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Director, Metcalf Institute


Provide leadership in evolving and implementing Metcalf Institute’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities. Serve as the public face of the Institute to raise its national and international profile among potential donors, funders, and partners. Secure financial support for program activities and staff via proposal writing and sustaining relationships with private and public funders. Work with staff to collaboratively plan and organize all projects and activities associated with Metcalf Institute. Partner with URI faculty and staff and with external networks to identify and implement new programmatic opportunities. Serve as primary liaison with Metcalf Institute Advisory Board.


Provide leadership in evolving and implementing Metcalf Institute’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities.

Secure financial support for all Metcalf Institute initiatives and staff in collaboration with URI Foundation and Alumni Engagement colleagues and the university research office. This may include writing and submitting proposals and cultivating and soliciting private/foundation/corporate funding sources for endowment, program-specific, and/or annual giving support.

Lead the development, updating, and implementation of Metcalf Institute’s strategic plan in consultation with the professional staff and Metcalf Institute Advisory Board.

Advance the Institute and the University’s strategic goals around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Represent Metcalf Institute at relevant meetings and conferences to raise the Institute’s profile and solicit new opportunities for funding and collaboration.

Supervise Metcalf Institute professional staff and consultants.

Collaborate with faculty and staff at URI and with external networks, organizations, communities, and individuals to identify and implement programmatic opportunities for professional journalists, scientists, other science communicators, and diverse public audiences.

Work in collaboration with the Metcalf Institute Advisory Board Chair to plan and organize Executive Committee and Advisory Board agendas, meetings, and priorities. Review board member nominations and maintain board relations. Leverage Advisory Board connections to create new funding and partnership opportunities.

Collaborate with URI colleges, departments, units, and programs to further integrate Metcalf Institute expertise across the University.

Oversee fiscal management, budgeting, and reporting activities related to Metcalf Institute funds managed through the URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement, the URI Division of Research and Economic Development, and the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences.


Disseminate the results and products of programs.

Serve on University of Rhode Island and national committees.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Personal computers, word processing software, database software, spreadsheet software, and web-based content management systems.

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Organization: Metcalf Institute - University of Rhode Island
  • Qualifications: REQUIRED: 1. Bachelor’s degree or Advanced degree in environmental science, science communication, journalism, environmental policy, or related field. 2. Minimum of ten years of experience communicating scientific and/or environmental issues with public and/or training audiences. 3. Minimum of five years of management experience. 4. Demonstrated supervisory experience. 5. Demonstrated experience serving as a key contributor in building and maintaining relationships with potential funders and partners. 6. Demonstrated experience in writing proposals that received funding. 7. Demonstrated experience in obtaining funds via private donations and/or private or federal foundation sources. 8. Demonstrated experience administering budgets. 9. Demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills. 10. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills. 11. Demonstrated presentation skills. 12. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations. Preferred Qualifications PREFERRED: 1. Demonstrated experience in developing and/or implementing professional development programs. 2. Demonstrated experience in non-profit or university-based development.
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  • Location: Kingston, RI
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