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Director, Metcalf Institute

University of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Apr 1, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Other Administrative
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Rhode Island Metcalf Institute seeks a new leader to implement its mission and strategic priorities and expand its stature and impacts across the globe. 

The environmental challenges we face today have raised the stakes for effective communication about science. Metcalf Institute advances informed, inclusive public conversations about environmental issues (for example, climate change, air and water quality, and ocean health) by conducting science training for journalists, communication training for scientists, and a variety of public programs. Metcalf is an international leader in professional development training, benefitting thousands of journalists, scientists, science communicators and their audiences around the world since 1998. The Institute is also an international leader in the inclusive science communication movement, a broad push to center equity and inclusion in all aspects of science communication. 

We seek a dynamic, innovative leader who is passionate about advancing informed, inclusive public conversations that lead to action on environmental challenges and solutions. The new director will serve as the public face of the Institute to raise its national and international profile among potential collaborators, donors and funders. The director will continue to advance the Institute’s and the University’s strategic goals around justice, accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The person in this position will work collaboratively to identify and implement Metcalf Institute programs and to leverage connections and experience to create new funding and partnership opportunities for the institute. 

Metcalf Institute strives to offer a supportive work environment where our team’s diverse experiences and perspectives are valued. We seek a leader who shares a commitment to a respectful, equitable work environment in which we can collaboratively advance the Metcalf mission. The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups members are encouraged to apply. We strongly encourage applications from individuals whose identities are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, journalism, or science communication. 

The position will be based at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus, six miles from Narragansett Bay, 30 miles from Providence, the state capitol, and nestled on the coast between Boston and New York. URI offers a generous benefits program including health insurance, retirement, and leave. For further information about the Metcalf Institute please visit 

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by March 31, 2023.

For a full description of the duties and requirements of the position and salary range please visit  to apply directly online to posting (SF01512)

In addition to the online application form, applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (resume format accepted), references with the names and contact information of three professional references, and a leadership statement that provides responses to two questions.


The University of Rhode Island is an EEOD employer.

Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.

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