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Available Positions

There are many opportunities at NC State to grow and gain experiences in coastal resilience and sustainability. Student and professional opportunities are available.

Students and Post-docs


All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by August 10, 2022. Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford and Luis Bertot at

Environmental Defense Fund


The Manager’s primary role will be to oversee development and implementation of strategic priorities to align science, policy, funding, and capacity to build landscape and community resilience across Eastern North Carolina and Virginia. The Manager will conduct analysis and foster collaboration on the science and hydrology of coastal, riverine, and compound flood risks and solutions to inform planning, policy, and community engagement. The Manager will use experience and knowledge to independently engage with federal, state, and local partners to develop and share best practices so that state and federal programs and policies reflect the best available science.

This position will report to the Director, Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds. The Manager will work within a matrixed team and will coordinate with staff and consultants from multiple EDF Teams in Virginia and North Carolina.

Position duties Include, but are not limited to the following:

Provide Strategic and Visionary Collaborative Leadership across a landscape of integrated and interdisciplinary research, extension, academic, community engagement, and policy initiatives, supporting the development of new programmatic initiatives as needs and opportunities arise.

Provide Tactical Insights and Collaborative Team Building to a large interdisciplinary and multi-sector team of researchers, extension personnel, program team leads, and affiliated faculty engaged in CEFS programming. Collaborative opportunities within research and extension will be based on the successful candidate’s expertise and interests.

Supervise Staff: This position directly supervises between 10 – 15 employees spanning project leads, field research staff and administrative officers. This position currently oversees a total organizational staff at NC State of approximately 25 employees, many of whom are funded through external grants. 

Provide Leadership for the CEFS Board of Advisors: This position is responsible for board oversight and relations; the 19 member CEFS Board of Advisors serves in an advisory capacity to the Director in developing strategic directions and funding relationships.

Sponsored Programs: The Director will be responsible for cultivating and managing relations with government, NGO, and foundation funders. The Director often serves as the Lead Principal Investigator (PI), and proposal content generator, or in a supporting role in many of the sponsored program proposals and contracts for CEFS.

Fundraising and Advancement: The Director serves as the lead in engaging in advancement/fundraising activities on behalf of the Center. The Director will work closely with the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation advancement representatives to establish and strengthen relationships with donors. Additionally, the Director provides leadership for the CEFS ‘Annual Ask’ grassroots fundraising efforts, the annual ‘Farm to Fork’ event, and special event and sponsorship fundraising.

Ensure Financial Sustainability: The Director is responsible for ensuring the financial health and sustainability of CEFS by increasing internal and external support in collaboration with the CEFS team. Duties include directing and managing resources to ensure success of the overall operation and effectiveness of CEFS including overseeing fundraising and growing endowments to ensure long-term sustainability. This position is responsible for a variety of funds including state and federal budgets, endowment funds, gift accounts, and sponsored program budgets.

Represent CEFS and NC State in statewide, national, and international forums: The incumbent, being known as a leading expert in sustainable agriculture and local and community based food systems, will periodically be asked to provide talks and presentations to community, university, national and international audiences on behalf of CEFS, CALS, or NC State, as well as to serve as a representative on influential boards, commissions, committees, and multi state or organizational collaborations.