Polar Institute Director will perform the following and other related duties: 

  • The program director serves in a full-time capacity as the Wilson Center’s lead in-house expert and strategist on matters pertaining to Artic and Antarctic, and serves as an advisor to executive leadership of the Wilson Center on these issues
  • Designs and implements a schedule of high-impact activities to improve understanding about the polar regions and US policies, which include research, reports, publications, meetings, panel discussions, conferences, seminars and targeted briefings involving individuals from the scholarly, business, media, governmental and NGO worlds
  • Represents the Wilson Center to outside audiences including policy and business leaders, professional associations and other key constituencies
  • Acts as a key media spokesperson for the Wilson Center on Polar-related issues with the media and develops media events to promote the programs and the Wilson Center
  • Supports scholars and alumni scholars to build media interactions
  • Helps build knowledge and share expertise on the significance of the polar regions and related issues for other regions of the world, as well as U.S. policy development in coordination with key policymaking communities, including Congress.
  • Develops and executes fundraising strategies including funding from foundations, governments, private donations from individuals, companies and organizations to maintain and expand the program and oversees all expenditures, to ensure the proper use of and reporting on resources and donations
  • Oversees the operations of the program, supervises and manages the performance of staff within the program
  • Works in cooperation with the Scholars and Academic Relations Office to recommend scholars for appointments for periods of residency and cooperates in the administration of an annual international fellowship competition
  • Collaborates closely with resident and non-resident scholars to ensure maximum synergy between programmatic priorities and scholarly research
  • Collaborates on Center-wide projects, themes, special activities and new initiatives that advance the Center's mission, interests, and that cut across Center programs

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • You must complete a background investigation
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit
  • All qualification requirements for this position must be met by the closing date of this announcement 

To qualify for this position, you must meet the Basic Requirement, have documented experience of meeting the required Appointment Criteria, specialized experience and the Key Core Competencies which will demonstrate your ability to perform the major responsibilities of the position.

Basic Requirement:

  • Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position/or
  • Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field/or
  • Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

More information and how to apply here.