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The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia???s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks an energy policy expert to serve as Deputy Director of Research, reporting to the Sr. Director of Research. The Deputy Director will help to execute the overall research vision for the Center, working closely with the Sr. Director of Research, research scholars, and teams within Research Operations, Publications, and Events.
This is a key role in driving cross-functional research initiatives and overall research strategy, while maintaining CGEP???s reputation as a high-impact, leading energy policy research center. They are the key party responsible for quality control of center-wide research outputs across ~12 research areas with ~50 scholars. They will maintain their own research and awareness of CGEP???s research activities, identifying and pursuing opportunities for collaboration. They will assist in aspects of Research Operations processes related to research team hiring, waivering, and managing conflicts of interest and will contribute to fundraising and donor cultivation.
The incumbent should be a strong leader, manager, and communicator with an aptitude for executing strategy. They will leverage their subject matter expertise and knowledge of the energy policy ecosystem to identify growth areas for scholars that align with CGEP???s vision.
The Deputy Director will ensure the implementation and contribution of the team to culturally diverse and inclusive communications, which will be reflected across CGEP???s scholarship, work environment, and partnerships.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Research, the Deputy Senior Director of Research will:
Earn and maintain the trust of research staff by understanding the challenges, perspectives, and goals of individual researchers and research units.
Work with the Senior Director of Research to manage and provide support all research units, including:
Co-development of research program plans
Guiding scholars through milestones such as Major Review (tenure equivalent)
Nurturing researchers??? professional development
Build and maintain their own research portfolio in area of subject expertise, including publishing peer-reviewed work and presenting at conferences. The person will spend about 20 percent of time on their own research pursuits.
Lead quality control of all research publications, maintaining the highest standards of scholarly excellence:
Collaborate with the Publications team to ensure the publications??? outputs and pipeline processes meet CGEP???s standards and needs.
Escalate arbitration and co-branding issues to the Senior Director of Research.
Lead quality control of all research events including providing subject matter expertise, scholarly content review, and advice as needed, e.g., agendas, speaker invites.
Support cross-Columbia relationships with the various schools and colleges and faculty by identifying synergistic research areas and potential collaborations.
Support donor/partner cultivation, with Founding Director and Senior Director of Research. Represent CGEP at external events as needed.
Identify and match scholars to support coursework in executive education and graduate education.
Establish and track research impact metrics and advise on long-term goals to improve research impact.
Develop staffing models, job descriptions, and interviews for building capacity in research thematic areas.
Perform other duties and projects as assigned.
Master???s, business degree, JD or similar graduate degree and 8-10 years of directly related experience in energy policy research. Time spent pursuing graduate education may substitute for professional experience requirements.
A track record of strong leadership and management skills, including experience managing complex research projects and teams with diverse internal and external contributors
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Superior leadership skills in building consensus, exhibiting business acumen, and driving stakeholder actions
Strong analytical skills and strategic thinking to solve complex problems with excellent judgment based on analysis of multiple sources of information
Ability to work under minimal supervision on complex assignments, with a high degree of initiative and independent judgment
A track record of fostering an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization
Ph.D. in a relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred
Established thought leadership and acknowledged expertise in a subject matter area in energy with a preference with a reservoir of applied research experience in decarbonization, finance and investment, and market design.
Experience specific to academic publishing, editorial, or events management.
Experience managing research teams with multiple direct reporting researchers.
Success in managing funder relationships and writing grants.
Experience in negotiating project outputs and outcomes and maximizing impact.
Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building, and communication skills. The person must possess the executive presence, gravitas, energy, and confidence to develop internal and external relationships with diverse constituencies, including faculty; staff; industry, nonprofit, and public sector partners; and colleagues across a complex institution.
Ability to build strong and collaborative relationships and to communicate crisply and clearly in writing and orally are essential. Being able to tell a story in a persuasive manner is important.
Demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with others authentically.
A presence and the desire to engage with leaders and researchers from diverse fields within energy and energy policy.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.