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State of Massachusetts Director of Climate Resilience, Program Manager VI in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is a dynamic agency responsible for the stewardship of over 475,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes and ponds, cultural resources, and a diverse array of recreational infrastructure to provide experiences for the benefit, enjoyment and well-being of all. As the state’s conservation agency, DCR is charged with protecting the natural, cultural and recreational resources under its stewardship and ensuring that operations, management plans and infrastructure design addresses projected climate changes and impacts through mitigation, avoidance and adaptation.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Climate Resilience, Program Manager VI.

The Director of Climate Resilience reports to the Deputy Commissioner for Conservation and Resource Stewardship and is charged with developing an agency framework that ensures that climate change considerations are incorporated into agency initiatives and projects. The Director shall build collaboration with all areas within the agency as well as the Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and other state agencies. The Director will manage projects, contracts and budgets, direct and indirect staff reports, and meet project deadlines to accomplish established goals.


-Create networks and working groups across the agency to identify, plan, and address issues, projects, and internal policies in regard to Climate Resilience.

-Keep abreast of current research and policy initiatives on climate change including effective mitigation and adaptation practices, nature-based and other design solutions and best practices, resource protection and management techniques, as well as state and federal laws, local parks and open space resilience initiatives, policies, executive orders and goals.

-Provide guidance and expertise to staff regarding climate change and work collaboratively to determine solutions to proactively mitigate and plan for its impacts in project design and resource management, including but not limited to sustainable forest management.

-Provide training and tools to staff to help them understand how climate change will affect DCR properties and their role in addressing impacts and adaptation efforts. Support integration of new climate resilience decision-making tools, science and data developed by the State into DCR’s processes and policies.

-Participate in development of internal guidelines for design and planning of agency projects and resource management plans, coordinate climate vulnerability assessments, and support development of related policies for DCR properties to ensure potential climate impacts are identified, mitigated, or adapted to based upon projected effects and agency goals.

-Develop agency mitigation plan to reduce greenhouse gasses in daily operations and long-term management of DCR properties.

-Serve as liaison to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs on climate resiliency and represent the agency at meetings and on working groups. Serve as agency action lead for the Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT, the interagency steering committee for the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation plan (SHMCAP)), ensuring that DCR’s actions are implemented within the plan timeline and supporting plan updates and overall implementation through DCR.

-Lead and participate in initiatives that further the agency’s goals with respect to climate change and position DCR as a climate action leader.

-Draft reports and coordinate information and data gathering and other responses to support the Administration’s goals. Contribute to communications, publications and public programming regarding mitigation strategies, climate resiliency, and shared stewardship of our resources.

-Research and draft grant applications for funding to support DCR initiatives with respect to climate action.

-Coordinate with municipal and non-profit partners on local initiatives to enhance resilience through open space that relate to DCR properties and jurisdiction.

-Respond to public inquiries and represent DCR’s interests, as appropriate, at municipal meetings as well as stakeholder groups.


-Extensive knowledge of current state, regional, and national research and projections of climate change, best practices, designs and management practices for inland and coastal areas and its corresponding flora, fauna and cultural resources, as well as its recreational resources.

-Must be able to understand complex climate change models as well as communicate such information in easy-to-understand terms to staff and public.

-Ability to self-manage projects as well as supervise staff and/or contractors charged with completing projects.

-Ability to effectively manage a budget and meet timelines.

-Ability to be a team player, lead a team and develop effective working relationships with agency staff at all levels representing a variety of disciplines.

-Excellent reading, writing and communication skills and experience communicating with the public.

Preferred Qualifications:

-At least eight years of proven experience as a manager and public policy professional.

-Professional knowledge and experience in the areas of resource protection and management and taking action to address the impacts of climate change.

-A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in the area of resource management, forestry, wildlife biology, hydrology, environmental science, planning, or a closely related field.

-A Master’s Degree or higher in the areas listed above or a closely related field.

-Experience in project management, collaboration, and supervising and motivating staff whether direct or indirect reports.

-Ability to deal effectively with controversial and sensitive issues and maintain professionalism.


Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least one (1) year must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.


I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.

II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.

IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Environmental and Energy

Organization: *Department of Conservation & Recreation

Title: Director of Climate Resilience, Program Manager VI

Location: Massachusetts-Boston - 251 Causeway Street

Requisition ID: 200007J9