Director, Program on Green Development and Conflict Resolution, UC Berkeley

Job Description

Job Title: Director, Program on Green Development and Conflict Resolution (0379U) #21429
Job ID: 21429
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Department: Energy & Resources Group ERG
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) is decade-¿¿old unique mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary research, development, project implementation, and community outreach facility based at the University of California, Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. RAEL focuses on designing, testing, and disseminating renewable and appropriate energy systems. The laboratory’s mission is to help these technologies realize their full potential to contribute to environmentally sustainable development in both industrialized and developing nations while also addressing the cultural context and range of potential social impacts of any new technology or resource management system.

The mission of the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) is to provide research and education for a sustainable environment and a just society. Established as an academic degree-granting program at UC Berkeley in 1973, ERG has become a unique interdisciplinary community of graduate students, core faculty, and 150 affiliated faculty and researchers. Characterized by its rigor and relevance, ERG produces cutting-edge research to inform scientific, policy, and business communities. ERG is an intellectual hub for research in clean energy, climate change policy, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy systems, international development, technology and society, and water policy. Programs of study in ERG lead to MA, MS, and PhD degrees, as well as an undergraduate minor. These programs prepare the next generation of scholars and leaders to confront the challenges of environmental sustainability and equity.

This new position will serve as the Director of the Program on Green Development and Conflict Resolution at RAEL (Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory). The Director position will build, develop, and administer this Program in consultation with the faculty supervisor and Director of RAEL. This is a unique position that will blend energy systems research with international policy initiatives to support the design, deployment, and monitoring of energy in challenging and/or conflicted situations worldwide. It will address the significant gap that exists between the peace-building community and the climate change/environmental community, as well as the tremendous opportunities that exist to better link these approaches to enable better outcomes all around.

This research program on clean energy and conflict resolution is a new RAEL initiative that focuses on conducting research on how to implement the provision of energy services. The Director position will establish and manage a significant, independent research program. This position will formulate program strategies and goals as well as plan, direct and control program budget and other resources. The position will manage communications, media relations and development for the program.

To accomplish the dual goals of academic research and significant global engagement, a program director is needed who has extensive experience working with and in conflict zones, notably in East and Central Africa, the Middle East, and in Asia. This position will provide leadership to the project, pushing on the academic and analytic engagement, and will coordinate program activities, student work, and most significantly, the external engagement of the Program.

Takes leadership role in independently managing and developing a complex academic or research program of high visibility. Develops vision and establishes agenda to achieve research objectives. Oversees all elements of program administration. Collaborates across multiple research groups on campus and off, and with diverse international partners (individuals, academics organizations, governments, NGOs, donors, and private businesses) in person and remotely. Develop and maintain advisory board. With faculty supervisor formulates program strategies and goals and directs long-term planning. Develop and execute organizational strategy in these areas; sourcing, executing and managing project grants, including required financial due diligence, monitoring and evaluation. Regular engagement with high-level government and international figures in both public and private forums and negotiations to identify common ground. Develops policies and procedures. Engages campus students in the activities of the program, including participation in research projects. Defines and implements communications and publications program in support of the overall program. Is considered a subject matter expert on campus and is recognized as an expert externally in the field.

Required Qualifications

Knowledge and Skills:
• Extensive experience in international peace and conflict resolution, especially in East and Central Africa, the Middle East, and in Asia.
• Experience developing and managing peace and conflict related programs or projects with diverse partnerships and stakeholders.
• Expert negotiation skills and ability to communicate with tact/diplomacy concerning politically sensitive issues.
• Expert oral and written communication skills.
• Previous leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies.
• Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies.
• Demonstrated expertise with program building within major institutions, including academic and research organizations, and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
• Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
• Expert fundraising experience.
• Advanced degree in international relations or related field and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

$92,500 – $150,000 Annually commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a 1 year contract position with full UC benefits.

Criminal Background Check

This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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