideally the expected appointment begin date: July 1, 2024. Position duration: One year Application Window

Open date: April 19, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, May 13, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Nov 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) is seeking an Energy and Climate Project Manager to support our growing portfolio of action-oriented energy and climate research. The Project Manager will support a variety of projects such as the unequal burden of climate change in California, equity implications of decarbonizing the U.S. electricity sector, and resource adequacy and long-term planning of India's electricity system.

The Project Manager will join a vibrant project management team at emLab, an interdisciplinary group of scientists based at UC Santa Barbara that conducts cutting-edge, data-driven research on the power, limitations, and design of market-based approaches to tackle the world's most pressing environmental problems. In collaboration with implementing partners, emLab aims to better align environmental objectives and economic incentives in support of sustainable livelihoods and a resilient planet.

The Project Manager will work closely with project principal investigators, researchers, and partners to manage projects and partnerships within emLab's energy and climate research portfolio. The Project Manager's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: coordinating diverse interdisciplinary project teams to execute academic and applied research deliverables; leading internal and external communications with the research team and partners; facilitating information sharing and decision-making; strengthening partner relationships and supporting effective collaboration to translate research to impact; synthesizing research and writing key components of project deliverables; and developing and adapting a detailed project plan to track progress on research activities and deliverables to ensure the approach is executed in a timely manner.

We are seeking a detail-oriented, science-driven, and motivated team player who is able and willing to juggle a broad spectrum of responsibilities to fill this exciting and dynamic role. The successful candidate will have the management, organizational, and interpersonal skills to lead diverse teams of project researchers, build and strengthen relationships with funders and project partners, and communicate research findings to diverse audiences.

This appointment includes a competitive benefits package with medical, dental and vision insurance and a UC retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with the applicant's qualifications and experience.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree in energy and sustainability, climate science or policy, environmental and natural resource economics, public policy, environmental science or policy, or a related field
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

At least 2 years of experience providing project management, communication, coordination, and/or research support to research, consulting, or industry projects.

Preferred qualifications

Master's degree in public policy, environmental science and management, climate science or policy, environmental and natural resource economics, or a related field;
Subject matter expertise in energy systems and policy analysis, clean energy transitions, domestic and international climate policy, climate change, and/or renewable energy;
Experience coordinating collaborative projects and teams with multiple partners related to climate policy, energy transitions, climate change impacts, environmental justice, or other natural resource/environmental topics;
Experience with partner/stakeholder engagement;
Experience developing detailed project plans to monitor and track milestones and deliverables to keep projects and staff on track;
Experience synthesizing and writing technical information to non-technical audiences;
Experience working with project management and communications platforms such as Slack, Asana, Airtable, or Trello;
Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational and time management skills;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Ability to handle a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously with speed, accuracy, and courtesy, and exhibit exceptional levels of insightful planning;
Excellent computer skills including fluency in the Office and Google Suites.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

The search committee will contact references of the top candidate(s) after the interviews. After references are checked, a top candidate will be chosen.
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