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Director, Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, & Sustainability

Duke University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
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Dec 21, 2023

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Director, Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, & Sustainability

Durham, NC




Duke University, one of the nation’s leading research universities, seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as the Director of the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, & Sustainability (NIEES or “Nicholas Institute”). Reporting to Toddi Steelman, Vice President and Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, and Edward J. Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, the next Director will bring to Duke a strong commitment to advancing innovative research and policy solutions that address the climate challenge and other issues related to environmental sustainability, as well as a recognition of the need to weave experiential learning into the Institute’s research and engagement efforts.


The next leader of the Nicholas Institute will serve at a critical and exciting juncture of Duke’s history as the work associated with the university’s 2022 Climate Commitment gathers steam, mobilizing every facet of the University to design and implement equitable and action-oriented strategies to foster a sustainable future. The Nicholas Institute, a recent incorporation of the former Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative will serve as an essential partner in this endeavor. Its next director will activate the staff and faculty associated with the NIEES while also calling on the deep bench of scholars, center directors, and senior university leaders across Duke to facilitate interdisciplinary research focused on the most pressing environmental and climate challenges, deliver transformational educational experiences, and engage key decision makers at the global, national, state and local levels. Duke has earned an incredible reputation for making knowledge actionable, and the new NIEES Director will have the unparalleled opportunity to embrace that reputation and take it to new heights by catalyzing impactful change and innovation.


The Director will oversee the NIEES’s programs and initiatives and lead its strategic efforts in alignment with the context of university priorities—most notably the Climate Commitment. The Director is expected to collaborate closely with Duke’s schools and other interdisciplinary institutes to support their research, scholarship, and teaching and to connect Duke’s work to broader energy, environment, and sustainability efforts.


The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, collaborative, and strategic leader who will continue to develop the NIEES’s interdisciplinary culture and help shape Duke as a university committed to far-reaching engagement throughout all levels of society. A true relationship builder, the Director will bring a track record of superb administrative leadership, a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and success in attracting resources from a variety of sources.


Duke University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to Isaacson, Miller, at:

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